72 Hudson Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
nr. Water St.
By asidhwa on 6/28/2009
The cocktails were great, small place; very very noisy! Food was horrible! Appetizers while being so.. so.. the cast iron chicken was REALLY sour and under cooked. Our server did not really care that we hardly touched our food. Then again, there were a line of folks waiting to get in. Having ventured to Brooklyn from Manhattan his was a true Disappointment!
By TzarIgor on 12/8/2009
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.
By omaonlai on 10/12/2009
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!
By CHACMOOL on 7/13/2010
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.
By NYC4ever on 12/21/2008
The concept is good. A simple menu, warm cozy environment. It would have been great if it weren't for extremely poor service (mainly disorganized and lack of attention to basic waiting details). Also the food was hit or miss, the "crackers" that come with the cheese plate - are more a non-crisp thick leavenless bread - not too exciting. The PEI mussels had a great sauce but 25% were undercooked - not nice. The crispy duck and squash ravioli both were very nice. Overall: Spotty Service and food can't outweigh nice atmosphere.
By stefnyc1 on 8/31/2009
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.
By jonlynw on 9/1/2009
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.
By god_is_dead on 12/3/2008
This is a very cute restaurant in a super-cute micro-neighborhood. Food quality was good but the portion sizes are out of balance. We had the Crispy Chicken which is a huge portion (half a chicken) and a great value compared to the disappointingly small serving of Lamb Pope Hats (sort of an open dumpling) and a poor value, so the portion sizing needs to be worked on. The vinegar used in the chicken was overpowering as it wasn't cooked out enough and the chicken wasn't crispy, which can be a problem if the dish is called Crispy Chicken. The Lamb Pope Hats however was very good, only wish there was more of it. The cheeses offered were good but not particularly exciting and the portions were a bit too small. The restaurant itself is very cute and well designed. The service was attentive but they got a little overwhelmed; we got the feeling that this will probably not be an issue once they get into the swing of things as they've only been open 3 weeks at this point. Looking forward to going back once they have been open for a while.
By HubbaHubba on 7/12/2009
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.
By jstep710 on 1/16/2010
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!