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Smith and Mills Enters Brunch Battle With Bubby's

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One good thing to come out of the temporary Bubby’s closure? After lost and confused Bubby’s brunchers came to nearby Smith and Mills looking to get their eggs on, the owners decided to start serving brunch from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on weekends. Along with carryover items from the breakfast and lunch menus, you’ll find Tuscan eggs, a fried-egg sandwich with pancetta and radicchio, and house-cured salmon with crème fraîche and toasted brown bread. It’s walk-ins only, so will Bubby’s see some of that sweet spillover action when hipsters show up and find the tiny place packed? We’re not opposed to a Sunday live-blogging session over oysters. Related: Bubby’s DOH Report: Closed Thanks to Mythical Swarm of Roaches Smith and Mills Now Open for Breakfast and Lunch

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DuMont, Smith and Mills Players Head Toward McCarren

John McCormick, the designer behind the loveliness that is Smith and Mills and Tailor, has another project in the works, and it sounds like it’ll be every bit as quirky as his own restaurant Moto. He says that Jud Longell, a bartender at DuMont, and a silent partner have acquired Theresa’s Beauty Salon at 18 Bedford Avenue at Lorimer Street (right off McCarren Park) and are transforming it into what will eventually be a bistro of sorts. McCormick says he has in mind “a nautical design, but very subtle. I wanted to make the place look like it was a sunken transport ferry — there’d be a lot of distressing and rust and metal work.” The owners, meanwhile, have toyed with the idea of an “English-butcher-shop aesthetic.” No doubt that they'll all meet at some magical halfway point that will be far cooler than anything we can conjure up. Whatever the final look, it's safe to say that empty bar seats will be rare, especially after those McCarren Pool shows.

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Chris Stein at Smith and Mills Is Proud to Be a Luddite

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Chris Stein was a server at La Esquina before he started work at the equally atmospheric — if much smaller — Smith and Mills, where he’s the only man on the floor. Does he miss working at a larger spot? “Other jobs there have been managers saying the same shit to you over and over, and trying to get you to sell certain things,” he says. “Here, there aren’t any of the gross vibes. A lot of the times the owner is having a drink also, or we’re all having a drink.” Sadly we weren’t having a drink when we chatted with Stein, but that didn’t make our conversation any less spirited.

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Suba Called ‘Dazzling’; Shopsin's Called...Shopsin's

Suba, Boqueria’s ambitious sister restaurant, gets two stars from Frank Bruni, who goes so far as to say “the best of the food here is distinctive and exciting. In a few instances it’s even dazzling.” Suba, underbuzzed and on a bad block, needed a big boost and got it. [NYT] Randall Lane isn’t impressed with the East Village Yacht Club, or for that matter Smith and Mills. Two stars out of six, and it sounds like they were lucky to get that. [TONY] Peter Meehan’s review of the new Shopsin’s begins with his best lede ever: “Tolstoy had it wrong about happy families, because there are none like the Shopsins.” The food, though beside the point, sounds about as good as before. [NYT] Related: A Taste of Kenny Shopsin

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Smith and Mills Now Open for Breakfast and Lunch

Grub Street’s offices are moving downtown next month, and as much as we’ll miss cramming into El Rincon del Sabor for strawberry sodas and stewed oxtails, we're also looking forward to after-work tipples at that equally diminutive (if somewhat hipper) eatery Smith and Mills in Tribeca. Now we can anticipate midday oysters there, too, since the drink den has just opened for breakfast and lunch. We’re already eyeing the menu hungrily, and thanks to our always up-to-the-minute database, you can too! Related: Smith and Mills: The Smallest Next Big Thing Ever Smith and Mills menu

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The Lovely Lavies of Moto and Smith and Mills

There are restaurants we love and then there are restaurants we’re in love with — Moto has been in the latter category ever since we had our first pint of Corsendonk there. Among its myriad charms is its WC. But last week, when we visited Smith and Mills, we discovered that our heart has room for more than one restroom — and somehow we don’t feel like we’re cheating. After all, Moto’s owner John McCormick had a hand in designing Smith and Mills, so these lovely lavatories are practically sisters. Hot!

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B Flat, Angel’s Share’s New Basement Boîte, Is Looking Sharp

A while back we reported that the founding bartenders of Angel’s Share were taking their mortars, pestles, and strainers to Tribeca. Now that B Flat has been open for a couple of weeks and we’ve put away pretty much every drink on the list (and all three sizes of ice cubes), we’re looking forward to forthcoming summer specialties such as Giant Steps (sake and wasabi-infused vodka!) and the Cannon Ball (pepper-infused vodka, yuzu pepper, and soy sauce!). If these sound ironically sweat-inducing, rest assured, another martini will include fresh watermelon juice, and the bar menu, created by a chef at Lan, includes refreshing small plates like seviche and clams in white-truffle oil. Furthermore, we’re told the upstairs space will soon be occupied by a Tokyo-style fusion restaurant, run by the bar’s Japanese business partner, that will likely offer Asian takes on pasta, pizza, tapas, and other dishes. Obviously Smith and Mills hopefuls would do well to make B Flat their plan B. Earlier: Angel’s Share Manager to Make Tribeca a Whole Lot Sexier B Flat menu

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Smith and Mills: The Smallest Next Big Thing Ever

Last November we were the first to predict that the Beatrice would be the hipstaurant of the season. Um, we told you so? Now from Beatrice (and Employees Only) partner Matt Abramcyk comes another contender — this one occupying a former carriage house in the Tribeca nether lands. Smith and Mills is one of the smallest restaurants we’ve ever set foot in, but on this, its opening day, we don’t think it’s too early to say it may just be the next big thing.

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