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The Smith - Midtown
The Smith - Midtown

The Smith - Midtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thesmithnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 644-2700
  • Hours of Operation: M-W: 7:30 a.m. – midnight
    Th & Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    Sun: 10 a.m. – midnight
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Ellis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for all catering inquiries.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please inquire for further details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 51st Street
  • Public Transit: The closest subway stops are the 4 & 6 train at 51st and Lexington Avenue or the E & M train at 53rd & Lexington Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage located at 251 East 51st Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue.
A word from The Smith - Midtown
The Smith is a casual American Brasserie with three upbeat locations in New York City: The Smith East Village, The Smith Midtown and The Smith Lincoln Center. Utilizing local products and purveyors, the breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature a selection of familiar bistro dishes. Diners at The Smith Midtown can also choose from our hand-picked wine list and full raw seafood bar. The Smith attracts colleagues for a drink after work, business dinners, a quick bite before a movie, late night revelers, families for Sunday brunch and more. Offering private rooms at all locations, guests can stop by for all occasions.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My friends and I picked out one of the great omelets that The Smith has to offer. At first we were excited to see that the price included a drink or a glass of juice. We learned that the restaurant couldn't serve alcohol before noon which was fine, so we asked what else we could get. The waitress pointed out their homemade sodas so we each tried one of those. Much to our surprise when the bill came, the soda was an additional $6 charge (on top of the $16). We explained our surprise and she was unapologetic. We felt misled and ripped off. We were very disappointed in how she handled and would not return to this restaurant as a result."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Avoid this restaurant unless you want to be squeezed in at a tight table and unable to hear your dining companion even when shouting. The waitress brought the wrong dish but we were so anxious to get out of there that we didn't say anything. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Better than a lot of the other restaurants in the Middle East for low key lunch"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • " Had a nice night out with family. Great food and service!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Wonderful if you don't want to have a conversation. Best for two people but hard to hear for any bigger table. Good food and fun vibe."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Nice food, terrific service, fair prices Had trouble having a conversation as it was so loud Based on that, I will not be returning"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Second time going to The Smith and the food does not disappoint. The first time we sat in the back (7 ppl) it was way too loud but we thought maybe it was the table location. This time we sat in the front next to the open doors. Thank goodness we had the outside, it actually made it quieter... If you're going for the bar scene then great. If you want to have dinner with friends and hear them you may be out of luck."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The service was great however the food was just average and expensive. My wife had a chicken with brie salad. There was very little chicken and literally one small slice of brie. I had seared tuna salad tuna was blackened and very hot pepper flavor. My son had a hamburger which he said was ok..."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "There's a great deal of care that goes into every single dish served at The Smith. The food is stellar and the service (particularly if Gaby is on the floor) matches."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "They made a few mistakes on the appetizer orders but were reasonably pleasant about it. We then waited approximately 45 minutes between our appetizers and main meals. They apologized but we said it was fine. The food was good so we were happy to over look it. Unfortunately, they started to get busy and pressured us after 10 minutes to see if we were done with our meals when clearly we had more than 50% of our food on our plate. The same person came by 3 times in short order. Finally, we said we are done - give us the check. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Whenever I visit NYC my friends and I try to make it to The Smith for brunch. The food is incredible. I had the pancakes with ricotta and caramel sauce and the candy bacon - delicious! Great coffee as well and if you want something with a little kick they have fantastic cocktails. An Old Fashioned goes great with the bacon. Our server was fantastic - she took great care of us. Will definitely go back next visit to New York."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was our 2nd brunch, much later than previous experience and at 11:30 the noise level made any conversation rather public for the way we needed to almost shout across the 2 top table less than a arms length from the other tables talking just as loud. The tile amplifies the noise. Food respectably safe. Baked eggs overcooked, but flavors right on delicious. Pricey benedict was solid, but unremarkable, almost flat flavors. Waitstaff attentive and obviously on their toes with the crowded room. Will simply try another place in a big city or go early to avoid such commotion."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Visiting daughter in NYC. Best recommendation a 20 year old every gave me."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food And service were excellent but it was so noisy it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Too much tile!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food and service was good, but the space reaches extremely high decibel levels."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had a 5pm reservation for a party of 8. The restaurant was fairly busy for a Friday, but the service was very poor. We didn't get asked if we wanted to order drinks, we had to go and find a waiter to take our food order. The food was tasty, the shrimp and steak as very good but it didn't feel like we got any attention the whole time we were there. Carrot cake doughnuts sounded good, but weren't fresh."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The lack of service and vehement disregard of my presence was a slap in the face after supporting the other locations of The Smith NYC. After asking the hostess to send over a waiter/waitress because I knew what I wanted, I waited and waited. The bus boy came over and grabbed the used dishes from the table next to me and I asked for the waiter/waitress and he said someone was coming. The 2nd bus boy wiped the dirty table and told me SHE would be right there. I waited and waited. SHE kept walking to the back and did not return for 3 minutes and totally ignored the bus boy when he told her SHE had a table. I walked out! But I am rating the food as 5 because I would hope the food, at least, is as good as the other locations."