403 E 12th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.729934 -73.983156
Mon-Thurs 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat / Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Get it straight: there isn't a better, more straight-forward chef in New York than Marco Canora, whose restaurant is utterly committed to simple, perfectly prepared season food of the very highest order. Also, don't miss out on pasta, which is the open secret of Hearth's greatness.
Unbelievable that this place has so many people fooled – This place was rec?d by a friend as "one of his favorite places" so I was excited when my girl and I finally had a chance to try it. We were seated promptly and given our allotted 1 piece of bread. We decided against the $1350 cabernet and instead chose lowly glasses of shiraz for $17 each. Crowd was mostly 50+ who looked like they just finished 9 holes at the countryclub. Lots of sweaters tied around necks. We ordered apps + mains. Arugula salad with walnut vinaigrette & a ribollita(sp?) soup of cannelloni beans, toasts covered in parmesan cheese and some kind of greens. The soup was very thick and too salty although overall it was the most edible thing we ordered, and was the only thing we finished. The salad was AWFUL and inedible. I have a very adaptable palate- but the flavor of the dressing was horrid, it had a very "earthy" (NOT in a good way) taste, like dirt/mold if you can imagine that. Both of us ate a few bites and wound up leaving most of the $15 mess to the busboy. We then waited 20 mins for our 2nd courses to arrive. I ordered a striped bass which was the "special", served with clams and roasted fennel, and she chose a skate fish with beets & sunchokes. Both dishes were small for $31. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise! My fish had a very strong/bad musky odor and didn?t taste fresh at all. The clams had a "sudsy" butter sauce on them and tasted OK at first but had an aftertaste that reminded me of dishwashing soap. (I think that they spilled some in the broth!) The fennel was good but everything was drenched in butter & salt. I left 3/4 of my fish untouched. My girl?s dish was a little better but also way too salty and had a strange odor. This place is trying too hard to impart exotic flavors to their dishes and is missing the mark, resulting in hideous frankenstein-like combinations. The damage was $150 for 2 of us, which did NOT include dessert. We both left hungry and feeling sick. I will never go back to Hearth!
A Masterful Dining Experience – I was dragged to Hearth by a friend of mine who wanted to have an app and a drink at their "bar by the kitchen". I had heard of Hearth before as being a top restaurant in New York so I was intrigued to say the least. We sat down and the bar was literally looking over the kitchen. As a foodie and wannabee Thomas Keller, I was simply in heaven! Our waiter couldn't have been more accomadating and all the Chefs were willing to pause to explain to us what they were intricately preparing. Though I promised to only order an app, a three course meal was in the works. The wine list was incredible-- we settled on a fruity Austrian white. Chef Jordan et all were so helpful and intuitive that we felt like we were cooking the meals ourselves. I have dined at incredible restaurants in New York (per se, etc.) and have never had such an exciting and exuberant dining experience. The food was to die for as well.
Underwhelmed – Went to Hearth over the weekend with a friend, she was eager to try it. We were late for our reservation, and the hostess couldn't have been nicer, our waiter was also a pleasure, unfortunately the food did not live up to the service, or the price-tag. We decided to get the $77 tasting menu, it was 5 courses, which is perfect - not too much food - but the dishes themselves were bland; there was nothing exciting or exceptional, and for $77 per person, there really should be. Perhaps the food ala carte is better, but the tasting menu was a complete (and expensive) disappointment. I feel no need to go back to Hearth - although the wine list was impressive, and we got a great Zweigelt for $37 (one of the cheaper bottles). Desserts were tasty, but the "savory" dishes were very under-seasoned, and well, again, bland. Anyway, I wanted to like it, but I really didn't...
Underwhelming – I had been wanting to try this place for a while, so when a friend and I ended up near it after a dinner out, we decided to stop by and have dessert and drinks to check it out. Glad we did, because now I know I will never be going back. The initial host was very nice and sat us promptly, but once we sat and then mentioned to our server that we were going to have just drinks & dessert (it was 10:45PM), the mood changed drastically. We barely saw out server after that, just the second hand servers. The dessert list was boring. They brought out our dessert so fast (it felt rushed), that my friend wasn't even back from the bathroom when it arrived. A good restaurant should pay attention to when their customers are ready for their food. The server brought our drinks AFTER we got our dessert. My friend was still gone, so he left the bottle of champagne on the table until she came back so he could pour it for her. Nothing special about the dessert we got and we didn't see our waiter again until we got the check. Highly disappointing evening.
