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“Not the Best Restaurant and fairly pricey for mediocre service”
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Ranked #803 of 14,918 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 10 - USD 30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: 63rd Street
Transit: 1 Train at 66th and Broadway. A, B, C, D at 59th Street and Columbus.
Description: The Smith is a casual American Brasserie with three upbeat locations in New York City: The Smith East Village, The Smith Midtown and The Smith Lincoln Center. Utilizing local products and purveyors, the breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature a selection of familiar bistro dishes. Diners at The Smith Lincoln Center can also choose from our hand-picked wine list and full raw seafood bar. 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This restaurant is strategically located as one of the best locations if you are looking for a place to take friends - the decor is very well done - its very Old NYC in a trendy rustic way with an emphasis on bar/beer/alcohol as a meeting place - the atmosphere is VERY inviting. But I give the restaurant a poor rating as the overall experience after you enter and have a meal was typical of New York dining and service. By NYC standards it is "great" but to a traveler I don't classify it as a place I would contemplate going again. This is NOT a value restaurant. The host staff is great - they do their job well. They are very polite and try to seat you immediately. The problem is that after that the wait staff was poor. We waited forever to get menus. The waitress was not happy to be there and clearly showed it. She did what she had to do. There was Zero hospitality. When we asked if we could alter the ingredients or how the item was served she said a flat "No, it is not to our policy here" So we went after the safe menu items and overall it was good. The macaroni and cheese that others have raved about here I will say was a full meal - they give big portions. It came out piping hot in a crockery bowl - but it was macaroni and cheese and that is that. After eating halfway it became boring. The sodas tasted diluted although again large glasses. So this was a mix up on trying to grade this restaurant but given the cost - it was not outrageous but there is little on the menu that is a value and the seating is very simple. If you are visiting here I would suggest spending more and having a dining experience in one of the finer restaurants with reservations before the show within the Lincoln Center complex itself as these finer restaurants must maintain their quality and hospitality to keep the reputation that matches the performances of the center itself.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Great atmosphere.. Very nice staff.. Delicious Breakfast.. Best granola ever.. We’re staying at Nomad Hotel, almost next door. The breakfast is much better @The Smith..

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Had dinner after going to the Met Opera. The waiters are very attentive. One problem was hostess would not seat us until my whole family were present.Hostess relented after 15min wait . the prices are NYC. food was good. The noise is intolerable. this was a saturday evening at 5pm and the place was packed. could not hear or have conversation with family at our table without shouting. Overall i would not go here again, due to the noise levels.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The Smith Midtown has a great menu but the mac n cheese is beyond comparison! I also got the roasted tomato soup which comes w a cheddar melt topping much like the way French onion soup is served. It’s also very reasonably priced. My daughter and I split the mac n cheese as a starter and, without even finishing it, couldn’t finish the rest of lunch as it was so filling. We enjoyed our leftovers just as well!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Right across the street from Lincoln Center, the Smith is a fun, loud, crowded restaurant with delicious food and great service. A bit on the pricey side, but it’s in a great location. Also, have to add that My Fair Lady was wonderful!!
Recommended dishes: the spicy salmon tartare, the haddock with Brussels sprouts and the brick pressed chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and kale.

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