Dressler or Hearth?
I know, one of these is in Brooklyn and discussion of the other belongs on the Manhattan board. So I'm hoping not to get deleted.
Anyway - deciding between the two for a party of 6, looking for nice but casual, good food, good for a relaxing evening of conversation.
Thoughts between the two?
Never been to Dressler, always heard good things. Hearth I've been to at least a half dozen times (though it's been about 2 years since the last visit) and have always loved it and considered it a favorite. Esp any dish they do with sweetbreads (they seasonally have an amazing appetizer of cabbage stuffed with ground veal and sweetbreads in a broth with pastina). Unlike Kiteless, I've never found it lackluster for the price....it isn't cheap but it's not expensive for the quality of the food either. It's not a scene sort of place, the decor is pretty minimalist/industrial...reminds me a bit of some SOMA restaurants in San Francisco. You're paying for the really well prepared, seasonal food, not the interior design..
I've never been to Hearth, but recently had a great dinner at Dressler. Loud, fun, boisterous on a Friday night. Can't exactly remember what we had beyond oysters (which were fresh and great), but all was good including the cocktails. Would definitely be a fun place for a group of 6 (we were 4).