The Smile

The Smile

American Restaurant and Café$$$$
NoHo, New York
  • Sarah P.
    "Baked eggs & avocado is hands-down the best dish on the brunch menu"(19 Tips)
    Michelle K.
    "definitely get the manouri cheese & fig preserves sandwich."(6 Tips)
    Willem V.
    "Get the Harissa chicken sandwich with a salad and cold brew."(5 Tips)
    Kelsey L.
    "It can't be said enough: the roast beef sandwich is amazing"(16 Tips)
342 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • good for dates
  • cozy
  • healthy food
  • breakfast food
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  • Amy C.
    The atmosphere was lovely. Everything on the menu looked pretty unique. I got the steak and roasted grape arugula salad. It was sweet, savory and just all around delicious. A fantastic date location.
    Amy Chen · July 6, 2015
  • Catarina
    Went for the brunch and was delighted - such a cosy space! Got there at 10am and within minutes it was full. The scrambled eggs were perfect and if you have a sweet tooth get the pastry basket!
    Catarina · July 1, 2014
  • Monica S.
    Delightful farm-to-table spot on trendy Bond St that is a lovely combination of cosy and rustic. Go on a midweek afternoon or a Sunday evening and snap the romantic table by the window.
    Monica Suma · February 5, 2014
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    The Bitches Say: A-. It was a pleasant surprise to brunch at a trendy locale at an affordable price. The food hit the spot, although the service was spotty. We left with all smiles! Read more
    Bitches Who Brunch · October 16, 2015
  • Elyse E.
    The food is great paired with the $39 Granacha Cote du Rhone! For dessert try the sea salt chocolate chip cookie with a side of salted caramel ice cream and make your own ice cream sandy! Mmmm
    Elyse Estrada · October 19, 2012
  • EArchitect
    Cozy intimate charming walk down restaurant with a great selection of healthy delicious fare. The Roasted Balsamic Chicken was amazing. I actually had two to satiate my appetite after SoulCycle NoHo.
    EArchitect · April 11
  • Rafi S.
    Persistence is key here, both in getting a table and your food. Once you do, it's worth it. Banana cardamom loaf is a treat; baked eggs with avo are light and have manchego, the world's best cheese.
    Rafi Syed · September 11, 2012
  • Amber V.
    Have been here for brunch and was fantastic. Came for dinner last night and was surprised at the poor service/food. Half our table received their meal 30 min before the other half - food was cold too.
    Amber Vittoria · February 14
  • Lauren M.
    This place is too adorable. Brunch drinks are tasty (mimosa, lemonade, & grapefruit are all good) and the food is appropriately portioned. Try the baked eggs with avocado! Only complaint is weak AC.
    Lauren Mac · August 18, 2015
    The coziest of atmospheres is the perfect place to sup, and sip. Brunch on sweet potato biscuits and frothed-up mochas; share sandwiches (harissa honey chicken, truffle oil fig cheese) for dinner.
    TOWN&COUNTRY · November 10, 2011
  • Tim V.
    One of the most amazing spaces in NY: The original kitchen of an early-19th-c Bond St mansion, lovingly restored. Check out the two massive, original cooking hearths on the E wall near the rear.
    Tim Vetter · December 15, 2009
  • Barker B.
    Ideal for coffee or an afternoon bite but serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, this place is perfect for a date and has an incredible wine list if you want to switch up your daily scotch routine.
    Barker Black · May 18, 2012
  • David P.
    Great spot. Started with the marinated goat cheese and the lamb meatballs - both were amazing. We also had the balsamic chicken and the brisket. Dishes are basic but delicious. try the hibiscus marg
    David P · February 17, 2013
  • Lauren D.
    Nice waitstaff! Waitress let me try the alch before committing to it in a cocktail(forgot name). Had the goats cheese appetizers & hangar steak w/ mash-sweet potatoes w/ thyme- delicious! Recommend!
    Lauren D · October 24, 2012
  • Evan
    Stay away from cocktails here; wine and beer are better. You can't go wrong with anything vegetable-centric - salads and daily crostini especially. Get a salted chocolate chip cookie for dessert!
