Reviewed by Sophie x Chris in August 2017.
Have you never been to Vinegar Hill? A travesty. Go now, and make sure to include Vinegar Hill House in your visit. The food is on-point (hi there, tasty bluefish), and the surrounding neighborhood is even better. Listen to Sophie and Chris’ review below.
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72 Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn
Hudson Avenue & Water Street
Food Rating: 8
The cast-iron chicken was the definite highlight, totally delicious and satisfying. The blue-fish starter was also super tasty, cornbread was a BIG portion and a nice addition, and we definitely enjoyed our cocktails. The one item that didn’t exceed expectations was the manicotti, which was still good, but more average.
Service Rating: 9
When we first checked in (with a reservation) we were seated at a really crappy table squished into the corner, when the restaurant was still half-empty. We nicely asked if we could move to a different two-top and they were super nice about it and obliged. Overall, service was very attentive, polite, and quick.
Fun Factor: 7
I wouldn’t say the vibe is meant for LOLs, but actually the place got pretty lively as it got later. We had a great time and the decor was definitely a conversation piece.
If it’s a nice night, ask to sit in the backyard! We didn’t even know it existed until we got up and went to the bathroom.
Food Rating: 10
The cast iron chicken was soooo good. So was the cornbread and the bluefish salad. Actually everything was outstanding except the cannelloni, which were just good.
Service Rating: 7
We were initially seated at a really small table right next to two dudes who were clearly also on a date when the place was otherwise almost empty. I understand they were expecting a full house and they moved us when we asked, but it was still a less than ideal start.
Fun Factor: 8
It was more relaxing than fun. It got kind of loud by the time we left, mostly because of one large table celebrating a birthday and the people next to us not using their inside voices. But it was overall a very soothing environment.
Make sure you have a reservation – and order the cast iron chicken! Also the portions were very big, I’m a growing boy but I was stuffed with one app, two mains to split, and a side.