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Posted by sidewalkpoetry on 02/26/2008
Went for dinner last night. The only beef dish available was on the tasting menu. That was too much food for us, so the chef agreed to let us have just the one item. We started with grilled beet salads. They were fine, but I've had much much better. The staff was clumsy & not very knowledgeable. The wine list was enormous, but my waitress couldn't get me a wine that went well with my dinner. I ended up drinking a glass from the third bottle she brought by. She never offered to refill my glass. Busboys crowded our table to dish out slice after slice of hard bread. Food was slow every course. The decor was cheap, there's some kind of fur on the walls & flimsy tables & chairs. The beef was delicious, if a little salty. We had to get a side dish (the gnocchi, also delicious) because the portions were a little small. I'm sure we would have had a better meal with the tasting menu, but at that place it would have taken forever & I just wanted to leave. We were still hungry so we ordered dessert. Incredibly disappointing. He had bananas financier & I had the apple cider donuts because they both sounded great. The doughs were dry: his was basically banana bread. My donuts were cold & served with some awful slop. We didn't even finish them. Of course the meal was expensive, but not outrageous. I won't go back, but if you're going to try this place, go for casual dining, not if you're trying to impress someone & opt for the tasting menu. That seems to be the only place the restaurant actually puts its effort.
Posted by gnhoratio on 02/25/2008
We've become regulars at Hearth, and love it. Saturday found the restaurant NOT in good form. We sat down, ordered our meal, and half an hour later, our appetizers had not arrived. It was odd because, fifteen minutes before, the waiter had come by to tell us they were on the way, and he was sorry for the delay. Ten minutes later, we heard the chef yell WHERE ARE THOSE FIRSTS? Talking about ours. We were ready to leave, because that wasn't the only problem. Then they came out, and the manager came out, with corporate double speak, just making us angrier. Finally, the chef came out, serving us our entrees personally, and apologizing for the "miscommunication." What miscommunication? There wasn't any, at least not on our part. The food WAS good, and we enjoyed it and ordered dessert, which was also wonderful. When we asked for the bill, they told us they were comping us on the whole dinner because of their goofs. Could NOT have been more apologetic. We didn't feel we could accept that, and suggested instead that they buy us our drinks. Again, you couldn't have seen more appreciative people. Restaurants make mistakes. They ALL do. Sometimes they happen to good customers. It's going to happen. How you fix it is the test of a good restaurant. Hearth is a VERY good restaurant.
Posted by PhishyEel on 01/11/2008
My boyfriend and I were extremely happy when we stepped out of Hearth - they've nailed it. A casual, but elegant atmosphere with helpful, attentive, and non-pretentious servers. The food was beautifully presented and tasted just as amazing. The ribeye was heavenly and the bass was delicious. The dark chocolate peanut butter cup and apple cider donuts rounded out the perfect meal. And what a wine list! Could not have asked for a better experience.
Posted by eatoutnyc on 06/07/2007
Wow-I was surprised to see other less than stellar reviews. We had a great meal here. food was terrific, great wine selection. I am allergic to certain foods, and i mentioned that to the waiter, and he brought a different amuse for me since original contained something I could not eat. i had beet salad and loin of lamb-both delicious. We had a great meal here-recently have eaten at some great places (gramercy tavern, blue hill), and I far preferred hearth. I do think it is overpriced, but I also think everything in nyc is overpriced these days. but I thought the food was good, fresh, well prepared. It wasn't as heavy and rich as other places we've eaten, which was nice. service was good, good wine selection. really great experience.
Posted by Goya on 04/14/2007
Went to Hearth with a friend last night for the first time. We both were underwhelmed from start to finish. We sat in the narrow sideroom which feels like an afterthought and is inappropriate in relation to the prices charged. Despite a copious wine list, the waiter told us there was no somelier to help. While he recommended an excellent Syrah, it was clear that he was not extremely knowledgeable. We ordered three appetizers- only the snapper was noteworthy. Mains were very good- my lamb and her striped bass were tasty. However, the problem was that the portions were tiny. The real lowpoint, though, was dessert. The chocolate bread pudding was pathetically colorless- I certainly have had bodega-bought food that was better. Even more disappointing were the donuts which appeared to be absolutely tasteless. All in all the meal was good but far from exceptional and absolutely not worth the $250 that we paid. We ended up going to get a cheese plate somewhere else because we both left hungry and, more importantly, unsatisfied with the experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/31/2007
Nice atmosphere, excellent asparagus soup, nice wine list... the compliments end there. Extremely disappointing experience. Asked the waiter for a recommendation for a mild flavored fish, and he recommended sturgeon. Pasta dish was just okay - better at your local Italian joint. Service was slow.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2007
Overall, it wasn't bad.. I've been to many restaurants all over NY, lots of hip high-end places. I have to give props for their wine list- it was quite good and lots of rarities. But, for the decor to the general ambiance (neighborhood, etc), I would recommend getting the a la carte dishes rather than the tasting menu. We had the tasting and it was good, but honestly don't know if it's worth the money. The wine pairing was very good, but I would not go for a "special occasion". For the $, I'd go somewhere else. It came out to about $500 + and I didn't really feel that it was $500 dollars "special". I'd recommend you go for the a la carte.