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The Cannibal Beer And Butcher
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 172
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$$ - very expensive
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
113 East 29th Street
phone: (212) 686-5480
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
A friend of mine who works as a bartender at a beer bar was telling me about her visit to The Cannibal and how she felt raped. And it hurt. We were laughing! $15 pints?? Seriously?
Well, as it turns out, the next day another friend of mine suggests we check out The Cannibal. Oh, why not.
This place reminds me of Good Beer in the East Village, only smaller and darker. You go in and there are coolers full of beer around you, then comes the bar (with barely any room to walk by), the kitchen right there and a patio that looked mighty enticing.
Unless you are a skinny hipster, you may feel (like me) slightly claustrophobic here. The joint was crowded on a Wednesday evening at 7pm, and hot enough too to make me sweat. My friend and I sat at the bar, in some weird-uncomfortable stools and rubbing elbows with the folks around us because there is literally no room.
They have 8 drafts and a long-ass bottle menu that will scare you with the prices (1000% markup anyone?). On tap: Founders Centennial, Allagash Black, Avery Out of Bounds, Carton Brunch, De Ranke XX, Dogfish 90. How do you feel about paying nine dollars for a pint of Centennial? And eleven bucks for eight ounces of Dogfish 90 plus more foam than an Alinea recipe?
The food menu is short but sweet. Tartares, terrines, meat and more meat! We had the whipped lardo and a terrine, both really nice. But again the prices: $11 for a tiny slice of terrine? Shit, I think Per Se is a better bang for your buck!
Service was not great, mostly because of the bar setup. Guy has to walk out to the coolers upfront whenever somebody orders a bottle. This is like trying to run in Times Square during the New Year's Eve Ball Drop. Fail. The guy looked a bit hurried and nervous and, when we asked for the check, he literally slapped it with a bang on the bar.
I'm glad I tried you, Cannibal, but I don't like you.
04-19-2012 19:02:16 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
This place is fantastic. First, the beer. There were only five or so tap lines, but they were five solid choices. For instance, I had the Cuvee des Jacobins. The only other place where I've seen this on tap is the Publick House. But the draw here is not what is on tap, it's the ridiculous bottle list. Again, operating on Publick House levels even if more expensive. I didn't read the whole list over, but I saw no soft spots at all, no fillers, just beer ranging from high quality to outstanding.
In addition to the beer, they had a small, but high quality menu. We got a salad, the steak tartare (which was delicious), the hot dogs, and ended with a cheese plate. Everything was great, and clearly high quality, even the hot dogs (rated best in NY by New York Mag FWIW).
Our waiter was very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. Though I picked my own beer, he offered to pair the beer with what we were eating, and I noticed he was able to help others make their selections throughout the night.
You can see I've rated everything a 5 except the vibe. I took off a half point because this place is very small. There is a counter in back, and one long table that doubles as the bar in front, but turns into seating on both sides at the back. So don't be surprised if you have to coordinate plate and glass placement with a stranger across from or next to you. But this is Cannibal's only real flaw. It can be more than a touch expensive here, but it should be noted that not all the beer is outrageously priced, nor are all the food options. So you don't have to break the bank here.
03-23-2012 16:42:08 |
More by toneloc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
This place has a phenomenal Selection. when seated at the bar, you have an amazing short menu of snacks, small plates, and bartenders that are very knowledgeable, friendly, and happy to help pair your beers with food or your food with beers. They have a great selection of belgians and domestics, but in any style under the sun. The atmosphere is cool, dark lighting, have two TV's playing 90s action movies like Tango & Cash. Bar seating, and you can get beers to go as well. the beer fridges are in the front, the first thing u see as you walk in. Been there twice, although the prices are expensive and some prices are ridiculous, i'll definitely return again for a nice occasion. too expensive to go all the time though.
03-11-2012 18:08:31 |
More by JordonHoltzman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I agree with most of what's been said in previous reviews but did not find the prices any worse than like places in the same neighborhood. All of the bartenders seemed very knowledgable about the beers and had great suggestions.
The food looked and sounded great but they weren't serving until after 4:00 and I dropped in about 3:00.
The selection of beer is not huge but it's all interesting. It's somewhat like a pricey Spuyten Duyvil.
The bar stools were a little uncomfortable, no backs.
Everyone should try it.
02-01-2012 20:03:14 |
More by david18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
As the other reviewer mentioned, this place is on the pricy side, which is no surprise considering the town and the neighborhood. However, it's really nice in here, with a bar that has lots to choose from, 6 taps which are all interesting, and growler fills. Lots of oddball bottles you can drink in the store or take out for a much lower price. Didn't eat but the food looked very nice, top quality stuff.
I got very nice service here from a young and very attractive woman who all smiles and had a good knowledge of the beer so points for that. As far as the selection goes there was a lot of beer here I haven't seen elsewhere...lots of odd european bottles, haandbryggeriet, haansens, drie fonteinen guezes, plus alesmith and some other harder to find americans, etc. I will stop by here whenever I am close...once every month or two, I suppose, just to grab some of these. Check it out but be prepared to drop some coin and also to find SOMETHING you likely haven't seen anywhere else.
11-02-2011 15:41:20 |
More by tobelerone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
There are a lot of positive things to say about this place, however, let me start with making this one criticism perfectly clear:
Prices are LUDICROUS. 10 oz pour of De Struise = $15 before tip. 750ml Cantillon Classic and 375ml Cantillon Kriek to go = $43 combined. 750ml of Bruery Mischief to stay = $40.
To be fair, they do price differently depending if you are eating there or taking beer to go, but in either case the prices are extraordinarily high. In a city full of expensive but quality beer joints, Cannibal far and away takes the cake as the priciest.
To avoid confusion, I should make clear exactly what this place is - a combo beer bar/bottle shop/small plates restaurant/butcher's shop/gourmet food store. With a back yard. Oh, and they sell bicycle parts. Seriously.
The pricing criticism aside, if you have the spare cash, I recommend checking this place out. While the beers I listed were expensive, they're generally hard to find, so I have to give them credit for even having them available. Their selection as a whole is rather impressive, and the 8 tap lines were filled with unique beers. The two massive coolers in front were similarly stocked with all kinds of fun stuff, including the aforementioned Cantillons and a huge line of Liefmanns and Hanssens.
The food, which I didn't have a chance to try, is likewise impressive looking. Small tapas-style plates as well as some larger entrees, gourmet sandwiches, and a full-service butcher's counter filled with (of course) locally sourced/organic/hormone free meat. My memory isn't perfect, but some of the better looking items included steak tartare, some sort of plated steak dish, half a pigs head (!), and a whole slew of cheese and charcuterie options. The food prices aren't cheap, but they are more reasonable than the beer prices (in line with the usual NYC pricing).
Loved the atmosphere. If you, like me, are a sucker for the rustic, Edison bulb, reclaimed wood look that's all the rage in NYC these days, then you'll be a fan. This is enhanced by the variety of jars of oils/vinegars and cured/smoked/preserved meats/vegetables/miscellany lining the shelves (and all for sale).
I didn't catch the name of the guy behind the counter who I was chatting with, but he was friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to offer tastes of the tap beers. No complaints here at all.
So all in all I strongly recommend going here if you have the available funds. And definitely make sure to ask for prices before ordering!
08-28-2011 21:52:09 |
More by t8000shx
The Cannibal Beer And Butcher in New York, NY