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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Heartwood

184 Eighth Ave. (W. 20th St.) Send to Phone
646-476-5458
An Italian and American mash-up in Chelsea where the bread, in many forms, is the star of the show.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Heartwood Restaurant Review

: Heartwood is set in the old Donatella space in Chelsea, and the erstwhile occupant’s lavish gold pizza oven has been painted red. The lights have dimmed a bit, too, making the 70-seat restaurant both a casual and romantic spot to grab a bite. The menu is Italian-ish, with creative takes on pizza and hearty entrées. Bread is the real star: start with the toasted crunchy pretzels accompanied by lager-infused mustard before moving on to a short-rib topped “When Peter Luger Goes Out For Pizza” pizza. The crust is soft and chewy and could give Co., the pizzeria up the street, a run for its dough. Meanwhile, tender roasted rabbit leg is almost outshone by the mixture of cranberry beans and braised escarole lingering around the plate. Desserts are worthy, especially the caramel chocolate brownie. Wines span the globe, but do yourself a favor and order a “Shrub”: a concoction of booze, juice, and apple cider vinegar.

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