It looks like it’s out with the Newark doubles and in with the Santa Maria tri-tips at St. Anselm. After closing his quirky snack shop late last year until he could secure a beer-and-wine license, owner Joe Carroll reopens on June 9 not only with that hard-won permit that makes all the difference but a brand-spanking-new menu, too. “It was a square-peg-in-a-round-hole situation,” explains Carroll about the switcheroo, citing a space he says was ill-suited for Jersey-style deep-fried hot dogs and White Manna-style sliders despite their indisputable excellence. Now, he’s replaced the deep fryer and the flattop griddle with a 60-inch wood-and-coal-fueled grill from which will come simply seasoned meats and seafood, including the aforementioned Santa Maria, California, beefsteak specialty. Also from the grill: a double center-cut pork chop, a head-on sweet-tea-brined poussin, and an “axe handle” rib eye for two. To wash it down, there are three wines on tap and a small selection of craft beers.
St. Anselm, 355 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 718-384-5054