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: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    Sun: 10 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
460 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (206)great for brunch (200)hot spot (166)neighborhood gem (158)vibrant bar scene (140)great for lunch (138)fit for foodies (130)kid-friendly (50)late-night find (41)special occasion (39)great for outdoor dining (34)notable wine list (15)romantic (13)scenic view (9)Show More
  • 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
  • Noisy spot with good food
    bruncherVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Don't plan on having a conversation over dinner without shouting across the table, but if you don't mind dining in a very loud environment the food at The Smith is great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smith Midtown for Dinner
    AndyatLunch
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The restaurant decor was very nice however, I was surprised by the woman who greeted me, she seemed very out of place - poorly dressed, green streaks in her hair and a lip piercing. Everyone else who worked there was more professionally attired. Service was very good, appetizers were great. I ordered mussels as my entree and was surprised how little meat was in each mussel, about half the size I have had elsewhere. My friend ordered the strip steak and said it was excellent. One issue with The Smith restaurants is their wine glasses, or non-wine glasses I should say. Wine is served in short rocks style glasses, a major turn off for me. I plan to eat there again and will order something else next time and will not order wine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute must try!
    nycfoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I took friends visiting from Europe to the Smith this past Sunday night and it could not have been a more enjoyable evening. I had the pot of mussels (a must try!) and everyone loved their meal. I made a reservation on open table for 6 people and we were seated at one of the fabulous tables at the front of the restaurant with a few of life outside on 2nd ave. I've has brunch and dinner at the smith now and would come here for any occasion! Two huge thumbs up.
    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, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food &service but VERY LOUD
    FrequentDinerNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I love The Smith, especially for brunch. Their steak and eggs breakfast is amazing! Since the chefs' idea of "medium" is a bit on the cooked side, I usually request "medium rare" to get "medium." No big deal. Their brussel sprouts are to die for! They fry them and add orange zest that gives an amazing flavor. IMO the only thing that kills he ambiance is how LOUD the restaurant gets. The acoustics are HORRIBLE, and once the restaurant is full it's almost impossible to have a conversation. I'd prefer an ambiance that is quieter and easier on the ears.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good the second time
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was my second time to this The Smith location for brunch. The last time, the food was outstanding. This time, it was very average. I got the mushroom omelette that my son got last time, but instead of being light, fluffy and bursting with the flavor of the fresh sauteed mushrooms with zesty cheese, the eggs were flat and dense, the mushrooms had very little flavor, and the cheese was an amorphous goo without much taste. Clearly something changed. The juice was fresh squeezed, the coffee was good, and this time they kept the cup full! My friend had the French toast which was a huge portion, but very, very sweet stuff. The best part of the meal were my potatoes, which were crispy and really, really good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A friend recommended The Smith as a somewhat casual place to grab dinner with my mother and sister after seeing a matinee show on Broadway. We chose it based on the menu and the proximity to Grand Central. We were very pleased with the service and the food. I would go back again. It was a little bit noisy, but it didn't really bother us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the noise
    weeatoutVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very interesting menu. Great Ribeye steak. Portobello fries, delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Consistently great in service, food & overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Service was courteous, prompt, and friendly. The food was very good. The tomato soup with cheddar was great. It's a lively spot along 2nd avenue. The restaurant opens up onto the sidewalk and it is great for people watching.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Smith
    Loanick
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food had the corn bisque and it was awesome, however space reduced and it's a very loud ambiance. Great for groups, will need previously reservation. Service is great
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    Barbara
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Smith was a great choice for dinner with a group of friends. It's lively, vibrant, and fun. The starters and bar snacks were fun to share, the cocktail list was a hit (they also were happy to accomodate cocktails not on the menu) and everyone enjoyed their main courses as well. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunchilicious
    jcmeatloverVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very good Bloody Mary! Shared the Sicilian baked eggs and Smoked Salmon Benedict, wonderful and delicious! Great vibe and services. Been here for dinner and brunch didn't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Brunch
    DanS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great place for brunch. Recommend a reservation because it does get very busy. We needed to be in and out quick because my friends were seeing a show. Not only did our waitress make this happen, but she was fantastic, friendly and helpful while she did it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch--but not for doing biz!
