Three new spots to try
Caffe Dante is back, Le District is fully open, and Jimmy’s No. 43 brings in Asian street food.
When Caffe Dante was sold earlier this year, the 100-year-old Greenwich Village restaurant closed with a promise to return in the spring. Well, just a few days before summer arrived, it reopened as
Dante, and according to a PR for the restaurant, the new 65-seat space was created through a close collaboration with the former owners.
Besides an interior facelift, the revised menu 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.” 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.
Jimmy’s No. 43 (3 E. Seventh St., East Village) has always made a point of having interesting food to go with its NYC-focused craft brews. Last week, owner Jimmy Carbone reopened the kitchen with chef (and longtime friend) King Phojanakong (Umi Nom) at the helm.
Tito King’s Kitchen is serving refined Thai and Filipino street food like crispy pork spring rolls, the Southeast Asian version of Texas fries, called Halo-Halo, smothered in pork, Japanese mayo and bonito flakes. The menu is not all that’s new; Carbone also launched new cocktails featuring (of course) local spirits.
The best feature of Brookfield Place’s French food hall Le District (200 Vesey St.), its Hudson River-adjacent outdoor terrace, opened over the weekend, and it’ll be tough to tear ourselves away from spending the rest of the summer lounging on its rows of couches and bistro chairs. Details of the menu are still being finalized (expect a proper launch early next month), but the ICRAVE-designed, South of France-inspired lounge looks promising as a great addition to the city’s waterfront dining options. An extensive rosé menu is available throughout the terrace, which also has several shellfish stations. If you’re looking for something more substantial but still want to enjoy the space, part of the terrace is a wraparound patio belonging to Beaubourg Brasserie, which is serving a full dinner menu.
Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s No. 43