Husband-and-wife Winston and Carole Bergman Kulok named their new subterranean American bistro Bar Henry, after the same beloved family member that lent his name to their French spot, Café Henri: their Maltese dog. Henry may be the mascot for both ventures, but this new space dropped the cute café atmosphere of the original for a darker, old–New York vibe with low-ceilings, a 100-year-old mahogany bar salvaged from a tavern in Cold Spring Harbor, and oxidized-brass light fixtures.
On the menu: aged steaks and chicken from LaFrieda and Niman pork. The décor hints at tough, neat drinking, but wine is the focus here. John Slover of Grand Cru Wine Consulting compiled the list, emphasizing old-world wines, with twelve wines by the glass and 22 half bottles. Bar hours are Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the kitchen is open daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Click through the slideshow to see the underground space, and preview the full menu below.
Bar Henry, 90 W. Houston St., Lower Level, at LaGuardia Pl.; 646-448-4559