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This cafe in NoHo is and always has been where New York City’s most attractively unemployed people come to have breakfast at noon.

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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.

26 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
Lafayette St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 329-5836

Website:
http://www.thesmilenyc.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available after 6:00PM

Public Transit:
Bleeker 6 train
Broadway-Lafayette F train

Executive Chef:
Melia Marden

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Smile Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (2)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·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.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

A charming atmosphere, rustic, old bricks, not so loud, you can actually talk here, and the food was interesting and yummy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Beautiful ambience and service but the food arrived cold and more expensive than it should be

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great good, bad service. I've heard from multiple people the same thing - so they should work on improving their service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

The waitress was wonderful! The ambience in the restaurant was charming. I'm looking forward to returning.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The food was good however, our waitress was awful. It may have been her first night serving but aside from just poor service she was exceptionally rude.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Extremely slow service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Business Meals, Healthy, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent food and service. Service was great. I eat a special diet and the staff advised me me well in my choices.
I would return and recommend to others.
Thank you.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Our waitress was perhaps the worst we have had since moving to NYC 7 years ago. We eat out all the time and must say I wish I reviewed restaurants for a living to bring her lack of professionalism to the owner's attention. Everything else was fine.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Waitress never smiled, which is ironic considering the name of the place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Loved it! Went because we saw the restaurant in "Master of None" and weren't disappointed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Charming, cozy space for dinner. Friendly, prompt service. I recommend the Marinated Goat Cheese for an appetizer and the Plum Boulevardier for a cocktail. Seasonal vegetables and quinoa is good if you want a healthy entrée, but I'm really looking forward to trying the salmon next time I come. Highly recommend!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Came to The Smile for Mother's Day and it was fabulous! We were seated at our favorite table, all the way in the back by the garden windows. The ambiance is perfect and quaint, like being in someone's beautiful living room. The food was stellar. Great time!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great cozy restaurant! Historic, downstairs from Mapplethorpe studio

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Brought us the wrong food twice. Messed up another order. Brought us drinks that weren't ours. Server was sassy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner, the food was amazing. The noise acoustics in the back of the restaurant were deafening...there were three of four very loud tables of people screaming over each other talking. Otherwise, it was a perfectly lovely dinner. We will most certainly be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Love the Smile, even though we had to sit right by the door this time, which was a little annoying. The yummy food and great drinks more than made up for it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Food was wonderful, service was fine. Definitely lacked some personality. Ultimately a great spot and I will go back, hopefully will have a server with a bit more spunk!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Nice for an early dinner. Everything was delicious though the portions were a bit small.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

A wonderful environment for a romantic meal or catching up with friends. Brunch is also great here!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Despite the very limited menu, the food was very good especially the brisket. The artic char was kind of tasteless when I tried my taste of it. The 3 purees with the veggie were all delicious and the plate itself was abundant. And the bread. Enough said.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

I always love the Smile. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, it never disappoints. The staff is super friendly - we stayed for hours hanging out.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, People Watching, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Healthy, Outstanding Value, Fun, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We were seated in a timely fashion, but the waitress was unfriendly and the food was mediocre and at times under seasoned. The dessert was very good.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Really delicious food. Just had an issue with an incredibly bad tempered waiter. Apart from that it was a great experience. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great food and amazing decor. Definitely a must try. Our forst server wasn't very nuce but overall great experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Organic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Pretty and surprising location. Nice decor. The wine was excellent as we could taste a very limited edition bottle. My chicoree salad was mixed with fennel and...chili and a sour sauce, not really my taste and the lamb meatballs were ok. My friends tried a wonderful fish as starter and some excellent brisket afterwards. Maybe I made the wrong choices.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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