You know how I know we're getting old? Because I was looking for something the other day and realized that our Vinegar Hill House review was from FIVE YEARS AGO. You know what else is from five years ago? A happily married Tiger Woods. Living Michael Jackson (god rest and keep him). The Motorola Droid. Hannah Montana before porn. And to top it all off, I'm pretty sure our initial visit to Vinegar Hill House was the first time we ever had dinner in Brooklyn, which, after all, was brand new at the time.
As the last five years have passed, we at The Infatuation have become considerably more advanced - in experience, in technology, and I am inclined to say in maturity too, but let's not get carried away. We’ve certainly eaten in Brooklyn a lot more, and Vinegar Hill House has become one of our all time favorites, thanks to consistently excellent food and one of the best outdoor dining situations in the whole damn city.
As a result, today's updated review is not to tell you that things have changed here. It's to tell you that things are still really, really good here. We love coming to Vinegar Hill House on a summer weekend evening, right as they open, and grabbing a table in the back yard. Sometimes we'll even make a day of it, starting on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge and taking a walk that ends here. We love the vibe of the restaurant, we love the pasta, we love the wine list and we looooove the pork chop. The only thing we don't love is the attitude we sometimes get from the front of house staff, ultimately the reason this Vinegar Hill House rating is in the 8's rather than the 9's. Being too cool to be nice is so five years ago.
Vinegar Hill House started doing the rustic-restaurant-chicken-liver-mousse thing way before it was a common sight on menus around town. Served with pickled onions and pistachios, you can't go wrong.
A plate of meats, a bottle of wine, and some bug spray. That's really all you need for ideal outside dining here. Seriously though, you might want to bring bug spray.
There will always be a rotating menu of incredible pasta dishes on the menu at Vinegar Hill House, and our recommendation is that you order all of them. The servings are relatively small, and two or three for your table will be just right. Also, if you see risotto, order risotto.
This is the dish that most people know best from Vinegar Hill House, and for good reason. Cooked in their wood-burning oven, this thing is as juicy and tender as a piece of pork can get. It is also probably our most favorite pork chop ever.
A very good bird, though you probably wouldn't want to do both the chicken and the pork chop, and the pork chop is much better.
Don't expect to find your average salted caramel chocolate crumble or whatever. The desserts here are much more inventive, like Sesame Almond Cake, and Sunflower Panna Cotta. All should be taken advantage of.