The Smith - Midtown
The Smith - Midtown

The Smith - Midtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thesmithnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126442700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    M-W: 7:30 a.m. – midnight
    Th & Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    Sat: 9:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    Sun: 9:30 a.m. – midnight
  • Payment Options:
  • 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: 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.
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The Smith - Midtown reviews from OpenTable diners
459 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (210)great for brunch (200)hot spot (183)neighborhood gem (150)great for lunch (147)fit for foodies (144)vibrant bar scene (135)kid-friendly (48)late-night find (46)special occasion (41)great for outdoor dining (26)romantic (15)notable wine list (12)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Upscale Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Had a great time getting a drink and a bite at The Smith with a buddy. We ate at the bar where they had a great drink menu that would satisfy any beer drinker or a lover of spirits. I had the fleet mignon which was on par with any steak house and and my buddy had the burger which was cooked to perfection. Young hip crowd filed with professionals. Vibrant scene that was delightfully noisy and alive. Loved it. .. will be back with my wife.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    mtnyc
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Went here on a Tuesday evening with friends. We got there and were seated promptly, always a plus. I was stunned by how quickly each and every table filled up within a half hour or so, especially on a Tuesday night. The food was excellent. We opted for the Burratta starter, because how could you not order Buratta when it is on the menu? It was amazing! Lucky for me I went on a Tuesday & was able to order the Short Ribs. The meat was just right and the risotto it was served over was great. I was worried it was going to be a bit too heavy, but it was perfect. If you are at The Smith on a Tuesday, it is a must-have. We also got the portobello fries as a side, YUM-MY! Overrall a great experience, I'd definitely go back, this time for Brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    EastSider
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a great place to get brunch, lunch or dinner with a friend - any day of the week. It's trendy, delicious and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • renie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love The Smith. The swordfish, steak and pretzels are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch!
    lumanatrix
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A great place to meet friends, and take out-of-townees to discover the joys of a typical NYC brunch culture. Brunch was great. The speed at which it was served was timely for a long relaxing and fun conversation. The restaurant fills up fast, so a reservation to guarantee a spot might be a good idea if you have a time limit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Vibe
    roberto
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been here several times and the food is always delicious, the vibe is very energetic and trendy. This is a great spot for brunch or lunch/dinner with friends. It is very loud, though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midtown Gem
    WestVillager
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Love this place. I can always count on consistently good food and a great time. Service is a bit slow sometimes, but given the vibrant environment and the cool crowd, the wait is tolerable. Unique cocktail list; wine list is short but covers all the bases. I always say this place is the perfect mix between a casual neighborhood bar and your favorite trendy/fancy Manhattan restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Avoid the Burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I've been to The Smith a few times and the food has always been outstanding, however this time around I ordered the burger and wow what a disappointment. Small, flavorless and down right way overpriced at $17 for what you actually get. Great place otherwise though...lively and great for a group of friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Really great restaurant when meeting friends around Grand Central. The food is absolutely delicious and we loved our waitress. All parties must be present to be seated - which I do wish they'd say in advance, especially since Grand Central is close by, they should be more lenient when your party is waiting on a guest arrival dependent upon the trains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's my goto spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    When visiting Manhattan, I always stop by The Smith for something to eat. It never fails me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never a Bad Experience
    RG314
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I am never disappointed by my experiences at The Smith. Although it was my first trip to this particular location, I still experienced what I have come to expect from The Smith - great food, great service, great times. I was there for brunch and for the biscuits and gravy. Portion size wasn't too filling but very delicious! Each of my friends also got great food - from the pancakes with the amazing syrup to the Salmon Eggs Benedict. Cocktails were also great - try the passion punch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Swissy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The reservation has worked smoothly and we got our table at the desired time the food was excellent, the staff very friendly, we had a very good time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but too noisy
    LesA
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Menu had something for everyone and each dish was very well cooked and presented. Service was a little rushed. Tables were crammed together which, combined with the terrible acoustics, ment that we could barely hold any conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid for Group Breakfast
    RWhiteDen
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We made reservations for a group of 8 and were well accommodated. The Smith is a solid and dependable choice, though not for a romantic or quiet breakfast. It is bustling with business and there was a small line on the two mornings that we ate here. The food was well cooked and creative in menu selection though not exactly what I would say a "foodie" choice. Still, I highly recommend The Smith for your consideration and it easily beat two other breakfast choices we made during our stay in the mid-town area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for food & bev, accept the noise
    GlossGal
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    You already know that the food (i.e., lobster roll, cheddar jalapeno grits) & drinks (i.e., killer wine list, Manhattan, Bette Davis) are killer. And here's how you know that your night at The Smith on 2nd Ave is made more perfect: taking care of your table is Gaby or Michael. The icing on this excellent cake is Roberto behind the bar. And these folks just make am already excellent restaurant experience even better. Is it noisy at night? Yes. Does it mess up the experience? No. Be aware of the bustling scene when you walk in and don't think about it following that. You'll be set.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    HppyFlwer
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Smith was fun and the food and service were right on. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deafening
    hungrybeanVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    As others reviewers mentioned, this place is incredibly noisy because of all the people and hard surfaces. We liked the food but could barely hear each other without shouting. Found this to be annoying and taxing after just a few minutes. If you want to have a decent conversation you might want to consider a different restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good times!
