The Dining Room at Anthony David’s

1/31/2008 Menu Update:

Not sure if anyone noticed, but they’ve added additional options to the menu, and guess what? Even lowered prices on some items! Hooray!

Get Anthony David’s new menu here.

1/13/2008 Update:

They’re supposedly set to re-open TODAY.

Here’s what I found out was done:

  • New floors throughout (including new kitchen tiles)
  • Some new fixtures
  • Complete cleanup of basement, including over 100lbs of concrete to seal sewer pipe area (helps prevent “critters”)

1/10/2008:

Here’s a little update from a reader, who noticed the sudden “closed for renovations” over at Anthony David’s.

“Anthony David’s closed suddenly last week for renovations and something is clearly underway. They claim they’d be reopened within a week but considering the wait for inspections it already looks unlikely. Also heard a rumor that the owner was trying to condo the building. Maybe they had to do some improvements to allow the condo deal to go through?”

Here’s a few pictures taken last night.

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Get all the restaurant details, plus see a review from over a year ago as well, after the jump.

Tasty, but cramped if you’re 6′ or taller.

SEE BELOW FOR DINNER REVIEW

Description – Restaurant, outdoor dining in summer. Formal yet relaxed dining. Gourmet specialties store. Entrée price range $16-$30.
Services – Prepared foods, catering, cheese, Oil & Vinegars, Coffees & Teas, pate, cured meats, biscuits, chocolate, Catering selection, Gift Baskets. BYOB
Website – www.anthonydavids.com
Address – 953 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-5107
Telephone – (201) 222-8399

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September 2006

This review comes from a regular reader. Thanks for sharing your dinner perspectives!

The atmosphere at Anthony David’s is pretty romantic if you’re in the back dining room and on a date. You are practically sitting on top of your neighbors, but most of us have experienced that in the city anyway. Just hope for neighbors that aren’t rude, or making a spectacle. I have only been seated in the back dining room; the front dining room looks a little bit more spacious if you are claustrophobic.

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Instead of butter or even olive oil with your bread, they start you with a hummus that is made with a white bean puree with herbs and olive oil. Like many true Americans, I really happen to love butter, so I would rather have that. But the hummus was still exceptional.

We started with a platter of 3 different cheeses. You can get a selection of 3, 4, or 5 different combos, since there were only two of us, we didn’t want to over-do it. We chose an AGED GOUDA – Dutch; hard texture, raw cow’s milk, ROARING FORTIES Australian; blue cheese, buttery, and sweet, cow’s milk, and an AGED MANCHEGO Spanish; semi-hard, full flavor; raw sheep’s milk. I can’t even tell you which was my favorite, because they were all spectacular. The cheese also comes served with a Cherri Demi, sort of a cherry chutney, which tastes great with a bite of cheese and bread. When I have eaten here with a larger group, it’s nice to not only get a cheese platter, but also the cured meat platter.

For dinner I had the Chilean Sea Bass, with Speck, Brussel Sprouts and Thyme. The sea bass was flaky and moist, and actually had a crispy top to it (which was a nice change, I loved it.) Speck is a proscitto/ham type meat, I am not a big pork eater, but there were only small cubes of that under the fish, and the brussel sprouts, if you like them, were deliciously farm fresh. I am a big fish eater; last time I ate here I had the seared sea scallops with cream corn. If you like fish, both of these dishes are fantastic. Keep in mind, the portions are not huge at this restaurant, so ordering a cheese platter or salad of some kind is a good idea.

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My friend had the Crispy Duck Breast with Pumpkin Polenta, Wilted Arugula, and a Cherri Demi (like was served with the cheese.) I am not a big duck fan, but it was really very good, not too fatty, not too rich. A small bite of everything on the plate together, was the perfect combination.

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No dessert for us this time, but I have had the Homemade Bourbon Glazed Donuts, there is really no describing how good they are. If I remember correctly they were served with ice cream, again, if you still have a twinge of hunger, have these. They are simply to die for (especially if you are a sweet eater!)

Overall, service is always great at Anthony David’s. The pace of the meal is just how I like it; you are never being rushed through any part of your meal or your wine because someone is waiting for your table. But you also aren’t sitting there waiting for an hour for your food to show up. This is a rarity in Hoboken. Having said that, they only take reservations for 6 or more people, so get here early if you want a table. Especially now that summer is over. Enjoy!

157 Responses

  1. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”81576″]pricing is a way to manage your clientele. they always seem to have a full dining room so raising prices gets rid of the riff raff. i don’t have to pay $250 for a bottle of champagne at the rainbow room. i choose to because i know none of you will be there.[/quote]
    I think I love you. :mrgreen:

  2. strand tramp says:

    “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how!”

  3. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”81586″]”You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how!”[/quote]
    Would that be what my problem is?

  4. winesnob says:

    get a room you two

  5. moephab says:

    Just had dinner. Have been a fan since they opened; generally over the top but sometimes so so. Recently the meals, including a priviate party I attended, have been over the top! The tasting menu is great right now (They change it every week) You have to taste the gnocchi! [sp?] Out of this world! I hate beans, but the the bean dip with the bread is great! Love the hint of citrus (is it orange or Clementine?) Everything was perfect! Kudos To Anthony and his Staff! Great job!

