The legendary New York bar Dante NYC has joined forces with one of the city’s best restaurants in an attempt to raise $1m for the struggling hospitality industry. For Negroni Week (September 14-20), Jean-Georges Vongerichten will sell the pre-bottled Dante NYC negroni from his two-Michelin-starred restaurant. All funds raised through the sale of this special cocktail will benefit The Restaurant Workers Community Fund – helping out the restaurant and bar community impacted by Covid-19.
First opened in 1915, Dante NYC is nothing short of a legendary New York City spot. The West Village cafe in New York has been a staple on the New York dining scene. Housed in the same building, Italian immigrants would drink espresso and talk culture and politics. It has won a host of impressive accolades including Dante including Number One at the World’s 50 Best Bars, Time Out New York’s Bar of the Year and World’s Best Bar and Best American Restaurant Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
Like many of the city’s bars and restaurants, it was severely affected by the lockdown caused by Covid-19. In response, the mixologists bottled up their award-winning cocktails and started delivering to people to enjoy in the comfort of their own home. That included the Negroni Sessions series, which contained eight imaginative variations of the sophisticated recipe, including everything from the classic recipe to a chocolate-flavored version.
The bottled recipes have helped Dante NYC keep the business alive during lockdown and now with the help of Jean-Georges, it is hoping to help others in the sector. Diners visiting the restaurant’s Nougatine Terrace this week will be able to try any of the flavors from the Dante NYC Negroni Sessions series. The limited-edition cocktails will also be available at other Jean-Georges restaurants, including The Mark, abc Kitchen and Perry Street Kitchen.
Those unable to get to a Jean-Georges restaurant this week can donate directly to the cause on the official Negroni Week website (link below) or by ordering the Negroni Sessions series from the Dante NYC website.