Smith Canteen

Smith Canteen

Café$$$$
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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  • Meg L.
    "Grab a Thunderbolt (espresso + lemonade) and a savory bread pudding."(9 Tips)
    Dana V.
    "I dream about the egg, cheddar and ham on the everything croissant."(8 Tips)
    Chad P.
    "You gotta try the homemade pop tarts"(6 Tips)
    Melissa R.
    "Fried chicken sandwich featured in NY Mag's 2012 "Best Of" issue."(4 Tips)
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  • Amy J.
    Amy JacobsMay 30
    Been here 5+ times
    Great breakfast food and coffee. Love the egg croissant sandwich
  • Cameron B.
    Cameron BybeeApril 9
    Been here 5+ times
    All the coffee here is great, nitro cold brew is delicious and smooth. Amazing muffins and egg sandwiches, we get them every weekend.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HaileDecember 4, 2016
    Had high hopes for this spot, love the sister restaurant Norma Jean. But generally not very good food and extremely limited menu.
  • Keith L.
    Keith LeaSeptember 29, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    I don't recommend the salad. I do recommend the cold brew.
  • Alex J.
    Alex JegtnesSeptember 4, 2016
    Foursquare asked me what's good here. Everything. Everything is good.I've a soft spot for the canelés. Caramelised crust with a fluffy interior. So good.
  • Martin T.
    Martin TschammerAugust 23, 2016
    Overpriced, boring sandwiches. Decent baked goods. If you do go, the muffins are good.
  • Alexander D.
    Alexander DubovoyJuly 19, 2016
    Iced tea is good
  • Victoria D.
    Victoria DowerJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    It's all about the Thunderbolt in the summer. Espresso and lemonade sounds kinda gross, but is actually incredible.
  • Micke H.
    Micke HåkanssonJune 18, 2016
    Try the Thunderbolt. Lemonade with a shot of espresso
  • Mark F.
    Mark ForscherJune 1, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything tastes great here. Pay close attention when they ring you up though. Have been overcharged $5 or more on several occasions.
  • miles l.
    miles lennonMay 13, 2016
    Great place for a soup, salad or sandwich for a relaxed and quick lunch
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldMarch 26, 2016
    If you love trying to enjoy your coffee to the sound of unruly toddlers, this is the place!
  • Luc D.
    Luc DoanMarch 25, 2016
    Cute Carroll gardens spot. Grab a coffee and take a walk
  • Emily L.
    Emily L.March 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place for a coffee, if you're not intimidated by the swarm of children rolling on the floor.
  • Yen C.
    Yen ChiangMarch 19, 2016
    Coffee is good, and so was the bread pudding. Nice place to sit for a while but not to work.
  • Marc K.
    Marc KaravasianMarch 18, 2016
    Sandwiches!!!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzMarch 7, 2016
    Coffee is pricey! Long lines on the weekend.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LinFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing cappucino
  • Mark F.
    Mark ForscherNovember 30, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The egg salad sandwich is simple, large, and delicious. Overall everything feels slightly more expensive than it should be.
  • James
    JamesNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place has gone down pretty rapidly. Weekend staff has a hard time getting correct orders. Even getting decent coffee here is bad. It's too bad it used to be great.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ConneallySeptember 18, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Plan on taking 5-10 minutes longer than you thought you would. Slow service, but amazing breakfast sandwich.
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    In an unsuspecting corner of Brooklyn... ONE OF THE GREATEST SANDWICHES EVER CREATED. The fried chicken on an everything croissant sandwich.
  • Jenn T.
    Jenn TurnerSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    My favorite local Americano.
  • Sebastian S.
    Sebastian San JuanSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great expresso!
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨August 5, 2015
    Grab a coffee and a carrot muffin to-go. Great shop with quick service!
  • Ashley
    AshleyJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great nitro cold brew and they offer a variety of bakery items. Poppyseed muffin was great! I went during morning rush hour and the staff did a great job of trying to get the lines moving quickly.
  • Geena
    GeenaMay 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Friendly staff, old brooklyn decor
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BekerMay 10, 2015
    Amazing pastries. They have a really cool orange juice machine. It is squeezed right for you!
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadApril 13, 2015
    This place is fine. Nothing to rave about. Weird crowd, staff are nice enough. Marble tables are always welcome. Good if you're on the go.
  • Jen N.
    Jen NgApril 7, 2015
    Chocolate banana bread pudding = the best use of bananas ever.
  • Drew N.
    Drew NicholsApril 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't understand why I get a punch in my card for a $2 coffee and not the $4 OJ
  • A W.
    A WriterFebruary 20, 2015
    Espresso based drinks are better than the drip coffee. Staff are cheerful and 'tude free. Decent but unexceptional baked goods. Rotating soups, but the sandwiches never change.
