- Ziggy41 Jul 16, 2014 06:32 PM
Trying to decide between 3 old-timers I haven't visited yet.
Hearth - I don't see the famous Gnocchi on the menu
Crispo - Carbonara. That good? Doesn't look very traditional
For this Sat night, with 2 adventurous young teens. Not too dark
Crispo is definitely the most family friendly but probably the least exciting. I'd go with Hearth if you think the kids are up for it.
Don't know about the other places.. But I love hearth, their pork ragu is amazing.. And their gnocchi should be on the menu as a side dish.
It may not be the most exciting, but we have enjoyed our many meals at Crispo over the years. Haven't been to the others so can't compare, but I think Crispo gets bashed unfairly on this board, usually being compared to places that are substantially more expensive. Order whatever looks most interesting and you will not be disappointed. It's excellent value for the money.
1. Really enjoyed Casa Mono. Most interesting of the three. Been awhile.
2. Hearth. I have not been, SO has been many times. The Hearth Manifesto:
3. I haven't been to Crispo in ages. Good food, good value last time I went. It works when you have a group with different tastes and budgets. Thanks to hounds suggestions, we went on a weeknight. Probably the darkest of the three. OP requested "not too dark."
If the kids are adventurous (and you can get in) i vote casa mono. Everyone loves the razor clams a la plancha and their duck egg potato dish (lomo saltado con papas?) is great. Nice wine list with a few hard to find spanish cidras too
I really liked hearth, just felt more like where i would bring my kind of picky not adventurous relatives more than somewhere i would frequent. Amazing wines though
All 3 were available last night for 7:30 and I snagged Hearth, oh well. Casa Mono no longer available.
Last time I had Hearth resvs, I cancelled at the last moment after Kathryn posted a picture of the Ssam mushrooms. So unless Kathryn posts any more pictures, Hearth it is for saturday.
Though Bar Primi sounds intriguing as well -- heard it mentioned here too many times.
Thanks for the responses everyone!
We had a fun dinner at Hearth. No regrets whatsoever but I now know what you mean about it not being terribly exciting. Amazing wine list that requires a bit of studying ahead of times. Most dishes I felt were about $5-10 overpriced
For anyone that cares here's a quick rundown of what we tried
Ricotta Sformato - Very good mix of Roasted Broccoli, Pine Nuts, Cauliflower, Spigarello and ricotta. Really enjoyed this
Grilled Quail - Expertly cooked quail with rosemary, but what stole the show was the accompanying salad of Faro, Cucumber, Onions, Quail Egg, and very nice tomato preserves that tied everything together. I would order just that
Rigatoni with pork Ragu - Outstanding! Not your typical heavy ragu. Came with peas, ricotta and more rosemary, as if fellow Tuscan Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi came to visit
Spatchcock Spring Chicken ($62) - Good. Moist, juicy but after a few bites tasted like good ol' ordinary chicken. Not as flavorful or imaginative as all the great chickens we've enjoyed over the years (NoMad, Annisa, Louro, Scarpetta)
Veal and Ricotta meatballs - Absolutely delicious meatballs. But once you take out the Swiss Chard Cannelloni that comes along you are left with $10/meatball. Perhaps the priciest in NYC?
Gnocchi side - This was an excellent but your basic cheesy buttery pillowy gnocchi side dish. I remember reading all sorts of praise on their gnocchi and was wondering if there was something more elaborate that was taken out of the menu at some point but waitress said no, thats it.
Hen of the Woods side - Even though I'm the only one in my family that likes mushrooms I had to have this. Its such an ugly looking thing (impossible to take a nice pictures of), but has a distinct earthy taste.
Panna Cotta - Good. Could have used a little more berry compote