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I post this review with some trepidation. The foodie community loves Hearth. I had dinner there in early October with two collegues, and was underwhelmed. I ordered:
FOIE GRAS TORCHON ($18)
with Endive, Mission Figs, and Brioche Toast
STEAMED BLACK BASS ($27)
Heirloom Tomatoes, Leeks and Fine Herbs
The foie gras was extremely bland (I enjoyed the toast more), and the bass practically devoid of taste. The bread service was also a disappointment (tasted stale; the butter wasn’t spreadable).
My colleagues did enjoy their meals, so perhaps I just ordered the wrong things.
Hearth (403 E. 12th Street at First Avenue, East Village)