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Posted by Upstater on 02/08/2009
We dined at B Smith's tonight - a party of four. We dined from the Prixe Fixe menu as it seemed a very good value at $32 per person. The meatloaf and chicken dishes were good - not spectacular, by any means. The appetizers, especially the black-eyed peas with greens were outrageously yummy. The bread pudding and chocolate mousse as finishers were delightful as well. However, the plantain-wrapped salmon was unappetizing - reminiscent of many plates of poor hotel salmon we've sampled in the past. The ambience was great - the food was average with a few standouts - and the service was marvelous. We won't be rushing back - but if you want an affordable, good, hearty meal before the theater - avoid the salmon - but try out their prixe fixe menu.
Posted by anonymous on 01/23/2009
We went tonight (1/23/09) and had a great evening out. We shared the salad for an appetizer, I had the lobster ravioli and my husband had the steak. The waiter told us that the beef was from upstate new york. We liked that he 1) knew where it was from, and 2) it was local beef. The steak and mashed potatoes was beautifully presented and my ravioli was heavy but good. This is NOT health food, but we weren't expecting that. For dessert we had the profiteroles which were okay. We each had $15 flight of wine with our courses which was a total bargain and I was a little tipsy by the time we left due to their generous servings. The wines were all good, too. This is a great place for a special date.
Posted by Samantha on 08/18/2008
My husband and I live in the area and eat out/order in 4 of 7 nights. I am a member of many of the restaurant review websites and boy do I wish I'd read a few before we decided to go here. Just happened to be out for a stroll and thought we'd give it a whirl. I ordered the Saigon Shrimp Rolls to start. The previous review was spot on as they probably came straight out of the freezer. I think they then threw then in a deep fat fryer because they were greasy on the outside and cold on the inside. My husband had the Southern Fried Chicken - bland and greasy - not necessarily in that order. Tried the mac and cheese - average. There are many restaurants in Manhattan that serve these dishes that are significantly higher quality for a quarter of the cost. Our server came to ask how things were with a look of apprehension. I got the impression it's something he has to ask but wishes he didn't. There are restaurants every two steps in this part of town. Do not waste your time and money with this one.
Posted by Brooklyngirl on 07/10/2008
I went to B.Smith's this week with a group of friends that were eagerly looking forward to a quality meal. The appetizers were something straight out of the frozen food section of your local supermarket that was served with dipping sauce that could have come out of a small plastic tube from any chinese take out place. Our table ordered everything from pasta,fish, chicken and ribs and none of us thought any of our food had any taste. In fact, the free range chicken I ordered had zero taste and had the consistance of rubber. Needless to say I left 90 percent of it on my plate and ate the frozen snap peas and a few fork fulls of the not so homemade mash potatoes. One of my friends wanted to do the real southern bbq ribs and cornbread on the side and was really disappointed to find the ribs done up in some sort of bland bbq sauce that tasted like Kraft. YUCK!!!! Nothing like real southern cooking. Very deceptive. The advertised cornbread that came with the meal was really a corn muffin that I could have come right out of the jiffy boxed mix. The kicker was the price tag at the end of the night ....so expensive for a meal whose quality was on par with Boston Market. I would never go back. I think B. Smith needs to check in on her restaurant, I would never lend my name to something so sub par.
Posted by Jan S on 04/26/2008
Went here on 4/23/08 with two friends. We waited 50 minutes to be served food that arrived cold. They charge$4 for iced tea, $4,50 for a ginger ale, and $3.50 for a cup of coffee. Meat loaf was good in the past - no longer on menu. Certainly not the restaurant that I had visited in years past. Please B. Smith check on what's going on at your place. Where is the good southern cooking? Most other diners experienced the same long wait. Won't be coming back. Why the outrageous prices for non alcoholic beverages that come without refills?
Posted by SouthernGuy on 02/13/2008
I've been to B Smith's several times. Always had good service in this beautiful dining room. I don't mind forking over money for a good meal, but this place is no bargain. The food is good, but not great. And for what they charge for fried chicken you expect spectacular. The service has always been attentive and good overall. But what comes on the plates definitely need improving.
Posted by JB on 02/10/2008
As part of a group of 11, I went to B. Smith's restaurant in Manhattan on Saturday, February, 9th. I was truly impressed by the warm ambiance, upscale decor, and crisp place settings. The servers were professional and friendly, and met all of our needs. My mouth watered as I read the details of each entree. I knew after what I'd seen so far, and knowing about the success of B. Smith, it promised to be a decadent meal. For starters, a wedge of cold hard bread was served, without butter. My friend and I picked at it. It just didn't look appetizing. I would have much preferred warm rolls, corn bread, or biscuits more fitting of the cuisine. I ordered the ribs, and another friend ordered fried chicken. I didn't taste my friend's chicken, but she complained that it wasn't well seasoned. My ribs tasted as if they'd been tossed in an oven, with BBQ sauce from a jar poured over them. There was no seasoning on them. There was a scant amount of cheese, in my friend's macaroni and cheese (which I tasted) They were bland, as well as her mashed sweet potatoes. These are major meals in soul food, that any good cook knows they should be well seasoned. Sadly, my onion rings were bland and disappointing as well, though the texture and presentation were good. I picked at my meal, at a small portion of it, and didn't bother to have the rest bagged. B, I implore you to visit your restaurants yourself on a regular basis, and sample what they're cooking. I can't believe you'd want this stuff to pass as good soul food. It definitely wasn't representative of food our mothers and grandmothers would cook. Even if you're going for soul fusion, or something with a gourmet spin, you've missed the mark by miles. There were only 2 people who said that their food was 'o.k.', and they ordered the catfish. Keep the servers, and decor, but delete the cooking staff, or retrain them. Please start from scratch in that area.