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  • yebo Aug 16, 2011 12:12 PM
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This is a 7-course meal for which the courses aren't described. If anyone has had it, could you post about what the food was and/or if you thought it was worthwhile, compared to ala carte ordering?

403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

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  1. My best friend and I had the 7-course dinner tasting at Hearth on Sunday night. Our server informed us everything in the tasting is also available and listed on the menu, and we asked if Chef Canora was in the kitchen and were told no. We were served the following:

    0) Bean soup amuse: VERY hot glass, I decided not to finish the soup itself as it wasn't terribly remarkable. Nothing wrong with it either.

    1) Escarole salad (red onion, pecorino romano, walnuts, Bosc pear): the salad was dressed a bit aggressively and the pears weren't much of a presence on the plate, but I enjoyed the combination of flavors and the vinaigrette was pleasantly acidic.

    2) Crispy sweetbreads (amaretti, sugar pumpkin, sage, mostarda): we each received one moderately large lobe. The exterior wasn't crispy but the sweetbread was cooked well otherwise, and I love fried sage leaves.

    3) Potato gnocchi: I didn't see this on the menu but we specifically requested the gnocchi as part of our tasting. Each bowl comes with about 10-15 pieces, and each one is hot and light and pillowy and creamy all at once. Perfectly cheesy/salty/peppery, definitely one of the best gnocchi dishes I've had in NYC.

    4) Lightly cooked Scottish salmon (cauliflower, capers, olives, trout roe): the dish itself is beautiful and if you get everything at once it's a very flavorful bite. I don't think the cauliflower puree added much in terms of taste or texture. The fish itself was cooked well, but I would likely not order this dish again.

    5) Veal and ricotta meatballs (house-made spaghetti): one enormous meatball over a bowl of nicely al dente pasta. We requested this signature item as part of our tasting as well, and it's a very well-executed bowl. The meatball is much larger and slightly less tender than the veal ricotta meatballs at Craftbar, and the spaghetti sauce had great flavor, but it's difficult for a bowl of meatball spaghetti to blow me away.

    6) Yogurt sorbet and concord grape sorbet: a very small serving of two sorbets with a thin cookie in between. The yogurt sorbet wasn't as tangy as I prefer, but the intense grape flavor made the combination work. More the size of a palate cleanser than a dessert, but we were getting full at this point anyway.

    7) Apple cider donut holes: this was also a request. Each plate came with 3 donut holes that each had a thick, shatteringly-crisp, sugary crust, and on the side we got a small quenelle of sorbet (no explanation given and I couldn't tell what flavor) on top of an apple sauce. I really enjoyed this dessert and 3 holes were more than enough, as the exterior was VERY sweet.

    Overall I enjoyed the 7-course tasting, and Hearth does a great job at homey Italian comfort food. I don't know what they would've served instead if we didn't request the gnocchi, meatball, and donuts. This was my first visit, and although I think it's a relatively great tasting menu deal it's not at the top of my list of restaurants to return to. Everything was good and if I particularly loved gnocchi or meatballs I'd revisit, but there are too many excellent Italian restaurants in NYC for me to return any time soon.

    403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

    3 Replies
    1. re: sheio

      Thanks for the nicely-reported review.

      1. re: RCC

        i went to hearth in 2008 and had the gnocchi, the veal meatballs, and the donuts.

        i wasnt too impressed then...surprised to see it still being served 3 years later.

        i love terroir however.

        403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

        1. re: sam1

          Been going to Hearth at least once a year and still feel that the gnocchi in one of the best in town over the years and today, the veal meatballs worth the trek, and not that crazy about the donuts. Olive oil cake, when available, trumps all others that I've had here in the city.

          403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009