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Probably not ideal for a first date as seating is limited and you don’t want to seem ill prepared. Probably an ideal place to come with a fellow meat-eater and ideally one who enjoys craft beer. There’s plenty of it. If you make a good enough impression with the bartender, he may even let you make your empty marrow bone into a whiskey luge. So yeah, probably not a good first date place.
If you find yourself around the Nomad/Murray Hill area on a warm night, you have a few options for eating outside: there are a handful of places with solid sidewalk seating, a couple not-too-cheesy rooftops, and a lot of extremely cheesy rooftops. But your best option is popping into The Cannibal, which has a semi-covered back garden and a menu that’s perfect for a full-on meat feast.
Beer and meat. If your affection for these isn’t typically satisfied by burgers and pitchers of generic IPAs, The Cannibal has options to set you right. Along with some hard to find draught beers, they have over 300 bottled choices. The bar works well for a casual hang with a friend, and there are some good small plates like bone marrow with beef shank ragout. If you come with a group, sit at a picnic table in the covered beer garden out back, and share a large format dish like the smoked ribs or the General Tso pig’s head.