The carefully crafted mise en scène (ragtime music, a rickety bar) at this old-timey watering hole comes to us from the owners of nearby Brooklyn Social. Henry Public’s studied collection of drinks sound awfully appealing on paper, but many don’t succeed. While the Ether (Scotch, vermouth, yellow chartreuse and absinthe) was an herbaceous delight, others—like the Eagle’s Dream, a cloying mix of gin, lemon, egg white and violet liqueur—fell short. The bar’s offerings are shaky, but the kitchen is sure-footed. Old-world snacks (plateaus of oysters) and filling sandwiches (milk-braised turkey on rye) are more memorable than the drinks.
Photograph: LIzz Kuel
|Venue name:||Henry Public|
329 Henry St
|Cross street:||between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri 5pm–4am, Sat noon–4am, Sun noon–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall|
|Price:||Average drink: $10. Cash only|