I’ve read a lot this year about Hearth’s menu shake-up; the healthy makeover that put the already buzzing restaurant further up on the eat list map. I reviewed Hearth 1.0 a few years ago and I absolutely loved the brunch. It was with an open mind that I visited 2.0 for a re-review.
The new Hearth was right up my alley. Chef Marco Canora shifted towards vegetable-focused, non-processed ingredients, and good fats, and his fresh, playful menu reflects exactly that.
It was a freezing day in New York, and my husband, Paul, and I gladly settled into the cozy East Village restaurant for a hearty brunch.
To start, Paul ordered a regular coffee, which was sourced from la colombe torrefaction. I couldn’t help but photograph the adorable coaster the drink was served with, which paid homage to the restaurant’s focus.
I got my usual latte with soy milk. And how cute are these menus?!
For starters, Paul and I were both eager to try the famous broth with egg drop, Parmesan, and kale.
I’ve heard so much about Brodo, the takeaway window connected to Hearth that started the bone broth craze in New York. I always questioned how people could get so excited about stock until I gave it a try for myself. This was surprisingly rich in meaty flavor and apparently full of nutrients, which I desperately needed after one too many the previous night. It was liquid comfort food, and I’ll definitely be coming back on colder days in the city.
For mains, I ordered the sausage and kale ragu with fried eggs. The waiter kindly swapped Parmesan potatoes for the toast. It’s usually served like this to make it gluten free, which I actually thought made this a winning dish. The ragu was unreal and the eggs were cooked perfectly. I kept having to tell myself to slow down and savor every bite. The potatoes were crispy and had a healthy dusting of cheese, and did a great job soaking up every last bit of sauce on the plate.
Paul ordered the grass-fed beef hash with fried eggs, Yukon gold potatoes, caramelized onions, and salsa verde. We had a decent argument about whose dish was better after he took his first bite. I think it’s safe to say this is one of the best hashes I’ve had, and it was somehow perfectly balanced with the egg and verde. It is far too often that all you taste in an egg hash is the meat, and Hearth really perfected the balance of the flavorful hash and the egg and salsa.
With some Brodo to go, we left very full, happy, and ready to ring in the new year!
The Bitches say: A+. I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2017 than with an all-star, health-focused brunch at Hearth. Every dish was impressive, rich with flavor, and full of nutrients and natural ingredients – you can’t beat it!
403 East 12th Street
New York, NY
(646) 602 – 1300
Hearth serves brunch on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.