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The Smile

4.6
337 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast & Lunch:
Monday - Friday | 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday & Sunday | 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Afternoon Menu:
Monday- Sunday | 4:30PM-6:00PM

Dinner:
Monday - Sunday | 6:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(646) 329-5836
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Melia Marden
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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.
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Private party contact
Lindsay: (844) 251-2610
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lafayette St
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Parking details
Parking available after 6:00PM
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Public transit
Bleeker 6 train
Broadway-Lafayette F train
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 337 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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nk410 
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Quite disappointing-- really bad service and small portions. Waiter would take ages to bring food out and did not refill the bottomless coffees. Not worth the value.

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vipfoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

What a treasure! Found this restaurant thanks to Open Table and my friends and I will definitely return. The food was great, service was friendly and ambiance was lovely.

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MJ7471 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic brisket and very enjoyable. The server seemed mildly annoyed about something for some reason. We had questions about the food because we were genuinely interested in its preparation. She seemed to have limited knowledge of its preparation and didn't volunteer to find out more for us which I think would've been the appropriate thing to do. We previously enjoyed a breakfast there a few days prior, but were not as pleased by the dinner or the service. The kale salad was particularly salty. Extremely so. We recently visited The Smile To Go in Dumbo and sampled the same salad there and the taste was so different I thought maybe it was a different recipe. Both versions were disappointing. One way too salty another rather bland. The brisket was excellent. Soft, flavorful and wonderfully accompanied. I'd be curious to try other dishes at this establishment. I do wish our server had been a bit more upbeat and friendly.

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vipGourmand (London)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The Smile is a lovely place for a fun or romantic dinner, with a old downtown feel. The short menu is seasonal and delicious. Don’t necessarily take the waitress’s advice on wine. “ Funky” was definitely... funky. Charming service, not too rushed.

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Elizabethw (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was good- definitely enjoyed the in house pastries. Ambiance is cool, and reasonably priced brunch , no frills would definitely go back

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LeighS (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The place is really cute, and cozy, the food was very good, but the service was terrible. Couldn't be bothered to make eye contact, threw plates around and spilled water on me because she was too busy being a hipster to be a good waitress. I won't be back... even though i dream about that brisket.

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AnnaBoyd (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Servers were very rude and obviously overwhelmed by crowded restaurant. As a former brunch server myself, it was very frustrating to have such angry servers. For such a pricey meal, it was disappointing, but the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Cute restaurant .The food was good.A bit noisy for the older generation.Very vibrant and a good place 30 yr olds. Great service from Ariel!

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tina (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The Staff was amazing and super accommodating. The food was excellent I would definitely recommend the SMILE to my friends and family

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NiccoGd (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

The Smile is a great little NOHO surprise. Everything tastes amazing!! PRO TIP: the Spaghetti in Lemon Sauce tastes AMAZING, but the serving size is wildly small for an entree. If you're HUNGRAY, I'd go with the Pork Loin or Braised Brisket. As an end game, GET THE GELATO. Enjoy!

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vipFreezing (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

They were out of warm spiced cider and bourbon and the warm brownie, which, given how cold it is outside, I would think would be stocked up. I was sad to miss both of those.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

The restaurant was almost empty at lunchtime, but they still seated us close to the entrance. we asked for changing the table but it was not possible. Food was ok, nothing special, expected more.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

The food we had was very good, especially the brisket, delicious !!!!
My only comment was that the dessert was not good at all! Especially the chocolate dessert!
I regretted i oedered it :(

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We spent new years eve, the place is beautifull, the hostest are friendly and respectfull, we had a special menú, but includes fish, meat and pasta, the dissert was an awesome lemmon cheescake. Dont miss it

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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vipSEG12 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was good but the portions were ridiculously small. The waitstaff was very nice and helpful. Good atmosphere and location.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Charming cafe-looking restaurant with some great food options. All simply prepared but interesting, and on the healthy side.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Housed in an 1830s townhouse, The Smile is a cozy place for wine or cocktails, along with delicious Mediterranean-inspired treats.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

great food, friendly staff and cosy environment where it's not loud (which is so rare in NY...) so you can actually enjoy a good chat with friends!

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Bob19M (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice ambience. Food was good. Music fit my taste, classic rock and motown mostly 60's, and was not too loud. Very pleasant dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere and very reasonable pricing!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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.)

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, love the cozy basement vibe and the seasonal menu.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Pleasant cozy restaurant. Nice food and friendly staff. Would definitely come here again.

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vipMealsmama (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Loved everything about The Smile. The food, the service, the low-key atmosphere felt very comfortable. All made my husband and I smile.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

the food was really amazing but the service was average. One of the waiters kept bumping into my chair, without even apologizing. And the noise level was really hard to bear.

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LauraJ (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Charming, relatively quiet, welcoming staff and amazing food. Good value. We’ll be back.

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