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Posted by ardele on 01/26/2014
i'm so lucky to live around the corner from this restaurant... where the food is consistently excellent-- imaginative combinations-delicate and subtle tastes.. tender meats.. organic and locally sourced ingredients. salads, hors d'oeuvres like roasted octopus (so tender), an amazing home-made chicken liver pate with toasts.. the chicken in iron pan with roasted onions is amazing.. succulent, tasty. desserts are great too. beetroot chocolate cake. meyer lemon tart.. brunches are also great.
Posted by anonymous on 05/26/2013
We went here for our anniversary on Mother's day two years ago. We sat in the back which was beautiful besides the exhaust vent that we were seated next to. When we ordered, I inquired about the pork dish. I was disappointed that our server said that the pork dish was good because it was 'fatty'. I grew up on a small family farm where we raised pigs with room to roam and quality pork is actually not that fatty. There will always be some fat on pork but quality pork is actually leaner. The waitress was a little clueless about the dishes and many of the customers around us had been sending the pork dish back. The pork dish that I eventually ordered was pink and even if it was brined, it did not taste good until it was cooked longer - then it actually tasted good. The waitress was not very helpful and I just really didnt have a great experience with her service. We were a little underwhelmed with the hype we have heard about this restaurant and all the great reviews it seems to get and the reality of it. I really think it could be better but the recipes need to be improved and the taste could be improved.
Posted by anonymous on 02/19/2013
Several friends and I were walking around DUMBO late one weekend afternoon and stopped in to see about having dinner. We were greeted by blasting music and a young woman who looked very put upon, indeed, to have to deal with us. In an officious tone of voice I haven't heard since elementary school, she informed us that they were closed and we had to come back later. When we asked if we could look at a menu, she told us brusquely, "There's one hanging in the window." She then ushered us out, slammed the door, and made a dramatic show of locking it. We found the menu posted in a small side window that was completely in the dark, and thus unreadable. I was more than ready to leave, but one member of our group knocked on the door and pointed out that we couldn't see the menu. At that point, the young woman "graciously" consented to give us a (paper) copy to take with us. Despite this magnanimous gesture, we chose not to return.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/15/2012
We went to Vinegar Hill House on Saturday. Got there at 6:30pm and they would not sit us while our entire party was not there. Our friends were driving around looking for parking. By the time they entered the restaurante the only table left was near the door. The nigth was cold and everytime the door opened a draft of cold air would hit us. The waiter was fresh. He told us the specials but when we tried to order it they had run out of it (at 6:30pm). The food was OK but service is poor and for the price they charge it is absolutely not worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/13/2012
The duck liver mousse was so good that I would have it as an entree next time, but then I'd miss out on the chop or lamb's neck. The Mexican chocolate bar was the perfect ending to our meal.
Posted by anonymous on 07/31/2011
Given the lovely ambiance, my friends and I were excited to sit down to a good meal. The appetizers were decent--friends said the chicken liver was excellent; the salad for the price was touted as a 'summer squash' salad, but came with two very short, very thin pieces of yellow squash, four half-cherries and a few leaves of lettuce. The dressing was creamy, and decent. The main meals were extremely disappointing--friends had the chicken, which they said was bland/flavorless (how can you mess up chicken?) and I had the spaghetti alla vongole. Big mistake. While they served it with ample clams - which I ate - I am not kidding when I say it came with two forkfuls of extremely undercooked and very oversalted pasta. While it could very well be the clams, then the ratio of flavors on the plate were signficantly off. We asked for more pasta and they did bring it--however it didn't really dillute the salty taste. And for the price--hugely disappointing. One of the worst meals I've had in NYC. Bright spot: the wait staff were fine, but I would not recommend this to anyone.
Posted by Parents on 04/07/2011
We had a reservation for 6pm on a Wednesday. My wife had called earlier that day to make sure that they could accommodate our party of 5 with child, asking specifically if they had a high chair for our infant son. We received a call back from VHH saying, they have a high chair for us and would be able to take care of our party, no problem. When we got to the restaurant, there was no high chair, the hostess brought out a lame attempt at a booster seat (without any straps to hold a kid in or to secure it to a chair). Our night just took a bad turn. We were going to have to either hold our child all meal long or try to keep him sitting in his stroller at the table--both options quite challenging to deal with while trying to enjoy a meal. The hostess then positioned the stroller directly in the egress, where for the remainder of the night, every passerby knocked into and dangled plates over our son's head. Nerve racking to say the least. As for the food: chicken liver mouse was very good, but served with too little bread. The beet salad had a nice dressing. Fennel salad was the lesser of the two, with an almost creamy dressing. The clam pie sounded more interesting that it delivered. We tried all three pastas and all three were extremely al dente. I wasn't able to enjoy them hot, since I chose to walk our child outside to try to get him to sleep in his stroller once he got tired of being handed around the table. For the mains: we tried the much hyped chicken in cask iron skillet. For the record, it's only half a chicken and while the au jus was very flavorful, at $17 for a leg and breast, it didn't seem worth it. The beef cheek is exactly what you'd expect from a braised piece of meat in 2011. Sides: we tried both. Smashed Potatoes-good flavor, very creamy, almost whipped. I think it's a misnomer since I don't think I saw a single piece of skin in the smallish ramekin. The Brussel sprouts were tasty, but again at $8 a side you'd think you'd get more--esp. in Brooklyn. We tried two desserts: Salted Caramel Custard--came very salty it was almost comical. And the pached pear in red wine--excellent. If VHH was our neighborhood restaurant we would probably return (bringing our own means for our child to sit) but since it's a destination eatery for us, we probably won't be returning. I wouldn't say that we were lied to but they certainly weren't accurate with the information. And that is a deal breaker for new parents.