Shuttered meat favorite the Cannibal is returning to New York City, though in different form.
The owner of the closed Murray Hill restaurant, Christian Pappanicholas, will be bringing old favorites to a weeklong residency at Chefs Club in October — where he’ll also be testing new items for the food menu at a planned brewery that’s opening in Soho next year.
Popular dishes like “the Cannibal dogs,” house-made beef jerky, and a whole roast pig will be available at the Chefs Club residency. Charcuterie and sausage will anchor the menu, with larger plates like roasted lamb shoulder and neck, and beer-braised ribs also on offer. Some vegetable sides will sneak in too, in the form of wood-fired carrots with walnut pesto and roasted cauliflower. See the menu below.
Morgenstern’s will be supplying alcohol-infused desserts like an amaro sundae, while Manhattan-based craft brewery Torch & Crown will be pouring drinks.
The Cannibal’s residency runs from October 2 to 8 at 275 Mulberry Street — but Pappanicholas is working on more permanent plans. The restaurateur has been looking for ways to keep his restaurant’s ethos alive in New York, he says in a statement, and now he’s teamed up with Torch & Crown to create a menu for the brewery’s new Soho taproom.
The Cannibal — which was known for its rare craft beer and high-quality meat dishes — was an immediate hit when it opened in 2010. It closed in March due to a combination of a high rent and rising business costs.
The Torch & Crown taproom is expected to open next year, though Pappanicholas couldn’t share much just yet; stay tuned.