Glass enjoys seriously satisfying comfort cuisine at The Smith, New York

AS A CLASSIC American Brasserie that launched in New York in 2007, The Smith has become part and parcel of the Big Apple, now operating four sites in Manhattan. Famous for its warm hospitality and casual ambiance, people flock here for dependable dishes such as Ricotta Gnocchi, Chicken Pot Pie and Filet Mignon.

These guys are also experts at fulfilling a whole range of brunch fantasies, with offerings that include Shrimp + Grits, Bourbon Butterscotch Pancakes and Vanilla Bean French Toast.

On a recent trip stateside, we dined at the restaurant’s flagship location in the East Village, where it all started. The buzzy, open space was busy even on a Sunday evening and we were welcomed by the most accommodating and generous staff, who were promptly on hand throughout our visit.

Spicy Salmon Tartare on Avocado Photo - Quentin BaconSpicy Salmon Tartare on Avocado. Photo: Quentin Bacon

For something lighter, the Kale + Quinoa Salad Photo - Quentin BaconKale + Quinoa Salad. Photo: Quentin Bacon

We started with the Shrimp Cocktail, which has become something of an iconic dish here, and it didn’t disappoint with its sweet freshness. Another fish dish definitely worth trying is the Spicy Salmon Tartare which was paired with a delicious avocado paste. Roasted brussel sprouts, dressed in cranberries and dijon, were even more delicious and provided much-needed warmth on a cold wintery night.

The Ricotta Gnocchi with truffle at The Smith Photo - Quentin BaconThe Ricotta Gnocchi with truffle. Photo: Quentin Bacon

For main courses, committing to the icons was the only way to go. That meant Brick Pressed Chicken, and, of course, The Smith Burger. Portion sizes are incredibly generous, so do come with an appetite. The chicken was sumptuously soft, served with the most comforting smashed garlic potatoes and a rich lemony gravy.

It could only be interpreted as a hug on a plate. Meanwhile, the Smith’s take on burger and fries incorporated a juicy bacon-shallot jam and crispy onions. We were not disappointed.

The Smith's famous Sticky Toffee Pudding Photo - Quentin Bacon The Smith’s famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. Photo: Quentin Bacon

Desserts were equally nourishing. Choose the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which is quite literally to-die-for. The densely sweet cake came in a hot skillet topped with a medjool date sauce and cold vanilla ice cream. We would return just to recreate this moment of happiness.

For comfort and delight in cosy surroundings, it has to be The Smith.

by Derby Jones

The Smith East Village, 55 3rd Ave, New York

For reservations, tel: +1 212 420 9800