Anytime Williamsburg Denies Demise;
Tater Tot Death Watch Begins
Love it or hate it (and there's plenty of reasons for either), Anytime at 93 North 6th Street has been a Northside institution for years (since 2001, we think). Delivering anything from chicken fingers to beer and cigarettes until 5 am, and serving $1 PBRs at the bar, well, anytime, one can imagine why the place has a big following.
In the past few days, the familiar Anytime sign has been removed and replaced by an even more-familiar "Commercial Space for Rent / Capri Jet Realty Corp" placard. As of 5 pm Tuesday, the restaurant was still answering their phone and accepting take-out orders. The staff chuckled when we asked about the signage swap, insisting the owner is just "renting out commercial space" and that the restaurant is still doing business as usual. A call to the realtor was not returned as of this posting.
Even though 90% of the menu items are mediocre at best (Free Williamsburg categorizes the cuisine as "Shit"), and three years ago, the kitchen went from 24 hours down to 4 pm til 5 am – forcing the owners to add a blinking neon "at night" to the sign - if Anytime does close, it will leave a huge void in late-night, post-binge knoshing.
For the record, imnotsayin IS a big fan of the rosemary-laden lamb Anytime Burger, served in a pita and slathered in minced cucumber and tomatoes...though even the burger suffered when the kitchen stopped serving it with a side of tahini.
But the real tragedy here would be loss of the TOTS. Yes, the Anytime tater tots - packed in a hole-studded cardboard carton, and included with burgers as a gigantic hot, steamy, salty, greasy, crispy box of paradise. Losing the tots would rank right up there with the death of Pies N' Thighs' pulled pork goodness.
Update 1: Anytime's bar / dining room was open as usual Tuesday evening.
Update 2: The realtor from Capri Jet corroborated the staff's contention that Anytime is NOT closing. The rental sign refers to the second-floor commercial space. The tots are safe, at least for now...