Three new spots to try

Caffe Dante is back, Le Dis­trict is fully open, and Jimmy’s No. 43 brings in Asian street food.

Metro USA (New York) - - Going Out & Film - EVA KIS @thi­siskis eva.kis@metro.us

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.

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Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s No. 43

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