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Hearth vs Peasant?

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We're having a family dinner for seven on Friday night as an early Father's Day celebration. We want an Italian place that's good/authentic but not too pricey (entrees in the twenties rather than the thirties or forties)... We were hoping to try Locanda Verde but they can only seat us at 5:30 or Osteria Morini but they said parties of six or more have to do their events menu with a minimum $1200 spend.
We were able to get reservations at both Peasant and Hearth... Which is better? Somehow I am guessing Hearth, but I was wondering if anyone has tried both and could let me know how they compare...

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Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Or if anyone can suggest someplace similar but better, please do! I was told that the menus at Scarpetta and Maialino look a little too expensive. We also tried for Lupa but they can only seat us at 5:30 and Porsena but they said for seven it's a prix fixe... We want to order off the menu, for sure...

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    Porsena
    21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: hungry_united

      Just ate at Peasant last weekend, had a great meal, fun but noisy atmosphere. Service was suprisingly poor but the spit roasted pig was wonderful.

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      Peasant
      194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

    2. Overall, Hearth is more ambitious but its menu is more modern American with Italian influences. I guess it depends how "Italian" you wish to get. Peasant is more Italian and has the slight edge in atmosphere I think, with the wood burning oven. And the dishes seem easier to share amongst a large group. But it's not like you'll have a bad meal at either.

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      Hearth
      403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

      Peasant
      194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: kathryn

        I agree completely. Peasant is more "Italian" than Hearth. You won't have a bad meal at either.

      2. I have eaten at both restaurants - they are both great and I would not hesitate going back to either of them - so I would recommend you look at the menu and see which is more appealing to you.

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