Forgione Brings Its Rustic Charm to the Former Danube Space

May 29, 2024
Dining & Wine
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Gilded cast-iron columns from David Bouley’s Danube still punctuate this space on Duane and Hudson Street, which is now Forgione; a Bouley cookbook sits on a shelf in the late chef’s honor. The transfer of the rustic setting decorated with yard sale memorabilia from Marc Forgione’s former Reade Street location was seamless, and the menu by the famously mohawked chef offers classics like hiramasa tartare and chile lobster. New are grilled Maine eel over broken rice, and baby Pennsylvania rainbow trout planked like fresh sardines. An unlisted burger is exclusive to the rear bar area and the wine list has quadrupled thanks to more storage.

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