Village Spotlight: Dante
Though we’re big East Village boosters at EVGB, we don’t mind traipsing a bit west. And we’re certainly happy to take a short stroll to visit one of the best bars in the world: Dante.
Nestled off MacDougal in the West Village, Dante is renowned for its drinks and Italian flair. Established in 1915, this historic gem boasts an extensive list of cocktails, including their signature Garibaldi (featuring Campari and orange juice). Also serving brunch, dinner, and special Negroni sessions, Dante is a New York icon that you will want to make into a personal go-to spot.
The interior features warm tones, vintage mirrors, and a long marble bar that invites guests to linger. The outdoor seating area is perfect for enjoying the lively street scene and the changing seasons. Dante also hosts live music and DJ sets, adding to the vibrant mood of the place.
But what makes the place truly stand out is its dedication to celebrating Italian culture and heritage. The owners, Linden Pride and Nathalie Hudson, are Australians who fell in love with the history and charm of the century-old cafe. They decided to honor its legacy by preserving its original name, sign, and some of the decor, while updating the menu and service to suit the modern palate. They also hired a team of talented bartenders and chefs who share their passion for Italian cuisine and cocktails.
The menu reflects the diversity and richness of Italy’s regions and traditions. From classic dishes like spaghetti carbonara and chicken Milanese, to seasonal specials like pumpkin ravioli and roasted lamb, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The brunch menu offers a variety of options, from eggs Benedict and avocado toast, to ricotta pancakes and Nutella French toast. And of course, no meal is complete without a sip of one of their signature cocktails, whether it’s a spritz, a negroni, or a martini.
Dante is more than just a bar and restaurant, it’s a place where you can experience the best of Italy in the heart of New York City—where you can find la dolce vita.
And with such Old-World romance so close by at Dante, just imagine calling EVGB home and experiencing the best of the Village lifestyle every day. Contact us now to book a private tour and discover other neighborhood gems.