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You can’t walk far in picturesquely industrial Red Hook without hitting a diner. But until last Friday, you could roam the main drag without crossing paths with a Culinary Institute-trained chef. Then Chef Dianna Munz opened Hope & Anchor at 347 Van Brunt St. at Wolcott Street.

The restaurant was born of a friendship formed at Munz’s Smith Street restaurant, Paninoteca. Regular customer Gary Rego convinced Munz to locate her next venture in his artsy neighborhood. The two joined forces to purchase the space, and Munz’s father-in-law helped design the chic dining room. The name Hope & Anchor is inspired by the flag of Rego’s native Rhode Island.

The new American menu melds diner and bistro. Diner standards may cost a buck more than at nearby greasy spoons (and they don’t have meatloaf), but for the first time on Van Brunt Street, balsamic vinegar and calves’ livers make an appearance - with an espresso drink or cocktail to wash them down.

All-day breakfast options like pancakes and chorizo hash and eggs are joined at 11 am by salads, sandwiches and a snack menu featuring the likes of wings and clam cakes - "a Rhode Island favorite." Dinner entrees include herb roasted chicken, rock shrimp lasagna and cauliflower ravioli. Choose between homemade donut holes, a slice of pie or chocolate pudding icebox cake to complete the experience.

Hope & Anchor’s full bar also serves wines by the bottle or glass. Call (718) 237-0276 to confirm hours or for delivery. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. Entrees: $9-$12.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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