The Smith- Lincoln Square

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The Smith is a casual American Brasserie with four upbeat locations in New York City: The Smith East Village, The Smith Midtown The Smith Lincoln Square, and The Smith NoMad. Utilizing local products and purveyors, the breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature a selection of familiar bistro dishes. The Smith attracts colleagues for a drink after work, business dinners, a quick bite or drink before a show, late night revelers, families for Sunday brunch and more. Offering private rooms at all locations, guests can stop by for all occasions.
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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This will be one of our go to restaurants when in the area. The servers are nice and the food is tasty! Very laid back feel but lots of food choices.

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RT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively and attractive place with all types of parties at lunch - business people, friends, couples, tourists. Surprisingly quick service and good food.

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LE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was well prepared and the wait staff attentive but not intrusive. My sea bass was excellent. I would recommend this location to anyone.

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C
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant. I don't think people know how good the food is. The service is also great! Will be going there again and again!

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EZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, a bit too noisy if you are taking a business client . Currently, there is a scaffold in front which interferes with the ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great, food was amazing and look forward to coming back. Wish you guys had a more extensive rum selection but besides that everything was lovely.

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LP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We live nearby and eat often enough at The Smith that the following review is steeped in deep knowledge of the restaurant. This latest dining experience was by far the least favorable for the following reasons:

--First, our server barely had a pulse. At her first appearance, she silently placed the water bottles on the table. At her second, she stood with her pen poised above the pad waiting for our orders, without asking whether we had questions about the menu, without even asking what we'd like like to order. Just silence.

--Second, The Smith has decided to eliminate the individual servings of bread and butter regardless of what you order. So our salads came sans bread.

--Third, it was insanely LOUD. We were situated at an inside table on the cusp of the outside so that some chairs straddled the sidewalk. We were at once in and out so half our table was teetering on the ledge.

--Fourth, while, I'd normally, "Recommend The Smith-Lincoln Square" to a friend," as I'm being promoted to answer by OpenTable above, I will think twice next time, especially if a friend gets stuck at our table with our comatose server who seemed as though she'd have rather been in a firing squad than serve us.

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b
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food with very attentive service. Love the sparking water that is provided to the table. The mushroom empanadas and flat bread were a great start to the meal. They probably make the crispiest french fries in Manhattan. Save room for dessert, the sticky toffee pudding is our absolute favorite! The Smith is open late.

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TN
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot near Central Park. Food and service was excellent.

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Every now and then a nice dinner in a place where food and service are consistently above par

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MN
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been many times. Food is always great. Good service.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Way too noisy for any real conversation. Otherwise the food was fine and except for having to wait 5 minutes past our reservation time the service was friendly.

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

much too noisy in the rear. But the food was very good and they were willing to accommodate all kinds of special diets

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love the Smith. It’s a great go-to spot. Delicious food, amazing service, and a fun ambience. 10/10 recommend!

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JA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I found it too noisy-- I am a middle-aged resident of the neighborhood, and when I dine out I want to have a conversation. i'm not interested in restaurants that measure their trendiness by the noise level. Still, I am more tolerant of background noise and loud music than my spouse and most of my friends. This time I came with a friend who doesn't like noise at all and would have left if we hadn't been able to find a table outside where it was less noisy. Once we were seated there we enjoyed the evening and the food very much. The waiter was not knowledgeable about the wine list, however, and seemed to be winging it when we asked for recommendations on certain dishes. Perhaps he was new--but at this price point I kind of expect the wait staff to have been trained so that they can confidently discuss specific dishes and beverages. Only other complaint-- the wine served in tumblers seems gimmicky and doesn't enhance the wine. There's a reason for the tradition of stemware-- stem glasses keep the wine fresher because your hand doesn't warm the wine.

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VQ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This was my first visit to The Smith. It was very busy on a Thursday evening at 5:30 pm. The food was very good. The service was average. However, the noise level was unbearable. I could not hear my dinner companion and he was sitting less than a foot away from me. I also thought it was a bit pricey. I have friends who have eaten at The Smith in the East Village and they had a much better experience so although I would not recommend this location to my friends and family, perhaps the other locations would provide a better dining experience.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salmon was the best! Enjoyed our entire experience at The Smith!

