About

The food at The Cannibal Liquor House is burgers, cocktails and bar food

Our menu is perfect for cocktails from housemade potato chips, beef jerky and raw bar to a proper selection of burgers and seasonable vegetables.

Our cocktail program is balanced between house cocktails and classic cocktails. It’s accented by sections of large format, beer and shots, and light cocktails you might drink early in the morning “morning tipple.”

Our Staff

Christian Pappanicholas, Owner

Originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Evan Christian Pappanicholas grew up in the restaurant industry. His father owned two Greek restaurants from 1968-1998 in Delaware. He continued the tradition as owner of three New York City restaurants & soon so be One in LA: Resto, The Cannibal and The Cannibal Hell’s Kitchen & The Cannibal Beer & Butcher in Los Angeles.

Christian earned a degree in finance and entrepreneurship from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and after graduation, he moved to Manhattan where he began working at Insignia ESG in commercial real estate. After five years, his passion for food and drink combined with his entrepreneurial spirit quickly took over and he found himself at the French Culinary Institute. While spending each day around distinguished chefs and his biggest passion—food—his mind raced to figure out how to break into the New York City restaurant scene.

Upon beginning his career in hospitality, Christian joined the opening team at Snack Taverna in the West Village as manager where he sharpened his front-of-house skills along side chef John Frasier. Afterwards, he went to work for the Bothers Denton to run ‘inoteca on the Lower East Side before accepting a job as manager at Mario Batali’s Otto in the West Village.

While on vacation in Belgium, Christian was intrigued by Belgian culture, specifically the Monastery-brewed Belgian beer and sophisticated pub food. Christian’ entrepreneurial drive enabled him to open the doors to his own restaurant, Resto, in the spring of 2007. Since opening, Resto has been warmly welcomed by their Gramercy Park and Murray Hill neighbors and has also received critical accolades including two stars and inclusion in the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants” from The New York Times in 2007 and four stars and inclusion in 2008’s “Best New Restaurants” feature in New York magazine.

During trips to Europe in the fall of 2009 and 2010, Christian began to develop the concept for a beer and butchery bar and in 2011; he opened The Cannibal Beer & Butcher next door to Resto. The Cannibal, named after the revered Belgian cyclist, Eddy Merckx, is a natural extension of Resto’s nose-to-tail ethos. As a beer and butcher, The Cannibal evokes the feeling of dining in a butcher’s home, with over 500 craft beer selections from around the world and a house made charcuterie program, Christian and his team consider The Cannibal to be Resto’s unruly younger brother. In the fall of 2013, The Cannibal expanded to Hell’s Kitchen within Gotham Market and received Two Stars from the New York Times.   In the winter of 2015 The Cannibal will open in Culver City, Los Angeles.

Pappanicholas is a member of Community Board Five in Manhattan where he serves on the Parks and the Public Safety Quality of Life committees. He resides in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children and when he is not cycling with the Rockstar Racing Cycling Team, which The Cannibal Sponsors, he STILL attempting to become a professional tennis player.

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Edward Carew, Executive Chef

Edward Carew originally hails from the blue collar town of Dubuque, Iowa located right on the Mississippi, a town steeped in factories and slaughterhouses, which incidentally had nothing to do with his choice of becoming a chef. Food found Edward rather than the other way around. While working in a small French run restaurant owned by the University of Iowa Edward realized that he much preferred working with his hands than working for a degree so instead of finishing his undergrad he made the leap of faith and moved into restaurants permanently and hasn’t looked back since.

His Culinary journey has taken him to Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and even Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea. Edward did go back and receive his AOS from The Culinary Institute of America to better prepare himself for working in some of New York’s best kitchens including Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison, Craft and Fiamma.

Edward took a brief west coast detour where he worked in reputable kitchens and also owned and operated his own place called The Cottage Eatery, gaining critical success and vast amounts of experience. Upon returning to New York Edward took over the executive chef position at Le Caprice in the iconic Pierre Hotel. Yearning to get back to a more intimate setting and refocus on his love for all things Mediterranean Edward took the head chef job at Spasso in the west Village where he is was a managing partner.

After two years at Spasso Chef Carew ventured out on his own to open a meat centric casual spot called Broken Spoke Rotisserie where he focused on local pasture raised beef, chicken and pork while playfully fusing his other inspirations being travel, bikes and punk rock.

Chef Carew practices an honest approach to food, using only the best ingredients and preparing them in a way that showcases their character best. Although he loves the food industry Edward is most happy spending his time with his family and attempting to surf in Costa Rica.

Cory Lane, Operating Partner

Cory Lane is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where he studied culinary arts management. Cory was captain, wine director and floor manager for Nobu (2002-2006) and was on the opening team of Nobu 57 before joining Momofuku Restaurants (2006-2010) as general manager and beverage director for the opening of Momofuku Ssäm bar as well as the opening of Momofuku Ko and Ma Peche. In 2010 he left New York for Northern California where he opened three restaurants, including El Paseo in Mill Valley California. While in California he started a small wine label called Frith Wines, which focuses on small production single vineyard Grenache. In 2012 he returned to New York to work with Resto and The Cannibal as operations director.

Bill Brooks, Beverage Director

Growing up in Florida, Bill Brooks attended Ringling School of Art and Design, supporting himself in college with various bartending and server positions. After spending a year in the Florida nightclub scene, he packed his bags and moved to Chicago. Shortly after moving there, Bill became serious about the service profession, honing his craft and passions in wine, beer and spirits. After 5 years in Chicago, he once again felt the need to pack up for a new adventure. Luckily landing a job as the head bartender of the newly opened John Dory Oyster Bar, he quickly rose to become the Beverage and Purchasing Manager for the Ace Hotel under Ken Friedman and Chef April Bloomfield. His passion and love for beer quickly landed him in a bar seat at The Cannibal after work, where he became friends with Christian and Cory and joined the Resto & The Cannibal team to open The Cannibal Hell’s Kitchen.