403 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009
Sometimes you really want to make your meal a special experience. Not overstuffed armchair, silver-domed entrée special, but special in the classic sense: ‘different from what is ordinary’! So sometimes you need to find a restaurant like terroir. Led by Paul Grieco’s wild spirit, which is evidenced by his Summer of Riesling campaigns, the list at Hearth is not only a wine list, but it also a beer list, a Tequila list, a mead list, a cider list, and a primer on all things alcoholic. It shows the almost obsessive passion that manifests itself in this quirky, decidedly neighborly spot.
The menu is gently Italian, with flourishes from around the globe. I can’t resist the housemade Charcuterie for two (too much amazingly cured meat to list, but don’t miss it!), followed by Veal and Ricotta meatballs over house-made Spaghetti and to cap it all off, a cheese plate filled with artisanal samples from around the globe! Sounds like we’ll need some rustic but not too rough wines with enough character to handle these assertive flavors, but not too much weight so that we miss all the nuances of each morsel.
Some recent values on the list:
NV Rene Geoffroy Brut Rose $135
2008 Hatzidakis Nikteri Assyrtiko $68
1993 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spatlese $106
2009 Ligure di Pontente Riserva Cascina Feipu dei Massaretti Rossese $58
2008 Quinta das Tecedieras Douro blend $80
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