Hearth

Restaurants, American East Village
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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.

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Venue name: Hearth
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Address: 403 E 12th St
New York
10009-40
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
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tastemaker

Loved the bunless 4 meat burger, the pea soup and the macaroni with ricotta and bolognese. Best of all the best wine list ever! I wanted to take it home and read it every night! .

tastemaker

When you hear "comfort food", typically what comes to mind is fried chicken, grilled cheese and tomato soup, apple pie, etc. And while you can get stuff like that at Hearth, they also do an excellent job of taking that idea of comfort food and elevating it to the next level. 


The menu is Italian-skewing, but I wouldn't confine it to one cuisine. The one consistency across the entire menu is fresh, local ingredients. You may scoff at a restaurant that charges you for bread, but once you've had Hearth's bread you'll know why.


There's an entree for every palette, so pick your poison here (but might I suggest some type of fish). My favorite part of the menu though (and I can't believe I'm saying this) is the vegetables. The cauliflower is a necessity- don't leave  here without ordering it. And the asparagus comes with a trout aioli that's unlike anything I've had.


Trouble getting your kids to eat veggies? Take them here. Just don't be surprised when they refuse to go back to the asparagus you've been serving...

tastemaker

Come hungry, leave wanting to come back for dinner. This is far and beyond one of the best brunches I've had in the city. From unexpected flavor combinations and excellent meat prep to just about the friendliest service I've experienced, Hearth is a restaurant to be reckoned with. 


My friend and I had a brunch reservation for Sunday and were seated almost immediately. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Even if the food had been just okay, the decor made me want to go home and completely redo my apartment. 


While we waited for the Tuscan Kale & Pork Sausage and the Grass-fed Beef Hash, they brought around mini chai tea samples. My friend loved her cappuccino, and I greatly appreciated my bloody after running the NYC Half. Our food came out in a timely manner, and the Kale & Pork Sausage stole the show. I do not like sausage, but this dish was melt in your mouth delicious. The eggs were perfectly poached, and the bread added a nice crunch to the whole thing. 


The only downfall of the whole experience was the music. The whole restaurant was putting off casual, acoustic vibes but the speakers were providing pop hits. This is so far from a trendy boozy brunch spot. In fact, we were surrounded by families enjoying brunch together. Hopefully our comment card will help sway them to make that update. 


Hearth is a perfect restaurant for a date or with friends.  It brick walls and inviting ambiance is welcoming upon arrival. Sit at a table or get a seat at the open kitchen to see the chefs at work.  Local ingredients and a seasonal menu ensure that get the freshest ingredients available for each meal.  Your meal is usually started with a complimentary hot or cold shot of pureed vegetables and a delicious choice of bread.  For appetizer, I have got the roasted quail and quail egg, which is quite filling despite its size.  There are sharing platters for the entree as a tasting menu.  I have tasted both their pastas and meats.  The homemade pasta is always exquisite.  The meats, such as the veal meatballs are rich in flavor.  My guest, a cook from Vermont, had the grilled skate and was blown away and inspired.  Hearth brings the warmth inside and out.