The Smile

The Smile

American Restaurant, Café, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
NoHo, New York
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  • Sarah P.
    "Baked eggs & avocado is hands-down the best dish on the brunch menu"(22 Tips)
    Breanne T.
    "manouri cheese and fig sandwich"(6 Tips)
    Hadley H.
    "Can't go wrong with the sweet potato hash or the Dutch pancake."(8 Tips)
    Kelsey L.
    "It can't be said enough: the roast beef sandwich is amazing"(16 Tips)
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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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 23
    The crazy-dense Peanut Butter and Jelly is The Smile's best cookie, filled with coarsely ground nuts, actual peanut butter, and pockets of sticky strawberry jam. Read more
  • 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 Jul 7
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mary Ann Dizon R.
    Love the ambience of this charming (rustic chic) restaurant. Perfect for a date night or a group dinner. What to get: Garlic poached Atlantic Salmon, it's flaky and delicious!
  • 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.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 24, 2016
    Granola, Greek yogurt, dried fruit & berries $9 small but good & not too sweet. Hipster service is less great.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 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.
  • 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 🍪!
  • 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!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChaiDecember 30, 2015
    Quinoa & lentils with collard greens and runny egg. Added chicken and avocado. Yummy, healthy, totally satisfying
  • Jordi L.
    Quiet, cosy and good food. I went for branch. Any eggs dish is a good choice, I went for the eggs and avocado. I recommend the fruit salad as a side.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 👌
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessApril 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm not an oatmeal guy but a tip said to try the oatmeal. So I did. Surprisingly good. Still not an oatmeal guy but I would definitely get it again here
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsJune 9, 2015
    This place was great! Amazing service, fantastic appetizers, amazing dessert. Wonderful dinner all around.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 22, 2011
    “Cor, blimey!” Rich and decadent farm fresh British Cuisine in the Lower East Side. You must try the duck fat fries and celery root pie.
  • Panagiota K.
    Loved this place and the bagel with egg & cheese - get bacon on the side as it's super delicious!
  • 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.
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareJuly 26, 2014
    Usually about a 20 minute wait for a table at night. Well worth it! Get the strawberry cocktail.
  • Devonta
    DevontaSeptember 1, 2016
    The ambiance is nice. Nice place to have a light lunch if you're not super hungry. Friendly staff.
  • Amber V.
    Amber VittoriaFebruary 14, 2016
    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.
  • Teen Vogue
    Teen VogueJanuary 3, 2011
    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
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiSeptember 28, 2014
    Rustic space to enjoy for a casual and tasty brunch. Try the Baked Eggs & Avocado.
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionOctober 19, 2014
    Service is really slow but the food is great. The cauliflower crostini and the lamb meatball appetizers were great. Pasta was quite tasty as well.
  • Peter N.
    Peter NMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid place for a business lunch or just to take it easy. Get the roast beef and keep an eye out for Terry Richardson getting skeevy with the ladies.
  • Alexandra B.
    Alexandra BacchusJuly 28, 2016
    Tasting menu is served family style which was a great part of the dinner party I had in the wine cellar. Food out of this world
  • Joanne R.
    Joanne ReinardAugust 19, 2016
    Even though the staff has troubles with smiling, the food is great and tastes delicious! Reasonable price and big portions, yummy! A
  • Daniel
    DanielOctober 12, 2015
    Awesome Sandwich. Ask for the fig with truffle oil. Very charming and cozy place
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WMarch 28, 2016
    Ran into this place by chance while looking for lunch. CUTE staff, cozy and warm interior, and solid, but not heavy or oversized sandwiches!
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 27, 2010
    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
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengApril 27, 2015
    Eggs and steak are good, almost no vegan options, but vegetarian friendly! Love the atmosphere
  • Isaac R.
    Isaac RadnitzerJune 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place, the steak and eggs is incredible AND it's good value!! Plus you can get bottomless coffee for $3
  • Nate B.
    Terrific dinner - the lamb was perfectly cooked. Highly recommended. With a group of 6, request the table tucked in the back
  • Jen D.
