Chef Raffaele Ronca, winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped,” is celebrating World Pride and the Queen of Pop’s highly anticipated performance on Pride Island with a fabulous new cocktail. The “Espresso Yourself” Cheesecake Martini puts your love (of Frangelico) to the test. Drizzled with gooey caramel and shaved chocolate, each martini comes with its own vanilla gelato and cookie Pride Float, guaranteed to stay above the surface for five minutes. Don’t go for second best, baby, celebrate Pride at Rafele (29 7th Ave South) located in the West Village, the epicenter of the LGBT Rights Movement.

“Celebrating Pride is incredibly fun and liberating, but it can also be exhausting,” said Raffaele Ronca. “The Espresso Yourself Cheesecake Martini provides just the jolt of energy you need to celebrate all month long. We look forward to welcoming Madonna(s) to Rafele in celebration of this year’s historic World Pride.”

The newly refreshed patio is now open, allowing guests to admire Rafele’s gorgeous West Village neighborhood while leisurely enjoying a sun-soaked lunch, brunch, or candlelit, open-air dinner.

Rafele’s hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 12 PM – 11 PM and Sundays 12 PM – 10 PM. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting or calling 212.242.1999 (NYC) or 914.481.8417.

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