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About The Smile
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.
New York, NY 10012
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast & Lunch:
Monday - Friday | 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday & Sunday | 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Monday- Sunday | 4:30PM-6:00PM
Monday - Sunday | 6:00PM - 11:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking available after 6:00PM
Bleeker 6 train
Broadway-Lafayette F train
Private Party Facilities:
The Smile's private dining room is located in our wine cellar and provides an intimate setting for larger groups between 10 and 20 people. Private dinners consist of a prix fixe, four course, family style meal.
Private Party Contact:
Lindsay: (844) 251-2610
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Smile Ratings and Reviews
Although the restaurant was nearly empty, they put three of us in the entranceway at a table that was tiny and never should have been there. I asked to be moved and they said all other tables were for 4 and reserved. In spite of my telling them I was so unhappy with my table, they would not move me and my party left. Unacceptable.
Pros: Mezze plate was refreshing, cozy atmosphere, good location.
Cons: We battled tenacious fruit-flies THE ENTIRE MEAL. At least 5 were trying to land on our food & this place has an "A". They circled, we swatted & they were in the filthy bathroom too. The staff just watched & murmured sorry after we pointed it out. The braised rib was dry but the veggies were good.
Maybe if they did the right thing, like comp our App or coffee, we'd try again but they didn't so we will never go back. No one on staff or in charge looked older than 18.
We had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. The food and atmosphere were fantastic and the "family style" service made it feel like we were at home. We decided to have Thanksgiving here after I had attended a FEED supper in Dumbo in September and learned that THE SMILE donated all food and drink and services for this amazing charitable supper; my partner and I had dinner on Bond Street once since then and knew it was perfect for Thanksgiving with his Mother. I wish I knew about THE SMILE before, we are often in NoHo and did not know it was there. We will definitely now be regulars! (At a previous dinner on Bond Street, I was so happy to see large and small plates, including very healthy and vegetarian and vegan options (for when I am being "good" but my partner can eat whatever they please!) and know that I can trust the food preparation for friends with dietary restrictions. They even had Thanksgiving vegetarian and vegan options!). LOVE this place! (FYI: There are a few steps down to the restaurant; my beau's 86 year-old-mother was able to navigate this just fine, but good to know re: anyone who needs an accessible entrance.)
In comparison to our 2 previous thanksgiving meals, this time we felt the portions were too small. There wasn’t enough stuffing or mash potatoes for the 3 of us to enjoy. And although we are grateful, we just wanted to let you know the we were a tad disappointed in the amount of food.
Beautiful rustic decor, great neighborhood. Dessert was wonderful. Dinner was ok. Nothing was hot. Quality of steak seemed top notch and cooked well but, again, not even really warm. Meatballs too were seasoned very well but did not come out hot. Potatoes served with steak were underwhelming- just covered with mustard and a bit undercooked. Plating was extremely simple- one might expect something a bit fancier for the price and location. Overall pleasant.
We had a family get together at The Smile on a Saturday night. The place is warm and welcoming, and we tried a bit of everything. The appetizers and salads were delicious, especially the melon, grapefruit, pistachio and feta salad. Our dinners ranged from salmon to hanger steak, and it was all great. The duck breast with the soy-honey gastrique stole the show. Uncharacteristically, I polished mine off and didn't share a single bite! The desserts (banana toffee tart and peach-blueberry galette) were terrific, too.
Very cute, brick walls, wooden tables, nice vibe....but we were very disappointed! Food was terrible. Coffee was undrinkable. Even when I asked for a different serving. Brownie with whipped cream was excellent, but meal was unsatisfying and menu very limited.
The place is super charming: it feels like a secret spot - quiet, intimate, cozy, and cool. I would gladly return to eat some more of the amazing food. The steak, chicken and duck were all perfectly cooked and very delicious. Service was incredibly friendly. This place won't burn a hole in your pocket but it's not exactly cheap either... that's the only fault I can find.
The best thing about the ambiance at The Smile is that the tables aren't so close together, so you don't have to look at the cell phone images of the adjacent diners. Service is OK--a bit perfunctory, but everything got done appropriately. The food was very good (we had hanger steak and duck, both on the rare side but delicious). Things went smoothly, which can only be good at a restaurant.
We had an awesome dinner! The food was seriously perfect. Really healthy menu, with a unique and super flavorful twist. From a salmon tartar and cooked twist to start, to an amazing kale and bean salad with the most yummy dressing, to a chicken dish that was off the charts, cooked to perfection and so tasty, duck and farro dish that was one of a kind, and a salmon dish so good! You may think I am the owners relative- i'm not. But I am a brand founder, of an oral care brand GLO, and I know that when someone has a real experience and they share it, that feels so good. Also so fitting the name, the smile, as that is what we bring to our customers that GLO.:-) This restaurant deserves this review. The atmosphere is perfect, chill, authentic, cozy, not overdone. The people that work there are real. They are chill, smart, efficient and caring. Its a 10+. try it, you wont be sorry
The waitress was very rude to us and seemed attentive to other tables, but we must have done something unknowingly to make her not like us. I came with 2 of my girlfriends and we ordered 2 bottles of wine and apps to share, but found it comical how rude and judgmental the waitress was. Will come back bc like the food and ambiance, but hopefully the manager continues to train the staff.
Never noticed this place, which is tucked in down a few stairs in a part-basement, until we saw it on Open Table. The menu looked inviting, so we booked, and what a delight! The marinated goat cheese salad left me smiling even the next day ... pun not intended. The service was friendly and top notch; the entire experience was memorable and, yes, leaves one smiling.
Usually The Smile is a knockout - great fresh food; lively atmosphere; friendly service. However, this visit was a disappointment. Our server was too cool for school, ignoring us most of the time and giving us attitude the rest of the time. Even when the place was mostly empty it was hard to get her attention to put any orders in. This made the rest of the meal feel disappointing since we had to wait so long for the food. Hopefully this experience was a one-off, but I recommend the mgmt to make sure their servers are all on the job! I want to keep loving and returning to The Smile
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