Vinegar Hill House

4.2
129 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American

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In its rustic eatery with wooden accents and distressed walls, Vinegar Hill House serves upscale modern American cuisine with an eclectic vibe. For starters, sample the baby gem lettuce salad with rye croutons, spring peas with hazelnuts and crème fraiche, or the chicken liver mousse with pistachios. Popular entrée options include the cast iron chicken with shallots and sherry jus, gnocchi with ramps and bacon, and curry and mint seasoned scallops with fava beans. To round out your meal, try Vinegar Hill House's pecan sticky buns or the farmstead cheese selection and wash it all down with the house cocktail made with rye, vermouth and grapefruit bitters.

Vinegar Hill House also has a decadent brunch menu, with items like a biscuit sandwich with fried eggs, mortadella and honey and the pear sourdough pancakes.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;

Dinner: Sunday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,

Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm
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(718) 522-1018
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Poiarkoff
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Cross street
Water & Front
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Public transit
York Street off of the F train
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.0
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4.2
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5.0
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New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my husband's birthday and had a lovely time. The food was great, servers were very nice and accommodating. Will definitely go back.

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HJ
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have always loved this restaurant and was thrilled when they started accepting reservations on OpenTable. VHH features a great cocktail menu and has a real mixologist behind the bar. The food is fantastic and always pleases. They've changed the presentation on the red wattle pork chop but the preparation is still heavenly and you have to make sure to leave room for guinness cake for dessert. Not the easiest location to get to, but well worth it once you've arrived.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

we ate there at monday night, it was good but nothing outstanding. my meat was very good but the beet was burned and not tasty at all.
my friend had a pasta and she liked it very much.
homemade nut icecream was very special but tasty.

its a very cosy and romantic place far from noise. perfect for a date or also for a group.

service was good and friendly

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FL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've been wanting to try Vinegar Hill House for awhile now and finally was able to try it for my birthday not too long ago.

My guest and I ordered the cast iron chicken, the country chop, brussel sprouts and corn bread--all to share. Sadly I liked the sides the best. The entrees were a bit too salty for my taste.

The ambiance of the restaurant was nice. When you walk into the restaurant, you immediately get a homey and comfy feel.

This place is definitely a neighborhood gem. I would certainly go back if I lived or was in the neighborhood. However, I wasn't too wow-ed to make the trip again from Manhattan.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Thanksgiving food was amazing. Traditional menu served family style. One complaint was that it was a bit too expensive. Also, the menu was pre fixe, so the waitress did basically nothing. The one request we had for a bottle of wine was forgotten about for about half an hour. Anyway, we walked away feeling like we had eaten a true American thanksgiving feast. Two pieces of pie and all.

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b
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner--pork chops and Arctic char. Well-located for a performance at St Anne's Warehouse

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F
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our usual and much loved drop-in for when we go to St. Ann's . The food is solid, if is not quite as brilliant as it was in the past. The produce is delicious and one--from time to time-- can find a gem or two.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A refreshingly unique menu and really thoughtfully curated wine list. We had such a lovely meal and we were able to try a huge array of menu items - all were incredible! Some dishes were a little over salted, but each dish was as equally inventive yet homey. The atmosphere is really sweet, like a little neighborhood bistro. Each of the waitstaff were lovelier than the last, which can be hard to find in Brooklyn. I would visit VHH again and again!!

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AE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinegar Hill House never disappoints! Their seasonal menus capture perfectly the tastes and ingredients of the season. No matter the time of year, the staff is convivial and quick to lend a recommendation.

Don't think, just go!

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g
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great inventive food, relaxed friendly ambiance. Fun cocktails and reasonable wine list.

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MZ
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Vinegar Hill House with a chef from India who wanted to try it! He was so impressed with the warm environment, the gracious staff and, of course, the food! The dishes were plentiful and delicious, and the staff and atmosphere were warm, friendly and incredibly welcoming. The chef came to our table, and we enjoyed every bite! My particular favorites were the corn bread (a must), the Brussels sprouts and the steak!

A wonderful night...and a really special memory.

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CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to come back again but this time we came for brunch. The food here is just amazing. Small menu but so much to choose from because everything is delicious. We had Shrimp and grits and the goat hash. Yummy! We made our reservation the night before which was a great idea cause otherwise we would have waited a while for a table. It's worth the wait though. We will be back!!!

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for simple, yet delicious food, in a special type of place... dine here. It's like walking into a fabulous neighborhood affair, where it's lively enough to make you feel like you want to go inside, but you're still able to have a conversation without shouting across the table to your guests. I came here after finding my wedding dress. My fiance had called ahead and surprised my entire party with champagne. I also had a friend that was vegetarian and she found more than enough to fill up on. The host and staff were so lovely and kind and the food came out hot and perfectly cooked. Everything was delicious and everyone raved about the meal. It was definitely extremely memorable.

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s
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Despite adding two to our party at the last minute, the staff at VHH took it all in stride, and took tremendous care of us! All the food was fabulous and we had a great sharing tastes and comparing. We never felt rushed despite the late hour. Can't recommend the VHH and the staff highly enough. Thanks to Open Table for helping us find another gem!

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place at the far reaches of Vinegar Hill - near DUMBO. I had the baby carrots, Cast Iron Chicken and the cornbread. The cornbread is absolutely the best I've ever had. Excellent service and they shift the menu around so it's always something good.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was excellent, could not asked for more. Good list of imported beers and ample wine list. Food was excellent but main course list was limited. could use wider selection. The atmosphere was a bit noisy but acceptable. I would recommend this place.

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b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Even though I ordered one of the best wines by the glass offered on the list, the wine was extremely sour and did not taste at all.

