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Taking the Sting Out of Summer Dining at Vinegar Hill House

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Can I offer you some Deep-Woods Off?

I’m one of those guys who gets real excited when he steps into a new restaurant, looks to the rear of the premises, and sees a sunny backyard full of chairs and tables, and maybe a tree or two. I refuse to sit at a sidewalk table as the trash blows by in the street, but give me a shady backyard and I’m happy as a clam.

But it was such a damp spring that I’ve been sorry every time I’ve sat outside lately. It’s the mosquitoes. Many are so small you can’t even see them. They fly under your trousers and attack just above the sock line — resulting in a series of welts that don’t get itchy until you lie down in bed.

A solution to this dilemma is provided by Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill House, located in the northern suburbs of DUMBO, where a neat basket of deet-style anti-insect armaments beg you to stoop, spray, and then relax. Kudos to the restaurant for taking back the night. 72 Hudson Avenue, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, 718-522-1018

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