Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
6, J, M, N, Q, R, W, Z at Canal St.
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Matt Kliegman, Carlos Quirarte, and chef Melia Marden of Bond Street hipster clubhouse The Smile opened this small to-go outpost with the hope of bringing “L.A.-style” takeout to New York. So what does that mean? A daily-changing selection of picnic-appropriate salads, simple sandwiches, soups, rotisserie chicken, and baked goods. One taste of the bacon sandwich, a three-bite affair made with thick-cut pork on sweet challah with some crunch from a layer of frisee – and you’ll never want to order anything else (get there early or these will be sold out). Branch out with some side salads, options like green beans and radishes in a Dijon dressing, kale in various preparations (with pickled apples is especially tasty), and usually something made with farro, Israeli couscous and some other grain. It’s all fresh, healthy, and changes often enough that you could grab a midday meal there several days a week and not get bored. Other options like a leek-topped cornmeal-crust pizette or chicken satay skewers with a killer harissa mayo break up any risk of vegetable boredom. The real risk? Baked goods like a cheddar-scallion biscuit or frosting-smeared cinnamon roll, which beckon to even the most resolutely healthy luncher.Recommended Dishes
Mini maple bacon frisee sandwich, $4; pizzette, $7; salad sampler, $12; chicken skewer, $2