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Henry Street Ale House
Posted by eugene l. on 03/09/2009
This place ain't fancy. No fancy martinis, no fancy finger food. BUT...this place has great bars, amazing pub-style food, and gracious laid-back service. I went back for my 4th time a couple weeks ago and had a great time. The crowd was mixed and eclectic, and the spicy wings and chicken fingers were f-in off the hook. I was super-pleased to see a female bartender on this particular Monday night. She was really sweet, attentive as necessary (and not in my face), and cracked some great jokes. I did feel a little badly because there a large group of bloody-awful tippers...SERIOUSLY, who tips 50 cents on a beer? That is not acceptable, guys! Just because we're in a recession doesn't mean you tip your bartender any less.
Posted by Erick on 03/09/2009
My girlfriend and I just happened upon this place during a walk and decided to grab a beer. The atmosphere was subdued and the music was great. Exactly what I was looking for. Then I noticed they had one of my favorite beers on tap, Staropramen. I was pretty ecstatic by this. Then we snacked on nachos and onion rings, and they were perfect. Everyone knows that when you have nachos piled with an assortment of guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cheese and chopped meat, the chips by the bottom tend to get soggy. NOT HERE! The last chip was just as crunchy as the first. I don't know what kind of magic they put in their nachos, but they are so satisfying that I will definitely go back again just for that....OK I'll have a beer too. BTW the Onion rings are fantastic too. About the dimness, I was there during the daylight and I can see how it would get really dark in there at night. During the day, the lighting is great. As far as the "rudeness" of the staff talked about in previous reviews, I didn't see it. They all seemed very nice, and I had a nice conversation with the bartender.
Posted by Sherry on 12/22/2008
Crabcake sandwich had no crabmeat. It's tastes like it's straight from a supermarket freezer. The Cajun catfish is enidable because is is grainy and overly spicy. Will not return.
Posted by onthebeerprowl on 12/22/2008
Lack of service, civility, and regard for their clientele. Bartenders and staff are rude, neglectful, unprofessional, and clearly, from the history of poor reviews, unwilling to change. If this kind of service is their shtick, Henry out to be out about it. Otherwise, they have no business being in the hospitality business,
Posted by A Line Diner on 12/22/2008
Last May, after several uneventful trips to Henry St.,, I accidentally left my debit card there, called to confirm it was there and came back for it the next day. The bartender at the time (Sat. early evening) couldn't find it on first go, refused to look further, and berated me for wasting his time. It was so astonishing that a server would give me a tongue lashing for trying to retrieve my credit card that I walked out stunned and embarrassed for clearly having made a mistake. The other folks at the bar looked shocked too! The next day they called to tell me they found it. Yesterday, I tried to give Henry St. another shot and went there with two friend. We sat at the bar and I told the story of the debit card, ending with "We have gone on nights when that bartender isn't working and its fine. And the food's good." Apparently, the bartender working LAST night, took offense at the story. I know this because she was incredibly unresponsive to our wanting to order, got my order totally wrong and, when I asked for a soda on the house while I waited and waited (over 15 minutes for a fish sandwichwhile my companions finished their meal), said to me "Really? You're asking for a free soda?" in a disgusted tone. No apology ever offered for the original mistake, btw. At that, we realized the evening was ruined, canceled the order and had the remainder of my companions' meals boxed to go. Her comments on our parting were "you don't talk bad about someone's colleagues right in front of them." I asked to speak with a manager and she said she was the manager. I asked to speak with her as the manager, and she refused. So, my only option is to post my experience of this restaurant in the hopes that others will go elsewhere. The food is okaycompetent enough pub grubbut the service is unremorsefully nasty. There are many, many other places to get a beer and a burger that don't leave you feeling abused and humiliated.
Posted by Heights Resident on 05/15/2008
My husband and I come here for dinner fairly often. It's one of our favorite spots in the neighborhood. The pulled pork sandwich, catfish sandwich, burger, chili, monster chicken burrito and mac and cheese are a few favorites. Yes, food here can be a bit hit or miss at times, depending on the dish. The dishes I've listed are the ones that have been consistently good over the years. Agree with other reviewer that it is way too dark. When they had the Xmas lights around the restaurant during the holidays, the lighting was actually much better. They should have that going all year round. Can get loud at times but it's pretty low key and relaxed.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/01/2008
I've only lived in Brooklyn Hieghts for a few months now and I find that me and my partner frequent this place at least once a week. Great food, beer and atmosphere. !