The Vibe: Brooklyn Heights is where the posh set in Brooklyn live, play and eat. Charming town homes and quaint parks paired with the view of the Manhattan skyline are in high demand – and so is the food at the equaling charming local restaurant, Henry’s End. The gastro-pub style restaurant is filled with the well-dressed set (in the best casual denim and sweaters around), but is anything but pretentious, serving up classic American dishes at their very best.
The Facts: Henry’s End has been dubbed as a Brooklyn Heights institution. With a seasonal menu (including a special wild game menu running each fall season), this award-winning restaurant (it has received the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” every year since 1984) has been a mainstay for locals for family nights, casual dinners and date nights.
The Experience: It may look like a hole-in-the-wall kind of place, but aren’t those usually the best? The exposed brick, open kitchen, built in wine shelves and a cozy atmosphere keep things casual, but the food is top notch. Henry’s End approaches food like you would fine wine. It takes time, and amazing ingredients to get it just right, making their American classics better than you could imagine (the southern fried chicken takes up the whole plate, but you’ll want every last, tiny morsel). Don’t believe us yet? Maybe this will convince you to cross the bridge. Zagat said Henry’s End’s food is so amazing, “this is why they built the Brooklyn Bridge”.
Start With: Warm pistachio goat cheese salad $9.95
What could be better than warm goat cheese? Goat cheese encrusted in chopped pistachios, a citrus vinegrette and fresh roasted beets.
Entree With: Chicken with pear, walnut and blue cheese $19.95
It’s one of those perfect marriages of flavour – earthy walnuts, sweet pears and tangy blue cheese make this chicken crispy and juicy.
Finish With: Mrs. Mud pie $8.50
Vanilla and Heath bar ice cream on top of a graham cracker crust and finished off with warm butterscotch sauce.
Table to Book: Ask to be at the coveted table next to the window, or a corner table for an extra cozy feel.
Getting There: Take the subway to Clark Station on the 2 or 3 lines, using the Henry St. side of the arcade, make a left turn, and walk about 5 minutes to #44 (red neon sign in window).
Insider Tip: A table for 2 can be hard to come by, so make sure to book a reservation well in advance.
Where to Find:
44 Henry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201