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403 E. 12th St., at First Ave. (East Village)
New York, NY
(1) 646-602-1300 | www.restauranthearth.com
HOURSSun.-Thurs.: 6:00pm-10:00pm; Fri.-Sat.: 6:00pm-11:00pm
PRICE (APPETIZERS; MAINS; DESSERTS)USD 10-15; USD 26-32; USD 10-11
FAMOUS PLATESRoasted Duclair duck; veal ricotta meatballs; grilled quail; snapper crudo; goat milk panna cotta
DRINKS AND WINEWine list; Spirit of the Day
# OF SEATS85
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - for up to 26 guests
SUBWAY1st Ave. (L); Astor Pl. (6)
Comfort and conversation are key at Hearth–this is a spot that takes hospitality to heart. Seasonal small plates (made from locally sourced ingredients) are served in a delightfully rustic, cozy dining room decked out in wooden furniture, brick walls, and mood-setting candlelight. The staff is dressed to match (in plaid flannel uniforms, no less!) but don’t be fooled by their humble attire: service is polished and professional, from the friendly sommelier to the pastry chef personally delivering complimentary truffles at dinner’s end.
Comfort-craving foodies, couples (young and old) for a night out, and friends rendezvousing for a classy dinner.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Match this venue’s casual comfort with a warm dress, tights, and heels. Try to avoid adding any plaid or striped button-downs to your outfit, lest you blend in with the staff (it’s their formal attire).
GO HERE WITH
Groups; significant other; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
The staff is knowledgeable about both the extensive wine list and the daily changing food menus, and they take great pains to serve you (there’s never a half-empty water glass, empty basket of bread, or need to flag someone down).
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The modestly sized portions leave us not quite full by meal’s end.
GOOD TO KNOW
The menu changes daily, with major revisions happening seasonally. To score the best seats in the house, request a spot at the counter, which overlooks the open kitchen’s wood-burning oven. For a different approach, try Hearth’s Red Sauce Sundays: from 6:00pm-10:00pm, they serve up a three-course menu focusing on classic Italian dishes (rather than the regular modern cuisine served during the rest of the week).
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