79-81 MacDougal Street, New York 10012
Dante originally opened in 1915 as an Italian espresso spot and has since become a registered New York City landmark, but it didn’t become a drinking destination until Australian bartending legend Naren Young took over in 2015. His Negroni Sessions menu has become one of the must-visit happy hours, offering 12 takes on the classic cocktail for just $10 between 3pm and 6pm on weekdays. That’s not where the bitter pleasures end, either, as Dante is an all-day destination. Start your day with coffee and a frothy Garibaldi, made with fresh orange juice and Campari, stay for lunch and keep going through dinner.
The vibe remains bright and classic, in keeping with the original owners’ intentions, and the food on offer from morning through night is far better than any bar needs to provide. Dante under Young’s care has become a city landmark for entirely new and delicious reasons.