The Smith- Lincoln Square

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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Expensive! Had a tasty tuna tartar, chicken Caesar salad, and a drink. My boyfriend had a drink and the quinoa & kale salad with chicken. $100 for two people. Pretty outrageous. Not worth it.

C
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favorite neighborhood spot with a great menu. Corn empanadas and spicy salmon rice cakes are outstanding!

f
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Salty. Nice place, tons of energy and well prepared food. However every dish was extremely salty.

NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I’ve eaten at the Smith - Lincoln Ctr many times and usually it’s better. But this time was a big disappointment. First, they dropped the option of a small portion of the gnocchi and only offer the very big (and more expensive) size that is always more than I want, so I waste the remainder.

Secondly, this evening my gnocchi was burned (solid black) on the bottom. But the cook cleverly rolled each gnocchi over so it was not visible at first glance. When I noticed it and pointed it out to the server, he took it back to the kitchen and I had to wait for it to be redone. No apologies for the wait, or for the fact that my food was served burned (black in the bottom) the first time. He only acknowledged it and left me to wait while my friend then waited (as her dinner cooled) until I was re-served.

I’ll think twice before suggesting this restaurant to a friend again when we choose to meet over a meal.

TE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, very attentive. Food is great and you can tell the quality is scrutinized. This place is our go to for sure.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food was a little pricey for what you get, but still good. Unfortunately they try to jam as many tables as possible into the restaurant, to the point that the waitress had to consistently move tables just so that people could squeeze by into their seats. Perhaps taking one table out of the row so everyone can not sit on their neighbors, laps is worth considering.

BB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I’ve been there literally dozens of times. The food is very good and priced fairly. The noise level is oppressive. The noise level in the back room is super duper oppressive. Why do I continue to go there? My kids love it (adult kids). It’s louder than a rock band concert.

BB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A nice experience with good service and good food. It is a bit noisy inside due to All hard surfaces. If you want a quieter seat outside would be suggested.

d
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Always good! We go here often. Great salads and burgers!

EK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Disappointing after show experience. Calamari tough, sauce over spiced, flatbread blah, service blah no bad just not good. HAve been there in the past- much better experience- should be better for the location.

MB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great location. Big place! Reasonable menu. And our server was great!

NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was excellent! I had the salmon and my husband had their specialty burger. But the volume of the noise level, made it very hard to have a conversation.

R
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 1

Delicious burgers, good service BUT I will NOT be returning because the noise level is so insane that I could hardly hear my friend across our small table AND a table next to us included several men who were shrieking so loudly that it became necessary to put my hands over my ears ! We called over a waiter and asked him to ask the men to lower their voices but the waiter refused to do so saying “ I am not going to interfere with their fun” ! When I asked “what about our fun, we can’t even be heard at our own table” he shrugged his shoulders and walked away !!! The Smith is without question the loudest restaurant I have ever dined in period ! I wonder how the chef feels about guests who won’t return to dine there only because of the insane level of noise permitted ?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service is outstanding!!

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious. The day we went the air conditioning wasn’t working in the front room, we sat in the back. I’d definitely go back again. Great location.

M
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The outsude needs a really good cleaning. Smells dirty.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Super lekker en heel vriendelijk, leuke menukaart. Wel zeer veel lawaai, slechte akoestiek.

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AP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The Smith is always a great meeting spot. Food prices are high but the staff is always friendly and attentive.

TG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, wonderful evening! Service was good and friendly. Tried some new foods at servers suggestion.

FS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It used to be my favorite place for steak. The quality has gone down, as portion sizes.

NT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was outstanding!

CP
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Reservations highly recommended, basically required. Love the food. Love the ambience. Our table was seated in a room in the back which I didn't even know existed, and it was quite loud back there. Service was OK, but not exceptional.

NA
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The Smith's used to be one of my favorite spots. But the bread served was stale, service was slow and the food was just ok this time

TS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of the best places for breakfast/brunch in the city. Huge outdoor seating with direct sun light (not common in the city). Best Boody Mary you will find!

AS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfectly lovely pre-theatre dining! Enjoyed our meals - chicken paillard salad and squid ink spaghetti with seafood - both were very good and wait staff superb!

C
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great table outside where we enjoyed the kale quinoa salad with chicken (better than the kale chicken salad at Hillstone), the breakfast pot pie and my 4.5 year old destroyed the BLT+E. Wonderful staff (seated us 15 min before our reservation), quick service and the food has improved greatly. Will be back soon.

SF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I love The Smith. The food is consistently good to very good, and since it's a large space, they can usually accommodate last minute reservations. Walk-ins are a little trickier at busy times. Service is generally very good, but this time was a bit unfriendly. It happens. Hopefully, won't have the same server next time. In general, the service is efficient and friendly.

F
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

There was a strong draft where I was sitting diagonal from the entrance door on a cold and windy day. Every time the door opens and closed, which was very frequent. I also can't hear my son talk. The place is extremely noisy. Never going back and will not recommend.

OT
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The restaurant is way too noisy to hear the person across the tiny table. The house Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are terrible. I will not go there again.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Weekend get away

JB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great brunch!

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The smith is great food and in a great location. They are wonderful when I eat there - the staff is very courteous.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place to share a meal. Food was good, recommend the BLT-E. Quite tasty. Service was very good! Would go back again!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I love the Smith but I can only go when the weather is agreeable because sitting inside is unbearable with the noise level. I know a lot of people in the neighborhood who won’t dine there for exactly that reason.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I love The Smith! It’s a great UWS staple. However, our service wasn’t the best this visit. We were dining during a shift switch so we had 2 different servers. A few things were forgotten due to miscommunication.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch and we ran into Larry Wilmore!

MM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was second to none. The French Toast & the Ranchero Scramble was amazing. An amazing start to a morning.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great brink something chicken ... cold and completely tasteless potatoes. Old bread... rather don’t serve it at all if it is not good

OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food -- one of our favorites, but super noisy. Ambiance inside middling. Outside seating is quieter and better for conversation. If you want to hear your dinner companions, go after 9:15-9:30.

BD
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Smith is a gem on the UWS. Always consistent with a great menu and an outstanding Team that makes the guest experience memorable! Make sure you put this in your resturant experince calendar soon!

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