Archive for November 14th, 2008

I resisted Hearth for some time, despite the restaurant’s glowing reviews and the many personal recommendations that I received.  I looked at the menu several times and was never inspired.  Exacerbating my lack of enthusiasm was the restaurant’s location on the Lower East Side, which is a long haul from our apartment on the Upper West Side.  After reading a recent review of Hearth’s Apple Cider Doughnuts on Serious Eats, I took another peek at the menu and was compelled (finally) to make a reservation.

Last weekend we went to Hearth with our friends John and Amy and had an excellent meal.  It’s hard to find many faults with our meal.  Getting nitpicky, the bread was not good and the meal took a very long time and we were left unattended for long stretches (in defense of our affable and competent waitress, we were not in a rush and didn’t convey impatience).  Other than those minor tweaks, we had a great dining experience. 

Hearth has a very interesting and diverse wine list so we let our waitress select a bottle – I threw out a few adjectives and she produced a recession-friendly bottle of Shinn Estates 2005 Merlot from North Fork (!?), which hit the spot perfectly (and tasted nothing like a merlot).  John was the only person at the table who ordered an appetizer – the Foie Gras Torchon, which was quite good.

Everyone was very pleased with their entrées.  I don’t think that one particular entrée stood out (I wouldn’t know about the cobia because John finished his entrée without giving me a bite…ahem), but there wasn’t a miss in the bunch. 

Here’s what we ordered: (more…)


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