Chowhounds have been saying for some time that the gnocchi at Hearth are world-class. kathryn goes a dimension further, calling them “the best gnocchi in the history of the universe.” They’re light, creamy, and impossibly delicate, she says, “the definition of billowy, with a little butter, a little Parmigiano, and a fresh twist of a grinder of pepper.”

Also wonderful, if not celestial, is roast duck done to a turn, medium rare, with duck jus, greenmarket peaches, and foie gras. Other high points in kathryn’s richly satisfying dinner were roast quail with quail egg, tomato, and warm farro salad; and a lovely (and unusually large) torchon of foie gras with Concord grapes, frisée, almonds, and brioche. Warm apple-cider doughnuts, a perennial favorite here, were the perfect autumn dessert.

“Hearth doesn’t get that much buzz these days,” kathryn adds, “but the room was packed and bar was buzzing with walk-in parties.”

Hearth [East Village]
403 E. 12th Street (at First Avenue), Manhattan

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