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Posted by rothy912 on 04/30/2006
Interesting menu selection. Wild game comes to NYC. The choices read better than they tasted. Really expected to be wowed by the food after all the good reviews i had read, but unfortunatley our party of 6 was mostly dissapointed by the food for the price. Although, the lamb dish and chicken were very tasty. The rest left a lot to be desired. There are more delectable eaterys to spend your $60/person.
Posted by Trepanner on 02/22/2006
This place gets so much good press, it's amazing. What isn't amazing, however, is the atmosphere or the food. Yes, the service is slick, probably a little too slick, and yes, the portion sizes (admittedly not the most sophisticated criterion) are just plain silly. But what really gets my goat is how underwhelmed I am--living just next door as I do--whenever I dine there. The exposed brick, the minimal decor, the hallway that's used as a rear dining room--it's all OK, but not *special.* Neither is the food. Yes, it's very good, but it lacks variety and inspiration. There's isn't much choice. When there are only a handful of options at hand, seeing Rabbit Ballentine on the menu every week for nearly a year is just a little...well, it was such a tiny little entree, was the esoteric thrill of saying "Rabbit Ballentine" really worth the static menu? I say mix it up and prove you're worth your chops--if, three times in eighteen months, I'm given a bell pepper consomme as an amuse guele, then there's a chef somewhere who needs to amuse his *tete* a little more aggressively. I think that's a fair expectation from what is so consistently and inexplicably touted as one of the top restaurants in the city. N'est-ce pas?
Posted by boboskiwat on 01/13/2006
I adore this place. The service is incredible and the food is beyond fresh and tasty. I would say the food is as close to perfect as it gets. The only possible draw back is the portion size. Its modest, but not ridiculously small. However, I have never walked out of here hungry- just perfectly full and perfectly content.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2005
My boyfriend and I had a fabolous meal last night at Hearth. The food was just delicious and our waiter did a great job suggesting a wine to go with our entrees. The staff was unpretentious and helpful. I can't wait to go back again.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/24/2005
Dined here for my wife's birthday on Saturday. Overall I would say fair to good. The room is ok. Simple and understated. We were seated promptly for our res. Warm parsnip puree' was a nice welcome on a rainy night. We had the ribollita (sort of a creamy veggie puree with croutons) excellent. The grilled quail which was excellent but miniscule. Think two Chain Restaurant-sized chicken wings. The braised octopus was very good but also small. For entree's we had the seared skate, which was actually a nice portion and superb. I had the beef which was the most expensive entree' and what I had hoped to be the largest. Wrong. I received two small slices of steak, about enough to make a sandwich on an hors d'oeuvre roll and a tablespoon size portion of braised short rib. The food was good but obnoxiously small. The wine list is pricey and the wines by the glass are intentionally obscure. I know a good deal about wine and was unable to identify seven of the ten grapes featured on the by-the-glass menu. This would be ok if the prices were $5-7 per but the wines were $13-15. I believe intentionally esoteric to disguise the fact that you could buy two bottles for the price of a glass. No joke. I memorized one label. The desserts were hit and miss. Olive oil cake was merely moist but nearly flavorless pound cake. Burnt sugar ice cream was good. Pumpkin seed brittle ice cream was very good. Homemade doughnuts were fabulous. Service was efficient but curt. Would not go back on my own tab. Would not discourage someone who was excited to try it but would not strongly recommend. Too many other great places to try, but if you have a small appetite it really is good food.
Posted by Mike on 10/17/2005
Party of six we basically paid for the wine because we didn't get much food. I was expecting a nice portion when I ordered the lamb but it turned out to be quite skimpy. You re paying for the ambiance, which I gave a 3. Better atmosphere in Tappas the restaurant that was there 3 yrs ago,
Posted by Anonymous on 09/10/2005
We were amazed - the service was first class! You hear this from a Euro-snob. Thank god for the small portions - it was quite refreshing to get up from the table without the sense of self-disgust. The food was carefully prepared and delicious. Try the veal and the octopus appetizer.