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The Smith

55 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.730961 -73.988818
nr. 11th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-420-9800 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Dessert / Ice Cream Shop
  • Price Range: $$

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
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    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
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    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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    9 Reviews | Write a Review

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Official Website

thesmithnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Wed, 8am-midnight; Thu-Fri, 8am-1am; Sat, 10am-1am; Sun, 10am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Prices

$17-$33

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Teen Appeal
  • Online Ordering
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

Houston St. to 23rd St., Ave. B to Broadway

Profile

In no time at all, East Villagers have discovered the Smith with its good, honest el cheapo grub. Not to be confused with Nevada Smith’s across the street. The week it opened, it was almost empty. We scarfed up a ton of comfort in the super-crisp Alsatian pizza, wonderful meatballs, and “almost burnt” mac ’n’ cheese. I obsessed all week about scraping that macaroni crust from the bottom of the pan. Now we’re back seven days later. The joint is jumping—stuffed with students from NYU and Cooper Union, plus an occasional elder. No one can resist the chips that morph too quickly into a Gorgonzola slog. We have to lean in to talk and repeat everything twice for our movie-star pretty and unflappable waitress. The big room looks good, with photographs of Victorian nudes and acres of white tile (“Sort of faux Odeon,” our guest observes.) The tangy Moscow Mule ($12) and a very good Negroni ($12) tempt us to forgo our usual red wine. Starters like the irresistible macaroni (sent back for another hit of the broiler) make up for unremarkable fried calamari and simpering sweet wings. I wonder how a kitchen capable of first-rate short ribs, a juicy and well-seasoned pork chop, and textbook-moist chicken could turn out a slab of hanger steak so unchewable. But the joy of the steal returns with $9 sundaes and monster chocolate-chip cookies warm from the oven.

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