The Smile

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us! We'll be serving a traditional Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu with all the fixings. Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Price: $75 per guest $37.50 per child 10 years & under. Reservations not confirmed 72 hours in advance will be cancelled.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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CK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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
95 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
56 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, great server and delicious food!

G
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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

FR
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, although when I asked for hot sauce they gave me siracha. I like siracha but it's not my go-to for american food. Also, I went for brunch and the place is very dark, probably better for an intimate, candle-lit dinner. I'd prefer something a bit more open, brighter and "airy" for brunch. Overall it's a good place.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First brunch upon landing in New York — we’re glad it was with The Smile. Hip, chill crowd in a low-key, cozy space. Loved the mix of seating options: high tables, bistro tables, even the kooky banister bar-hybrid. Very cool. Food was flavorful yet not overly indulgent. A solid neighborhood gem!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Too hot. Too slow.

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing, but the cocktails were a little too sweet. Wine was great. Server was super nice, but forgot about our 2nd drink order and never got back to us, but at least it wasn't included in our check either, so it's all good!

AS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I confess to being very disappointed at Smile. The service wad pleasant enough, but the food was really not great. My companion ordered the quinoa with zucchinin pastas and vegetables, which, when it arrivesd, was a large lump of mushy quinoa with no discernable vegetables and no visible vegetables. It was inedible so we ordered a side of broccolini, which was ok. My order of chicken was nicely cooked but with an overpowering sauce. Considering how expensive it was, I would not go back.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I used to love this place.
It’s still beautiful, the staff is friendly, the drinks are good, but the last few times there was always a not minor disappointment.
This time, the mezze were not good. The dip was a thick mashed potatoe and the vegetables in the salmon dish were raw. I appreciate it needs to be firm and crunchy, but this was raw. The salmon was very good though.

I
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow and server was not too attentive. Food was not cooked properly. Disappointed.

MH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and healthy, delicious meals. I would definitely recommend!

G
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was OK, service was slow and unresponsive, very loud, not recommended.

CM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy! Coincidentally eating leftovers right now.

AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food! Service can be spotty but only because it can be wildly busy. Overall food is consistently delicious, however it’s often a very loud ambiance.

AL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great but ambiance was dark and gloomy (prob good for a winter date, not for a summer friends get together), and food was so-so. The octopus was a bit slimy, maybe a bit too fatty, and the gnocchi was just okay.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Drinks were great! Food wasn't anything to brag about -- I got falafel bowl. Service was ok, waitress was MIA a lot but she was kind and let me have 2 flavors of gelato.

NH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Noisy, food had to be sent back twice for not cooked properly, limited menu, in attentive staff and pricey.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for brunch. Cozy. Great food. Friendly attentive staff. We had the ideal Mother’s Day brunch !

NY
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I need to remember to go to The Smile more often! I had the salmon last night and it was done PERFECTLY! If all salmon was cooked that wonderfully, I would eat it every day! It was flavorful, spice-ful without being spicy and done to a turn - moist, delicious! The bed of English peas are not my favorite but the salmon made up for it and thank goodness the peas were done al dente.

The food here is consistently good - I just wish they would turn down the music!! It is SO hard to have to yell at your dinner companion and then everyone else has to yell over the other diners' yelling. This is not unique to The Smile - it's everywhere and I wish they would all stop.

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cute . Friendly wait staff. Really good food. We really enjoyed our whole experience here . I will definitely be back

LT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Bad smell in our clothes afterwards
Too expensive for this dinner

j
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

a small but hearty menu with options for everyone. food was really delicious

KG
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for a cozy dinner with friends. Nice menu with very pleasant service. Highly recommended

TB
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was fantastic. The brisket was the best I’ve ever had. Service was absent. There’s nothing like constantly thinking “where is the server” and having to be ‘that guy’ asking whoever walks by to find our server.

n
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Have been there twice, will not return. Chicken literally raw at the bone the first visit, then overcooked and dried out the second. Server on second trip seemed to be having a bad day, not very personable and often was visibly annoyed when we weren't ready to order entree and when asked questions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was very disappointing. It was all dry - over cooked.

JD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great atmosphere but weirdly chilly, given the grotto like decor. The beet and lentil salad was excellent.

K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere at The Smile. Portion size was great and choices for every one. Definitely one to go back to again!

CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Usually enjoy all aspects of this place. The last time was a disappointment.

BK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was fine - some of it pretty good - but we had the rudest server I've maybe ever encountered. We went there for my birthday and she had darts coming out of her eyes the whole time. Pretty much threw our check at us. Never once smiled - which we all found pretty ironic. It was not a cheap meal and it's pretty astounding to think how badly we were treated when we were paying them so much. I will never go back

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Went before attending a concert at Sheen Center. Location convenient but ambiance was a dark bar which was not in keeping with level of food which was delicious. The waitress was not very friendly or welcoming, she was more interested in another waitress than her patrons. I would recommend for the food as long as you don’t mind the ambiance which is “dark old mans pub” that needs refreshing. Glass of wine was expensive, but it’s the Village...so value is just avg.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect place, very good food, not too noisy, reasonable price, charming.

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The overall appetizers were good but the linguine pasta tasted like Mac being subtle isn’t something that works here.

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