The Smile

4.6
471 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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vipValta
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the special night where chef Jay was in the kitchen and it was a great night. The staff were amazing and the food fabulous! We can’t wait for the next time he’s in the kitchen!

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Noname
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Sorry to discover that this place has gone downhill. The food was always simple and easily recreated at home, but it’s gone from dishes you might encounter at a stylish friend’s casual dinner party to things you’d get from a home cook who really doesn’t care about food: a mezze plate of bland hummus with dull carrot sticks, a mushy mixture of overcooked quinoa and soggy vegetables with canned chickpeas and a chalky poached egg, etc. I’ve never written a review of a restaurant before but this was really disappointing. And the service was indifferent verging on irritable.

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Foodlover
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ordered the sesame bagel with the egg, Black Forest ham and gruyere cheese. Bagel was stale. Should have sent it back. Waiter did not check to see if we needed anything or if the food was OK.

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vipshirimn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining in a relaxed and cozy spot. Food was delicious

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DMac
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior is very cozy, and it was the perfect destination on a windy day. The food was delicious. Perfect lunch portions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday breakfast in The Smile whilst visiting NYC from the UK. Have had many trips to New York and on this occasion wanted a special breakfast experience - The Smile didn’t disappoint.

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vipNatalieS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great! The kitchen lost part of our order but they gave us a drink on the house

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MonicaN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is the cutest little spot, great for drinks and apps or full meals, and super cozy feel.

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vipDanielW
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smile is an amazing go to spot for brunch! Our server was the blonde who is always so nice!

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vipBarbiO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Food was great but service was fair at best.

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JLNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner there on NYE, was fantastic all around.

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DC00
Canberra / ACT
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great out of the way place with varied and good menu. We shared the special appetizer of scallops with lentils. Very disappointing - only two scallops, but the lentils saved the dish - they were soft and tasty! The scallops were quite smelly and obviously old. Told the waitress who just ‘smiled’ and did not relay the message to the kitchen. The balsamic roast half chicken was juicy and tender. Will definitely visit again as this place is a favorite...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful Christmas Eve experience! The food was amazing, especially the scallops! Would recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Would not change a thing! :-)

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vipshirimn
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was friendly but terrible. We waited much too long for everything, from being served water to being offered dessert. And the food arrived cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city!!

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MonicaS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Appreciated that the manager accommodated my large group reservation. Cozy spot that’s good for a group - nice and quiet. Food was a bit slow, but totally to be expected with a group our size. Will definitely be going again

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GeraldS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and a concern for the diner are way up there.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at the Smile. The ambiance is so great, and it’s such a cozy and comfortable space. I ate here with my mother and sister who were visiting in town, and they loved it. Our waitress was really knowledgeable on wines, and she was very friendly. We loved the food and would recommend to anyone who’s interested

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Yoniw
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmaIng amazing food. Quiet and cute. Oh and amazing food. There’s cheese in almost every dish.

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Sarah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pre fixe menu was different than what was listed online which was frustrating, however, overall service, meal, flavors, and ambience was great. Good for a siblings get together for thanksgiving.

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StephanieG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose The Smile for our Thanksgiving dinner because of the atmosphere and also for the menu. The dishes on offer looked delicious and indeed they were. Friendly service, cosy atmosphere, good vibrations.

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AmyH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner here and it was perfect. The food, service and rustic atmosphere made for an ideal holiday dinner.

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vipladyfrank
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Smile is a great spot for dinner w the parents if you're an NYU student. It's convenient, lively and relatively tasty... But it will not blow your mind.

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vipMaurs
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice little quaint place great atmosphere. The menu could have a few more choices but I really like it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chill chill chill chill....

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vipBarbaraP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vibe . Healthy fresh food.
Not cheap but not too pricey

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vipNancy5
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service at this lovely restaurant is top notch. The food is very tasty though the menu is somewhat limited. The price of a glass of wine at $15 or $16 seems high. Otherwise no complaints.

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vipLauraC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great find. Food was comparable to great farm to table, with interesting mix of flavors, consistencies. Shared three entrees and they were all delicious. Great ambience. Lovely servers.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for a family gathering of 6 for breakfast. Easy to talk amongst ourselves, fast service, good food, and nice ambience. Will return!

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katieE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

met up with five friends who haven’t seen each other in a while. was fantastic.

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vipJeanAnn
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated immediately! And food was amazing. The mimosas were amazing!!

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vipCK215
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

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vipNYCouple
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

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BehindTheScenesNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipbswein99
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. 😊

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vipMartinV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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EllenK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great server and delicious food!

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The Smile does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Smile also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 329-5836.

The Smile is rated 4.6 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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