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An ‘Old New York' Throwback Sticks the Landing in the West Village

Giada Paoloni
Giada Paoloni
Giada Paoloni

If you squint, you can almost block out the bank branches, corporate coffee chains, and lifestyle fitness franchises that have replaced local spots like Anton’s in the West Village and a lot of other NYC neighborhoods.
 
Situated on the darling corner of Hudson and West 11th Street, Anton’s seems to have sprung fully formed from a sepia-toned snapshot of what the West Village used look and feel like. And it kind of did, having kept plenty of previous occupant Frankies 570’s Old New York design elements. You know the look. Often misnomered Hemingwayesque, area restaurants like Chumley’s, Minetta Tavern, Frankies, and now Anton’s share a style that harks back to real deal speakeasies: mahogany, candles, last-moments-of-golden-hour lighting. The whole schtick can sometimes skew theme-y, but, bolstered by Frankies’ foundation, Anton’s sticks the throwback landing. 

Giada Paoloni
Giada Paoloni
Giada Paoloni

It is also quite comfortable in a few seldom seen ways. There are hooks on the walls for your coats and bags; swoony tunes like “Let’s Stay Together” play at a conversational volume, tables are spaced far enough apart that they don’t require professional movers to help you scoot in and out, and there is enough space to wait near (but not at, when it’s crowded) the bar.”Ice Box” martinis and Manhattan are true to form, blessedly free from superfluous ingredients or twists that would turn them into “takes.” Named for a preparation novelty, they’re made in batches and refrigerated — a timesaving perk, rather than an unnecessary quirk. Other cocktails like the dangerously drinkable Pink Lady (gin, apple brandy, pomegranate, lemon) are made to order.

Giada Paoloni
Giada Paoloni
Giada Paoloni

Anton’s food is straightforward, too. The pork rib chop — grilled just long enough to stay juicy without killing you, sliced, reassembled around the bone, and paired with green applesauce — is lean porcine perfection laced with satiny fat. House-made lasagnette (narrower lasagna ribbons) is tossed with Parmesan and pecorino to creamy effect and topped with a beef and lamb-rich ragu. And Atlantic salmon is cooked to the ideal medium rare without provocation and served with white beans and just enough fennel to enhance rather than overpower.Ink-stained wretch fetishists, vintage devotees, Rat Pack cosplayers, and normal people alike will get a kick out of Anton’s. Underneath all that Old New York style, it’s a solid local spot with good food that anyone would be lucky to call their regular.

The Anton’s Cheat Sheet:

Est. November 11, 2019 | West Village
An Old New York Throwback with staying power

The buzz: Just weeks after taking over the old Frankies 570 space, chef Nick Anderer’s Anton’s is just as popular as the erstwhile neighborhood favorite. A smidge of the new spot’s early success is owed to its predecessor: most of the design details remain unchanged and Frankies’ owners are Anderer’s silent partners. This is Anderer’s inaugural solo venture after ascending the ranks at Danny Meyer’s behemoth Union Square Hospitality Group.  
The vibe: Classic Manhattan without feeling old fashioned. Anton’s atmosphere is equal parts romantic and convivial, with vintage style, enough room to have a private conversation, and good music at a low enough volume to hear it. The dining room is equally suited to duos and groups, and the bar is an ideal place for a fictionalized 1960s-era maverick advertising executive to have a three-martini lunch and mull the duality of human nature.  
The food: Familiar, well-executed staples. The grilled pork rib chops, whole or half roast chicken, and half-a-dozen house-made pastas including the excellent lasagnette with lamb ragu are all solid options. Anton’s best cocktails are the batch-made “Ice Box” Manhattan and martini, and the subtly fruity, gin-based Pink Lady. Beer and more than 550 bottles of wine (about 20 available by the glass) are also available.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Amber Sutherland-Namako is Thrillist’s New York editor.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Suprêmes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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