403 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10009
at First Ave.
By DeanNYC on 10/26/2009
I am a NYC fine dining regular and was excited to give Hearth a shot after numerous excellent reviews. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a pleasant hostess and a large, spare dining room with padded carpet strips on one wall. Hearth has a large, complicated wine list that is likely excellent by-the-bottle, but too highbrow if going by-the-glass. After plenty of consultation with our server, we opted for the autumn tasting menu with one substitution. The salad course was not remarkable, with light dressing reminiscent of Henri's Tas-tee on the pear and pecorino salad. Next, came lukewarm pumpkin ravioli that was so sweet it made my teeth ache, like a too-rich dessert. The main course was venison (again, lukewarm), which was overcooked and which the server smartly and subtly tried to warn me off. I should have taken her advice. My wife substituted the duck, which was excellent and the best thing we ate that evening. The apple crisp dessert was very basic and very good. In the end, I was turned off by the coldness of the dining room and the average quality of the food, especially at those prices.
By adam on 2/20/2004
Enjoyed everything about the food, from appetizer to dessert. The selection has something for everyone, including vegetarians. Each dish combined a variety of flavors that together was a real treat. Service needs improvement, which includes the kitchen getting the food out in a timely matter.
By hyun3107 on 3/18/2004
The waiter recommended the sardines for appetizer. It was not terrible but the "fishy" after taste was unbearable. The idea was to "sugar coat it" with an overpowering citrus flavor. You cannot eat these raw sardines but for the citrus favor. Not for the faint hearted. My wife had the octopuss. Better choice. The lamb shoulder was okay, but the peculiar scent of lamb remained in my palate (the rib was not so good). I would not order this unless lamb is your cup of tea. I'd rather have a rack of lamb cooked to perfection, French style. My wife had the cod. Better choice. The ambiance had a "clean" feel to it (which was fine) unlike the East village neighborhood in which it is located. The crowd comprised mostly of 40-50 year olds with suits. Not so hip. I was probably the youngest one there and one of the few people without a suit on. The dessert was the high lite of the night. The doughnuts were excellent but is this a good enough reason to go back?
By dtulsa on 4/16/2004
hearth is yummy. and i mean that vs. tasty. yummy is good tasting comfort food (downtown nyc comfort food, not meatloaf), like hearth's side of gnocchi with butter and cheese. you'll finish your entire meal and be quite satisfied and at its pricepoint (entrees low $20s) it all makes sense. at craft, you also get yummy food, but at a price point where you should get tasty food, which should be yummy food with the wow factor of something new.
By sensei on 5/17/2004
Who thinks to open an upscale, service oriented, tommy hilfiger-outfitted, hamptons-esque dining establishment a stone's throw from the last Manhattan stop on the 'L' train? We were skeptical too, but nevertheless intrigued at the prospect. And the experience proved to be nothing short of charming and delightful. In a refreshingly designed, warm and inviting space (with generous elbow room), fresh combinations of simple ingredients scatter the menu in much the same manner as our beloved 'craft' creations a few blocks northwest. In particular, the pasta tossed with wild mushrooms and the grilled calamari, subtly spiced, were standouts. On exiting on this early-summer's eve however, the stark reality of lower eastside barrio life hits you square in the face and we were uncomfortably shamed for having spent the equivalent of someone's weekly salary on a single dinner for two with wine.
By serenity0055 on 12/12/2004
I was not dissappointed but not WOWed either. The decor diminished the culinary experience. It's simple, it was Good not Great!
By sonny727 on 5/4/2010
I came here with a friend after hearing much hype about this place. The ambiance is standard, the staff very friendly, however, my entree portion left me wanting to go across the street at the peruvian place and eat a half-chicken order to be full. I ordered the roast lamb and there were 3 half dollar coin sized lamb slices (i'm not exaggerating in the slightest), 1 quarter coin sized lamb sausage, a couple of pieces of veggies. i'm talking 5-7 bites and my plate was empty! Thank goodness I had 4 slices of bread and an appetizer for starters! For these prices, you could've thrown in a few more slices of lamb to fill out the plate. I almost asked the waiter if I mistakenly ordered the appetizer sized roast lamb! They were nice and tender, but not worth the prices. Too bad, I most def will not be coming back.
By bklynpair on 8/19/2005
We had a great dinner here. We were immediately welcomed by a personable and attentive staff who took good care of us throughout the evening. The decor is perfect: warm and inviting with just the right touch of sophistication. We had the tasting menu which was very good, but I have to admit I thought the price was a bit much. Overall I definitely recommend for a great evening out.
By Campbell55 on 6/2/2009
We had the half portion of the mushroom/pasta to start, followed by the veal breast and chicken. All items were exceptionally prepared and our server was instrumental in the selection process. Other than atmosphere, which can be noisy, the food and service are top shelf.
By bhk on 2/2/2004
i eat out a fair amount at quite nice/well reviewed places and am not often compelled to post reviews but after eating here, felt i had to. honestly one of the best dinners i've had in nyc in a long time. and amuse buche of parsnip puree tasted like the vegetables had been uprooted and blended 2 seconds earlier. the snapper crudo appetizer bordered on perfection (i think the high, high quality olive oil used really helped) and the chicken dish that was my entree was so far from boring and bland (as is chickens rep) i would easily rank it up there with some of the top main dishes i've eaten...the braised thigh being the standout bit on the plate. service is very welcoming but not creepily so and the chef took my compilment ever so graciously. love this place.