Although I've been to Hearth a number of times, I've never sat at the chef's counter until two Fridays ago (I'm so behind in blogging this). You can immediately feel the temperature difference when you sit at the counter from the heat lamps, so it may not be the best idea on a blistering summer day. It really felt more like dinner and a show, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the hectic rush and bustle when it was peak dinner time. It was quite amazing seeing how a well-oiled kitchen handles that type of stress.
Hearth is definitely my go-to if I'm craving pasta (and/or fish, come to think about it). It's just damn good. No other way to describe it. So it wasn't a surprise that I had a pasta to start and then fish, while Jimmy had a fish to start, then pasta. We were also sent a lovely bowl of gnocchi with morels and peas as a mid-course.
We were so stuffed we actually ordered dessert to-go. Although the light in that area is a bit all over the place, I think it worked well in that full-size portrait shot to create an appropriate dramatic effect.
I always recommend Hearth when my guy friends ask me where they should take a girl on a first date. ;)