The Smile

The Smile

American Restaurant, Café, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
NoHo, New York
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  • Monica S.
    Monica SumaFebruary 5, 2014
    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.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 16, 2015
    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
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMarch 16, 2015
    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).
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AframOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    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!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 24, 2013
    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.
  • Uranium T.
    Uranium TVJanuary 6, 2014
    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!
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedSeptember 11, 2012
    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.
  • Catarina
    CatarinaJuly 1, 2014
    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!
  • Evan
    EvanApril 24, 2013
    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!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DOctober 24, 2012
    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!
  • 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.
  • Barker B.
    Barker BlackMay 18, 2012
    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.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacAugust 18, 2015
    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.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniOctober 27, 2014
    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.
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 9, 2012
    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
  • angela g.
    angela gaylorMay 1, 2015
    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!
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FordNovember 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the goat cheese. No insult to the cheese, but the immaculate crispysoft crustbread which accompanies it is the highlight. As for the cheese: perfectly proportioned with what tops it.
  • EArchitect
    EArchitectApril 11, 2016
    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.
    Upvoted Jan 23
  • David P.
    David PFebruary 17, 2013
    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
  • Joury I.
    Joury IbrahimNovember 5, 2016
    The place is super cozy! Kind of places that you go to with a friend you haven't seen in years and never stop talking! The staff are great. The scrambled eggs are average
  • Omar A.
    Omar AhmadDecember 7, 2014
    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.
  • Marc E.
    Marc EApril 3, 2014
    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"
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • TOWN&COUNTRY
    TOWN&COUNTRYNovember 10, 2011
    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.
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 11, 2016
    "I always appreciate that The Smile has a solid dessert selection, but I always find myself opting for the chocolate chip & sea salt cookies" - Audrey Gingras, founder - Archetype Showroom Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 22, 2011
    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.
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaMay 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PelayoApril 30, 2012
    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!
  • Chao
    ChaoMarch 18, 2012
    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!
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisMarch 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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 🍪!
  • Percolate
    PercolateApril 14, 2012
    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?
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahJuly 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There's no cell service inside, so I hope you read about how good the Harissa Honey Roasted Chicken Breast sandwich is before you got there.
  • Nicole
    NicoleSeptember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurAugust 13, 2014
    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 👌
  • Narendra Singh P.
    Narendra Singh PlahaSeptember 26, 2016
    Good low key basement restaurant. The staffs are helpful and attentive. The food is delicious the balsamic chicken has great flavor and seasoned well and balanced.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WongOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!!
  • Luis Oscar B.
    Luis Oscar BNovember 7, 2015
    Really cute place for breakfast and brunch. You can grab a cocktail and sit outside near the entrance too!
  • 99U
    99UApril 22, 2014
    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
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    For brunch, get the sweet potato biscuits to share. Then order the baked eggs in tomato sauce with avocado and manchego cheese. So good!
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanMarch 28, 2015
    The best steak and eggs I've ever had. Steak is tender, it's mixed together with the over easy eggs, and comes with finely chopped sweet potato hash.
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingOctober 23, 2016
    Baked eggs is obviously amazing on its own but gets even better by tasting it with slices of avocado. It's a must order.
  • Alexandra D.
    Alexandra DoucetteApril 30, 2015
    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.
  • 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
  • Kimberely C.
    Kimberely ChengSeptember 16, 2011
    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.
  • Wyngspan T.
    Wyngspan TeamJanuary 14, 2014
    The downstairs room is perfect for private parties. Order the cheese plate and don't pass on dessert. Trust us, you won't regret (or soon forget) it.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsJune 9, 2015
    This place was great! Amazing service, fantastic appetizers, amazing dessert. Wonderful dinner all around.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch destination for models & actors makes for a sexy crowd. Exposed brick and simple menu. All on an iconic NYC street. Solid spot.
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