While the food was fresh, it was very salty- especially the brussel sprouts and mushrooms.

The service was initially very slow in coming.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, attentive to food preferences. Hostess (Becca) was the BEST! Felt welcome and at home at this little corner in bk.

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FM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I took friends from out of town to Vinegar Hill, knowing they would love the Red Wattle Chop (they did!) and the skillet chicken (yup!) and I got my chicken liver mousse fix (so good). But we made a new food discovery at VHH -- the blue cornbread with honey butter. We fought over it with our friends (Alabama natives, who know good cornbread), and ultimately ordered another. Completely delicious!

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

From the moment you walk into this turn of the century building, you are struck by the vintage atmosphere. We were seated and immediately attended to by a very endearing server. His recommendation on each dish was perfect. I had the arctic char that was cooked to perfection with side vegetables that burst with flavor and texture. My husband had the pork which was the server's recommendation. He went back to the kitchen to give his compliments to the chef that it was the best pork dish he had ever had. The appetizers were also creative and delicious. Desert just topped the night. The key lime pie and brownie were sublime. The wine for the price was nice. I can't wait to go back again and bring some foodie friends.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

simply the best brunch in Brooklyn. great food, ambiance, and service

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NA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2014
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

"we" had been to Vinegar Hill House since before it officially opened and had enjoyed dinner there regularly. Had a less than stellar experience 2 years ago and hadn't really been back. Decided to try it recently for a special occasion and was flat out disappointed when they didn't take the time to put a nice crisp on skillet chicken; also had brisket and watermelon - interesting combo but the brisket prepared just like St. Patrick's day - very odd. Sides were nice, but entrees a let down.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Just moved to the neighborhood from W village; limited # of options for post-9pm mid-week dining has taken some adjusting to. VHH is the first place I've found that combines good food, design, ambiance & service. Feels like a place that works both as a destination spot from manhattan/elsewhere and as a regular place for locals. Recommended.

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PV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

VHH never ceases to amaze me. Always fresh, local, heirloom foods make it worth the trek to the off-beat location.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outdoors, and it was so beautiful. Not only was the food delicious (I had the eggs bene, and my friends had the pancakes), but sitting in the silence of the outdoors was so nice. The coffee is also good.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thank goodness for VHH. Not only is it delicious and interesting every time we go, it's one of the only real options in the neighborhood.

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CB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative and delicious menu; from starters to dessert a meal to remember

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EE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very delicious. I ordered eggs Benedict which were cooked perfectly. Also the mimosas was very strong.

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HE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This overpriced, very noisy but chicly decorated restaurant doesn't live up to it's reputation. Our drinks took nearly 15 minutes to arrive and were not made as we'd requested. The martinis were VERY dirty, and we'd requested them very dry. The food service was better, but the only notable item was the cornbread. I'd love to find the recipe as I don't intend to go back. The elements of our meals were bizarre. The heirloom tomato salad was mealy and mushy. The leg of lamb was 3 small slices, served with 3 paper thin shavings of what may have been a raw beet(?) and about 5 radishes (why?) over a dollop of mustard. Very strange & NOT worth $32. The chicken was a tiny li'l thing in a skillet w one small onion. Weird. VHH is a bit of a rip off.

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z
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a perfectly nice dinner here for a party of three. Things started off uncertain when there was no cranberry juice for my usual cocktail at the bar.. (Really? Not hipster enough?) But the specialty cocktail was fine instead, although most seemed to have one-too-many ingredients. The wine list is decent, but nothing reasonably-priced & sparkling for our celebration. The menu is short with lots of seasonal elements. Do expect some more unusual options, beef tongue, rabbit, and some other accessory ingredients that weren't immediately recognizable -- good for conversation at the table. Summer salad & Arctic char = very good. Service allowed for conversation. It was quite loud in the small space for a Monday night. Mint ice cream = a dream!

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CM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chicken liver mousse and charcuterie plate were excellent.

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m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this spot! It's one of my favorite Dumbo restaurants and I will always make the trek from Manhattan for a great brunch. Their Bloody Marys are pretty delicious!

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JB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a great brunch here! It's tucked away in a far corner of DUMBO, so it was a bit of a hike from the subway. Worth it. I had pork with grits, a poached egg and squash. The pork was tender and the texture of the grits was perfect. My 10 year old found the menu a little challenging, but they accomodated her with plain scrambled eggs and toast. Totally fine. We also split a strawberry pancake - German style with more of a custard texture. Delicious.

The interior is well worn nostalgia with a modern sensibility. There's garden seating in the back. The service was friendly, but not overly.

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C
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I glad I get the opportunity to experience the restaurant.
My waiter was excellent, thank you.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a romantic date in this excellent establishment. The menu was creative and the food outstanding. You'll love it!

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E
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thoughtful menu, very well prepared food, nice people. great spot.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Not on the best train line to get to, but it's worth it.
Food was great! The plasters aren't too big bout the quantity is sufficient. I enjoyed every bite like it was my last.

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had an amazing time outside in the terrace. Food was good too. Nothing to say, we will come back for sure.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2014
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We live in the neighborhood and used to love this place. But on Thursday evening the food was just okay and the service was awful. The restaurant was not busy and drinks took too long, all dishes got brought to the wrong person and we had to remind her about a bottle of wine we ordered. We weren't expecting four star service, just the basics of someone that is somewhat interested in making sure everything was handled correctly. And the food was just okay. Atrium down in Dumbo is a much better option (better food, service, ambience) for the same price.

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TH
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I went there for brunch before heading to the market. Her pancake was fantatsci and the side of roasted potatoes was incredible. We sat in the back patio and it was beautiful. Definitely worth a brunch visit

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