The East Village needed a Hearth—an upscale yet relaxed place that wasn’t just another surprisingly good ethnic hole-in-the-wall. Skirting the small-plate trend, the hearty fare is big, rich and flavorful. Roasted and braised domestic lamb with lamb sausage, buttercup squash and chanterelle mushrooms is an excellent version of lamb three ways, and roasted sturgeon with prosciutto, sweet potatoes and sage is a novel treatment of this luxurious fish. There is a small hearth in the restaurant, but the real warmth comes from the staff, which takes pains in helping you pick the right dish, and is equally interested in finding out afterward what you thought of it.
403 E 12th St
|Cross street:||at First Ave|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu, Sun 6–10pm; Fri, Sat 6pm–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $27. AmEx, DC, MC, V|