The Smile

The Smile

(Now Closed)
Café, American Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
NoHo, New York
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  • Monica S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    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).
  • Elyse E.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Rafi S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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!
  • Jacob F.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • angela g.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Joury I.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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!
  • EArchitectheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 24, 2016
    Granola, Greek yogurt, dried fruit & berries $9 small but good & not too sweet. Hipster service is less great.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 23, 2017
    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
  • Lauren D.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Caroline S.heart icon on user image
    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 🍪!
  • 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
  • Vineet S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Nicoleheart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jordi L.heart icon on user image
    Jordi LlobetJune 6, 2017
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Melissa C.heart icon on user image
    Melissa ChaiDecember 30, 2015
    Quinoa & lentils with collard greens and runny egg. Added chicken and avocado. Yummy, healthy, totally satisfying
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ 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.
  • 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.
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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 👌
  • ᴡ B.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ BNovember 7, 2015
    Really cute place for breakfast and brunch. You can grab a cocktail and sit outside near the entrance too!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Morgan P.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Tylerheart icon on user image
    TylerMay 18, 2018
    Tasty mezcal cocktails and excellent vegetarian options with a tasteful, unpretentious decor. Next to the Gene Frankel Theatre.
  • Benazir M.heart icon on user image
    Benazir MartinezDecember 29, 2018
    It was a very nice place and the food was delicious. Felt a bit rushed at the end even though the place was some what empty and nobody was waiting for a table.
  • Christine W.heart icon on user image
    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!!
  • Kathryn P.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn PhillipsJune 9, 2015
    This place was great! Amazing service, fantastic appetizers, amazing dessert. Wonderful dinner all around.
  • Alexandra B.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy ChenJuly 6, 2015
    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.
  • Lior Y.heart icon on user image
    Lior YanayMarch 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The coffee is always a hit. Try the Baked Eggs & Avocado, which is their version for Shakshuka. Very good and mildly spicy.
  • Pheart icon on user image
    PJune 12, 2017
    Loved this place and the bagel with egg & cheese - get bacon on the side as it's super delicious!
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