We were looking for a nice brunch place with my brother and nephew close to their hotel Midtown and settled for The Smith, the trendy American Bistro that has fed hungry crowds since 2007. I love their philosophy translated in their name and described on their website:
Smith [smiTH] noun
1. A maker skilled in creating something.
Cooksmith, Barsmith, Blacksmith, Locksmith
The Smith is the maker. We are all empowered to be makers; makers of great food, great cocktails, great hospitality, warmth, fun, energy and smiles. Everyone is a maker; the guests, the cooks, the bartender. We can all be The Smith and make great things.
Not that a restaurant would admit that they just want to serve subpar food, in a terrible atmosphere and with poor service...
The place was fairly packed and we were glad to have a reservation. We started off our meal with ordering drinks that were Both delicious and quite refreshing.
Watermelon and mint sodas:
Then off course, we could not not order the hot potato chips with blue cheese fondue: this is my favorite appetizer there. At first you would think that there is not enough cheese, but in fact there is. Simply succulent and decadent.
My brother ordered their fried calamari and some bacon that looked decent, and Jodi ordered their Mediterranean salad, composed of cucumber, feta, olives, chickpeas, tomatoes, romaine ( she ditched the red onions and sweet peppers). It was a fairly nice salad, that had the right amount of lemon dressing.
My nephew and I ordered the lobster roll that was superb. The buttered brioche bread was soft and definitely let the lobster, sitting on a bed of baby arugula, shine. And there was a lot of lobster in it!
We had some other ideas about dessert, but I am sure The Smith offers some good ones. When we left, it was still packed and I was glad we selected this place for brunch. I wonder how their dinner is; I guess I will have to go back soon...
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Smith - 956 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10022