What’s the vibe?
Dante is an old-school Italian joint that’s been around since 1915 and has character and charm in spades. From the tiled floors and painted logo in the windows to the whitewashed brick walls adorned with photographs of the original owners, it’s a slice of authentic Italian Greenwich Village that has well and truly stood the test of time. It’s one of those places you could happily spend all day (and night) in.
What to order?
Dante is actually 9 on the World’s Best Bars list and although it does indeed make a mean Negroni, the food here is pretty incredible too. It’s a classic Italian menu of pastas, charcuterie and cheeses and it puts a lot of other hyped Italian restaurants in New York to shame (King, we’re looking at you), and is a bit cheaper than most of them too.
Start off with one of the sourdough flatbreads; the version topped with soppressata, proscuitto, jamon, n’duja, mozzarella & pickled peppers is especially good. We can also highly recommend the burrata, crushed spring peas, basil oil, affila cress & toasted rye to go alongside that. And for the main event, the handmade parpadelle with wild boar ragu, red wine, tomato, and parmigiano is stellar, probably the single best pasta dish we had in all of New York.
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