On a lovely Sunday morning, my cousin called me up to grab some brunch, and I was more than happy to oblige. Honestly, I thought I would do way more brunchin’ since moving to NYC, but Saturday and Sunday mornings are the only days I get to see my hubby, and he is not a big brunch fan – weird I know! So she recommended The Smith since it was in her midtown hood, and she had been there before and had quite enjoyed it.
The restaurant was packed when we walked in at around 2pm, but luckily we had made a reservation. The inside reminded me of a crowded bistro in Paris, but with a more modern feel, I liked it already! As we perused the menu, the server brought us two bottles for the table – one sparkling and one still water, which I thought was a great touch. I love sparkling water, but I hate paying $10 per bottle because I tend to drink a lot of it!
Speaking of drinking, we both got Bloody Mary’s and agreed that these were possibly the best Bloody Mary’s we had ever had. I’m not a huge fan of them, it’s very hit and miss for me, but this one was so fresh tasting and seemed like the mix had been made in the restaurant. It had lots of horseradish, and was tangy without being overbearing, and most importantly the tomato juice tasted fresh, not like it had been growing in acidity trapped in a bottle for months.
The Brunch menu had so many delicious sounding offerings, I didn’t know what to choose! There was a variety of breakfast options, fresh seafood, small plates, sandwiches, and salads. I know it was mid-afternoon, but I opted for the breakfast since I hardly ever make it out before noon so I figured I’d take advantage since they were still serving it. I was very pleased with my choice – the Country Breakfast had a little bit of everything in it – scrambled eggs, grits, a thick country ham steak, and a melt in your mouth cheesy biscuit. The eggs were fluffy and cooked just right, and melded well with the smooth and creamy grits. The ham was thick and not too salty as sometimes is the case when heated. And the biscuit – oh man, that biscuit was sooo good! It was warm right out of the oven, fresh, and filled with cheesy deliciousness!
A close up….
My cousin got the Deluxe Burger which came with special sauce, sharp cheddar, bacon, and “the works”. From a visual perspective, I thought the burger to fries ratio on the plate was off, perhaps a smaller plate would have looked better. But the burger was filled with goodies, and my cousin did have a hard time getting it all in her mouth at once – and that’s usually a good sign!
More burger, less fries…
Overall, it was a great Sunday brunch experience for me. It was a little on the pricey side, and I did miss the bottomless brunch drink options, but the food, drink, and atmosphere were definitely worth it.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2
The Smith | www.thesmithnyc.com | 956 Second Avenue