Comfort and Quality – Met two friends for dinner on a cold Thurs night at 9pm. Tables were full but we didn't have to wait for our table (with reservation). Warm atmosphere was a welcome from the cold. Wonderful wine list and great wines by the glass ($8-$12). Greeted with a lentil soup amuse that was perfect. We opted for the tasting menu and one friend asked for a substitution which was easily honored. All of us were surprised by the ample portions presented for the tasting. Lobster ravioli was excellent as the scent of orange zest wafted towards us even before the plate was placed (abundant lobster meat). The nantucket scallops paired with sweet dates and savoy cabbage was a delightful play on flavors. Main courses (ribeye and bass) were staple but the beginning courses satisfied the palate the most. Dessert was a bit of a disapointment as the coconut souffle was too heavy on the shredded coconut (amuse of passion fruit semifreddo was better). However, the service was spot on (not sure why others have had so many issues) i.e. water refilled, wine on request, more bread all with pleasant, smiling servers and waitstaff. Will return as season changes to check out more dishes.
Fantastic from beginning to end – I can't say enough about this place. But if I had to make just one comment, it'd be this: the people at Hearth know what a great dining experience is supposed to be like, they work very hard to make it happen, and they succeed.
I went to Hearth for the first time last week, and the experience surpassed even the high expectations I had. It was an experience, not just a great dinner. The interior of the restaurant is simple but well designed, decorated and lit. The staff are absolutely top notch--very knowledgeable not only about every aspect of the menu, but also about how to manage the diner's experience. The were always available but never hovered, and served and cleared courses perfectly. But the best thing, obviously, is the food. At our table, we had the Ribollita (Tuscan soup) and Nantucket Bay Scallops to start. The soup was incredibly flavorful and precisely the right portion size for a first course. The scallops, wrapped in prosciutto, were tender, delicious and beautifully presented. Our main courses were the Wild Striped Bass, Roasted Sturgeon and Buckwheat Tortelli. The Bass was cooked perfectly and served in a flavorful broth with artichokes, bld oranges and cockles. The citrus of the bld oranges was perfect with the slightly buttery fish. The Tortelli was also delicious--stuffed with goat cheese, beans, cabbages and mushrooms. It was rich but also delicate. More complex than we'd expected it to be. The sturgeon really wowed us. Smoky, tender, meaty...I can't do it justice. Fantastic. We didn't have time for dessert, sadly.
In choosing our wines, we were very fortunate to have Paul Grieco, one of Hearth's owners, offer some advice. We started off with a pre-meal Spanish sherry-like wine that was absolutely perfect. With our meal, Paul suggested a Lebanese red that was great. I'd never had Lebanese wine--didn't even know they made wine in Lebanon. It went perfectly with our meal.
This is a great place. I look forward to my next trip!
Outstanding dinner, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere – Sitting right up at the kitchen offers a stellar view of the eclectic heart of Hearth. Marco (owner/chef) was a pleasure, offering up his take on the menu and appropriate beverage choices. The food was excellent. Seared scallops for an appetizer were crisp and flavorful. A sushi grade yellowtail appetizer was zesty and fresh. Main courses of duck papardelle and striped bass were prepared to perfection. Not to mention a superb wine list. Highly recommended.
This Place was OK – I expected alot more based on the reputation and prices. My calamari salad was one of the best I've had, but my fish dish was bland. I wasn't impressed.
Loved It. – Been there twice for dinner and can't wait to go back Let's start off with reservations.. simple and easy via opentable. Everyone (hostess, waiters, busboys) at the place is pleasant, friendly and attentive. The menus change with the seasons (i.e. in season ingredients) and the wine list is vast (but a bit overpriced). Everything felt "clean" when I ate it. Nothing was overly seasoned or overly cooked. The fresh ingredients were evident with each portion. Decor is casual and cool.
OK food, horrible service, go elsewhere! – I'm a native NYer, so I've been to amazing first-rate places and Hearth is far from the best. The meal for two started out well, had a nice wine that matched the tasting menu. It was a Friday night, but there were lots of empty tables around us. Decent service in the beginning but he knew nothing of wine and there was no sommelier.. after our main course, we had two more left, we were asked to move to the bar and give up our table for a large group that was coming. I mean I had never ever been moved from a table at a restaurant before, even casual places and I would certainly expect more from the $250 meal for two. So this was really off-putting and the hostess could sense that, but we were like uhm ok, so we sat at the bar. We watched as the disgruntled chefs were cursing and sweating, picking at the food with their fingers. We were offered one glass of sherry to make up for the moving, and the manager did come by or apologize! The hostess just said, "arent you glad you moved? so you can see the kitchen?" Appauling. As if this was normal procedure for restaurants! Absurd! Then we were done and looked for our waiter for 15 minutes, asking three other waiters for our check. Our original waiter had not checked in with us once after we moved. How ridiculous. Needless to say, what started out as an ok meal, ended on a low note. Also for the $, Hearth definately needs improvements (in service obviously), but also in some of the food. Wide range of great to so-so & salty. To the managers/ owners of Hearth, if you want to put on the guise that you run a classy restaurant, you have to put the effort into it and get with it. This is NYC, where a better restaurant is opening just around the corner... seriously people go elsewhere, this place is not worth the time for any reason, go spend your $ elsewhere. Don't make the same mistake we did.
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