The Smile

Café / Market / Restaurant
The Smile The Smile in New York's NoHo is a rustic Cafe/restaurant with vintage flare & very artsy vibes. Find out where the cool kids are hiding in NYC with Party Earth. New York United States 40.7264294441746 -73.9935582876205
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The Smile - Café | Market | Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review An underground blend of coffee shop, restaurant, and specialty market pedaling everything from mopeds to shaving kits, The Smile attracts hordes of seasoned screenwriters and wannabe Oscar nominees in need of a place to... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    4, 6: Bleecker Street / Lafayette Street; B, D, F, M: Broadway-Lafayette Street / Houston Street

  • Phone:

    646-329-5836

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  • Hours:

    M–F 8am–midnight, Sa–Su 10am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Smile Review

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The Smile in New York's NoHo is a rustic Cafe/restaurant with vintage flare & very artsy vibes. Find out where the cool kids are hiding in NYC with Party Earth.

An underground blend of coffee shop, restaurant, and specialty market pedaling everything from mopeds to shaving kits, The Smile attracts hordes of seasoned screenwriters and wannabe Oscar nominees in need of a place to dish over brie baguettes and café au lait.

Tucked away beneath Bond Street, the venue features a rustic décor that kindles a cool cabin feel. Everything is antique, from the vintage coffee machine and bulbous cookie jars plopped on the wooden counter to the wagon-wheel chandelier and the cans of old-fashioned tomato sauce lining the shelves in the brick-walled dining room.

Daytime hours find Noho’s hipcats escaping the nearby insanity of Broadway by taking shelter at the worn wooden tables, where they relish the small menu of Nouveau American food like ham Gruyère sandwiches, roasted chicken, and baked eggs with crushed tomatoes.

Various sundries strewn about the front of the room are all for sale, though the date-night couples and chill groups of creative pals who pack in for dinner aren’t there to shop, but rather to feast on lamb meatballs or roasted eggplant caponata, and more than likely to sip French wine before venturing out to rowdier prospects.

A staple for artsy types, The Smile makes for a pleasant destination to catch up with friends, meet a special someone, or write the next great American novel, preferably all over a plate of warm chocolate brownies for dessert.

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Tip from Jonah:

Check out The Smile’s Twitter feed to find out about their daily specials. And if you love their food but are in a rush, head on over to 22 Howard Street to visit their strictly to-go location – called, aptly enough, Smile To Go.

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, screenwriters, actors, artists, lumberjack lookalikes, groups of creative friends, boho couples on dates, early 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    N/A.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of Nouveau American cuisine includes lamb meatballs, roasted chicken, baked cod, and pork sausages. Brunch menu on weekends. Breakfast served until 4:30pm.

    Random assortment of goods for sale, including a Vortex moped, shaving kits, and knitting templates.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $10–$13, appetizers $8–$13, entrées $14–$19. Beer $6–$8, wine $10–$12, cocktails $12–$15.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hippity hoppity hipster: vests, flannel, skinny jeans, knit caps, more flannel, thick beards, maxi skirts, high-waisted shorts, cutout dresses, backless rompers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday through Saturday nights for a lively dinner with the hippest locals in town.

  • Close By

    Von (3 Bleecker Street) is another rustic but refined NoHo spot with a similar crowd and a heavy focus on wine.

The Smile User Reviews

Average rating:
Brunch...yum!
Sydnie S. Dec 2, 2012
I always come here when I am in the area for a great brunch! Their eggs, sandwiches, and breakfast items are always delicious! In addition, they serve a pretty great cup of coffee. This underground cafe is perfect if you're in the mood to sit and chat with friends. They always have some little random items for sale here, which is adorable! You can get breakfast here until 4:30, which is perfect if you're in the mood for an omelette later on in the day! This trendy underground cafe has everything!
Absolute Favorite!
Cera C. Dec 1, 2012
This is my absolute favorite restaurant in downtown, I ate there practically every day this summer. The grilled vegetable plate with the homemade ricotta and fried egg is to die for. The dark chocolate and sea salt cookies... I cannot even begin to describe how amazing they are. The sandwiches and toasts are absurdly good also as is their breakfast egg sandwich. The lamb meat balls are also extremely tasty. You basically can't go wrong and everything is considerably well priced. Also be sure to try their cocktails!
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Lauren A. Oct 1, 2012
Fresh seasonal items galore - try the cheese and fig sandwich, warm chocolate and brie on baguette or banana cardamon loaf...great granola too!
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