Sunday evening I stopped by Vinegar Hill House in Dumbo, Brooklyn, a restaurant I have read a lot about, and has gotten rave reviews. I don't go to Brooklyn nearly enough, and that is a shame, for there are many fantastic restaurants there. Vinegar Hill House is one those.
The one word that best describes this place and space is "rustic". It is rustic and charming, and so is the food.
I started with the torta rustica ($11), a tart with sausage, salami, and ricotta. This was a very pleasant appetizer, I particularly enjoyed the homemade mustard and fresh field greens accompanying the dish too.
I rarely order chicken when dining out, but taking the bartender's recommendation I went with the cast iron chicken ($15). After my first bite of this bird, my first thought was, "wow, this is like butter." The meat was so juicy and tender, and wonderful, it almost melted in my mouth. Floating in some delicious juices, it was truly a fabulous chicken!
I ended my meal with their chocolate Guiness cake with cream cheese frosting which was really nice. It wasn't sweet at all, and just right.
So for rustic charm in a house that serves rustic fare, head to Dumbo, Brooklyn. It's about time you did.
Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Avenue (bet. Front and Water Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11201