    Greta
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    While the reviews clearly pointed toward a loud atmosphere, there was a suggestion that were quieter pockets in the restaurant, so when I arrived I asked for us to be seated in a quieter section. I think that the hostess tried to accommodate us but unfortunately, a table full of 20-something guys was seated next to us... and it was clear they weren't going back to work. By the end, it was so loud that we were literally sitting shoulder to shoulder yelling to each other. The food was great, and we both agreed that we'd be happy to go back, but never again when business is involved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud and rushed
    Loud
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Was our second time back. Noise level was deafening. Went for lunch with kids. Service was terrible and we felt rushed. Wait staff walked by without stopping several times, had to be grabbed to get any attention. If you have a kids menu, give the kids some paper and crayons. Had the raw bar, was good but Iwon't be returning here. Not a relaxing enjoyable experience. Stressed me out.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious and Unique Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The menu has so many different options of food, American with a twist. The steak salad is unbelievable and a huge portion. They have funky drinks as well with a full bar. It was pretty loud inside, but once sitting at your own table it's fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    sgermanmd
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great Food, great service. Party of six for breakfast. 2"thick french toast. Fluffy waffles, great coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    boop716VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    the food was amazing, very busy even with a reservation we waited briefly. my only complaint is bad acoustics, the noise level was uncomfortable for chatting, we were a table of 5 and could barely hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect brunch spot
    kix315
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food amazing. ..unique choices. ..also has good cocktails...cool atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Patience is key when going to The Smith for brunch.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUCCESS
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have enjoyed dinner here before but never with this particular group of friends who can be difficult at times. Well, thank you to THE SMITH for not disappointing! Everyone loved the food and we were at the best table so we could actually hear ourselves talk. I told our server to pick from three choices for me and surprise me...the Swordfish was the best I've ever had. My friends loved the blistered peppers, portabello fries and string beans. thanks for great dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific food & drinks. Full stop.
    GlossGal
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Whether Roberto is at the bar mixing the best Manhattan I've had in my life or Gaby is waiting tables and assuring that your experience at The Smith is sublime, the food carries you to a place somewhat unexpected in a restaurant with three locations in Manhattan. And The Smith on 2nd Avenue is terrific. Do. Not. Miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Jones for The Smith
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I'm addicted. The Smith is a dangerous place for those of us with addictive personallities . Go for the GNOCCHI before they change the menu. Go twice. Be prepared for reaching forks from all directions. The gnocchi should be on "The Best Thing I ever Ate". Everything else on menu that we tried was fantastic, the chicken, the fish, oh, and of course , the mac 'n cheese. The drinks are really good as well. The service was terrific every time we went. The Smith has become one of our favorite places to meet and have a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two huge thumbs up!!
    nycfoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The smith is the perfect spot for any occasion. I've been for brunch--great with or without alcohol--and it's my go to spot to get drinks for a casual date. It's always lovely, young and packed and is a guaranteed good time. Couldn't recommend it more highly!
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OmarLisandro
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Smith is always a good place not only for the variety in the menu but also for the outstanding service
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect brunch location
    Globetrotter
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We visited The Smith twice while we were in NY in August. The location is good is your midtown - we stayed at the Grand Hyatt on 42nd and could walk to the restaurant in around 10 minutes. The team there are great from a service perspective - friendly and attentive. The decor of the restaurant is light and contemporary, with lots of different seating for different groups. And the food was excellent... We took in brunch on both occasions and both the adults and children (we have 4 of various ages) enjoyed the food that was served. All round an excellent restaurant and one that we'd highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting menu,extremely loud
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had Sunday brunch here, and the menu items were interesting. They do provide a free drink with the meal. If before, noon, they have to be "virgin" drinks. Portions are ample. The Potato Waffle Benedict with blended spinach was good ($16), and very filling. The Ranchero eggs ($16) were also good. The Carrot Cake Donuts ($9) were great! How anyone can really enjoy the noise, is hard to believe, and very hard to have any kind of meaningful discussion. The walls are covered in tile, and the floor also, so there is noise absorbing material. The area by the bar with outside doors is about the quietest area. Can't say we would rush back, as there are so many wonderful restaurants around. That being said, though, worth a visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frustrated with service
    DissapointedVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loud and unpleasant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great midtown lunch spot
    GregoireVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Better than a lot of the other restaurants in the Middle East for low key lunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place.
    Goodeats
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had a nice night out with family. Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but too noisy
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Super loud
    CATDVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food too loud
    Table44
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Smith dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bright spot along 2nd Ave
    GlossGal
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good - service not so much
    lovetodine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch Ever
    FoodandWine123VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise trumped food enjoyment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic