When Sam Buffa, co-owner of the Freemans Sporting Club Barber Shops, went on his first impromptu date with his bride-to-be Jean Adamson, who was then head chef at Freemans, their night ended in Vinegar Hill, the quaint little neighborhood bordering DUMBO. So it's kind of sweet that their new labor of love is opening in a 19th century carriage house right where they started, and now reside. They've spent the last four and a half months turning a former apartment into this 41 seat restaurant--with additional dining in a back garden once spring comes. Called Vinegar Hill House, it opened last night.

According to their J. Peterman-esque press release, Vinegar Hill House--"where we eat deliberately"--emphasizes "the soulful beauty of hodgepodge." The booths are made out of old bleachers, the bar out of copper, and the focal point of the cozy space is the wood burning oven, where local, seasonal ingredients will be cooked. Dishes include lamb shoulder, roasted trout, and crispy chicken, and Adamson says she "will be breaking down whole animals onsite and using elements of the animal that enhance flavor." The beverage menu will consist of "straightforward, three-ingredient American cocktails" for $9 each (liquor license pending). 72 Hudson Avenue, near Water Street, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn; 718-522-1018.