Henry at Life Hotel

4.4
55 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International

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About

Henry at Life Hotel offers a vibrant dining experience in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood. Our newly re-opened restaurant from Craveable Hospitality Group and James Beard nominated Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson offers globally-influenced dishes inspired by African, Asian and Caribbean flavors, using seasonal ingredients.

Henry's creative cocktail program, led by mixologist Pam Wiznitzer, uses ingredients from the kitchen, with flavorful twists on spritzes, martinis and a menu full of original drinks crafted with house-made ingredients and syrups.

Located in the former LIFE Magazine headquarters inside the boutique LIFE Hotel, enjoy a piece of historic New York and a culinary experience for all the senses.

For Large Parties & Private Events, email henryevents@craveablehg.com.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, African, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Bar
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 615-9910
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph "JJ" Johnson
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Private party facilities
For large parties or private event inquiries please email us at melissa@craveablehg.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 5th Ave and Broadway
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Parking details
SP+ Parking lot is located 9 West 31st Street, right before Henry at Life Hotel
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B,D,F,1,2,3,A,C,E
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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EF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Bit into a plastic metal piece in my food, which is not acceptable at any reputable restaurant. They did offer to make a new dish, but I had lost my appetite by then. Also, significantly understaffed. Way below my expectations & my previous experience with the Chef.

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CB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a special place with excellent service and great food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. From the tuna tartare to the jollof rice to the dessert. Couldn’t have had a better experience.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Braised short rib amazing. Servers super helpful and friendly. Excellent playlist

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Read New York Times review and was excited to try this place but was slightly disappointed. Did not live up to the hype. Service was very good but food was just a little better than average. Also chicken came out undercooked first time but sent back and it was better when they brought it back.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing, totally unique food. Very attentive service. Almost too attentive. They refill your water so often that it starts to feel disruptive. But it's a great experience overall.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef JJ never disappoints! Great atmosphere, the beats are off the chain! I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a upscale, chill vibe.

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k
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. I tried the collard green salad, tamarind jerk bbq chicken, roti with spreads, lamb kebabs, and the sweet potatoes pie. If you are watching your salt intake don't order the collard green salad. I didnt love the roti with spreads but it was tasty. Service was great and the server gave us great recommendations. We were there at around 6ish on a Tuesday and it wasnt crazy busy but we did make a reservation. Around 8 it got a bit busy. Also the music here had me jamming in my seat - 90s hip hop and r&b. Overall a thumbs up! I will be back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Food incredible!! Wait staff exceptional!! Hostess everything and more!! Can’t wait to return 😊

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST bone in short rib in the city right now. Such passion and soul behind the food and the service. It’s great to be around a group of people who love what they do. We will be back (again!)

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IF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Joe Johnson does it again! The Cecil, Henry's. Amazing and creative food. Loved everything: roti, collard green and the afropot. Looking forward to going back to Henry's and awaiting Fieldtrip.

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p
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome at the door , great delicious food and our waiter John made the experience unforgettable

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Absolutely delicious dinner but our reservation was not honored and, after over half an hour, we were seated at a large table in the bar area with an unattractive wooden object serving to screen us off from the other party at the same table. The staff, to their credit was apologetic, but we were disappointed by both the wait and the haphazard table arrangement, far from the dining room.

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MC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful and excitingly unique. I can't wait to go back and try more!

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h
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good interesting food and enthusiastically friendly staff. Some hefty prices. But forgettable room in a jangly neighborhood.

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PN
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so unique and delicious! Like nothing I've ever eaten before. The staff is so knowledgeable about the menu. It was a little pricey for the small portions but I have already been twice since the restaurant opened a month ago so it's definitely worth it for a special occasion or date night!

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Enjoyed our experience. Loved the downstairs bar for a cocktail while waiting for a table. Very friendly bar keeps and loved watching them make cocktails.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Reservation delayed by 45 mins. Hostess rude and useless.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nicely spiced and fairly priced.
Get the clams! The food (and drinks!) were nicely spiced. We were made to feel like royalty.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience with a group of friends, everything from the drinks to the entree were on point

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came here to check out JJs new restaurant and we loved it. It was my wife’s birthday and our first anniversary combined. It was definitely a special evening with unique food and fantastic service. We even got to say hi to JJ at the end of the night and that was cool. What a fun night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table-side wedding

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Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great location. Great music. Food was fantastic and large portions although a bit pricey. Service was slow, but I would def come back!

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W
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Piri Piri clams were the best. Also, the afropot with all seafood was delicious. My only concern is where the restaurant is located. It has more of a downtown vibe.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received wonderful service especially after our arrival way delayed more than two hrs.

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OT
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavors. Tamarind jerk chicken, lamb kebabs and many more fabulous tastes. Diverse, great vibe, background music. I’ve been telling all my friends. Will definitely returm

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Good ideas, bad execution food is not tasty and all came out cold

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AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and inventive food. The music, ambience and service were fantastic. Did not disappoint!

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D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was “everyday dining,” but we were treated like it was a birthday/anniversary/won-the-lottery celebration! This is the most equally enjoyable and inventive food and cocktails with the absolute sweetest staff on earth! This was a dreamlike experience. We can’t wait to dream it again.

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A
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is going to be a great restaurant. Wonderful food, period. Two big gripes, though. Small tables that don’t fit the many simultaneous plates made eating and sharing no fun. More importantly, the runners who brought the food didn’t speak English well, and spent no time explaining the dishes. They just rattled off the names and ran off. We didn’t no about the sauce and vegetables under the fish until we finished it. Again, though, these feel like growing pains that JJ and company can solve. Go, Henry!

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

we had High Hopes but we're very sorry to say that unfortunately the food and the service we're probably a little bit to Green for our party of eight to really enjoy themselves.

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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Went here for my anniversary after hearing about this restaurant in Eaterny. The restaurant softly lit, music was old hip hop which was fitting for the pan African fusion experience. Although pricy the food was excellent we ordered the Afropot, Beef ribs, dumplings and the roti. For $75 the ribs should come with a vegetable to balance the heaviness of the meat. Due to the price I would only come once in a while. The service started off well but as the night progressed the service was delayed and we ended up getting the wrong dessert twice and there was a long delay to get our check. The desserts were average at best with the foie gras rice crispy tasted like a rice cake and the choco flan needs more chocolate flavor. Also the waitstaff attire lacked uniformity it was hard to know who is a waiter or bus person.

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DR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately our meal was a disappointment. It was overpriced and the food was just not that good.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice spot in the center of Manhattan.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Birthday dinner for my husband! Food was beyond amazing! We had the tuna tar tar and dumplings appetizers and for entrees the ribs, whole fish and scallops. Music play list was on POINT! Service was genuinely attentive. Will for sure return!

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BD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Really slow service. Chicken was not fully cooked through. This place is a major step down from the food we loved at JJs previous uptown Harlem spot (Cecil’s).

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LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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FM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s s small unassuming space.
The menu is limited but exiting. I would say the African part of the menu is hinted at, as opposed to featuring. It is fusion. The flavors are well thought out and good. I was looking for some heat but it was more subtle.
Had the Roti, Piri piri clams, Kebob and Jerk Chicken. All well prepared and flavorful. The jerk was very balanced and tasty.

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OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very lively restaurant, service was alternately aggressive and inattentive. We ordered a bottle of wine and most of our food had come out but no wine. We had to flag down the manager and still waited nearly 20 minutes until it came. We also were overcharged by $20 between what was on the bill and what was put on our credit cards. Very little apology, no real effort to make it right.

Seems like they are straining to keep up with all the hype placed on them.

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