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403 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10009
at First Ave.
casual, great food, cucina povera + wine = deal; sit @ kitchen pass
By wavsurfer on 5/22/2009
Hearth's new "recession special" is a 3-course "cucina povera" dinner for $35 (wine pairings only $15 extra! really cheap for restaurant wine, esp. in NY). Came in w/o a rez on a Thurs night in the mid of the dinner rush and sat at the kitchen pass. Got a great show and a bit of an education watching the fish cook juggle 7 dishes at once. Even felt bad when the chef gently scolded the saute cook for delaying an order. Fun night with great food in a casual, non-pretentious atmosphere. BTW: yelp sucks!
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.
Finally, a great meal
By bichon on 1/18/2004
Gush, that's all I can do about the atmosphere, service and food at Hearth. I had a cod which was slightly crisp on the outside and moist and sweet on the inside. My friends had steak which they said was delicious and they ordered the most exotic sauteed mushrooms. Stop reading this already and make a reservation!
A great way to end 2011
By Happy2012 on 1/1/2012
We ended 2011 with a fabulous meal at Hearth. The special New Years menu was incredibly balanced and delicious. Each course was coupled with the perfect wine. It was the most memorable meal we've had in a long time (and we frequent some of NYs best). We can't wait wait to go back to explore the full menu. GOGOGO!!!!
I don't care what others say, you'd be CRAZY not to eat here
By tasterC on 9/1/2009
I took a date and we sat at the kitchen pass; a real treat, especially since I work as a cook in Brooklyn. We chose the Riesling from Alsace; light with nice acidity. I had the chilled corn soup with fennel and gulf shrimp, a perfectly balanced Summer soup. She had the beet salad, which was expertly seasoned and beautifully presented. Next I had the zucchini raviolo; a pouch of perfectly cooked pasta enveloping ricotta, zucchini, onions and tomato. She had the chicken with polenta and market vegetables. I'm not usually a fan of poultry but this was delicious. One critique I have is that, in general, they could hold back just a tad on the salt, but that's it. We both enjoyed the pie of the day; key lime with graham cracker crust, presented with a beautiful quinelle of whipped cream. The hostess and our server were friendly and knowledgeable, the decor was warm and inviting. We both had a wonderful time and agreed that it was the perfect place for a date. In fact, if I had the cash I'd go back again tomorrow!
One of the best in NYC
By panagisv on 6/12/2009
I've been to Hearth many times and every single time the food and the service have been excellent. Their wine list is very interesting to read, with great comments from the sommelier. It helped me discover an excellent Cab Franc from the North Fork! Their knowledgeable staff are great and very friendly. The only comment I'd make is that I'd like to see some more variety in the main courses. I love their food and that's why it'd be nice to have more choice there! I can't wait to go back!!
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.
best meal out in a while
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.
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 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.
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