The gnocchi last night weren't bad; maybe not great, but still as good a rendition as available anywhere in Manhattan. Same for the ricotta/beef meatballs.
I imagine that at some point in the future, Hearth may be the subject of one of those "who goes there" pieces, as the place is 15 years in, and still doing good business,
Reasonable noise level, comfortable seating with actual space between the tables, nice service (I especially liked the somm); basically, a place for a grown-up meal, with prices that in this day and age, are quite comfy. To start, Significant Eater enjoyed her excellent gazpacho, while I scarfed down a lovely dish of marinated squid, with potatoes, beans and maybe a little summer squash.
Those meatballs (on polenta) were my wife's choice for her main, while I had pan-fried skate (a lovely fresh piece), served with green and yellow string beans. Desserts were fine for what they are.
Even the cocktails are good, a step above good restaurant cocktails...I liked that her drink was served properly cold. I didn't start with a cocktail, instead ordering a bottle of riesling. I don't know how the pricing on the rest of the list stacks up, but the wine I ordered appears to retail at around $30, and was $65 here.
I wouldn't hesitate to send picky or worried eaters here.