New Yorkers may have fond memories of frequenting Donna in Brooklyn pre-pandemic for a cocktail or a bite to eat, but sadly its Covid-induced 2020 shuttering threw a wrench in that.
Thankfully, Donna is rising from its ashes, this time opening up a new West Village location that’s totally reimagined with an even more diverse menu and a departure from the traditional hospitality hierarchy.
Donna’s new iteration is a restaurant and cocktail bar that will offer a pan-Latin menu with Mediterranean influences, as well as a cocktail program influenced by Filipino cuisine and tropical flavors.
And, even more, it will be completely worker-owned!
The 20th century Latin America-inspired interior will feature custom wall hangings, a gorgeous neutral/earth-toned color palette, and pops of greenery throughout.
The menu highlights a mouthwatering mixture of small plates and entrées, from Fried Cauliflower with chorizo-spiced whipped feta alongside hearty pupusas and tostadas to Braised Pork Shoulder with za’atar, Whole Roasted Fish with harissa and pickled vegetables, and Rice & Beans with golden beets and marinated cucumber.
A selection of desserts, such as Flan, are also on the menu.
Equally as intriguing though is its cocktail menu, which honors native Filipino ingredients through modern, tropical recipes.
Selections like the Tiny Sparrow Martini with Vietnamese Gin and Calamansi liqueur, the Umami Old Fashioned with shochu, Charanda Añejo rum, and mushroom, and the Lolo Avo with Charanda Añejo, Amontillado sherry, avocado, and coconut provide a sense of escapism and make you feel like you suddenly transported right out of NYC.
Those looking to go the booze-free route fear not–many of the cocktails can be served as mocktails.
As for how the worker-owned aspect will work, Donna’s original founder, Leif Young Huckman, will remain an advisor and supporter, though all workers are offered a pathway to ownership in order to champion employee equity and overall sustainability.
Donna will open on Wednesday, May 17th at 7 Cornelia Street. You can learn more on their website.
📍 Donna – 7 Cornelia Street, West Village
🗓️ Opens Wednesday, May 17th
⏰ Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.