When my mom came to town this Fall, she took Lana, Kiyo and me out for dinner at Hearth (it was my suggestion, of course. I’ve been known to hijack restaurant selection). The restaurant has a great dinner ambiance, dark and elegant yet lively. The food is “rooted in the modern traditions of the American kitchen with influences from our Italian heritage.”
The menu changes daily and seasonally. We all shared everything we ordered (except our drinks). We began with the “lettuces and vegetables” (how literal): radish, celery, carrots, puffed quinoa, sunchokes, turnips and red wine vinaigrette. This salad was amazing and one day I’d love to recreate it at home; seems doable.
At the recommendation of our waiter, we split a side order of gnocchi, which the restaurant is supposedly known for. It comes with only a little butter, salt and pepper, and is so simple, yet heavenly. My mom thought it looked deceptively simple and said, “it tastes better than it looks.” It’s warm, rich, smooth; I’ve heard food described as “pillowy” before, but this is the only time I’ve tasted something and truly understood that adjective. This side dish is a must; we even considered ordering another one but we knew we had more great food still to come.
We split two large entrees between the four of us. The first was a smoked chicken breast atop an amazing, crispy leaf, that I cannot for the life of me remember now but it was almost like a cross between broccoli rabe and spinach; I wish I could remember what it was, it was so delicious! One thing I loved about the restaurant overall was that the meats were executed well but vegetables were also truly highlighted. On the side there is a small pot of polenta, warm, creamy and rich.
Our final dish was the dry-aged sirloin with bone marrow, bordelaise and vegetables (recommended for two people, but we still had leftovers after the four of us were full). We each tried a bit of marrow, but it was almost too decadent for all of us (actually, Lana refused to even try it!). If you take one look at that sirloin, I don’t think I need to tell you how juicy and delicious it was.
The desserts and cheeses all looked amazing, but we were too stuffed and happy to be able to tackle them; but I will be back, so definitely next time!
Location: 403 E 12th St. New York, NY 10009 Phone: (646) 602-1300