Cafes >Smiths Bar Restaurant
701 8th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1003640.758736 -73.988993
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Theater District - Times Square
Smiths is by no means a temple of gastronomy. But neither is a soulless, generic vacuumn, like so many of Times Square's big-box restaurants. It is in fact one of the last remnants of the area's gritty past -- and a great place to have a hamburger and a bottle of Schafers.
Just came to eat here a few weeks ago. Delicious food!!! The servers are also very friendly! Def coming back:)
Great Pre-Show Bite to Eat – I'm always stopping at Smith's before a Broadway show. The waitresses are very friendly, they make sure to get me to the theatre on time and the food is great. The menu is simple stuff that just tastes good. They have tons of beers on tap that change all the time. Right now they have Magic Hat and Brooklyn Brewery summer beers, both are delicious. When the weather's nice they open up the front windows and you can enjoy your Summer Ale and burger will people watching, awesome!
Midtowns Best Bar – Came into smiths on a very nice day in nyc with some of my girlfriends looking for some cheap drinks and appetizers before we went to the movies to see back up plan with jlo. Loved the atmosphere and the service. The food was great except the fact that I was really craving mozzerella sticks. But there other appetizers were just as satisfying especially the fries I think they are the best in midtown. Had a great experience and would go back.
Can't Believe the Change! – Despite my protests I was dragged into Smith's after a show last Friday night...I had been in once before and it was a pretty divey, dirty old man joint and I didn't feel like navigating that kind of crowd. Two steps in the door and my mind was completely changed...
The bouncer told me they had done a renovation over a year ago, and truthfully I didn't even recognize the place. All the great parts were still there: a long bar, plenty of good draft beers, and a bunch of TV's, but the crowd was decidedly younger and in the mood for fun. We grabbed a table, and after chatting with our waitress for a bit, got our drinks and started bobbing along with the band. After a couple of rounds we got some fries (per the our waitresses recommendation), and at 1 am I have to say they were about the best thing I could imagine having in front of me.
We wrapped up the night and paid our bill, which was incredibly low considering we were drinking a block away from Times Square, and headed out to catch a cab.
All in all, this place is the opposite of pretentious, and treats its patrons more like friends than customers. Most of the reviews are pretty old, so take it from a convert and give this place another shot. You'll get a non-pretentious drink, some good fries, and a nice chill atmosphere...I'll definitely be back.
Very Relaxed Atmosphere for a Bustling City – Went in during the Yankees game and got 3.50 local Brooklyn Brew draughts. Great food prices, the burgers are awesome and the onions rings were some of the best I've had. The music was great and the bartenders were very chill and relaxed. Great place to go and watch the game. One of my new hot spots for sports.
Horrible service and threatening staff!!! SIMPLY AMAZING FOR ALL OF THE WRONG REASONS!!! – This bar started out fine. While our server was slow and the beer selection was limited we were having an OK time and glad to be out of the cold. Things went south when the shift changed and our server made us cash out since she was leaving. We were ok with that and understood.
A grungy looking guy came over and asked if we needed anything. He didn't introduce himself or say he was going to be our new server. Actually, we didn't even know who he was. We didn't need anything at that time, so we told him we were OK. He never returned to check on us, so we went up to the bar when we wanted another round. After two plus hours of us serving ourselves, he actually came over and grabbed one of ours beers and told us to move to the bar since we were not letting him serve us. We explained we did not care who served us as long as someone did, but we were not going to move. He proceeded to tell us we needed to take our glasses into the kitchen and wash them ourselves. Then, he threatened to call the police, and finally, he took the beer and walked off.
Of course, we got a manager to come over because we were not going to be treated that way. It was not our fault he failed to ever come back by and check on us. The manager was minimally apologetic and returned the beer that had been taken into the back. She didn't give us a new one, it was the same one with the grungy guy's fingerprints all over the glass. She literally did not care that he had grabbed a beer off our table and yelled at us to move to the bar. There was no offer to make it right.
In a city full of great places to go I would never go here again. Find somewhere that is happy to have your business and will treat their customers with a little respect. Go somewhere with a manager who knows how to be professional and a wait staff who wants to wait on you.
Great for Live Music or just to hang out. – It seems like whenever my friends and i are in NYC we seem to end up at Smith's at some point or another.
The drinks are not expensive for a NYC bar, and if your looking for a quick bite, the food is pretty good. I recommand the HELL'S HOT WINGS great bar food. The staff on a whole i would rate a B+.
They have live Music most nights, I have seem 3 different bands and i would have to say that all were pretty good. Also a plus it that they have alot of Flat screens so if you looking to watch a sporting event they most likely will have it on. I would have to say that if you want to see an old school NYC bar they visit Smith's.
This is my story and I'm sticking with it... – I've been a lot of places and I dine out all the time so I consider myself a some what of an expert on nightlife
experience...I will travel many miles for a place I like..( Like Four Street in Portland Maine..the absolute best food I have ever eaten. Smith's is definatly one of them. It is one of the friendliest bars I've been. My friends slide by..The music and guests are fantastic seems like there are new people to meet. Every time we left there we always had a smile on our face for the whole human race! If you like hamburgers, Sandwiches
some various pastas chile this is it. Also they serve a great breakfast....
Editorial Review – Hell's Kitchen bar serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks from an extensive menu; live music and karaoke is also featured.
Like NY when NY was good! – There are actually two SMITH'S BARs. One, old one, on the corner. That is full of old New York atmosphere, along with assorted street creatures and other interesting spectacles. The other, right next to it, is a newish bar/lounge where bad bands do Van Morrison covers. Naturally, we sat in the scummy bar. The sound of the barband was pumped in anyway, but not overwhelmingly so. The waiter was terrific! He anticipated our order just by the way we looked at the bar! Yow! The booths are kind of small for a group larger than 4, but you'll make do. It's worth it. The food was only passable, but the old New York feeling and great waiter make this place fit like an old pair of jockey shorts. We'll be back! --Drink Club is a roving group of NYC drinkers
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