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403 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10009
at First Ave.
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!
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.
I beg to differ . . .
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.
Good now... will get even better with time
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.
I was not blown away
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?
Its a cozy hearth
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.
what craft should be -- less expensive
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 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.
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.
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