Perry, the founder of New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City street food.
We recently heard about a relatively new food cart in our old neighborhood, Greenwich Village. Even though we don’t live there anymore, old friends keep up informed on food and other happenings in the area.
Anton’s Russian Dumplings has been serving across from the IFC Center on 6th Ave and West 3rd St since March, and they have been in business a few months longer. They are right outside the basketball courts and the West 4th St subway entrance.
Anton’s doesn’t have a large menu, but there are a few choices at your disposal – basically, what you want in your dumplings, what you want on your dumplings, and how many dumplings you want. Hey, sounds good to us. We love dumplings!
A small portion costs $6 and the large portion costs $11. Each pelmeny is about the size of a healthy tortellini, so a large (with about 20) is required for lunch. If you only want a quick snack, say before going to the movies at the IFC Center, a small portion is about 10 pelmeny.
As for the fillings, there are three types: ground chicken, potato and Siberian, which is a mix of ground beef & pork. Yes, you can mix and match the different types if you want, which we did.
Once that’s decided, it’s time to choose toppings, which are included in the price, with one exception. The free toppings are sour cream, scallions, soy sauce and sriracha. You can also have melted Gouda cheese for an extra dollar.
If you want to try something a little different, Anton’s Special of the Day was teriyaki sauce, scallions and sesame seeds. The special cost $1 more than the usual prices mentioned above.
To round out the meal, pickles are provided for free, or you can buy 2 for $1.
We love all types of dumplings, and were excited to try these. As you would expect, the chicken was a little milder in flavor than the beef/pork mix of the Siberian pelmeny. We’ll probably get flak for this comment, but the potato were reminiscent of a small pierogi. They were flat, not folded over like the other flavors, and had small bulge where the potato was.
Russian food is not known for being particularly strong with their flavors, and sour cream doesn’t get you there by itself, so scallions were essential, in our opinion. If you want a little extra kick, make sure to request sriracha, which we did.
This was not the ideal lunch for a hot summer day, but if you’re looking for a quick nibble (the small size) or a full meal (the large size), Anton’s Russian Dumplings will do the trick nicely. Once the weather starts to cool off, we can see making this street vendor a regular part of our culinary repertoire.
Being situated in the middle of Greenwich Village, Anton’s hours run later than the street vendors in midtown or downtown. They are open 1pm-9pm from Tues through Thurs and close at 3am on Fri and Sat! This makes Anton’s an ideal choice when looking for something to absorb all that alcohol late at night when stumbling around the Village.