At Hearth, Chef Marco Canora makes quality, nutrient-dense, and, admittedly, more costly ingredients a key criteria for delicious cuisine. He focuses on eliminating highly processed oils, flours and sugar, while making sure that every ingredient (vegetables and grains, yes, but also fish, butter, oil and offal) comes from the most pristine sources.
As noted on a manifesto on the back of the menu, the restaurant serves locally sourced ingredients, wild fishes, hormone-free meats, grains it mills itself and carefully sourced “good” fats like butter from grass-fed cows. The vegetable section is the biggest of the menu’s categories.
The menu changes every month and adapts to the change of season.
Lastly, at each table, there are small boxes that say on the outside “Open Me!” When patrons do, they find a note that reads, “We’d like to invite you to unplug during your meal here at Hearth. Feel free to use this box, put your phone away, and connect with your fellow diners.”
Location: 403 East 12th street, at 1st avenue.