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Posted by MR on 09/01/2005
I feel like I was at a different restaurant than most of these reviews talk about! I love Hearth. My fiance and I have been there on two occasions. Both times, the wait staff was kind and attentive from the very beginning, even when our table wasn't quite ready the second time we were there. It is slightly cavernous and can get kind of loud, but it's much better if you're in the side room. The food is delicious. The attention paid to bringing out the natural flavor and taste of their appetizers and entress is what really sets it apart. As for the portions - I'd much rather have a smaller, more carefully prepared portion than the "American-Style" oversized, bland tasting dishes prepared elsewhere. Bravo! (PS Try the snapper crudo appetizer. :))
Posted by Anonn on 08/18/2005
Ate there last night - food was quite good (and yes, portions are small, but adequate for us), but we were seated at 7:30 and did not leave until 10 p.m. - not good at all for a Weds night in a restaurant that should have much better timing considering its price range. Also it filled up quickly with the expense-account crowd and became loud inside.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/17/2005
Went with high expectations, left saddened & $200+ poorer... Took my BF out for a "nice" dinner, and kept ordering stuff, finding it non-edible, ordering more, finding it non-edible etc, etc.. But good service, but too overly attentive, but good wines, but poor food... Living in nyc for a while has made me a food snob, I eat at the best places as well as the dives, and this place is one of the lowest in my ranks...
Posted by Vinpoet on 06/30/2005
I ate at Hearth a couple of months ago and was amazed at the warm atmosphere that ruled there. Co-owner Paul Grieco is one of the best managers in the business and his expertise at Gramercy Tavern earned it one of the highest ratings for service in New York. The food was delicious and for me the portions just about right, if a little on the large side, if you are having an appetizer, main course and dessert. Marco Canora's food isn't meant to dazzle with gimmicks or a laundry list of unusual ingredients, it is simply fresh, meticulously prepared food in the Italian tradition made with integrity.
Posted by momo on 05/09/2005
The food is decent, nothing new or amazing. The portions are surprisingly on the smaller end for a restaurant like this. We had reservations and still got seated in the back room, which felt like we were in a cafeteria. Unfortunately, the poor service added to this ambiance. The waitstaff was cold and reserved, lacking any kind of personality. It was almost militant. Don't smile, it might hurt! Unpleasant and disappointing experience. For a place named Hearth, it was very frigid and controlled. Hearth needs to relight that fire.
Posted by Cuisinart on 02/25/2005
Dined here last night (2/24) and the meal was first rate from the beginning course of baby lettuces with root vegetables and topped with a nicely balanced vinaigrette to the end course which was a lemon tart with a glass of the late harvest - incredibly full bodied -Spanish Red dessert wine. The only draw back was the host, because after he retrieved our jackets as we were leaving, I gave him a $10 bill and asked for $5 back and he pretended like he didn't hear me and put the money in his pocket. I then ask him again for the change. He acted surprised that I was asking him for money back. I thought it was an unattractive and vulgar behavior display in light of an otherwise wonderful dining experience.
Posted by Hungry Diner on 12/10/2004
If you judge a good restaurant by how hungry you are after the meal, well, I think you might think this place is not all that fantastic. Yes, the food is delicious, but there just isn't enough of it compared to the final bill. Also, be warned, the menu is based on what is seasonally available. While it is tasty stuff, it is limited. Service was okay, as it should be, since we were sitting by the open kitchen and the waiter couldn't avoid us (not that he was trying, he did make regular stops to our table). It was cosily decorated, and the open kitchen was nice to see (cooks at work!). However, if you were looking for a romantic, private restaurant, this isn't it. We could hear the conversations on both sides of us very clearly. No discussing insider trading tips or secret love affairs at Hearth!