  6. winedog says:

    Anthony and the staff are wonderful. Had my colleagues from work for our post-holiday appreciation lunch. Anthony put together hors doeuvres, a beautiful salad and fabulous entrees. Our group has many excellent cooks with personal specialties ranging from osso buco to scandanavian herring dishes to extraordinary pastries and confections. Everyone was WOWED. Not only no complaints, serious compliments on every aspect of the meal from food to service. Great place, great atmosphere, great food. I know he has a new place but if you haven’t tried the original, you must check it out. Outstanding.

  7. ladylane says:

    went to this place with a bunch of girlfriends and we all loved it! GREAT food and staff! if you haven’t gone you simply must go!

  8. nycesq77 says:

    What’s wrong with the service here? This restaurant was once one of the best – if not THE best – in all of Hoboken. The service, especially that of the weekend/brunch waiter, is abysmal. Three out of four weekends found me eating there. On all three occassions food came out improperly cooked (over easy eggs with cooked yolk; egg whites that were yolks; raw bacon that was supposed to be well done; and more) and the waiter did not even ask how the meal was! We asked for milk with our coffee and did not got any until we walked inside and actually took milk from the to-go counter. Water was not provided until we begged for it. Bottom line – this was once a great place that I eagerly went to – it is now nothing more than another mediocre restuarant with a sub-par staff, or rather a sub-par WAITER

  9. nbm3 says:

    Welcome to Hoboken. If you want super food and super dining cough up some $$ and go to NYC where then you will complain of how expensive your 2 over easy eggs were.

  10. Easy-E says:

    My story is a little different. The waitress was really professional and obviously had prior experience, so when the salad had sand in it, and the risotto was ridiculously salty she was very apologetic and fixed it as fast as possible.

    I think they are just skimping on the help to be honest. Seemed like several years ago when I lived in that part of town, they hired a lot of young kids – probably from Stevens. Some were OK, but a lot of them should find something else to do, last thing I need is being waited on someone who acts like they are doing me a favor.

  11. trueblue11 says:

    hey nycesq77, to quote several older folks from my childhood, “kids today….” Easy-E hit the nail on the head. They’re Kids. the work ethic is no way near, (for young people today), what it was…lets say-30 years ago. Perhaps we can blame video games, or a perverse sense of entitlement, I don’t know. Why, when I was your age…ooops, there I go saying the things I used to HATE to hear…..

  12. nycesq77 says:

    NBM3 – you must like to waste money and time. Super food and super dining go to NYC – this is your suggestion? LMAO! Perhaps we should all be conent to have food served however it shows up – eggs over easy come out scrambled – your theory, it’s Hoboken so deal with it! If I want properly cooked food I need to leave town? Solid logic there. We live in a town with probably 200 restaurants. I can tell you all the places you can go to have eggs properly prepared. I can tell you places that you will have milk served – you ready for this – side-by-side with your coffee! Wow. I know, shocking. There are even restaurants in town where the waiter will stop by your table after your food has been delivered and say something like, “How is your food? Is there anything else I can get you?” – I know that these are exceptional establishments that are generally only found in NYC and usually cost several hundred dollars per person; I’m just dreaming of the day that the so-called “high-end” restaurants in Hoboken (Anthony David’s at one point was the best restuarant in town) start to live up to expectations and standards. You should stop eating at McDonalds and Qdoba – you might raise your expectations in the process!

  13. TBizzle says:

    To the dickless wonder that stole not one, but two umbrellas from Anrhony Davids Fri. night….i hope u choke on your fathers cock!! Taking one umbrella that wasnt yours during a rainstorm is an understandable mistake…but both mine and my wife’s missing…you are a douche!!! i hope you and your trash Jerz girlfriend die on your way back to Clifton in mommy and daddy’s car!

    • homeworld says:

      Your wife doesn’t live in New Jersey?

      In response to TBizzle who said:

      To the dickless wonder that stole not one, but two umbrellas from Anrhony Davids Fri. night….i hope u choke on your fathers cock!! Taking one umbrella that wasnt yours during a rainstorm is an understandable mistake…but both mine and my wife’s missing…you are a douche!!! i hope you and your trash Jerz girlfriend die on your way back to Clifton in mommy and daddy’s car!

    • Rosewood Ghosts says:

      Same thing happened to me at Amandas and i felt the same way. Such a d-bag thing to do. I bring my umbrella to the table, even at “nice” places.[quote comment=”188690″]To the dickless wonder that stole not one, but two umbrellas from Anrhony Davids Fri. night….i hope u choke on your fathers cock!! Taking one umbrella that wasnt yours during a rainstorm is an understandable mistake…but both mine and my wife’s missing…you are a douche!!! i hope you and your trash Jerz girlfriend die on your way back to Clifton in mommy and daddy’s car![/quote]

  14. TBizzle says:

    PS- food was once again the best in town …and the service was A once again. joseph- ur the best.

  15. Journey says:

    Hey maybe there were two separate umbrella thieves? Sorry you got stuck in the rain.

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