    Evan · April 24, 2013
  • Brian P.
    Personally I think they toast their sandwich breads a little too much--difficult to eat and the roof of my mouth is now pretty rough. But I've been here for Thanksgiving and it was amazing!
    Brian Pelayo · April 30, 2012
  • Uranium T.
    Dinner is simply put: amazing! Carrot Soup, lamb meatballs and pasta are all very tasty. Service is great and their cookies and milk are off the charts!
    Uranium TV · January 6, 2014
  • Maleeha
    Perfect spot for a cold, rainy day. The decor is amazing and the Baguette French toast is yummy. Portions are the perfect size. They also get bonus points for carrying Mariage Freres teas.
    Maleeha · April 26, 2010
  • Percolate
    Another local breakfast spot for our old office, the best thing about The Smile is the feel of the place and simplicity of the breakfast. Where else can you order baguette with brie and jam?
    Percolate · April 14, 2012
  • Andrew A.
    A favorite brunch spot, but come early because they don't take brunch reservations and it fills up fast! Try the egg sandwich or the steak and eggs. The bloody Mary is perfect!
    Andrew Afram · October 13, 2014
  • Kimberely C.
    Cheese and apple with truffle oil was beyond delicious but give up trying to look cute and ladylike while eating it. That toasted sourdough is a bitch to bite through. Not a conversation sandwich.
    Kimberely Cheng · September 16, 2011
  • Alexandra D.
    Cute lil spot! Nice menu.. Not sure if it's farm-to-table, but it certainly seems and tastes like it. The staff isn't as friendly as the name might imply, but hey, can't win em all.
    Alexandra Doucette · April 30, 2015
  • Victoria N.
    Went for brunch. Had a really long wait, but totally worth it. The food was great and inexpensive and I loved the rustic decor and overall feel of this place. Cozy neighborhood spot.
    Victoria Natenzon · May 3, 2014
  • Omar A.
    I came here for a sandwich, which was great (egg with salmon on multigrain), but that coffee...probably one of the best brewed coffees I've had in the area...sorry La Colombe.
    Omar Ahmad · December 7, 2014
  • Eleonora C.
    The ambient is very dark and the staff is not very kind. We had to wait 45 minutes standing only because 1 person was late." You cannot sit down at the table without all ur friends". Good the bagel
    Eleonora Carisi · February 23, 2015
  • Kazem E.
    This place has the dumbest name of any restaurant/bar that I've been to in NYC. However, it's a really nice place to visit, with great service and food. The cocktails are decent.
    Kazem Edmond · September 12, 2014
  • Teen Vogue
    This rustic café-cum-general store is the go-to hangout among my closest friends, thanks to the warm service; cozy environs; and fresh, colorful food. —Julia Frakes, fashion blogger
    Teen Vogue · January 3, 2011
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Don't be intimidated by GQ magazine's labeling of The Smile as "The White-Hot Center of New York Cool." This basement cafe is welcoming and casual. Try the roast-beef sandwich ($11.50). Read more
    The Wall Street Journal · August 24, 2010
  • Serious Eats
    Comfy neighborhood cafe by morning, quick lunch spot by afternoon, scene-y hangout at night. Fresh, well-cooked food that's healthier (and tastier) than many surrounding options.
    Serious Eats · September 24, 2013
  • Chao
    Go for the people watching, simple & healthy dishes, and ambiance. Mint sugar snap peas and balsamic roast chicken are my favorites. Coffee and pastries (from Balthazar?) are also great!
    Chao · March 18, 2012
  • Nicole
    Beautiful place, friendly staff that seated us with the disclaimer that it could be a squeeze. It was great! Salads, sandwiches, biscuits, cappuccinos all got rave reviews, without breaking the bank.
    Nicole · September 3, 2015
  • Deepak S.
    Tucked away in NoHo, this cute spot offers a light atmosphere with small lunches that do well for an intimate setting, a small group or a general catch-up with an old friend.