  • Rob J.
    Rob JuckettFebruary 15, 2015
    Good coffee, quick service. Good seating, Abba songs and good atmosphere
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 2, 2015
    Mentioned by "New Tech City"
  • Lisa Ö.
    Lisa ÖvermyrDecember 27, 2014
    Very friendly staff! Oh, and the coffee isn't bad either.
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HenriksenDecember 11, 2014
    Two words: grilled cheese.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinNovember 21, 2014
    house made poptart!!
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The seasonal apple cider is great. No cinnamon, but it isn't needed.
  • Angela W.
    Angela WenNovember 1, 2014
    Everything is delicious here
  • Charlene
    CharleneOctober 19, 2014
    If you're in the mood for a croissant and a bagel, get the everything croissant!
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanOctober 13, 2014
    turkey sandwich
  • Diana A.
    Diana AnaOctober 11, 2014
    Excellent coffee
  • John L.
    John LoganOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday morning. Fall is here.
  • Sabrina W.
    Sabrina WangSeptember 27, 2014
    quick bites and great coffee!
  • Meg L.
    Meg LewisAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Grab a Thunderbolt (espresso + lemonade) and a savory bread pudding. Two deliciously unique concoctions that make Smith Canteen unbeatable.
  • Carly A.
    Carly AyresAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    A Carroll Gardens staple. Even if you can't beat the parental rush on weekday mornings following school drop-offs, it's still worth the wait. Tiny quiches! Iced coffee! Lemonade! 👍👍
  • Red F.
    Red FabbriAugust 9, 2014
    Great espresso but be prepared to wait.
  • Hotin T.
    Hotin TongJuly 27, 2014
    The turkey and bacon is awesome, but I daresay the roast beef is even better!
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DostalyJuly 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The expresso lemonade is the best!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HogueJune 11, 2014
    Thunderbolt: freshly made lemonade with a shot of Haru, a citric coffee with gingery flavors The two partner beautifully for a captivating flavor that’s part iced Americano, part American South. Read more
  • Smith Canteen
    Smith CanteenMay 13, 2014
    All baked goods and sandwiches are half price from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Smith Canteen
    Smith CanteenMay 13, 2014
    Rhubarb pop tarts are back!
  • christian svanes k.
    christian svanes koldingApril 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    fluff and nonsense masquerades as farm to table authenticity. their presentation rings perfect for the curated life, but when it comes down to it, there's no there there. no depth, no taste, no punch.
  • Jared S.
    Jared SuttonMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Combine the Roasted Veggie Salad with the Cheddar Chive biscuit for a just-filling, tasty lunch.
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The turkey & bacon sandwich on an everything croissant is never not perfect. Follow it up with the ring-ding.
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PulwerFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Watch out for the trick lids.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJanuary 17, 2014
    Smith Canteen's tiled floor and shelving is appealing, but the coffee is even better. Try their cappuccino! Read more
  • Jared S.
    Jared SuttonDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Best pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) I've had in New York. If you go every day for a month, they just might start having it waiting by the time you're at the register.
  • jana f.
    jana fOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    decent coffee but not worth the wait.
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DiamondOctober 13, 2013
    The salty dark chocolate chip cookie is a must.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 12, 2013
    Breakfast sandwiches on EVERYTHING croissants - what could be better? The ham, egg, and cheese has really raised the bar for us.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    thun·der·boltˈTHəndərˌbōlt/noun, fresh lemonade w/ a shot of espresso.
  • Sascha P.
    Sascha PohfleppAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The 'Thunderbolt', two drinks in one!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FitzgeraldAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The thunderbolt (lemonade+espresso) sounds like a crazy Frankendrink, but it's remarkably delicious.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 13, 2013
    Fresh baked goods, delicious sandwiches, and a solid coffee regime via Counter Culture Coffee from this Seersucker offshoot.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoffmanAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a Thunderbolt. Straight from Zeus' hand, this iced concoction combines fresh squeezed lemonade and a shot of single-origin espresso. Zap!
  • Anthony K.
    Anthony KorkhinAugust 1, 2013
    Some of the best croissants ever!
  • Anne A.
    Anne AretzJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Mason jar iced coffee to stay! My favorite thing if you can snag a tiny table...
  • Borahm C.
    Borahm ChoJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Thunderbolt!!!! Fresh lemon with espresso....soooooo gooods. The Cronut of coffee
  • Jim 🌮 C.
    Jim 🌮 CrewsJune 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    You must get the Thunderbolt
  • Kit I.
    Kit InguiJune 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best iced latte in the area. There are a lot of good ones, but here milk, ice and espresso become something great.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LindaJune 8, 2013
    Great iced coffee
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 22, 2013
    They may be focused a little more on food than coffee here, but the shop—whose tiny tables make it feel more Continental chic than library-like—is long on charm.