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Very accommodating abt changing reservation time. Then... Condensation from A/C dripping on us. Offered dessert menu before entrees arrived. French fries very undercooked. Mussels broth tasteless. Very different from multiple previous experiences here. Better luck next time, I hope."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "extremely loud starting around 7:30PM as we were seated toward the front so it was really hard to have a conversation. otherwise, food was good."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was superb as was the staff. We were a party of 7 seated right in the middle of the restaurant to start. However, it was so noisy we couldn't even hear the person next to us. The staff was kind enough to move us before we even ordered our food. We were sitting half inside and half outside at that point and from then on our experience was fantastic. Food was simply spectacular."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food is fresh and delicious! My husband and I could probably eat here once a week. Favorites and a must...spicy salmon tartare, beer battered string beans, watermelon salad and these are just starters! I am typically not a vegetarian girl, however, the Bibimbap is out of this world! You can go wrong with any item on the menu!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Ambience nice, service and food very good, but the noise level was exceptionally high. Every surface is wood or tile. Couldn't hear my lunch companion. I'd like to go back, but probably will search for a place with equally good food and service which is quieter. For those who like an "exciting scene" this may be perfect."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "this is not the first time and we always have good experience so far , beside the noise the food is really good and I recommend to anyone , thank you !"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious brunch! Amazingly awesome Bloody Mary recipe. Best egg white omelette I have ever tasted! Only drawback is that it is rather loud in there."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Remember the old bathrooms with all the black and tiles? Well, The Smith, though not a bathroom by any stretch is decorated with tiles. AND THE SOUND FILLS THE ROOM."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I went here for Sunday brunch and it was a wonderful experience. When I arrived at The Smith, I saw a group of people waiting for their table. I was worried that I would have to wait but they honored my opentable reservation and I was immediately taken to my table. The food was amazing and the service was fast..it was very loud so don't expect to have any meaningful conservation with your brunch buddies. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Must try brussel sprouts, tomato soup, trout, cauliflower flatbread, kale and quinoa salad."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Wanted to take my son out with my wife and my daughter. My son is always hanging out NYC and is very familiar with the NYC restaurant's scene. I wanted to eat on the upper east side, so he picked The Smith. Excellent choice all around, from drinks to appetizers to entree's. If I live in that neighborhood The Smith would be my local go to restaurant."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Hip atmosphere and full of locals, but serious about their food. Great brunch, nice well-priced wine list, huge portions, and extremely competent staff make this a very good option in this neighborhood."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed brunch at The Smith - Midtown. They have some imaginative dishes for brunch that you don't typically find. The food was well prepared and the service attentive. Our only disappointment was the noise level - very high. Plus they had the music blasting at 10am, which we felt wasn't appropriate for a Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Staples of mine for meeting up with friends. Solid food and big bar scene. Nice bread to start and plenty of food choices."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Thank goodness for The Smith, a mirage in the midtown desert. I can always rely on their top notch service, quality ingredients, and a menu that satisfies diverse tastes. Besides which, the food is exciting without being intimidating, perfect for entertaining clients or colleagues during a lunch meeting. The gratis bottles of still and sparkling water are a really nice touch. The beautiful subway tiles make for a bit of a loud room, but if you're by the open windows in summer, that's not a problem. Great quality for a great price."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "A tired family of four, we made brunch reservations based on a strong recommendation, and we were not disappointed! The only problem was not being able to fit more food in since it was all so delicious. The service was impeccable and we really enjoyed the casual yet elegant atmosphere. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The midtown Smith is a rather large place with an open-air feel and an eclectic yet friendly ambiance. The Bistro menu is classic (salads, mussels, burgers, etc.) with some added special features like a chicken provolone sausage and a raw bar. There are a lot of choices- I had the shrimp and grits which was very tasty. Prices are Manhattan moderate and the wait staff could not have been friendlier and more accommodating. My only negative is that their choice to take bottled wines and serve them in small carafes and large carafes seems like a vehicle to overcharge somewhat on the wine. Still, all in all, a laid-back and enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Good restaurant but the noise was too loud; forget about having a decent conversation."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great for bringing out of town younger guests. Always an energetic vibe with very good food and wide range of choices. Interesting cocktails. Noise level is very high; not recommended for those with hearing issues or prefer quiet conversation. One star off ambience for the bathrooms - love the unisex idea but it smelled pretty bad down there!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Had a good meal here. Friendly service, good food. Much enjoyed."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "One of the good things about the Smith is that the brunch is crowded, even at 10:00, so you aren't eating alone. The omelets were perfectly cooked, and the fresh squeezed orange juice was delicious. The French toast and Eggs Benedict are reportedly fan favorites as well. Be aware that alcohol can't be served until noon."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "loved the restaurant, liked the food but it was so unbelievably loud & noisy - we couldnt even start a conversation. we left immediately after the meal and were happy to find some 'silence' on the street."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Have had breakfast, lunch and dinner here and very solid food, and a great menu of choices. This time we went for lunch and had potato chips with blue cheese, seafood salad, and oyster BLT sliders, all very good. The restaurant is nice and open with tables, booths, and group farm tables. Good beer list and wine list. Service was a little slow and table wasn't bussed as we were eating so dishes and glasses kind of piled up...nonetheless, I would recommend for any meal during the day."
    Dined on 7/25/2014