    Deepak Shrivastava · May 7, 2014
  • hui j.
    if you are not hungry and want some cozy atmosphere with friends, this is the place. The plate is overall TINY, food is ok, though the French toast tastes good but not enough to share.:(
    hui jia · January 17
  • angela g.
    Lovely dinner! We made a meal out of the different vegetarian sides and apps, and it was filling, and delicious. Get the cauliflower shortbread, and the Haricots Verts!
    angela gaylor · May 1, 2015
  • The Corcoran Group
    Cozy and rustic restaurant that will put a smile on your face on even the rainiest of days. This is especially true when you’re dining on an order of the Moroccan Lamb meatballs.
    The Corcoran Group · July 22, 2011
  • Kyle B.
    Perfect place to warm up on a rainy afternoon. The roast beef sandwich is a delicious lunch option, and don't skip the sea salt chocolate chip cookies for dessert!
    Kyle Bye · October 15, 2015
  • Kevin S.
    Steak & eggs was amazing: roast exactly how my grandma makes it, and the sweet potato hash is fantastic. Also loved the thick cut bacon. This is one of my new favorite places.
    Kevin Skobac · November 18, 2012
  • Vevant
    The warm brick walls, rustic wood ceiling, vintage lights, rustic antique chandeliers and the beautiful, mid 19th Century fireplaces all add up to a warm and welcoming environment. Read more
    Vevant · April 23, 2010
  • nymag
    Try the harissa honey-roasted chicken sandwich. It comes with sweet roasted peppers, melted manchego, and preserved-lemon mayo, and is one of our 101 Best Sandwiches in NY. Read more
    nymag · July 27, 2010
  • Cole K.
    The Harissa honey roasted chicken sandwich is super delicious, and is served on a warm, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside baguette. Get it (and don't forget the pickles).
    Cole Kennedy · March 16, 2015
  • Perri S.
    I'm not kidding when I say their bacon is the best bacon I've ever had. I usually don't order oatmeal out but it is phenomenal here.
    Perri Silver · February 26, 2015
  • Caroline R.
    Great lunch spot with lots of healthy options like the quinoa bowl with a poached egg and the steak salad. Also love the sea salt cookie for the table for dessert 🍪!
    Caroline Rubin · March 19
  • Amy
    This small, quaint place is definitely a nice pick for lunch. The only thing friendlier then their atmosphere is their manouri cheese & fig sandwich. One bite and you're in heaven!
    Amy · December 21, 2010
  • Chet M.
    Get the Baguette French Toast with real NY syrup for brunch. Lovely trendy cafe in a basement off Bond. By the famous building with the gold dancers on the facade.
    Chet Mancini · October 27, 2014
  • Frank R.
    Easy to miss, but a great spot for lunch with lots of charm and character. Roast beef with horseradish was excellent! I'll be back... (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Frank Rimalovski · March 31, 2012
  • 99U
    This Noho restaurant and general store offers delicious, reasonably priced fare in a super-cozy setting. Mon-Fri: 8am-11pm | Sat: 10am-11pm | Sun: 10am-10pm
    99U · April 22, 2014
  • Margot M.
    Delicious food and a great environment. The tomato salad and roasted potatoes are great. Get small plates and call it an evening. Also, mezcal float 4eva 👌
    Margot Mazur · August 13, 2014
  • LogoTV
    Great coffee, cute hipster staff & always a celebrity sighting. The granola is special. I sit by the window. Keep my table open. - Marc Sinoway, Hunting Season
    LogoTV · October 9, 2012
  • Christine W.
    The bacon is the most delicious bacon I've ever had. The servers are also really friendly, and the atmosphere is so relaxing. Highly recommended for breakfast!!
    Christine Wong · October 5, 2013
  • Marc E.
    Tasting Table Choc Chip Cookie List: "A little sea salt goes a long way at this Noho café. Melia Marden puts a little crunch in each bite, nicely accentuating the slightly bitter chocolate chunks"
    Marc E · April 3, 2014
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