What's a Colonial flag doing on the wall of Vinegar Hill House in tech-forward Dumbo? As history buffs will note, the waterfront neighborhood comes by its vintage cool honestly, as the site where the Battle of Vinegar Hill was fought during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
The casual Brooklyn eatery glances winkingly backwards with quaint Guiness cakes and skillet-roasted specialities that go perfectly with its rustic wooden furniture, flickering lanterns and period wallpaper.
It's the ideal backdrop for savoring Roasted Chicken, Breast & Thigh Cast fired up in the open pit oven and served in a cast-iron pan. Or venture beyond domestic fare and try the Steamed Black Bass showered with cucumber juice, coconut water and Japanese greens called mizuna. For a zingy variation on a heritage staple, order a side of Sweet Corn pepped up with leafy agretti, lime and parmesan.
Opt for a selection on the well-curated wine list or rehydrate with one of the in-house tipples. Still want something more? Artisinal cheeses offer a satisfying clincher to the haute farm-fresh fare. Or indulge your sweet tooth and pay hommage to a ye olde dessert.
The patio out back is a warm-weather alternative to the main carriage house. Either way, be forewarned that your waiter or waitress may incarnate the Brooklyn Navy Yard's combattive past.
Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave (Water Street)