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n
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Smith has a broad enough menu to make it possible for anyone with special dietary needs to find some good options.
Vegetarians and those who are gluten free have more than one or two choices.

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t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place because of the food service and happy crowd

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love The Smith! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in NYC! Unfortunately it was harder to dine there on business than it is for pleasure, in terms of the bill. I asked several times for the check to be split (alcohol on 1, food on the other). The server said they don’t typically do that (I have no idea why), but that she’d ask. I gave her my card and she came back with 1 signature slip. At that point, I couldn’t say anything. Guess I’ll have to not expense my $100 dinner :(.

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OW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here before going to the ballet--service was perfect and were able to leave within an hour of eating to make it to our show on time!

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I
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Maybe it is because school is off today but the level of noise and a mess was terrible today

Food was pricey but decent

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HG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner

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SA
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food and server were great. However, the service was very slow and we had to make a curtain so we were rushed even though we arrived at 5:30.
The noise level is almost too much to handle.

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VG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good, basic but creative. However, it was much too noisy for my taste. The decor had a lot of retro tile-work, and the sound really bounced off of it. I can still hear the clinking and shouting. (I think some consider that to be exciting and high-energy?!)

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think that it was quite delicious. OUr table was small and in the back which was a little sad, but overall it was great.

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LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Smith!

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OF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s a “happening” kind of place.
The service was top notch.
The food was very good to excellent; pricy ($20 burger and fries) but consistent with the location. We also ordered salmon, sea bass, and pea shoots (sautéed with sweet peas, shallots and ginger) - and the fabulous quarter pounder cookies. Nothing to complain about.
Our party of 3 was seated at a small round table that barely accommodated all our dishes. Lighting in the back room was dim. The noise level was shockingly loud, so much that my throat was sore the day after from shouting to be heard. Ceramic tiles should be replaced with acoustic tiles for sound absorption.
I would return, but only for off peak dining.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Conveniently located - excellent service, food was good, and the Manager/Host was very sincere and tenacious in making sure things were running smoothly and that everyone was having a wonderful experience with them.

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RW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best brunch around Lincoln Center. Better than Clarks, Fiorello’s
And the other one on the other side of Fiorello.

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d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Very Accommodating!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was disappointing based on the reviews and price

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

Food is always delicious. Loved the truffle gnocchi!

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PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Too noisy for good conversation. Decent food, good service, good location.

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v
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The smith is a classic. Nice but not too nice. Enjoyable menu but not too adventurous. Nice staff but not overly stuffy. This location is perfect for before or after Lincoln center of course but also for a drink, a catch up. The smith hits the right notes for plenty of occasions.

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BN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great easy place to have a meal

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

Enjoyable and easy as always

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LN
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food is uneven here: sometimes very good, sometimes mediocre. We had salads, and the one that was supposed to feature peas had none (the waiter, appropriately, warned us of that, but one wonders how hard it might be to obtain green peas in June), and the one with chicken was bland, with tired lettuce. But the bread is always good, the sparkling water and still water a defining element of good service here, and as neighborhood regulars, we'll try a different set of menu items next time. On the positive side, the restaurant seems to have diversified the servers but still needs to do more in this respect. Why some of the staff are always relegated to clearing tables and never elevated to serving remains a mystery that someone should look into.

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CT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have good food and service here. We especially enjoy the patio.

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

We had lunch at The Smith the last time we were there. The first time we had breakfast. I thought their breakfasts were much more impressive and I rated the breakfasts we had 5 stars. Perhaps we just chose bad options for lunch. My husband's salad with beef was nothing special. My wild mushroom flat bread was good. The tomato soup was lousy, in my book, and I mentioned that to them, but the staffer that asked seemed to blow that feedback off. It was more like thick tomato sauce than soup and was topped with too much cheese. They were very helpful about taking my husband's garlic allergy seriously.

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