The Smile

4.6
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$30 and under
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Tucked away in a landmarked 1830s townhouse on picturesque Bond Street, The Smile is the perfect setting for delicious food in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. The Smile's American/Mediterranean menu is seasonally focused and designed by executive chef and former art world caterer, Melia Marden. While popular with the lunch and coffee crowd, "the dimly lit, wood-ceilinged space feels even more charming and tavernesque at night." The restaurant is open seven days serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.
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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ordered the sesame bagel with the egg, Black Forest ham and gruyere cheese. Bagel was stale. Should have sent it back. Waiter did not check to see if we needed anything or if the food was OK.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining in a relaxed and cozy spot. Food was delicious

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior is very cozy, and it was the perfect destination on a windy day. The food was delicious. Perfect lunch portions.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday breakfast in The Smile whilst visiting NYC from the UK. Have had many trips to New York and on this occasion wanted a special breakfast experience - The Smile didn’t disappoint.

NS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great! The kitchen lost part of our order but they gave us a drink on the house

MN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is the cutest little spot, great for drinks and apps or full meals, and super cozy feel.

DW
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smile is an amazing go to spot for brunch! Our server was the blonde who is always so nice!

BO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Food was great but service was fair at best.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner there on NYE, was fantastic all around.

DC
Canberra / ACT
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great out of the way place with varied and good menu. We shared the special appetizer of scallops with lentils. Very disappointing - only two scallops, but the lentils saved the dish - they were soft and tasty! The scallops were quite smelly and obviously old. Told the waitress who just ‘smiled’ and did not relay the message to the kitchen. The balsamic roast half chicken was juicy and tender. Will definitely visit again as this place is a favorite...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful Christmas Eve experience! The food was amazing, especially the scallops! Would recommend this place!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Would not change a thing! :-)

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was friendly but terrible. We waited much too long for everything, from being served water to being offered dessert. And the food arrived cold.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city!!

MS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Appreciated that the manager accommodated my large group reservation. Cozy spot that’s good for a group - nice and quiet. Food was a bit slow, but totally to be expected with a group our size. Will definitely be going again

GS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and a concern for the diner are way up there.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at the Smile. The ambiance is so great, and it’s such a cozy and comfortable space. I ate here with my mother and sister who were visiting in town, and they loved it. Our waitress was really knowledgeable on wines, and she was very friendly. We loved the food and would recommend to anyone who’s interested

Y
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmaIng amazing food. Quiet and cute. Oh and amazing food. There’s cheese in almost every dish.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pre fixe menu was different than what was listed online which was frustrating, however, overall service, meal, flavors, and ambience was great. Good for a siblings get together for thanksgiving.

SG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose The Smile for our Thanksgiving dinner because of the atmosphere and also for the menu. The dishes on offer looked delicious and indeed they were. Friendly service, cosy atmosphere, good vibrations.

AH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner here and it was perfect. The food, service and rustic atmosphere made for an ideal holiday dinner.

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Smile is a great spot for dinner w the parents if you're an NYU student. It's convenient, lively and relatively tasty... But it will not blow your mind.

M
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice little quaint place great atmosphere. The menu could have a few more choices but I really like it.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chill chill chill chill....

BP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vibe . Healthy fresh food.
Not cheap but not too pricey

N
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service at this lovely restaurant is top notch. The food is very tasty though the menu is somewhat limited. The price of a glass of wine at $15 or $16 seems high. Otherwise no complaints.

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great find. Food was comparable to great farm to table, with interesting mix of flavors, consistencies. Shared three entrees and they were all delicious. Great ambience. Lovely servers.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for a family gathering of 6 for breakfast. Easy to talk amongst ourselves, fast service, good food, and nice ambience. Will return!

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

met up with five friends who haven’t seen each other in a while. was fantastic.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated immediately! And food was amazing. The mimosas were amazing!!

CK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The meals and drinks are always very good at the Smile. However, I have to say the waitstaff and hosts were unresponsive and frankly not very pleasant. No one asked how dinner was. The hosts didn't say thank you or good bye upon leaving. I am not expecting anything special, but a thank you or hope you enjoyed your visit seems within reason. Especially for someone who has frequented the establishment many times before.

NY
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We liked the casual vibe and antique feel to the place. We went for brunch and enjoyed our food, but one of the side salads had no dressing at all on it. Also we thought the scone should have been warmed slightly as opposed to being served room temperature with a pat of cold butter. The waitress did smile when she took our order and did refill our water carafe, but never once asked if our food was OK. Overall, nothing terribly bad, but no reason to return either.

BT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always! HAve been there before for lunch and dinner. Great vegetarian options.

SW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem!! I took my husband for a birthday brunch and seriously underestimated how amazing this place was. Really personable waiters, great ambience and incredible food. Win-win-win.

b
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My dish, the baked eggs, was quite tasty, and I think my friends eggs benny were fine. But the waitress reluctantly brought me water when I asked for it (or at least she seemed reluctant) and the espresso machine wasn't working, which is really not great if you're serving brunch. But the ambiance is nice and the noise level and prices are quite reasonable, so I'd be happy to go back.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hannah, front greeter, manager extraordinare was amazing! From the “Smile” that greeted us at the door to recommending her favorite table, she was impressive! The avocado toast was delish and the salmon with cream cheese was some of the best with a hint of dill. We will be back next time we are in NYC. 😊

MV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was pretty good, but service left something to be desired. Wait staff forgot our starter than mixed up the side of the main (this is why people should really write stuff down). But very cute atmosphere.

EK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great server and delicious food!

G
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Wonder what smile means in their dictionary.
Chicken was dry.

FR
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I usually love it here. I actually made my entire morning plans around wanting to bring my friends here. Firstly, they advertised some iced tea special on the blackboard outside. When we ordered it, they were out of it. (It was 12:30pm.) then, they were out of truffle oil and when I chose another option which was a special salad on the menu, the waiter came back ten min later to tell us the manager said that salad wasn’t even supposed to be on the menu. This pattern was not good and sort of embarrassing since I persuaded my friends to come with me to this great restaurant. We ordered pickles (a few times) and when we reminded our waiter, he said he thought we wanted them with our entrees. So he brought them, and then when entree came we saw that the “pickles that we paid $4 for already came as a side to the sandwich we ordered. These were definitely sandwich pickles and not a “side dish.” Ideally the waiter would have mentioned that we were getting them anyway with our entree. Finally we ordered dessert, a cookie. It arrived warm (which we were offered) and it was a complete soggy cookie that fell apart when you tried to break any of it off. All in all, I was not impressed and likely won’t be back, which is too bad.

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