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The Smile

4.6
358 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 of up to 23 people. Private dinners consist of a prix fixe, four course, family style meal.
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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
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

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

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 358 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was amazing. Fresh squeezed juice was refreshing. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We loved everything about this hidden gem. It reminded us of the old Greenwich Village we knew. Stone foundation wall, small but uncluttered place. Generous drinks, friendly, professional server, shortish menu with plenty of tasty choices. We ate too much! Big, juicy mussels in delicious white wine sauce, crunchy mezzo platter with great dips, crusty bread, generous spicy lamb meatballs, and brisket over yogurt and currant couscous. Should we have had dessert? No way! But the ice cream was to die for. We are looking for a reason to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great service and food! Really fun ambiance!

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I certainly think that this place is overrated on openTable. We were very disappointed at the food, the portions of the dishes and the way they had combined the ingredients. We went through the menu up and down, but there was really nothing to choose. The options were very limited and boring. The bread was not fresh and the portions were too small for the amount we paid. They even serve their brunch sandwiches with chips! Really? Chips? Why not homemade fries?! I could have made a more appealing brunch at home! The only good thing about this restaurant was its ambiance. I will never go back to this place.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great dining in a romantic and cozy setting. Get the table by the window for ambiance!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Really friendly staff, unpretentious vibe, and the food and drinks are consistently great. You're on Bond St., so it is predictably slightly overpriced, but it's still one of the best spots in Noho. I highly recommend for both lunch and dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Came to The Smile for brunch to celebrate my sons graduation from NYU. Food was delicious as always.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I love this restaurant. It's a little sanctuary within the city. Always lovely and delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We went for a weekday brunch. Love this place. Great avocado toast!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Love this place. Great food and rustic atmosphere. Does get quite noisy when large groups are dining.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We tried Smile on the recommendation from a friend. Wonderful, fun night, with friends. All the appetizers are delicious, especially the cheese dishes. The pasta for the dinner portion was amazing. Amazing spot - don't miss if your'e in the area

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food , I'm sorry it's well below average.... I myself had chicken, it was OK...my husband had beef brisket, it was tasteless and tough ... however the ambience and service is good

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was a very nice dinner, however the restaurant was about 90 degrees. It made for an uncomfortable experience.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Love the quiet hidden gem this is... such a great vibe. Get a seat by the fireplace.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Really lousy service during low volume period.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I am not a vegetarian, but the vegetable dishes were so good, I didn't need anything else!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I have been going to The Smile for many years, its a local neighbourhood restaurant that never fails to deliver consistently good meals, in a cozy environment with great friendly staff. The food is always fresh and delicious. Perfect for a date night, or with friends.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We decided to have my wife's post-birthday breakfast here at The Smile and I was glad we did. The spot itself looks cozy and inviting from the outside and doesn't change upon entering. The space was beautiful! Reminded me of an 1800's general store! The brick, stone, iron and copper aesthetics work well together with the lighting and overall feel of the space. The food offerings were plentiful and good. From the baked goods to the main courses there wasn't a shortage of things to choose from! Most of us at the table ordered something different and we were all impressed with what we received! So much that we shared our meals with each other!

All in all, I would highly recommend this place for breakfast and good conversations. We will definitely go back to The Smile when visiting NY!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Delicious lamb meatball appetizer!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I like the atmosphere of this restaurant, though it was a bit loud on Saturday night. The food is always good, but I wish they had a bigger selection on the menu. The service was fine. Overall, it is a restaurant I will frequent when in the area.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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