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  • Antique Bakery Reopens as Antique BAR and Bakery

    For more than 100 years, Antique Bakery was an essential part of Hoboken — with its 30-ton coal oven that served hundreds of Hoboken residents on the regular — including Frank Sinatra {word on the street was he would have loaves of it couriered to him, no matter where he was in the world}. It was that classic neighborhood bakery, where many would pick up a fresh-baked loaf in the morning and then stop back in for a coffee at lunch. After moving to Jersey City for a stint, on February 7th, Antique Bakery has reopened as Antique Bar & Bakery. We got a chance to visit, and wanted to share the amazingness that is going down at 122 Willow Ave in all its newfound glory.

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    When you walk in to the space, you feel the cozy ambiance and vibe; it has that old coffeehouse/bakery feel —now with a twist—with a full bar of artisanal cocktails {and wine + beer, of course}.

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    Specialty breads are made in-house, but when filmmaker/entrepreneur Joe Castelo bought the original Antique Bakery building in Hoboken {after finding out that Ivan Rodriguez of the original Antique Bakery was losing the space and moving to Jersey City} — Joe didn’t want to lose the history, have the oven stop being used, or watch the oven get destroyed by a new tenant with a different business. To solve that serious issue, he and Chef Paul partnered to open the new Antique Bar & Bakery, and Ivan trained Chef Paul on how to use the original Antique Bakery oven so that the tradition would not be lost. {MAJ heart eyes here!}

    Even with new ownership, Ivan still brings his beloved bread from Jersey City daily to continue Antique Bakery’s delicious carb-celebrating tradition for Hoboken residents. The bar will also be serving coffee, cheeses, and meats along with bread {to go or to enjoy in-house}. Yum.

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    Chef Paul Gerard {from Ethyl’s in NYC} is the new culinary face to the Hoboken scene, serving up delicious fare in the 30-ton coal oven, with a dinner menu that includes rib-eye, hanger, chicken, and fish. All of the bread and pastries that are served in the restaurant at Antique Bar & Bakery is baked onsite in the original oven {which has been there for more than 100 years}, as are most of the menu items. Pastry chef Ashton Warren is a two Michelin Star recipient of Marc Forgione fame — so you know it’s gonna be good.

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    ^Chef Paul Gerard on the job!

    Speaking of the menu, it is noteworthy to mention the unique, carefully-tailored details that go into the new space are all as a result of Joe’s filmmaker background. Case in point? The menu! No, the below isn’t a “draft” of the menu, it’s the actual printed menu that everyone who dines at the space will receive at their table which is created to imitate a film script, adding to the charm of the space and “old Hoboken” vibes. Lurve. [PS: Pumpkin rice balls with provolone fondue, we’re comin’ for ya].

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    It was so exciting to meet two men who are so passionate about their new space, and their determination to keep Hoboken’s history alive. Throughout the space, they’ve included photos, books, and even home movies from Hoboken residents showcasing reel from the 50s and 60s.

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    Old photos of celebrities and authentic Hoboken photos adorn the walls, proving that they’ve really outdone themselves to create a space that oozes intimacy, history, and character.

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    What’s that black and white film at the front of the bakery, you ask? Oh, just On the Waterfront playing on repeat on a projector {starring Marlon Brando, filmed in Hoboken}. 

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    As far as hours, Antique Bar & Bakery will be selling bread, coffee, baked goods, and specialty items from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and the restaurant will be open for dinner 6:00 – 10:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, and 6:00 – 11:00 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The bar will be open 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday {yassss late nights!}. The restaurant and bar will be closed on Mondays {for now – and word on the street is there may be brunch in the future, too}.

    Needless to say, it’s a breath of fresh air for the Hoboken bar scene, with a unique twist on an old friend — and we’re excited to be regular patrons! 

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    Have you been to the newly reopened Antique Bar & Bakery yet? What did you think?


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