The Smith Institute

  • Film

    August 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    The Vesper: A Call Drink Good Enough for the Smith's Jeff Leanheart (and James Bond)

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Jeff Leanheart of The Smith (55 Third Avenue; 212-420-9800)

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    After More Than 10 Years, East Village Radio Is Just Getting Started

    The producer who helped turn Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen into stars. The radio legend who first played Biggie and Jay-Z on the air. Two male roommates who have dressed identically every day for the last 12 years. A tiny room, on 1st street and 1st Avenue in the East Village. It sounds like the for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Ten Spots to Dine on Christmas Day

    Whether a kitchen disaster foils your Christmas dinner plans or you're just looking for a nice meal out for your day off, you might check in on these ten restaurants, all spots that are keeping the light on for Christmas Day.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Sky Ferreira - Webster Hall - 11/11/13

    Better Than: Trying to figure out what's gonna be cool two years from now. The crowd was split at Webster Hall last night, between the usual mob of NYU students taking up the front of the room and an inordinate number of yups--dutifully keeping track of what's hip, no doubt--holding position in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    A Marathon Route Pub Crawl

    We're thrilled that healthy people the world over are going to lace up their sneakers and run 26.2 miles for fun ("Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?" -name that movie*) in the five boroughs tomorrow. We'll be cheering for them. From our beds. The only marathon we're in shape for here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Halloween Special: 10 Frighteningly Named Cocktails Around NYC

    Corpse Reviver, Death in the Afternoon, Deadly Sin--these eerily-dubbed cocktails sound like they were made for Halloween, even if they carry tame origins (take, for example, the inspiration of Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand for the name of the classic Scotch and orange ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Hey, Carroll Garden Residents: After Two Years, Your Smith-9th Street Station Will Finally Reopen This Morning

    For the past two years, the inhabitants of Brooklyn's finest nabes have been without a major transportation hub. But that'll all end today.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    How to Make a Mezcal Cocktail for the Mayan Apocalypse from PDT

    As much as it petrifies us to write this sentence, the Mayan apocalypse is slated to destroy the universe on December 21. Bummer? Definitely. Why not drink away your fears with a Mezcal cocktail created specifically for the world's implosion PDT's managing partner and mixologist extraordinaire, Jim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    November's Openings and Closings

    The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    How to Make an Old Fashioned from The Bedford

    Thanksgiving is all but a memory and Christmas looms large. The weather is cold and the days are short. It is time for a stiff drink. Fortunately, The Bedford, the homey American restaurant and speakeasy in Williamsburg, offers a cocktail menu designed to raise spirits and warm souls. And in these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Recipe: Dark and Stormy From Fatty Crab

    [See More Daily Shots: Watermelon Cosmopolitan From Vai Restaurant | Boozy Sparkling Watermelon Punch from The Smith | An Easy, Boozy Cherry Float] Today is National Rum Day. To celebrate, try a rum cocktail from Fatty Crab. The drink: Dark and Stormy The bar: Fatty Crab The price: $10 Ingredie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Recipe: Boozy Sparkling Watermelon Punch from The Smith

    [See More Drink Recipes: An Easy, Boozy Cherry Float | Shiso Slim from Haru Sushi] Happy Friday... and National Watermelon Day. To celebrate, we have for you a recipe from The Smith. The drink: Sparkling Watermelon Punch The bar: The Smith The price: $12 Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. silver rum, 1 1/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Father's Day Specials: Free Wine, Free Coffee

    Father's Day is coming up this Sunday, so we've rounded up some deals for you. Free Glass of Wine Petaluma is serving breakfast, brunch, and dinner throughout the weekend -- including their wood-oven pizzas, house made pastas, and signature desserts, plus a free glass of wine for all the dads in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Maine Cod Fishery in Danger of Federal Curtailing; NYC Restaurants Still Serving Cod​In previous centuries, stocks of cod were plentiful in the North Atlantic. No one wanted to see it happen. Yet, anyone familiar with Cod (1997) by Mark Kurlansky or End of the Line (2004) by Charles Clover knows that stocks of cod in the near North Atlantic have been d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    October's 45 Openings and 25 Closings: A (More or Less) Comprehensive List

    ​The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Say Hello to Burnside Brooklyn, The Smith Midtown, Ventanas

    Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Plenty is a new bakery on the Upper East Side, offering crumb cake, rugelach, and layer cakes. [NY Times] Williamsburg is getting a Midwestern-themed bar in Burnside B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    The Smith Gets Its Own Beer

    Plinkk/flickrSignature suds.​What Happens When isn't the only restaurant offering proprietary booze.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    What to Drink at The Smith in the East Village: The Pink Pussy Cat

    This Pink Pussy Cat still has its cherry... yes, we did just go there.​The drink: The Pink Pussy Cat The bar: The Smith, 55 Third Avenue The price: $11 The ingredients: Gin, whole chunks of grapefruit, fresh pineapple juice, and grenadine, garnished with -- what else for such a salaciously ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Beat Sugar with Pizza; Drink Cocktails That Bloom

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Botanicals: A Tasting & Hands-On Cocktail Workshop Astor Center April 26th at 6:30 p.m. Hey, there's some flora in my drink! No worries: the botanicals in spir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    The Smith Launches Weekday Breakfast, Morning Happy Hour

    Photo courtesy of the SmithThe Smith, ready for breakfast and early-morning drinking.​East Village scenester spot the Smith unrolled a new weekday breakfast menu yesterday. A few new items have been introduced, along with existing weekend-brunch dishes, and the offerings are served from 8 a. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Make Brian Ellis' Potato Waffle Benedict from The Smith

    The Smith's Potato Waffle Benedict​As the weather warms, brunchers are re-emerging from hibernation with a hankering for that meal that isn't quite breakfast and isn't quite lunch. At The Smith, Executive Chef Brian Ellis' take on traditional Eggs Benedict involves potato waffles and a creamy ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Rachel Maddow Commencement Speech Announced, Smith Ladies React: Video

    Julie Bolcer tells us that Rachel Maddow has been named this year's commencement speaker for Smith College, the Seven Sisters college to which Lisa Simpson was once encouraged in a dream to come and "experiment." The Smith senior class' reaction to the news, recorded in this video, is delightful. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Our 10 Best East Village Restaurants

    ​A sushi assortment from Kanoyama shimmers, with huge eel filets slithering down the center of the plate. The East Village is swarming with restaurants, many of them excellent. The mixture is as eclectic as anywhere in town, with 30 or so ethnicities represented, and price levels ranging from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at The Smith; DiGregorio at DBGB

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema drops in one what might be the city's "most perfect gastropub yet": The Smith; while Sarah DiGregorio revels in the sausages at DBGB. Former Top Chef darling Govind Armstrong gets no stars out of Bruni for the food at the New York outpost of his L.A. restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    ​School's Out! But the Voice Educational Supplement is in session. When cops made a bogus bust on 32 teens from Bushwick Community High, the kids kept their cool -- and won their case against the NYPD. Why? Because they'd been trained how to respond to police overreach and entrapment by their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    The Brunch Report: Southern Style at The Smith

    Smith's may have give up the ghost, but The Smith is still going strong. (The two restaurants opened roughly around the same time and were often confused, despite being quite different from each other.) Fork in the Road hit the latter for Sunday brunch recently, where a Southern take on Eggs Bened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Quick Burst from the Albany Coup: Cavaliers Resurgent!

    Now John Sampson is president pro tempore of the state senate; Smith stays majority leader. Monserrate put out a statement saying that "Democrats today have put ourselves on the right side of reform and the right side of history" and that he is "unbought and unbossed." (Excuse us a second -- no, no, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007
  • News

    March 2, 2004

    Flaming Intrigue

    What’s happening to the legacy of an avant-garde legend?

  • News

    October 19, 1999

    Leonard's Lips Are Sealed

    Were the 'New York Press,' New Times Shut Out of Bidding on the 'Voice'?