New York

Passing by, Dante appears to be a typical bustling West Village café. Step inside, however, and you’ll quickly realise why it was named The World’s Best Bar in 2019. For starters, Dante is credited with revitalising the negroni’s popularity in the US, as well as introducing a generation to the garibaldi, a refreshing mix of Campari and fluffy orange juice, squeezed to order. The delicious duo are just the headliners in one of the city's best selections of aperitivos. In true Italian style, a generous selection of vermouths, spritzes and classic cocktails rounds out the list.

Keeping to the café theme, Dante’s culinary offerings are equally impressive, whether you’re looking for an indulgent breakfast, a lingering lunch or a full dinner. The signature burrata with slow-roasted heirloom tomato, basil and toasted rye is not to be missed; its pan-seared salmon delights with an accompaniment of sunchoke and cauliflower puree, rainbow carrots, asparagus and toasted walnuts. If you’re simply looking to graze, the charcuterie and cheese boards are also top notch.

The room is small, but perfect for the atmosphere: bright, airy and configured for people-watching. Likewise, a dozen outdoor tables provide an unparalleled immersion into the historic neighbourhood. In fact, the Dante experience proved so popular that they opened a sister location in the West Village, as well as third outpost in Beverly Hills.