Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

The Smith

55 Third Ave. (E. Tenth St.) Send to Phone
212420-9800 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Pub grub for co-eds in NYU territory.

Lunch & Dinner daily
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

* Click here for rating key

The Smith Restaurant Review

: Glen Harris and Jeffrey Lefcourt keep things simple with their projects, presumably why they chose to follow up Jane in the West Village with The Smith. The space, on a rather desolate stretch of Third Avenue last occupied by a Pizzeria Uno and flanked by two NYU dorms, is similarly anonymous inside, where black and white tile and banquettes predominate. Between the students and the acoustics, it makes for a raucous environment fueled by a selection of specialty cocktails like the Traveling Brit (made with gin and Pernod) and the Moscow Mule (ginger beer and vodka with lime). There’s also a smattering of microbrews on tap and a decent wine list, improved by the quantity of the huge carafes. Appetizers range from a delicate Alsatian pizza, topped with bacon, onions and crema to healthier fare like a slightly overdressed string bean salad. Entrées are scaled to feed a hungry undergraduate. The thick pork chop with apples, chipotle onions and fennel is enough for at least two. The Parmesan-crusted lamb schnitzel with mashed potatoes, however, is less than the sum of its parts, and is a disappointment, especially compared to the flavorful steak salad with endive and goat cheese. In short, the kitchen turns out crowd-pleasers that are just the kind of blotter a diner would want after several strong cocktails.
Check out hip and new NYC restaurants to try right now
New & Hip NYC Restaurants

Check out what's new and trendy on NYC's dining scene with GAYOT's list of restaurants to try right now.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.