“I’m spending more money than I ever have before on printer paper,” Todd Andrews jokingly tells me. That’s because Annicka (544 Manhattan Ave.), the recently re-opened farm brewery restaurant on a quiet edge of McCarren Park, where Andrews is both management consultant and head chef, has a drinks menu that changes almost every week. But, as far as expenses go, that paper seems to be well worth it.
A unique permit helps to explain Annicka’s frequently modified booze offerings. Ed Raven, Annicka’s owner, also owns Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N 15th St.), about a half mile away on Greenpoint’s West side, where he operates under a New York State farm brewery license. This allows him, as a local brewer, to serve his and other New York State produced and labeled beer, wine, cider, and spirits by the glass, at up to five retail locations without another permit. This encourages quite a bit of experimentation at Annicka, where Andrews and his team “have really run with it”, excitedly exploring what’s out there. So far he’s only had one table ask for something off menu that he couldn’t provide; his search for a New York State Sambuca continues. Continue reading