WOW. That sums up my meal at Hearth in one word. I can honestly say that it was one of the best meals I have ever had! I loved everything about, well, everything. Starting with our server, Keara, who was amazing. She was super friendly and knowledgeable, and she recommended a fantastic German Pinot Noir for us to try (we were totally indecisive about what to get). While sipping on our tasty wine, we surveyed the menu. It all looked so good. We settled on six dishes to share: arugula & anchovy salad, cauliflower soup with uni, grilled octopus with blood orange, veal ricotta meatballs, polenta, and the “Lesso Misto”: beef short rib, house-made cotechino (boiled Italian charcuterie), chicken thigh, and veal tongue. Each dish was PHENOMENAL! I swear, I’m not exaggerating. So much great flavor and a variety of textures. By this time, we had finished the wine, and I ordered an awesome Belgian beer, Lucifer. We had apple cider doughnuts and a pineapple tart for dessert. When passing by the kitchen on the way to the restroom, we noticed that there were a few people seated there. We asked Keara about it and she told us that if you come early enough (like 5:30pm), you can sit there and watch the chefs in action while you’re eating! I’m totally going back to do that. In addition, Hearth has a Beer Director, David Flaherty, who will create custom beer pairings for your meal upon request. How cool is that!?! I’m now a huge Hearth fan and cannot wait to return!
Hearth: 403 East 12th Street (at First Avenue)
Our amazing server recommended this German Pinot Noir (Rüdesheimer Kirchenpfad Spätburgunder). We loved it!
Arugula, Fennel and Anchovy Salad with pickled cippolini onions, croutons
Cauliflower Soup with uni, brioche, radish, bottarga, and chives
Grilled Florida Octopus with blood orange, hearts of palm, sicilian pistachios
Veal and Ricotta Meatballs with swiss chard cannelloni
Cayuga Farms Polenta
Lesso Misto: beef short rib, house-made cotechino, chicken thigh, and veal tongue
Discovered this awesome Belgian beer, Lucifer
Apple Cider Doughnuts with apple compote and whipped cream
The dining room