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Posted by ehub on 03/11/2015
God awful! More an abbatoir than a restaurant - walls and floors of tile, thus diabolically noisy (I felt sorty for the waitstaff working in such a noisy place). The room was dark, yet their menu was printed white on black in a hard-to-read font. And the food was not very good - why do they smother the calamari in sauce, instead of putting it on the side? The Mediterranean salad was ok, but the waitress forgot to tell my husband that the smaller version of that salad was not available with chicken.... In general, a most unpleasant experience!
Posted by Barbara on 11/30/2014
We all enjoyed the food (I had bimbinbop), but the place was so noisy that we ate as fast as we could and ran. Who covers restaurant walls in ceramic tile? Huge mistake!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/23/2014
A tourist trap of the first order. We came over after a performance at Lincoln Center. Noisy, disorganized , over priced with mediocre food . A medium rare burger arrived grey with an inedible roll . I can't believe people were actually lined up to get in. Normally I would have just left but there were other people involved so I gutted it out. Very unpleasant experience .
Posted by Food Guy on 04/05/2014
Too loud, over priced and very mediocre. The pasta I ordered was so rich, too salty and swimming in a sauce. My wife's tuna was over peppered but a good quality tuna. If prices were 30-50% cheaper I'd say its a good go to (in a pinch) sort of place but at its price point I would rather finer dining.
Posted by EML on 03/12/2014
Two microscopic pieces of salmon for 25 dollars over some greasy unrecognizable glop. I should have had a wrap at the cafe a few blocks over.What are they thinking?
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.