Go West – Go Due West


“Go West, young man” is a phrase often credited to the American author and newspaper editor Horace Greeley concerning America’s expansion westward.

In New York City where every day there is yet another restaurant and bar opening, we decided to check out Due West. A new bar/restaurant in the heart of the West Village, with a few extraordinary managing partners. We had the enjoyment to meet both Jess Goldfarb and Camilo Viafara two of the four managing partners. Jess Goldfarb, is the former cocktail director of Locanda Verde and the acclaimed Cru in Nantucket, now in charge of the cocktail program. Camilo Viafara, formerly the sommelier at Locanda Verde, oversees the wine program. Together they are the A TEAM at Due West.

Due West is located at 189 West 10th Street, between Bleecker and West 4th Street, right in the heart of the West Village. This intimate, beautifully designed 65 seat space, boasts a rotating selection of artwork from renowned ACA Galleries in Chelsea.

The cocktails are splendid with a wide range of seasonal selections like the Old Diablo, or should you dare, build your own Old Fashioned, you can mix and match spirits to your own liking. The beer is curated by Camilo; he focuses on domestic and small producers. As a wine lover, my favorite is the well rounded wine list from Fine Disregard Sémillon from Napa, Retour Pinot Noir,  Hiyu Ramato blend from Oregon, and Schneider & Bieler Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes to name a few. If champagne is on your mind, you’ll find tempting selections like Pierre Gimonnet Special Club, Louis De Sacy Grand Cru and more.


When looking for a chef for this new local to delight Due West’s culinary scene, they looked no further than executive Chef Adabis Castro, formerly of Atrium Dumbo and Le Bilboquet. Castro worked to originate small but delicious bites for even the discerning palate. Chef Castro’s menu is designed to complement the beverage program, offering a raw bar and selection of bar snacks, small and large plates. We tried the small plates which included Fried Cauliflower with strained yogurt and a sweet & sour curry, Chickpea Fritters (my fav) with red pepper and bottarga, and Hot Crab Dip with cheddar cheese and smoked trout roe, moving onto a large plate with chef’s tasty Dry-Aged Burger with caramelized onions and bacon.  Oh no, we did not stop there…


Perfection, right down to the decor designed by North Fork Design Co. My favorite was the Navy channel — tufted banquettes made from rich leather and crushed velvet running around the exterior of this lovely quaint space. Bring your friends to fill up their communal table or meet new ones as Due West is the place to be in the West Village for superb cocktails, delicious bites with an extra attractive, stylish downtown clientele. It won’t disappoint.

Stop by Due West which is open Sunday through Wednesday from 5pm to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 2am. Tell them Downtown highly recommended that you stop by!

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Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.