Special Report

Shutdown: The Coronavirus

West Village staple, Caffe Reggio, remains open for outdoor dining in the wake of coronavirus restrictions 

Customers gather for food, drinks, and conversation at Caffe Reggio’s temporary outdoor dining on MacDougal Street. September 14, 2020. Photo by Norah Hogan

Adapting to new indoor dining restrictions, Caffe Reggio and it’s neighbors created outdoor seating to stay afloat while keeping customers and servers safe.

Caffe Reggio, located on the corner of MacDougal Street and W 3rd, has been a mainstay of the West Village since 1927. The self-titled “home to original cappuccino” claims to be the first café to serve authentic Italian style cappuccinos in the United States. The restaurant, which is evocative of a Greenwich Village of days passed, has been used as a set location for a number of films including the Coen brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, shot in 2014.

Caffe Reggio was recognized as a landmark by the Greenwich Village Society of Historical Preservation in 2010. The neighborhood staple enters a new era as it adapts to coronavirus restrictions and stretches into the street for out-door dining; a sign that the hustle and bustle of Greenwich Village life is far from over.

A passer-by wearing a mask walks through the outdoor seating area which stretches into MacDougal street, while an unmasked person stands in front of the restaurant. September 14, 2020. Photo by Norah Hogan

Two empty cups, a teapot and a cash tip sit on a table with a QR code used to access the Caffe Reggio menu on smart phones to minimize the use of high touch surfaces. September 14, 2020. Photo by Norah Hogan

A person drinks an iced-coffee at a table in a make-shift sitting area on MacDougal Street. September 14, 2020. Photo by Norah Hogan

Three NYC Health Department signs outlining outdoor dining protocols hang in the window next to a framed award from the ‘Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation’. September 14, 2020. Photo by Norah Hogan

An unmasked customer waits for takeout. September 14, 2020. Photo by Norah Hogan

Customers sit at Caffe Reggio tables on MacDougal Street while two people talk on the phone across the street and a pedestrian passes by. September 14, 2020. Photo by Norah Hogan

 


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