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We went to the special night where chef Jay was in the kitchen and it was a great night. The staff were amazing and the food fabulous! We can’t wait for the next time he’s in the kitchen!
Sorry to discover that this place has gone downhill. The food was always simple and easily recreated at home, but it’s gone from dishes you might encounter at a stylish friend’s casual dinner party to things you’d get from a home cook who really doesn’t care about food: a mezze plate of bland hummus with dull carrot sticks, a mushy mixture of overcooked quinoa and soggy vegetables with canned chickpeas and a chalky poached egg, etc. I’ve never written a review of a restaurant before but this was really disappointing. And the service was indifferent verging on irritable.
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.
Lovely dining in a relaxed and cozy spot. Food was delicious
The interior is very cozy, and it was the perfect destination on a windy day. The food was delicious. Perfect lunch portions.
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.
Food was great! The kitchen lost part of our order but they gave us a drink on the house
this is the cutest little spot, great for drinks and apps or full meals, and super cozy feel.
The smile is an amazing go to spot for brunch! Our server was the blonde who is always so nice!
Food was great but service was fair at best.
We had a wonderful dinner there on NYE, was fantastic all around.
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...
It was a wonderful Christmas Eve experience! The food was amazing, especially the scallops! Would recommend this place!
Absolutely fantastic. Would not change a thing! :-)
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.
One of my favorite restaurants in the city!!
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
The food and a concern for the diner are way up there.
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
AmaIng amazing food. Quiet and cute. Oh and amazing food. There’s cheese in almost every dish.
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.
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.
We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner here and it was perfect. The food, service and rustic atmosphere made for an ideal holiday dinner.
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.