May we not say “goodbye” for a very long time.
You, Heyday (collectively, all of you involved) are exactly what we have been looking for, for a very long time.
A neighborhood joint where everything works: The food, the drink, the ambiance, the service and the price point.
The kind of place where we concluded, “Hello, Heyday, we will be back … and often!”
We were a party of six, turned into eight. [Heyday easily accommodated our last minute party number changes.]
Started out sharing “apps,” the lower-priced upper part of the menu. All were good. Then we each ordered from the bottom of the menu, the proteins. Sharing the “apps” was our only mistake. One should each order an app or salad, and then a protein.
Breads. The menu specifies you have to ask for bread. Do!
Two kinds of rustic breads, one a boule, the other, rolls, from “recycled grains” from …. Indeed Brewery? [Professional reviewers can get these details right.]
Breads served with house-churned butter. Make that salted, house-churned butter. Yum!
No charge for the breads, and we had several rounds. Breads of the earth.
A reasonably priced wine list.
Awesome service. The right level. Not intrusive. Not exclusive. People who you want to think will remember you when you come back. [Will find that out, shortly.]
Raves for the asparagus, the chicken liver tart, the beet salad, the pork, the branzino. Raves for the prices on the wine list. We ordered a number of bottles.
[Sidebar: I had the malt-grilled pork, and the flavor was fantastic. Who would have thought to do a sauce in sun chokes and sunflower seeds? Who doesn’t like ramps, this time of year?]
Ambiance? Chandeliers hung on rafters. Kind of like the unfinished third floor in my old house. Perfect. A noise level that conveys energy, while enabling -- not discouraging -- the kind of conversation you expect to have with people you like to eat with -- and converse with. [Hello, Burch? You don’t have that. And, you don’t have a price point where I will return often.]
Out with a group of friends who have tried every new restaurant in town for 16 years.
We all agreed: Heyday hits it out of the park.
One final note. This is a place you can dine with friends, or dine alone. Love my friends, but I almost envied the gentleman enjoying his meal at the communal table in the bar. I’ll be stopping by solo soon to see what happens at that table.
Because Heyday seems like the kind of place where you have no qualms about doing that.
My kind of place.
So as I mentioned - we went tonight. It was delicious, indeed.
1) Couldn't agree more about the bread. We're trying to cut back on the carbs, but we cheated and had two rounds of bread. So freaking good!
2) The portion sizes are great for sharing a few items between two people. We started with fish - branzino and the monkfish. Both were amazingly flavorful, but I think the monkfish was the winner for me.
3) Second course was the squab and filet. Both were fabulous, but the filet had me at morel mushrooms. The squab was served with beetroot tapioca and bone marrow like butter. The flavors all married so well, but I have to say beetroot tapioca doesn't really like staying on a fork.
4) Third and final course was the banana yuzu sundae. Very light and refreshing, if not even a bit tart.
5) Like Sarah, we loved the atmosphere from the huge windows to the open beamed ceiling to the church pew seating. The vibe was great and we'll definitely be back.
6) And they even have their own parking lot!
I love Heyday. I've had both brunch and dinner there, most recently last night. Our table had the beef tartar, chicken liver and mussels as starters. We all agreed that the tartar was good, the mussels delicious and inventive and the chicken liver tart was exceptional. For dinner, 2 people had the steak, one person had fish and I had the spiced lamb. It was amazing. One of my favorite dishes in the past few months, meltingly tender, just so so good. I also really love the chocolate mousse with rosemary. And we had a good (and somewhat inexpensive)bottle of wine- I appreciate that they have a range of wines and even the less expensive bottles are nice. The last 2 times we've had dinner there we've had Mandy as a server- she's great, good energy. And as a bonus we were able to park behind the restaurant instead of trolling for a place on the street.