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403 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10009
at First Ave.
Don't expect too much
By nyworkaholic on 6/7/2008
Too expensive for a neighborhiood haunt...but Hearth doesn't have the quality food, cocktails or wine list that warrant going out of your way for. Service was ok but there was nothing distinguishing about Hearth.
a huge disappointment
By stargirl75 on 3/31/2008
we dine out a awful lot and i must say that the service at hearth was the worst i've EVER experienced in all of nyc. after being seated for our 9:30 reservation at 10:45 the food was a bit of a disappointment. it wasn't bad, but it was just pretty average. there was something just sort of "off" and nothing was cooked quite perfectly. the manager was very apologetic about our wait time but the service didn't improve much once were finally seated. overall it wasn't worth the wait.
By msulli5402 on 3/26/2007
I have been a few times and found it consistently enjoyable - it has quickly become our favorite restaurant. Menu is interesting, food well prepared and service is always attentive and informative. I would never have expected such a good experience in the East Village but regardless they deliver.
Dine elsewhere, NY is too big of a city to go here.
By cubbos on 11/3/2006
Service is horrible, food is hit or miss (often way too salty), and the decor is so-so. Waiter ignored us all night, coming by just to pour way too much wine, courses took a half hour in between. No concept of class or service, they should be charging like $10 an entree at their level. There are too many restaurants in NY to waste your time and money here. I'm not sure if it was better in the past, but steer clear now until they attempt to make it better.
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.
good not remarkable
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!
Read lots about it, Not sure why people like it..
By susanec on 10/5/2004
I went here a couple of months ago after reading/hearing lots of good stuff.. I had a salad, rabbit appetizer & a chicken dish & none of it was good. It wasn't the most expensive place, but it wasn't cheap either. Ok, the salad was fine, but the rabbit came with this pate stuff that overpowered the meat and was totally wrong for it--all the flavors didn't compliment, but rather made it worse like it was trying too hard to be different... Not recommended especially when it's in the EV where there's tons of nicer/better food.
At home at Hearth
By daisy on 10/2/2004
From the friendly, smiling hostess to the heavenly peanut brittle ice cream, Hearth is a delight. In spite of the somewhat sparse decor, Hearth radiates warmth. All the food is delicious - lots of great flavors and the "vitello tonnato" is fabulous and that is coming from a non-fan of veal. Our server was excellent - knowledgeable without being snooty and always on hand. Can't wait to go back.
By kws on 6/4/2004
Dinner at Hearth was a parody. I have lived and eaten in NY, Paris and London and never have I been charged so much for so little. The food was literally microscopic. I was STARVING and I am a very light eater. Tuna appetizer was 4 bites, sea bass entree served with 3 beans and a can-sized artichoke cut in 4. I almost had to laugh when the food came it was an insult. Not as funny was the bill for $100 for one glass of wine, appetizer and 2 entrees. Food was not even particularly tasty-totally bland.
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.
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