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Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2007
We had a lovely dinner at Hearth last night for an early Valentine's Day celebration. We opted for the tasting menu ($75pp) which offered a delicious lobster combination (tail, claw and two ravioli with delicate salad of cooked celery, citrus sauce) appetizer of sturdy proportions, a well-cooked but unremarkable fish course, and a wonderful prime rib and short rib assortment with bone marrow, onion confit and root veggies, which was truly memorable. Desserts were hit or miss with the dessert amuse of passionfruit semifreddo far surpassing the hideously chewy but tasty coconut souffle. Unfortunately all the wines on the wine list at $40+ and the sommelier/waitress recommended some VERY expensive bottles. We did end up with a lovely white from the Chablis page in the wine menu. The service was gruelingly slow, though quite friendly. Service was a little weird. For example, the coconut souffle came with a tiny carafe of chocolate sauce, which was taken away after the initial crack-n-pour. We had to ask for it to be brought back to lubricate the gobs of grated toasted coconut in the souffle. It would have been a hundred times better if it was only flavored and topped with coconut, so one could enjoy the texture of the souffle without grinding away at all that waxy coconut fiber. Also, much of the food was undersalted and and salt and pepper had to be aggressively sought out, as in getting up and going to look for a waiter, because no one came to ask us if we liked the appetizer and the restaurant is very oddly laid out. It was great quality, but definitely needed salt! Overall a pleasant experience - nothing world-changing here - and capped off with two tiny but delicious (why so stingy?) chai shortbread cookies.
Posted by anonymous c on 01/30/2007
I stumbled upon this restaurant with a friend last night and decided to give it a try. The interior is very warm and cute, and the atmosphere is great. We both loved our food, BUT the service was terrible. The restaurant seems like a new restaurant--good menu, good space, but still trying to figure out how to serve customers. I recommend the restaurant, but make sure you have plenty of time as the service is so slow.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2006
The dishes I have had were quite tasty. Everyone in our party was quite happy. But, I will say, I have been in on more than one occassion for a glass of port or wine and dessert at the bar. The desserts are delicious. The servers and bar tenders always give great recommendations. I just don't see the connection to the servers' uniforms and the restaurant. Don't miss out on their extensive wine list and desserts!
Posted by A+C on 11/12/2006
We enjoy eating at a wide variety of restaurants around the city, from holes in the wall to Jean Georges' establishments, but Hearth is by far our favorite. The food is always out of this world - we do the tasting menu often and every time the food just astonishes. Also the service is phenomenal- we always reqest the same waiter who always pairs our foods with the most delicious wines. In fact, of all of the places in the city, we just chose Hearth to celebrate our recent engagement!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/03/2006
Food is hit or miss, but definately not worth the $. Go to another NY restaurant. Service was poor, waiter kept pouring too much wine before we were ready, and then were asked to move and leave our table in the middle of our meal. I honestly have never heard of such a thing. Don't go, this place isn't classy and not worth the real estate.
Posted by unimpressed on 10/26/2006
With so much press, I was completely disappointed. How much did someone pay to get those good reviews? The food was fair. The bread man continually comes around to try to fill you up on bread, because the portions are so small. "The worst gnocchi ever", coming from one of our guests who is italian. Dessert the cider donuts I was looking forward to--Dunkin Donuts are much better.
Posted by Ricardo on 06/17/2006
Finally the East Village has a restaurant that serves very good food. My co-diners and I shared the same impressions every time we ate at Hearth: nicely decorated space yet too cold (temperature is set for the comfort of staff who are constantly moving, not for the customers who are seated and relaxed), few choices of food yet excellent each of them (the duck is not to be missed, the tasting menu is worth every dollar, the lavender panna cota and the elderflower sorbet to die for), and service who try to please yet is light years from others restaurants' excellent waiters (at Hearth waiters put a big piece of paper - the menu - in front of you and on top of the silverware as soon as you arrive without asking you first for drinks; too much time between dishes in the tasting menu; coffee takes forever). Still, I would definitely put up with the menu touching your silverware et al to enjoy once again the delicacies coming from the kitchen.