My husband and I spent an overnight at the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Marriott and asked the concierge for dinner recommendations. Henry's End was immediately suggested. After researching online reviews, we went ahead and gave it a try. We tried to make a reservation but when we called, we were told that only parties of 5 or more could hold a reservation. So, we walked about fifteen minutes to the restaurant from the hotel and decided to take our chances.
We arrived at 9:10 PM on a Saturday and it was jammed full. After only about ten minutes we were seated. This is a small restaurant and the tables are REALLY close together. But somehow it didn't feel as dreadful as that sounds. It was really cozy and okay, not cramped. The decor is warm and rustic - exposed brick walls, slate stone tables, relatively low light with votive candles on the tables. You can see the two chefs working in the small galley kitchen which is virtually part of the small dining room - it's all so cozy that nobody goes unseen in this place, even the cooks. The bathrooms are unisex and clean.
There are many wines served by the glass. The wine and beer list is eclectic and has great variety. The dining menu is also rather eclectic. Many locally sourced and very seasonal items will be found. For example, we were able to enjoy fiddlehead ferns as a side dish, as they are presently in season - and their annual season is about six weeks long. This is the kind of restaurant that will find those special ingredients and feature them prominently.
We shared a Caesar salad and asked them to hold the croutons. The salad was fresh and delicious and had lots of small capers sprinkled throughout, as well as whole anchovies on top. I then had the Mediterranean salmon dish. It was very strongly spiced - not "hot" spicy but very deeply seasoned. It was a bit heavy relative to other salmon preparations I have often had, and I couldn't eat much of it for that reason, but the fish itself was cooked perfectly. My husband had the steak au poivre, which he felt was made with an excellent cut of meat however there were TOO MANY whole peppercorns in the sauce. I know, I know, that's what steak au poivre is - it's not the fault of the restaurant - but he would have preferred fewer peppercorns, or at least if they were coarsely ground and not entirely whole. So, if you are tempted to order this, be sure that you love whole peppercorns and lots of them.
We did not get dessert but boy was I tempted when I saw banana custard on the menu. Actually, the whole dessert menu looked great.
Special shout-out to our server, Wes, who took very good care of us and made the evening really lovely.
Also, just a note about kids - unless your kids have a very sophisticated palate, I would not recommend this as a place for them. The foods on the menu are rather complex, something many children would not appreciate.
All in all,we would definitely return when back in Brooklyn Heights.