Here's a challenge. Pick an Infatuation “Perfect For” category at random. I’ll put $20 on The Smith being checked with whatever category you picked. That’s because The Smith is the ultimate utility spot - it's consistent, convenient, and perfect for pretty much anything. It’s also spreading north, fast, as The Smith now has massive locations in Midtown East and Lincoln Center. The Smith operation is as well oiled as any restaurant machine in New York, delivering happiness and printing money daily.
Not much has changed since we first reviewed The Smith in our “Immaculate” Infatuation infancy back in May of 2009. Since then, I’ve been to The Smith for at least 12 birthdays, multiple rehearsal dinners, a graduation party, and for probably 50 other occasions ranging from beers and oysters at the bar, Webster Hall pre-games, weekday lunches, weekend brunches, and early dinners with my two-year old. And exactly one dinner with my Mom. It was too loud for Mom, apparently. She wasn’t feeling the noise. The point here is that The Smith is always there for you, whenever you need it. Its versatility is invaluable. Plus, there’s still a photo booth downstairs. Before Instagram existed, this was a big deal.
Props to the owner of The Smith, whoever you are. No one mentions you when discussing NYC’s great restauranteurs, maybe because you have such a common name, and because rarely does anyone celebrate quiet consistency. But we'd like you to know we appreciate you.
If you are going to The Smith, you are ordering the gnocchi. It's that simple. This creamy, rich bowl of dreams is part of the reason we keep coming back for more. Get it as an appetizer to split.
A staple appetizer order. They make mean deviled eggs.
Another appetizer staple, The Smith makes a killer mac 'n cheese. If you're looking to get a little crazy, go for it.
A very solid burger. There are no bells, there are no whistles. Just a massive beef patty dripping with special sauce, cheddar, and bacon. Also, the fries at The Smith are a 10/10.
It's only on the lunch menu, and always worth ordering. A big warm pot of rice, shiitake, spinach, pickled carrot, edamame, bean sprouts, and a sunny side up egg with spicy sauce. Do it.
One of our go-to's. This entree-sized steak salad is as good as a steak salad gets. Ample amounts of chunky meat, in a big bowl of arugula, endive, and tomatoes, with a thick balsamic dressing.
Short Ribs are one of the best entrees at The Smith, so you're going to want to go on Tuesdays when they are the daily special.
A cauldron filled with steamy mussel goodness in a white wine broth with lots of action. A great entree to split, and it comes with fries. Fries are very important.
The Smith has plenty of weekend brunch options to choose from, and if we're going eggs, we usually go baked style. You can't really tell from the photo, but that's artichokes, burrata, and spinach in a spicy tomato sauce.
That would be caramelized apples on top with apple cider syrup. We're done here.
Behold, the dessert you cannot leave without getting. That's a s'mores, deconstructed in a jar in layers of chocolate mousse and graham cracker crumble, with toasted marshmallow and a chocolate crunch bar on top. You deserve this.