Get directions | 506 Franklin Ave., New York, NY 11238
Hours | Sunday 5pm-10:30pm, Monday Closed, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday 5pm-10:30pm, Thursday 5pm-10:30pm, Friday 5pm-10:30pm, Saturday 5pm-10:30pm
Let’s say you own a few cookbooks. Now let’s say that you lose them in a contained, but very effective, cookbook fire. What are you going to make for dinner?
The internet doesn’t exist in this hypothetical universe, so you can’t Google any recipes. You don’t even know what the word ‘Google’ means. You’ve never heard it before. ‘What is internet?’ you wonder, receiving vague memories from a distant, less hypothetical universe.
So, anyways, you check your fridge, see what you have to work with, then make yourself a meal. Your food doesn’t have a name like ‘cacio e pepe’ or ‘duck l’orange,’ but it’s still good, and you’re full afterwards. That’s kind of what it’s like to eat at Hart’s.
The menu here changes daily, and all of the food feels more-or-less homemade. It’s a little fancy, sure, but it’s not like they’re messing with truffles or caviar. They make things like ‘sweet potatoes and scallions with tahini’ and ribs on a pile of polenta. The dishes aren’t elaborate things constructed with tweezers, but they’re satisfying. Take the clam toast. It’s sort of like if someone made a clam soup, threw in some toast, then dumped it on your plate and said, ‘There, clam toast.’ It’s popular at Hart’s, and we’re fans.