Now Closed: Trout Swims with the Fishes
102 Smith Street (at Pacific Street)
"Boerum Hill’s dumpy oasis, Trout, closed on Sunday... A plan to develop the corner Trout occupied on Smith and Pacific also fell through after two years of negotiations, [owner Jim Mamary] said, but he assured us that Pacifico is safe (and still serving margaritas). As for that oyster bar planned to go with Black Mountain Wine House, Mamary today declared it 'dead in the water.'" [Grub Street]
This Week's Opening: Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Avenue, Vinegar Hill
As we reported back in September, former Freemans chef Jean Adamson has been converting the former butcher shop at 72 Hudson Avenue into a restaurant. According to New York magazine, it's opening this week as Vinegar Hill House: "Adamson describes her menu as Moosewood Cookbook–ish in its focus on grains, legumes, and vegetables, which are intended to supplement smaller portions of protein. Her fish will be sustainable and her meats broken down from whole animals procured from Fleisher’s, the upstate cult butcher, all cooked in the wood-burning oven. Also on offer: a raw bar, an American-cheese-and-homemade-cracker board, and $9 classic cocktails—liquor license pending."
After the jump: The secret to getting seated instantly at Al Di La, a taste of Naples in Williamsburg, and a waiter gets "repeatedly stabbed" with a fork at the newly renovated Kellogg's Diner...