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
483 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (224)good for groups (215)neighborhood gem (163)hot spot (162)great for lunch (151)vibrant bar scene (149)fit for foodies (124)kid-friendly (59)late-night find (51)special occasion (47)great for outdoor dining (41)notable wine list (14)romantic (11)scenic view (9)Show More
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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...
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Visiting daughter in NYC. Best recommendation a 20 year old every gave me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food but noisy
    Highstandards
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but good
    Rfunco
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and service was good, but the space reaches extremely high decibel levels.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very poor service
    Salsfood
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait or Wait More in this Cafeteria
    tunein2tdineVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as usual
    JRSNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dana
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab food but deafening!
    LadyDoc1
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luscious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite the scene at lunch
    ALPSVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch !
    MaxOneVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Brunch
    scottyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The bouncing noise
    midtownVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Brunch
    Lilras14
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food--
    perla
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Must try brussel sprouts, tomato soup, trout, cauliflower flatbread, kale and quinoa salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Midtown Find
    vabeachgirlinNJ
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but noisy
    travelwithcousins
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    2ChainzVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Staples of mine for meeting up with friends. Solid food and big bar scene. Nice bread to start and plenty of food choices.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable for client meetings
    agentxt
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved The Smith
    EatingOutShouldBeFunVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EBASpeaks
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnnaVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Good restaurant but the noise was too loud; forget about having a decent conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a fun evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, unpretentious
    BenH
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had a good meal here. Friendly service, good food. Much enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch
    Nanc
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy
    rgna
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic