The Smith (East Village)

The Smith is a brunch staple that’s fitting for everyone and a perfect place to take dudes and bro’s who claim they don’t “brunch.” The wooden ceilings, white subway tiled floors, lamps and scattered old black and white framed photos create a chill and easy-going atmosphere. If a photo booth outside the unisex bathrooms doesn’t scream young and fun, then maybe you’ll go crazy over the killer cheddar chive biscuits. These biscuits are as big as a small child’s head and really hit the spot every Saturday and Sunday morning. They are the fluffy and warm kind not the layered kind. Add some strawberry jam and there you have it. Basically, brunch at The Smith is all about carbing up or soaking up some booze from the night before perhaps.


You must start with the skillet mac ‘n cheese. It belong to my top favorite Mac ‘n Cheese dishes in the city. By the time your egg dish comes you might not be hungry but you will need some protein. I like the Ranchero Scramble with chipotle salsa, black beens, tortillas, cheddar and avocado. It makes me feel like I’m back in Austin. The One Yolk Scramble with ricotta cheese and garden herbs is pretty good too. If you are looking for something more lunch-like or (gasp) healthy, the Chicken and Brie salad with candied walnuts and apples is my favorite.

Be sure to skip the tempting homemade ice cream sundaes -as delicious as they sound, the cake is dry. The Smith also stand for a great place for a first date and drinks or if you are meeting a friend who is a picky eater; however, the brunch is so outstanding it’s hard to make it here at night! The large downstairs space is perfect for hosting big parties/events/birthdays. No matter what time you walk by, it’s always hoppin’ with casual attire and something intriguing is going on inside. Trust me, you try walking by those windows without looking in.


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  • How could you forget to mention the best thing on the menu…the homemade chips with blue cheese fondue!!!! Ahhhh…even people who don’t like blue cheese (i’m one of them) die over this dish. If you didn’t try it, you have to when you go back 🙂

  • Sharing biscuits is always mandatory, Frances!

    Cece, why did we never go there when we lived next door?

    Christopher, I’ve never had the blue cheese fondue. I’m not a fan, but I will try it if you go with me!!!

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