Bar Spotlight: The Cannibal

By Connor Melofchik

This Belgian bar and butcher shop serves up some of the most delicious meats in all of NYC, all accompanied by some of the best beers around. The Cannibal consists of a communal bar, a butcher counter with eight seats, and an outdoor space with even more seating. The brainchild of Resto founder (conveniently located next door)Christian Pappanicholas, The Cannibal is quickly creating quite the reputation of its own.


While it's easy to think the name is derived from this bar's love of meat, it is actually derived from Belgian Grand Tour Cyclist Eddy Merckx, who throughout the 60's and 70's was simply known as "The Cannibal". Biker gear is also available for purchase here, making it the perfect local, ride up, sit-in beer and butcher shop. Yet another twist is the spot's fetish for underground horror movies; a T.V. across from the bar plays whatever the Horror Movie Du Jour is. The lamb tartar and their riff on the Cuban sandwich (made with pig's head) are two of the blockbuster items on Cannibal's menu. Their charcuterie plates are some of the best in the area as well. While meat is definitely one of the stars of The Cannibal, the beverage program consists of 450 beers from all over the world.


Located on east 29th street in between Park and Lexington, the Cannibal has all the feel of a neighborhood joint. It offers one of the best beer selections in the area (including a self serve fridge) and is intimate enough where regulars will definitely be noticed. The Cannibal is a must hit stop for any beer, bike, or meat enthusiast in NYC.


Featured image via Instagram @thecannibalnyc