- There's a photo booth downstairs
- There is a little hole in the wood on the wall next to the photobooth and if you look in you can see vintage porn (shh!)
- Instead of just the regular water offering, you are served both still and sparkling water for the table!
Food: The food is where the disappointment came through. Nobody at our 8-person table could say they loved their meal. The majority of distaste was with the egg dishes. The eggs seemed almost processed and not fresh as they came out oddly smooth (on the omelet) and too thick. The food wasn't bad, it just was overall a bit bland and nothing to rush back for.
- Rancheros scramble - quite a few of us ordered this as it sounded so good (chipotle salsa, black beans, tortillas, cheddar, avocado). But unlike a traditional scramble where ingredients are 'scrambled' in with the eggs, this came out more like a traditional huevos rancheros with the ingredients on top of each other. Honestly, the salsa was dumped on top and was almost tasteless (appeared more like tomato sauce than salsa). The different ingredients didn't come together very well on the plate or in your mouth. To top it off, it came out room temperature as if it had been sitting out for a while.
- Croaker - the croaker seemed to be the winner of the day in both uniqueness and taste. The dish (smoked ham and gruyère cheese on sourdough rye, topped with sunny up eggs) as delicious and a good mixture of ingredients. It was a flavorful brunch that you wouldn't see on every menu, and we loved the presentation!
- Mushroom omelet - with wild mushrooms, herbs, fontina, and home fries. The omelet was just OK. The eggs were kind of bland, almost appearing and tasting processed. But the mushrooms and cheese were tasty.
- One yolk omelet - made with (one yolk?) sundried tomatoes, ricotta cheese, garden herbs, and home fries. The mixture of ingredients was very good, but the eggs were too thick and overpowered the mix-ins.
- Potato waffle benedict - tasted like potato pancakes or hasbrowns (yum) with poached eggs and pesto sauce on top. The waffles were crispy with the right amount of salty flavor, and the pesto brought it all together. This dish is definitely on the heavier side, so consider sharing it.
Drink: The highlight for me was the unlimited sparkling water that came free along with still water! There is a special with the brunch menu that you get a free cocktail or juice with an entree, and everyone seemed pleased with their drinks except for the fact that they were out of the highly coveted strawberry mimosa.
- Passion punch - delicious flavor, honestly not sure if it was alcoholic but very tasty
- Bloody Mary - spicy but not too spicy
- Mimosa - Good/nothing special
- Pineapple juice - Freshly squeezed
- Iced coffee - Good, but no refills
Atmosphere: If only I could rate a brunch spot by the atmosphere alone! Always crowded, this trendy restaurant packs in students and young professionals in the heart of the NYU campus. Even with the line, we were seated immediately with our reservation (although they gave us a table for 6 when we were a party of 8... quickly resolved though). The service was prompt and we never had to ask for water refills.
The decor of The Smith is like a high-end diner with tile on the floors and wall, but with some interesting art throughout the restaurant. (My favorite was a photo of a horse on roller skates, which happened to be next to a picture of a topless woman.. go figure). One note: it gets very loud here, so while it works for groups, you may not be able to hear across the table.
The Smith: 55 third avenue between 10th and 11th streets, 212.420.9800
Sunday brunch only