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Apr 17, 2011 03:50 PM

Anton's in Croton

Anton's is a new restaurant in Croton (been open a couple months, I think), next door to Umami. It's in the space that used to house the second incarnation of Elmer Suds and, more recently, the briefly open Riverside Four.

Anton's serves only breakfast and lunch and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Mondays. They have a small bar area and seem to be waiting to get a liquor license (or at least beer and wine), so I'm not sure if they plan to be open evenings or just available for special events or what.

I've been there twice for lunch, and both times the food has been really good. The first time was on a weekday, and the place was quite busy (not overbusy), which was encouraging. I had the Argentinian Burger, which is a half-pound hamburger with Manchego cheese, chimichurri sauce, tomato, red onion, on a very nice roll (maybe a brioche, definitely had some egg in it) with a side salad. Delicious! So delicious that I ended up sharing one when I was there yesterday.

My son had the barbeque pork sandwich, which was served on a wedge. The meat more like a Latin American pork shoulder than pulled pork, and it's served with a chipotle mayonnaise. My son doesn't like mayonnaise, so he asked them not to put it on the sandwich. When it was served, the manager (owner maybe?) came over and insisted on bringing some pickled jalapenos for heat, which my son was glad to add to his sandwich, and then he also brought some of the mayonnaise so we could taste it. Clearly he was very proud of it, and I (who would gladly eat mayonnaise by the spoonful) thought it was quite tasty with a huge kick of hotness.

The sandwiches were just under $10 each. My son also had the sweet potato fries ($2 extra with sandwiches) and they were cooked perfectly. Fresh, creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside. A dip in chipotle mayonnaise made them even more yummy.

Yesterday we went in the late afternoon, it was a bit quieter. My husband and I shared the Argentinian burger and also a Jamon Serrano sandwich. It's basically the Spanish version of prosciutto, served with Manchego cheese and roasted peppers. It was delicious, although I'm not sure the amount of filling was enough to stand up to the rather substantial roll. This is more of a quibble than a complaint, and honestly I'd be glad to have another one of them any time it was available.

I'm interested in hearing the experience of others at this restaurant. The staff is quite nice, unintrusive but attentive. I'm looking forward to working my way through the menu (there were some very nice looking salads that will be welcome as the weather improves). I have no idea what the breakfasts are like, but I bet they're good!

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      Not that I can find. The menu isn't all that complicated--most main courses for lunch are between $8 and $11, and you'll surely find something you'll like.

      Let me know if you'd like to try it for breakfast sometime--I'd be delighted to join you.

    2. Thank you for posting this review, although I pass by frequently I had no idea what kind of restaurant it is--to say the facade is non-descript is an understatement. It appears from your lunches that the food is Latin-bent, I wonder what they offer for breakfast. I wish they had a website (along with other restaurants in the area, such as TK Casquarelli's (sp?)...

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      1. re: Marge


        I'm pretty sure the owners are Argentinian, definitely Latin American. I had the same reaction you did to the facade, plus I kept waiting from some other CHer to review the place. I'm glad one day my son and I decided we had to get out of the house for lunch and wanted to try some place new.

        Honestly, you'll be fine going there without a website. Take a chance!

        I heard that the owners are the same people who own The Patio in Briarcliff, are you familiar with their breakfast menu?

        1. re: Elisa515

          I haven't been to The Patio in years, but last time I went for breakfast it was standard diner type stuff, and mediocre imo. I will try Anton's one of these days though!

          eta: found The Patios website/menu(s) online

          1. re: Marge

            Anton's doesn't have a diner-extensive menu (plus it's only open until 5 p.m.), nor is the food diner-ish. I haven't eaten at the Patio for so long that my experience is probably from from a few owners ago.

            When I've mentioned to people around town that we really enjoyed lunch there, universally people have had a similar reaction if they've gone there.

            I guess I've seen enough website menus for places that don't deliver that I really don't need that, especially in this price range and so local!

            1. re: Elisa515

              We went for lunch today, and send thanks to folks for pointing us there! Had a steak sandwich and a house salad (keeping it simple for a light lunch). Nice parmesan vinaigrette dressing on the salad, chimmichuri and fresh tomatoes on the sandwich. Friendly staff, good service. For 1pm on a Saturday, they were quite busy and managed the steady in/out of customers well. Brunch-type plates going by with eggs and such looked yummy, too. Glad they are in town, and wish them well. A very nice alternative to diner food. Pleasant decor (could use some plants or some pics/photographs). Still waiting on their liquor license. Looking forward to breakfast there, with our various aged family members. Thanks CH'ers!

              1. re: Nancy C

                Nancy, really glad you enjoyed it! I know I've been to places on your recommendation, so I'm glad to be able to return the favor.

                I bet this would be a nice place for Mother's Day brunch.

      2. I've been there for breakfast and had a very nice meal. I had a belgium waffle and it was very light and delicious. DH had some egg combo and he enjoyed his meal very much. The waitstaff was very pleasant and efficient. This is a very nice addition to the area.

        1. Finally got over there for breakfast today and.....they're closed on Mondays! Someday....

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          1. re: Marge

            Argh... that's a drag! Enjoy it when you do get there, and let us know if it's yummy!

            1. re: Nancy C

              The owners are Peruvian and Spanish

          2. we were there for lunch last friday and it was very good. Would like to see more latinAm dishes on the menu. Nice crowd for lunch, they will be opening for dinner once they obtain their liquor license. They're also planning outdoor seating, it might work if they do it right. Definitely a welcome addition to croton, thanks to op for blazing the trail.

            anyone tried nicos?

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            1. re: vinouspleasure

              Do you mean Kiko's? We went there a couple months after they opened, for lunch. I am sorry to say we found it both pedestrian and rather expensive for what we got.

              I did not get the impression (from what I've heard "around town") that Anton's expects to be open for dinner once they get a liquor license. Is this something the owners told you?

              1. re: Elisa515

                yes, kikos, thanks. Our waiter and a person that might have been the owner (not sure) told us they'd be open for dinner once they obtained their license. They also told us about the outdoor seating.