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Out of the Ordinary

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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  • Snooth User: Hana Choi
    Hand of Snooth
    803609 935

    Ditto on Otto! We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal with delicious, fairly priced pairings.

    Thanks for including 8th Street Cellar - with its great happy hour (I think $18 bottles, 4p-7p), it's a favorite and reliable neighborhood gem!

    Aug 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

  • During happy hour they @ 8th Street Wine Cellar, they offer $18 bottles, and a decent selection too. This is where I got my friend, a die-hard pinot grigio drinker for the 10+ years I've known her, to try something different ... and the rest is history. We continue to go here and she relies on me to pick the bottle from the happy hour list.

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,749

    Love the love for the wine bar! It's a great place to try something new, which is part of what makes a good wine bar good!

    Aug 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

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