I am coming to town with a colleague who has spent very little time in NYC. I want something in the Village area that is good, not high-end in terms of price, and has a real NY feel to it.
I have a reservation at Hearth but I am just not sure it's the best I can do.
Hearth is very good and not too too expensive. However, if you're looking to be in "the Village," you should know that Hearth is pretty far east.
Hearth has excellent food, and it's a homey, warm place to eat, so you could do a lot worse. However, I'm not sure whether you'll think it has enough "real NY feel" for you.
Are you looking for a hoary old NY institution like Katz's Deli (east village)? A big name like Mario Batali? (Lupa or Otto would be doable for you, since they're in the west village and they're not too pricey for lunch.)
You may also want to look into Blue Ribbon Bakery, John's Pizzeria, and La Lanterna Cafe.
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I love Hearth, but I'm not sure I consider it "not high-end in terms of price." Have you looked at the menu on-line and checked the prices? I think it does have a real NY feel to it, not in the old wooden panel way (like, say, Keen's or Katz's), but in the sense that it reflects the way New Yorkers eat today. And if you're looking to stroll through the characteristic part of the West Village before or after dinner, you're a little far from there.
I enjoyed Hearth the one time I went there. It's a bit on the pricey side. I think with wine, apps, entrees, dessert, etc, it was over 100/person. As long as you know that's what it's going to cost and set your expectations accordingly, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I guess if you gave a more specific idea of your price range and even preferences for "village." East? West? Central? SoHo? LES? Or even cuisine... are you leaning towards Italian?
We were not very impressed with Hearth (Where's the Hearth? by the way) & the menu seems to stay the same.
Went about 2 yrs ago and was thoroughly unimpressed. Gave it another try a few months ago and confirmed my initial impression. The menu certainly looks interesting, but the food simply does not deliver, particularly for the prices.
I know absolutely nothing about Hearth and based on the majority of reviews I guess I'll never get to find out because of its locale.
But I gotta tell you, that is one impressive menu. One of the nicest I have ever seen and according to it, they change their menus constantly.
Much better choice in Crispo. I found Hearth to be hugely disappointing. Everything we had was mediocre at best, which shocked me considering the prices and the accolades. Also, both the host and server were pretentious boors. Luckily our evening was saved by a great dessert experience at Chikalicious! Enjoy Crispo...you can't go wrong.