    Jen DJuly 18, 2015
    The trio of dips is awesome and left me wondering about the flavor combo
  • Lior Y.
    Lior YanayMarch 26, 2016
    The coffee is always a hit. Try the Baked Eggs & Avocado, which is their version for Shakshuka. Very good and mildly spicy.
  • Anechka M.
    Great breakfast option, I followed the advice and ordered baked eggs - no regrets! Plus you can get a table quite quickly
  • Amy
    AmyDecember 21, 2010
    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!
  • Leo N.
    Leo N-BAugust 23, 2015
    The cauliflower crumble starter is big enough for two to share. You should do that, because it's absolutely amazing.
  • Ece Ö.
    Ece ÖncüJuly 8, 2013
    For breakfast, highly recommend steel cut oatmeal with coconut milk, dried currants and fresh berries! Yummy and filling.
  • Jillian
    JillianFebruary 21
    A muffin and scrambled eggs breakfast is my go to. Light and satisfying. Frequent celeb + model spottings are an added bonus
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah P.February 20, 2016
    Baked eggs & avocado is hands-down the best dish on the brunch menu
  • Anja H.
    Anja HarrisMay 8, 2016
    Excellent food! The space is big, so even on the weekends you'll be able to fit a group without feeling crowded.
  • Moss O.
    The chicken is paired perfectly with slightly sweet pears and a za'atar infused butter.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaggioJanuary 26
    Delicious dinner menu. Flatbread with goat cheese and mushrooms was A+. Roast Harissa chicken was great too.
  • Reserve
    ReserveMarch 17, 2016
    Cozy, vegetable-forward spot The Smile boasts a charming, warm ambience with dim lighting, dark wood and lots of exposed brick. Read more
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EllisJuly 18, 2014
    The Harissa honey-roasted chicken sandwich is really tasty -- better than another solid option, the roast beef, in my opinion
  • Willem V.
    Willem Van LanckerAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a quiet breakfast or brunch. Get the Harissa chicken sandwich with a salad and cold brew.
  • Maleeha
    MaleehaApril 26, 2010
    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.
  • Steven H.
    Steven HassallNovember 7, 2014
    Warm and intimate restaurant with friendly staff, interesting options on the menu but the food and drinks are over priced
  • Monti B.
    Monti BraySeptember 3, 2014
    Delicious cute and quaint. Great for a reasonable lunch spot and some possible celeb sitings (so I hear).
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseMay 18, 2015
    One of my new favorite restaurants in NYC. Obsessed with the ambiance and food. Got the buckwheat waffle - the perfect sweet breakfast.
  • Colin C.
    Colin CaseyJanuary 14, 2016
    Glad I chose the Harissa chicken sandwich over the roast beef. Make sure to use the pickles they put on the side.
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineAugust 26, 2014
    Great little sandwiches and salads but pricey for the portions. Go for weekday lunch -- brunch is a zoo on the weekends.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MillerJanuary 20, 2016
    Good spot for a casual, somewhat healthy meal. Won't knock your socks off, but also won't disappoint.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MustoMarch 11, 2013
    Steak and eggs with sweet potato hash is both delicious and paleo-friendly. Bloody Mary is friendlier though...
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SerratoreFebruary 3, 2016
    French breakfast tea was delicious and definitely worth trying. Even without milk it was a flavorful black tea.
  • Eloise E.
    My favourite breakfast/brunch place in NYC. Scrambled eggs & sourdough toast is a must. Cosy basement cafe.
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterDecember 15, 2009
    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.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MillerAugust 5, 2016
    Delicious healthy food, great for brunch. The Bloody Mary is very meh though.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LeVineSeptember 27, 2012
    Try the Roast Beef Sandwich - Fresh and tasty. As good as any true deli Roast Beef sandwich or better.
    Downvoted 1 day ago
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsApril 24, 2015
    Space can be a bit loud but otherwise nice. Food was good overall. Enjoyed the celery root and cauliflower crumble.
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