Back in June, we reported that mom-and-pop stop-off Ted & Honey was primed to start serving booze. According to co-owner Ted Jackson, parents will be able to start escaping their spawn right around Halloween.
Jackson and sister Michelle have revamped the space, created more floor space, and plan to start serving small plates and beer and wine from Sixpoint and Long Island vintners "any week now." The hours will be 6 till 11 p.m., and yes, we jest, kids will still be "definitely welcome." The tiny ones' menu will include items like a popular nutella-and-banana panini, whereas adults can choose from a list of small plates that highlight Jackson's in-house smoker: Guinea hog pork rillette with housemade cornichons and bread will be paired with hand-crafted chutneys and jams, from a "harvest chutney" with pears and plums to his smoked tomato jam. He'll also be making his own pork shoulder bacon and cold-smoking salmon and cheeses.
Last but not least, he's put in a proposal for a small commercial kitchen at 243 Degraw Street, just down the road in the former Chicory space. He'll do all the baking for Ted & Honey on the premises, serve coffee and pastries, and have a catering manager there to handle the party needs of local parents. "You can get baked goods ... there will be benches outside," he tells us, "but it's not a caf." Ted & Honey still will be a caf, and though it won't be going all romantico until 6 p.m., afternoon customers can expect to be kicked out around 4:30 or 5 p.m. in order to provide time for the mood switch.
Previously: Ted & Honey to Serve Adult Beverages in July