Vinegar Hill House (http://vinegarhillhouse.com/)

bar at Vinegar Hill House butternut squash & goat cheese tart at Vinegar Hill House

We’ve been wanting to try the new Vinegar Hill House since it opened this winter. We tried once before, and even though it’s in the middle of nowhere, it was a mob scene. There were even Manhattanites getting dropped off out front by cab. But we didn’t let this deter us and we returned last night. We arrived before 7pm and there were a few tables open and we were seated right away. They have a few cocktails on the menu and a reasonably sized wine list. I started with a glass of prosecco and Paul with a house cocktail. For an appetizer we shared the butternut squash and goat cheese tart. This was excellent. So the squash and tart dough were so amazing, I would say it didn’t even need the goat cheese on top, coming from me that’s quite a compliment. For entrees we shared the rabbit ragu over pasta special and the cast iron chicken. Both were very good. However the rabbit ragu wasn’t as good as Henry’s End or Noodle Pudding. For desert we shared a slice of the Guiness chocolate cake with cream cheese icing.  The icing was VERY good, together with the cake it was delicious.

68 Jay Street Bar (http://68jaystreetbar.com/)

We’ve been to this bar a couple of times, sometimes we even take Milo (the dog).  It’s never packed, its never loud, but it’s also never too exciting.  It’s a good local bar where you’re guaranteed a seat and a friendly bartender.