Henry at Life Hotel

4.4
26 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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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
What 26 People Are Saying
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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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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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j
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great music playlist, flavorful and creative food, reasonably priced. Will definitely be back!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I specifically input in my open table reservation for this restaurant that it was for my birthday but no one at the restaurant made any reference to it, which was extremely annoying. Otherwise, it’s a great dinner spot for anyone who was born in the late 70s and early 80s and can appreciate mid to late 90s hip hop and r&b.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Cute but definitely has some kinks to work out still. Cool vibe great drinks

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PB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food, creative, a bit on the expensive side but that's life at the Life Hotel (or any hotel restaurant seemingly). Lots of flavor and great food preparation.

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This type of restaurant should not be in a hotel, you fight with guests to use the limited bathrooms right next to the check in desk. The bar is agonizingly slow, and we were ordering glasses of wine, which I know from being a server myself should be super fast. Too many busboys and too few waiters. Our waiter also charged us double on two items, for over $100 bucks of difference. Even though the chef was there, the roti, the short rib and his signatures were so-so. I think management has to find a place where this chef can produce the magic he did in the EV, not a cheesy hotel in K-Town. Our meal was over $500, before the mistake was noticed, but this was not a $400 meal.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best short ribs I’ve ever had!

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T
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had such a great experience! I was with a bunch of friends and we pretty much ordered everything on the menu. With the arrival of each dish we were more and more impressed with the flavors of our food. The service was phenomenal. Our waiter was attentive, informed and just a plain ol' fun. In addition to our designated waiter the other waiters were very friendly and jubilant.

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EE
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic and unlike any other restaurant in k-town/nomad - awesome!

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l
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cheff JJ truly knows his way around the kitchen!! The food was really was great!! Though I'm not familiar with African inspired food and in the past, had been hesitant to try it, I was glad the experience was worth the wait!! Aside from the Piri Piri clams and ConCon (Jollof crispy rice) which were both great. the cornmeal, crusted WHOLE fish was spot on!!! I loved that the server some over to show us how to "take the flesh" off w/o taking off the bones to enjoy the fish in it's entirety! Overall, the service, food, music and obviance was great!!! Kudos to Cheff JJ and Henry (the restaurant) !!!

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SP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, and the servers were informed on every component of each dish (we had many questions). Interesting spices, textures, and combinations...every course outdone by the one before it.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, music, drinks, and service! Truly had an amazing dinning experience. Highly recommended for multiple occasions.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is WONDERFUL to have Chef JJ Johnson dreaming up delicious meals in his own space again! We loved The Cecil and were sad when it closed ... visited Chef JJ four times during his Chefs Club residency ... always an incredible dining experience. His food is so interesting, flavorful, and creative and yet totally accessible. It appeals to foodies but will open the eyes of anyone interested in having a tasty meal in a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Expand your horizons and have FUN with Chef JJ as your culinary guide. Try anything and everything, but particular recommendations include the short rib (for two), the dumplings in Harlem Curry (I fight my boyfriend over who is going to scoop up the last of that amazing curry!), and the con-con (I don't even like eggplant very much, but Chef JJ [and Mike Solomonov at Zahav] have helped me get past that, ha ha). Yes, I am a total fan-girl at this point, but I still say kudos to the Life Hotel for bringing Chef JJ on board. We will be here regularly!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and atmosphere. The staff is lovely and really above and beyond to make the experience spectacular! And of course, Chef JJ brings the house down with the menu...loved the Africa Pot.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar dinner, service and ambiance. Loved it.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Johnson and his staff are superb!! Wonderful evening...perfection on opening night.

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The reviews below were submitted before August 21st 2018, when this restaurant changed management.
f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I think it is over priced. Need to change the $ sign in the open table to $$

Service was good. Food was ok

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MB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! Brand new chef making creative and interesting cuisine.

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O
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Derek, our server was terrific. Unfortunately, several entrees were not available so cannot provide an objective experience......will come back to try again.

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DN
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HENRY'S at the Life Hotel is a well-kept secret, the kind of restaurant that serves well-crafted and gently-priced dishes from great ingredients in a comfortable atmosphere by some of the most genial servers we've encountered in recent memory. It's the kind of restaurant all New Yorkers wish they had in their own neighborhood, so they could eat there all the time. Already looking forward to returning to HENRY'S!

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l
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I had a terrible experience. Our server was obnoxious and the food was ok. We were seated towards the open window, some person from the street through liquid and ice at us while we were sitting in the restaurant. ice and liquid went on my Dad ruining our dinner. His shirt was wet, he was startled and the manager on site did nothing. Did not even go outside to see who had done this. The lovely female host apologized and asked if we wanted to change seats. The server was no where to be found, did not apologize or offer anything - so disappointing. Get better management that knows how to work in the hospitality industry and understands the importance and value of paying customers. We had drinks apps and entrees and management could not even offer a complimentary drink or a discount on our meal. After everything happened, the server gave us our check and acted like this incident did not happen.

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MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time here. Both meals were excellent. Will make it a point to eat here next time we are in NYC!

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p
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was amazing. Our waiter, Derek, was very friendly and made our experience even better.
We will definitely return.

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J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal , some guests with food allergies and everything came out absolutely Perfect. Our server was over the top accommodating and made our dining experience one we would never forget.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy yummy yummy.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved absolutely everything !!
You could tell the chef truly loves what he is doing
Service was friendly and professional at the same time
My waiter was spot on helping me choose the wine etc
The other thing I really appreciated was the acoustics you dudn’t Have to strain to have a conversation with your date
Can’t wait to go back

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DN
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been written up as one of THE best new hotel restaurants in Manhattan, and we have to agree. The food has been compellingly described and expertly prepared on every visit, with warm and friendly yet very professional service. Definitely worth remembering or seeking out for its comfortable vibe and excellent food.

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a
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

So so so small sized dishes I was literally shocked.

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WF
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fun staff. Most comfortable chair I have ever set on in a restaurant.

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RO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Taylor our waitress was lovely. Could not have been more helpful/ informative.
Portions are" small", in every sense of the word. Wine list- utterly out of line. And they were out of what we asked for.
The biggest disappointment was the pork dish. Mush!
Needs to get real with the food. Sorry, was very disappointed.

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