My first visit to The Heart, in New Hope, Pennsylvania: http://hearthnewhope.com/
This is a cozy restaurant. They play excellent music (like Traveling Wilburys and Bob Dylan).
They specialize in vegetarian, so I had a chickpea burger, with a side salad. It was a little dry, as was the salad. They are chintzy with the dressing; you could barely taste it.
The best was the dessert, pictured below, Raw Chocolate Mousse: avocado, cashew, cacao, agave blend topped with raspberries and toasted coconut. [Note: I make a similar pudding at home with frozen acai, banana, honey and avocado. It sounds weird, but the avocado gives it the pudding consistency and it really does taste like pudding!]
My husband had the Flourless Chocolate Torte [also pictured below] which is gluten free. I had a taste and it was very rich.
The Ethiopian coffee was perfect.
Upstairs is nice and cozy, with a beautiful stained glass window, though with the acoustics, it’s a shame it’s too loud and you can hear conversations at everyone’s tables — even a soft whisper sounds loud. Luckily we were able to enjoy the dessert portion of our meal when a foursome left and only another quiet couple were upstairs with us.
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the managing editor of Dining Out magazine and a serious Yelp-er.