403 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10009
at First Ave.
By FLH1 on 6/8/2013
My husband I just moved to the neighborhood and thought we'd give Hearth a try. Apart from the company and the cocktails (kudos to the bartender for lifting my overall rating from a 0 to a 1) it was a tawdry and particularly low-rent experience. The service was not only lacking but obnoxious (specifically the guy in dreads who was snooty and had no sense of tact) and the food honestly among the most bland and uninspired I've had. Also, who picks up the check prior to the customers leaving? Tacky. Ugh. Blah. I can't help but wonder what previous reviewers are comparing to? McDonalds?
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 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 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 ibon on 5/5/2010
I went to Hearth with my friend because we had wanted to try it for a long time. We had heard good things about it and we live in the neighborhood. Unfortunately it was so disappointing. The food was so salty, not just one dish but ALL of them; the rock shrimp, the pasta with duck and even the fava bean salad. The wines were extremely expensive. The only affordable white wine on the list was 'just out'. The sommelier recommended a wine that was not on the list but 'in the same price category'. It was an overly sweet Riesling that appeared to be (when the check came) $10 more than the wine we had chosen originally. Because the intens sweetness of the wine balanced out the saltiness of the food we managed to eat a few bites but neither of us could finish our food (and portions are not large). I wonder how they stay in business!
By eastv on 2/2/2004
I had a very different experience. Our meal was not bad, but the food was not exceptional either and I thought the portions were smallish. The main problem, however, was the atmosphere. We sat in the back room in a table next to the open kitchen where the entire meal was dominated by the chef VERY loudly calling out details about the orders he was working on and intermittently chastising the staff, which I really didn't need to hear. He was so obtrusive that it was difficult to conduct a conversation -- if I wanted to be that immersed in the preparation of my meal, I'd make it myself. Frankly, they should consider walling off the kitchen if the chef insists on shouting as he works.
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.
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.
By BBfood on 11/30/2011
I was so excited to try this place out, that I made a reservation far in advance for my anniversary. The best aspect of this restaurant is the ambiance, but the food - not so much. It is so overpriced and not delicious, I don't understand the hype! I ordered the tasting menu (ehem, $76), so I tried 6 different courses, and only the soup impressed me (I also had the octopus, pork chop, sweetbreads, and I don't remember what else...). Not only was the food over-salted and not great, but the tasting menu was full of HEAVY items; it just didn't seem like they paired foods together with any strategy other than to make me ill at the end.
By zenden on 4/6/2004
Pretty good food. Good quality, well prepared - some kinks still need to be worked out, but definitely on the right track. The front door staff was great but I was disappointed with the floor staff. Especially considering the owners touted connection to Gramercy Tavern. Spotty at best. Nice decor - cozy and warm. A great neighborhood restaurant, yes, but a great restaurant? That remains to be seen.