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Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
nr. Water St.
718-522-1018

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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57% would go back.

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Fantastic

By JFSvibrato on 3/3/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I don't normally write restaurant reviews, but this place was a breath of fresh air. My friend and I walked in and were seated within 15 minutes (enough time to watch the bartender artfully yet unpretentiously pull together an old-fashioned.) We split the butter clams app (delicious), she had the cast-iron chicken (great, though classical), and I had the oxtail-octopus pasta with breadcrumbs (blew my mind--with roasted meyer lemons scattered throughout, the perfect savory-tangy sauce). Plenty of wine flowing, good service, and a great poached pear tart for dessert. You'd never know that such a little street in DUMBO held such a great restaurant. Dying to go back.

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54 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

Totally Recommend

By ksants156 on 9/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Seeing Frank Bruni rave about the country chop on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" was the kicker for me to try this place. Agreed the neighborhood is a little desolate, but its really NOT that far a walk from the Brooklyn Bridge- and a pleasant walk at that. My boyfriend and I went on a Saturday night around 7pm, and had to wait in the garden for a table for about 45 minutes- not all the much space but comfortable nonetheless. I ventured to try one of the house cocktails which all sounded appealing- I forget the name, but it was AMAZING. It was basically just rum, lime juice, and mint but the combo just worked. For dinner we ordered the octopus app (awesome, tender, fresh) and mains of the country chop and the cast iron chicken. Both were moist, delicious, and cooked PERFECTLY. Eggplant and pepper side dish- unbelievable. Side note, wait staff was friendly and attentive, so no qualms there. Decor is chill- not trying to be something its not. Definitely worth a visit to a new neighborhood, in my opinion.

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57 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

Off the beaten path, cute atmosphere, mediocre food

By CHACMOOL on 7/13/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

We went there last week after hearing very good things about VHH but we were a bit disappointed in the food. The one standout was the octopus appetizer which was amazing and the lamb was OK. The zucchini tart was runny and underseasoned; the roasted beet side was visually unappetizing which matched its taste - the beets were overcooked and mushy and the avocado crema just added to the awful texture. The pasta special boasted heirloom cherry tomatoes but there was just one little tomato in the whole dish but otherwise it was a good plate of... linguine. The red wine comes in the smallest portion I have ever seen - the glass is the size of a thimble even though it is not a tasting so stick with the white.

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67 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

Great dining experience

By jstep710 on 1/16/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Read about this restaurant in New York Magazine and tried it last night, it was great! The area around it is a little desolate and there was an hour wait but our meal was totally worth it. the decor is great! i recommend the red wattle country chop, braised kale, and Guinness chocolate cake. Ill definitely go back!

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96 out of 180 people found this review helpful.

Atmosphere for addled palates.

By TzarIgor on 12/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Caters to "brooding artists" with well endowed wallets and an addled palate. We had the opportunity to dine here the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We ordered the steak special for two ($80) and were presented with the most flavorless piece of meat possible served with a bitter side of salad and a garnished squash. The smirking waiter fluttered attentively. The restaurant was full and the din discouraged any attempt at civilized conversation. The decor truly was "unexplainable". After the dinner we experienced gastric discomfort.

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96 out of 187 people found this review helpful.

Chicken was raw

By omaonlai on 10/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Having been to Vinegar Hill House shortly after it opened last year, I was excited to return with my girlfriend... The appetizers were great but the chicken entree which was cooked and served in a cast iron skillet was not cooked through...in fact it was still pink! When we brought this to the waitresses attention she acted as if it was a regular occurrence and without apologizing whipped it off the table bringing it back to the kitchen...she returned a few minutes later with the same piece of chicken now presumably cooked through but by that time our appetite was gone... Surely a restaurant of this caliber should get the small (but important!) things like this right!

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107 out of 217 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

By jonlynw on 9/1/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

After my amazing first experience at Vinegar Hill House, I was so excited to take a friend back. Unfortunately, our dining experience was very disappointing. After the waitress told us the specials and took our orders, we never saw her again. She didn't ask us how the food was, bring us bread, ask if we wanted another drink, and then brought the check without asking us if we wanted dessert. The food was good, but the portions left us hungry and wanting more. My entree, a ravioli dish, only had six tiny ravioli on it. I think this will be the last time I go back.

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106 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

Atrocious service

By stefnyc1 on 8/31/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

A blonde woman with ponytails barely waited on us. Not once did she check in to see how we were doing. She didn't ask us how our food was, if we wanted another glass of wine, and even brought the check out prematurely without asking us if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Basically, she delivered the food to our table and that was it. Although we loved the ambience, and the food was good (not great), the service definitely soured our experience making a second visit highly unlikely.

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85 out of 186 people found this review helpful.

I love this place

By roccos on 8/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had the best raw vegetable salad I've ever had. Can't remember the name of it but it was thinly (very thinly) sliced squash, radish, beans and I forget all but with the most delicious dressing. We got all the appetizers and everyone of them blew us away. The trout was outstanding too. I've been twice and plan to go back

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92 out of 184 people found this review helpful.

Neighborhood Gem - Worth Trip Out of Manhattan

By HubbaHubba on 7/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

After a long walk over the bridge and passing by DUMBO park into Vinegar Hill, we toppled into this quaint, unpretentious gem. We sat in the back garden with ivy covered walls and rustic furniture under a canopy of clothing-wire lights. We started off with a warm kale, walnut, ricotta covered tart -- truly unbelievable! As entrees we ordered the skirt steak special (served with a small serving of fresh greens) and the whole golden rainbow trout (served with carrots, turnips, and cumin). Both dishes were cooked to perfection. Even though I was not asked how I would like my steak cooked (upon reflection), it was delicious and I could not have asked for more. Overall, it was a great meal for a great price! Strongly recommended.

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