Cozy, Nostalgic and Delicious…

New kid on the block and Anton’s is rockin’ it.

Anton’s just opened in the old Frankie’s 570 spot on the corner of Hudson and 11th in the West Village.

Movin’ in and out…intrigue as the owners of Frankie’s are silent partners in Anton’s.

The restaurant is warm and embracing…nothing modern or trendy just a lovely place to have a great meal.

We did do the empty restaurant so let’s sit you in the back by the toilet dance, but as always we pushed back and ended up with a great table in the center of the room.

Anton’s menu is broken down into seven categories.

The selections personify NYC…a melting pot of diverse culinary tastes and deep European influences.

We began the meal with raw oysters from Long Island that were fabulous ($4 each).

This was followed by Broiled Oysters that were amazingly buttery ($4.50 each).

We selected a lovely organic wine reminiscent of zesty red fruit, Le P’tit Pape, a Rhône-style red blend from the Central Coast produced by Ian Brand.

Brand is dedicated to making great, regionally expressive wines at affordable price points ($77 retail $22).

Against the table consensus I ordered the Mixed Chicories, Hazelnut and flavorful Stilton Cheese Salad which was refreshingly crunchy and fabulous…seriously, I could easily eat it three times a week ($21).

I actually went back and ordered it during a recent Sunday brunch.

We decided to share so we ordered a delectable al dente Linguini with sweet Petit Clams ($25).

An unusual choice was the Grilled Pork with marvelous apple sauce which we screamed with glee, “More, Please!”.

The pork was served sliced and was sweet and tender.  It was an ample portion. I enjoyed gnawing on the bone ($34).

The whole carrots in a brown butter sauce was perfection ($10).

We succumbed to a Pecan Pie which was fresh and flaky and not overly sweet like most pecan pies tend to be. ($12).

Chef Nick Anderer

Chef Nick Anderer, who earned his reputation as the opening chef at Marta and Maialino, has spent a great deal of time reinterpreting old recipes and updating them for his first solo venture.

The presentation is thoughtful yet simple and chef strives to breathe new life into Old World recipes.

Anton’s is the type of place you want to become a regular if you live in the ‘hood…where everybody knows your name.

Anton’s 570 Hudson Street West Village, NYC. Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-Midnight. Brunch is served on the weekends beginning at 11am. Lunch is served on Friday’s.

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