The team behind Williamsburg beer mecca Spuyten Duyvil and BBQ mecca Fette Sau has finally added a third mecca to their portfolio: St. Anselm. After a long delay, co-owner Joe Carroll began serving a limited lunch menu this week (seen here), and expects to extend that into dinner on Monday. But he won't be offering the full, meat manic menu for another month or two, and today he explained the hold up.
Bureaucracy, naturally! Before Carroll can pick up his liquor license (he's planning an expansive wine list with plenty of half-bottles) he needs a "letter of no objection" from the Buildings Department, which has a slight issue with his water main service. And until he can offer beverages beyond root beer floats, Carroll's keeping the menu limited to sliders, deep fried hot dogs, and Newark dogs: two deep fried hot dogs with fried peppers, onions, and potatoes, served on pizza bread. There are also four house-made sausages, including a sun dried tomato and Aleppo pepper sausage; as well as house-made Scrapple.
Once fully operational, Carroll sees St. Anselm (so-called after his grandfather's middle name) as a comfort food snack bar specializing in hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as a premiere destination for offal, organ meat, and delicacies such as braised oxtail and chicken a la king. We're told the full menu as seen on Menu Pages is "preliminary" but basically correct. And if you're loathe to consume a Newark dog without a beer to wash it down, Carroll says that while they're waiting for the liquor license, everyone's welcome to take their food next door to Spuyten Duyvil's epic backyard.
St. Anselm // 355 Metropolitan Avenue, near Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg // (718)384-5054 // Open 12-4p.m.; starting Monday 12-11p.m.