Inspired by the poetry of DuBose Heyward and coastal Charleston at the turn of the century, The Heyward uniquely blends coastal American heritage cuisine with the industrial style of Brooklyn. Located in the heart of hip Williamsburg, the recently opened venture contrasts raw steel and antiques alongside a tastefully simple menu, creating a cozy and casual environment with a strong southern backbone.
“We chose a design aesthetic that was reminiscent of this post industrial era mixed with the European-influenced feel of early 1900’s Charleston and the Southern Gentleman,” says co-founder Christopher Brandon. A well balanced combination of steel and wood is one of the characteristics of Brooklyn design, referencing its mixed cultural history while incorporating american heritage influences.
Yet, The Heyward differences itself from other southern-inspired restaurants by choosing the quality and flavors of the southern Atlantic with ingredients sourced from the Eastern Seaboard. “We try to focus on using fresh and local ingredients and then add that Low-Country twist, while keeping the menu pretty light” adds Brandon. Some of the signature dishes include Shrimp and Grits served with chorizo sausage, shishito peppers and a buttery shrimp broth as well as Winter Risotto, made with roasted parsnips, pomegranate and hickory smoked chestnuts.
The Heyward is open for dinner most nights, reservations are recommended.