We checked out Henry Public (Henry St. b/w Atlantic and Pacific in Cobble Hill) last night. It was the first night open, and the place was already busy. The transformation of the space from its former incarnation as a tv repair shop is amazing. You would think it had always been a pub. The lighting is dim and the music is mostly jazz. There's a smallish bar area and a few booths in the front room and tables in the small back room.
We tried the burger, which was very good (grass-fed beef ground on premises, and cooked to order). The food menu is limited here; the drinks seem to be the main thing. The cocktail list has some interesting house creations, and they have several beers on tap (I had an extremely fresh Six Points Oatmeal Stout).
This place is a welcome addition to the neighborhood -- definitely worth a look if you're in the area.
I agree. My boyfriend and I went there to seek resolve from a decidedly boring work party. It was a Saturday evening, around midnite, and the place was packed to the brim. For future note, best to come earlier in the nite and stake out a table. The decor was beautiful. The staff was lovely. The music was perfect. The crowd was happy. And the drinks were superb. (I had the lavender drink) We will be back.
On a side note, does anyone else notice how ubiquitous these high-end cocktail spots are becoming? I hope they don't wear their welcome, cos I can't get enough!
ah nice, we went by before they opened and ran into the owner -- its the same people who own brooklyn social. glad to see some good buzz about it.
Living a block away, I've had a chance to stop by a few times and I'm pleased to have them as neighbors.
re: the food,
my burger was tasty - and if you're particular in the origins of your beef, the grass-fed cows here will make you happy. That being said, it won't replace Waterfront as my favorite burger on the block. The braised turkey leg sandwich was also very good, but not life changing. The bread gets soggy quickly, and the wife compared it to thanksgiving stuffing (in a good way). She was a bigger fan.
For me, the winners are the snacks. Marrow bones, radishes with salted butter, homemade pickles ... these at the bar while enjoying a whiskey cocktail is what makes me love this place.