Caffé Dante – Negronis in the Village

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Caffé Dante – Negronis in the Village

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Many spots in New York have “cafe” in the name, but they don’t look like their European counterparts: little tables on the sidewalk outside, a clattering of plates inside. The original Caffé Dante is the closest we have to the real thing. It opened in 1915, back when the Village was home to a large Italian immigrant community. Around this time, my ancestors arrived from Italy and lived two blocks away on Thompson Street. I don’t know for sure, but I like to think they went at least once for an espresso and a reminder of home.

The Italians have since moved on, but their beloved cafe remains. While most New Yorkers head to happy hour, I go to Dante for aperitivo. Every day from 15:00–18:00, they have a selection of 13 different negronis for US$10 (an excellent deal for the city). I get the original, which is on tap. If you’re more adventurous than me, you can try yours with chocolate, coffee, or mezcal.

I like to go on the earlier side when the sun is high in the sky, and it’s easy to pretend I’m in Rome, at least until I finish my negroni.

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Address

MacDougal Street 79-81, New York

Telephone number

+12129825275

Opening Times

Sun - Wed 10:00 - 01:00, Thu - Sat 10:00 - 02:00

Price

Cocktail: US$ 10

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