  • Lara Z.
    Lara ZMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The homemade poptarts, which change up seasonally, are the way to go here (pair perfectly with their excellent latte). They usually incorporate fruits from the Carroll Gardens Farmers Market.
  • Roopa K.
    Roopa KJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The everything croissant rocks. As does pretty much everything else here.
  • christian svanes k.
    christian svanes koldingJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    more than decent espresso drinks. sweet but mind-numbingly slow service that caters to a chatty international mommy brigade that has come to define carroll gardens.
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SchneiderNovember 23, 2012
    Apparently seersucker is owned by the same people and they'll let you use their restroom if need be (canteen doesn't have one).
  • Tim C.
    Tim CreanOctober 25, 2012
    No Gluten-Free eats here at all. Shame.
  • Tim A.
    Tim AtkinsonSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemon poppy muffins are to die for
  • Gabe R.
    Gabe RoseAugust 25, 2012
    The turkey/bacon/everything croissant special is off the chizzain.
  • Mike G.
    Mike GAugust 23, 2012
    Really awesome service here! Very friendly, went above and beyond. Everything I've had here was good, the pop tart, Lemon Poppy seed muffin was killer!
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersAugust 5, 2012
    Fried chicken sandwich featured in NY Mag's 2012 "Best Of" issue.
  • Beau C.
    Beau ColburnAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If they have the fried chicken sandwich, don’t look for anything else.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VandagriffJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I dream about the egg, cheddar and ham on the everything croissant.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KaneJuly 21, 2012
    Turkey Croissant is incredible!
  • Johanna S.
    Johanna SchneiderJuly 3, 2012
    Try the iced coffee!
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast is pretty good but it's slim pickins after 10:30.
  • Thabea T.
    Thabea TaeschnerMay 27, 2012
    Super cute place - typical Brooklyn :)
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkMay 26, 2012
    The farro salad is amazing
  • Casey P.
    Casey PughMay 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Put a cookie in your mouth.
  • Tone B.
    Tone BootsMay 15, 2012
    Cool people, great service, bangin' coffee!
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FranzenApril 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Turkey sandwich is the bomb! Get it now.
  • micah c.
    micah craigApril 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Fried chicken sandwich = killer.
  • Frank M.
    Frank MaguireMarch 19, 2012
    @nymag best of ny - fried chicken sandwich
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergMarch 12, 2012
    More hot sauce.
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    turkey sandwich on everything croissant. Fried-chicken Sandwich.
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    turkey sandwich on everything croissant
  • Casey P.
    Casey PughMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the egg sandwich with Jersey tomato jam. It's the jam.
  • G Scott
    G ScottFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Iced Coffee in Carroll Gardens!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MillerFebruary 12, 2012
    The house made Berkshire sausage breakfast sandwich is outstanding.
  • Laila A.
    Laila AhmadiFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Counter Culture beans and REAL iced coffee. So happy.
  • Neal
    NealJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    basically everything on the menu is great.
  • seersucker b.
    seersucker brooklynDecember 27, 2011
    Our Mayor's offer is live!
  • Pierre A.
    Pierre AlexandreNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy baby time around 8 on sunday
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HaasNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip the sausage & egg English muffin and get one of the pastries instead.
  • DJ TREATS
    DJ TREATSNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Good turkey sandwich indeed. The mayo can be a heaping portion--two occasions for me. So brace yourself to be full.
  • Greta H.
    Greta H.September 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Canteen does a badass muffin with seasonal fruit.
  • Nicci H.
    Nicci HubertSeptember 22, 2011
    Amazing fried chicken salad and snowcap cookies.
  • Yael F.
    Yael FeinermanSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come Sunday mornings and grab a coffee for the Greenmarket- Warning - that little cookie they give you while you're waiting for your biscuit is not an amuse bouche - that's your biscuit
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RalloSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Beware there are no substitutions - even of bread.
  • Vanessa K.
    Vanessa KinzerSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the homemade pop tarts.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RalloAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The turkey sandwich with home brined buttermilk turkey, housemade sage mayo with bacon on an everything croissant is amazing.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PattersonAugust 22, 2011
    Ask them to cut your sandwich in half. They usually don't otherwise.
  • Anna P.
    Anna PerelshteynAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When they have the duck confit, eat it. You'll thank me.
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica EthAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Grab a cheddar scallion scone and the lemon poppy seed muffin and wait for happiness
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 21, 2011
    If you haven't had the turkey sandwich here, you're missing out: buttermilk-brined bird, house-made sage mayo, plus bacon on a house-made croissant. Featured in Cheap Eats 2011! Read more
  • Chad P.
    Chad PughJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    You gotta try the homemade pop tarts
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherJune 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Excellent Arnold Palmer
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