100-year-old Caffe Dante reopens as revamped Dante
When Caffe Dante was sold earlier this year to an Australian restaurant group, it promised to reopen.
When Caffe Dante founder Mario Flotta sold the 100-year-old Greenwich Village restaurant earlier this year, itclosed with a promise to return in the spring. Well, just a few days before summer arrives,Dantehas opened, and according to a PR for the restaurant, the new 65-seat space was created through a close collaboration with the former owners.
New are “modern design elements” and a revised menu, though it remains Italian-American with dishes like beef tartare with watercress, cold angel hair pasta salad and sardine flatbread for summer. Saxon + Parole’s Naren Young is on bar duty, curating a list of aperitivos and “signature cocktails inspired by European cafes.” Small plates of crudos, vegetable-focused dishes and spuntini are available at the bar, and there’s a small outdoor terrace as well.
Dante (79-81 MacDougal St.) is open for dinner at 5 p.m. daily; breakfast and lunch service are coming soon.
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