    UESeater
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I was in a group on a Tuesday night and it was busy but in a good way. The food came quickly and was great. I loved the drinks! I had montauk oysters and the pressed chicken with mash potatoes- my husb had the chicken soup and lamb chops- def good food! Would def go back hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very loud
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Clearly a spot for after work crowd. It is a little loud and hard to hear. Food is decent. Service is ok, but you are definitely rushed. Nice place to go once in a while if you are in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Brunch
    sbauerl
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I had a lovely brunch with friends at The Smith. The waitress took a while to come over, but once she took our order, the service was speedy and attentive. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing brunch!
    SuzyQ
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We loved our brunch at the Smith! The atmosphere was a bit noisy and bright for us after a late night out, but it is definitely a very cool restaurant. The amazing french toast, home fries and bacon made up for it. We'd love to visit again and sample more of the awesome menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, slightly overpriced
    visitor
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went for sunday brunch. Great flavors, good service, they bring purified and sparkling water which was nice. It reminded us of home, so Portland, OR residents should definitely stop by. Contrary to what the yelp page says, they do welcome children. perfect portion sizes, but a bit overpriced. We also ate at Sarabeths, which was around the same price, but gave large portions. Service there was terrible though. We were completely forgotten about by our waitress and after we finished (our 1 year old included) we sat for a good 15, 20 minutes waiting for her to look our direction to ask for a check. We're honest people, but we were about to dash. End rant. But if i had to rank them, the smith was a much better experience altogether.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, kind of loud
    aprilluv4VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were a party of 7, and our table was ready when promised. We enjoyed our food, especially the shrimp and grits and beer battered string beans. This place is good for all kinds of eaters, meat, fish or vegetarian options available. I do think it was really loud, with the music, and the people, it took some yelling to make sure we heard each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic brunch
    kp1234
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went for brunch at half 7 so it was very quiet but the general atmosphere and decor was friendly and modern. The food was great - lots of choices and served with complimentary cheese biscuits (scones in the UK). The bar area looked great and can really image it is lively and fun in the evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion Dinner
    hungrygirls
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A group of friends and I came to The Smith to celebrate a birthday and was beyond happy with the entire dinning experience. I have been to The Smith before and greatly enjoyed the food. This time was no different. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating and my whole group of friends said it was the best meal they had in a long time. I ordered the swordfish and look forward to coming back and ordering it again. The brussel sprouts were delightful, we could not get enough of them. The Smith is one of my top favorite restaurants in Manhattan and I always have a good time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great food great staff. had brunch here and it was great. Altough tis very noisy so dont go here if you are hangover from à saturday day night out. But i strongley recomend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aprillong
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Always love The Smith ..... the noise level is terrible .... would go more often, can't stand the noise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freakin' Awesome
    southerncharm52
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The Smith is a crowd pleaser. We went with 8 guests and all 8 were very pleased. The attention to detail in the offerings on the menu was splendid. No dish was "average" everything was done with special care. Would highly recommend to anyone. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great ambiance, inconsistent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Restaurant accepts reservations for brunch so there was no wait, which is a huge plus and not too common with Sunday brunch spots in the city. The semi-open dining area was great when we were eating. Everything was bright, and we were able to enjoy the moderate weather outside and a nice breeze now and then. I was craving mac and cheese so I ordered theirs as an appetizer for our table. It was DELICIOUS. Piping hot skillet with nice crust and a creamy blend of cheeses that even as a long-time cheese-hater/rejector I LOVED. Big portion too, as we were all pretty much full from that alone (we were a party of 3). I got the special, which was a prime rib eggs Benedict. Okay flavor, but came to me lukewarm; a bit disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food, lack-luster service
    mummybubble
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My friends and I went to The Smith for brunch on a Saturday morning. The host was very kind and accommodating since two of our friends were running late. Once they arrived, we were seated quickly and given menus. Our waitress took our orders and the food arrived relatively quickly. The food itself was solid - very tasty, well priced, well executed. The only real problem was that our waitress never stopped by our table again for the entire service. In fact, we had to flag down another waitress and ask for the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Smith was awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We visited The Smith over the weekend while vacationing in NYC based on it's good reviews. It did not disappoint either! It was hands down the best restaurant breakfast/brunch I've ever had! The glazed donuts with chocolate dipping sauce were divine! The cheddar biscuits are also a must. We would have loved to had dinner there, but we will just have to do that next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    Sweets
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food, service & ambiance! Our waitress was efficient & really nice. Added to the whole dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty specials
    SJohn
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    delicious specials - noisy restaurant, difficult to have a long conversation but great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really Good/fun atmosphere
    DinnerinSBVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Although crowded the restaurant went above and beyond to accommodate us. Food was delicious and service was great! I would highly recommend. Give yourself enough time though, very crowded and definitely make a res.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    ed11
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I just love coming to The Smith for brunch on weekends. The atmosphere is just great and the food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch standby
    vlnycVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    bustling, energetic, pretty without being pretentious or overly hip. great brunch/lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YackieohVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Way too loud...they should work on that and everything else would be so much more enjoyable! Great brunch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wear your ear plugs!
    Coop
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Ate here based on online recommendations. Should have heeded warnings about noise level! It was the loudest restaurant I have ever eaten at to the point where it kind of ruined the whole dining experience which is too bad because the food and service were very good. If you like restaurants that jam you in and you like really loud - and I mean really loud - restaurants then this is a good choice. I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acoustics Are Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    While the food was good and ambience, my friend and I had to practically scream at each other throughout our meal. Not a good place if you want to have a nice calm meal and actually hear each other speak. Also, our waiter completely forgot about us halfway through our meal. Next time we saw him he was handing us our check without even asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. I don't plan to return any time soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great scene, menu has lots of great things on it, food was lacking flavor...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic