Soho residents who don’t have lenient enough schedules to allow them to poke at their iPads over tea and a sandwich at Bond Street hot spot the Smile, rejoice. Because the cooler-than-thou dudes behind the concept have opened up a satellite takeaway shop on Howard Street.
Housed in the former Lucky Bakery, Smile To-Go offers fresh and clean flavors in a rotating chalkboard-presented roster of dishes. Craving a light cheese and fig sandwich for lunch? They’ve got it. Need a rotisserie chicken to take home for dinner? They sell that, too, and while you’re there pick up a kale-cheddar tart or scone for tomorrow’s breakfast.
The spot has an airy feel and just a few tables where you’ll find the same hip young things who frequent the original location. But no one will judge you as you ponder the options. A recent offering of fennel-cucumber salad dotted with pomegranate seeds was refreshing, dressed with a light hand, and just a sprinkle of fresh herbs. The rotisserie chicken is rosemary-rubbed and moist, though the skin doesn’t have a satisfying crackle. Though it’s likely that the ‘hood’s fashion hounds eat around that part anyway.
22 Howard Street, near Crosby Street