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Posted by Ben Sloan on 12/10/2013
What a disappointment. Obviously everything comes from the freezer. I usually scope out a restaurant before hosting friends or recommending so I came here expecting nothing but what I read on the reviews. Again, What a disappointment. Is it because I was a single or because I sat at the bar or that it was a Monday and the staff was exhausted from the weekend? Ordered the calamari asking for it crisp. Obviously that was not possible as it came out like on a conveyor belt. And with the most awful marinara sauce. No flavor and no spice as was the breading, almost dried up from sitting on the line. And you can tell the calamari was frozen because it was lacking the tentacles and no texture. And everyone knows if you put the sauce on the calamari that it is a soggy mess and not crispy by the time it is served. And the Ahi Tuna Salad had more dressing on the green than I could tolerate so I left an expensive salad to be tossed again but this time in the trash. The greens were 90% of the bowl. And learn what goes with tuna, how to prepare it and don't just think because you have a head of mixed greens and some cut up olives and canned peppers underneath it makes a big salad. $23 for the salad. Please get a Chef to teach the cooks how to prepare food. Even on a Monday. I had to ask for a second cup of coffee and the drinks were under poured. Ordered a Sambuca and would it have hurt the bartender to even consider putting a couple coffee beans in it. All this for close to a hundred dollars including tip. It would have been acceptable if anyone would have even asked if I liked my meal. But no one cared enough to ask. Maybe I should have just order a burger for $17. I guess even a line cook can make a burger.
Posted by UWS Story on 09/19/2013
I have visited The Smith numerous times on the UWS and have not had a bad experience. The menu is diverse and has something for every one, not to mention, fabulous cocktails. The atmosphere is definitely social, but I have never experienced a problem hearing my guests. My only complaint is that the bar area is always jam-packed. I would love to just sit at the bar and have a drink, but it's always too crowded. Highly recommend the chips with blue cheese, steak salad, ahi tuna salad and orecchiette.
Posted by Roy M on 03/28/2013
The restaurant is so loud we could hardly hear each other across the table making for a very undesirable evening. As for the food, it was less than ordinary. We both left half our meals on the plate. People at neighboring tables felt the same. Will never go back. This was at the Lincoln Center location.
Posted by UWSer on 02/20/2013
Last night I met a friend for dinner here. It was my first time at The Smith, my friend's second time. I arrived a few minutes early and was seated in the front section of the restaurant. It was so loud that I was going to suggest to my friend that we leave for another restaurant where we might actually have a conversation without screaming to be heard. She agreed it was way too loud and said that last time she was seated in the back room and it was quieter. The host accommodated our request to be relocated to the back. It was definitely quieter and tolerable. We both liked our entrees very much (pressed chicken and the orrechiette pasta) and found the service to be very attentive and the server pleasant and helpful. I hope the owners can find a way to lower the din as everything else was very good.