The Smith: Stick to the Waffles

Waffles with Whip Cream and Strawberries

Waffles with Whip Cream and Strawberries

By Jennifer LeeVan

If you are seeking a delicious and inspired ‘Eggs Norwegian’ for a breakfast or brunch, perhaps you want to look a bit further than The Smith on the corner of 11th street and 3rd Avenue in New York City. The Smith’s management describes the restaurant as a “casual American Brasserie in New York City”. Although the atmosphere was that of a typical American lunch or dinner fare, the rustic environment was where the tastefulness seemed to stop.

The breakfast breads, cheddar biscuits, were quite excellent but after ingesting even one they left an uncomfortable taste lingering in the mouth. The potatoes, the star of the dish, were a hash made simply with pepper, salt, and a bit of oil but they stood out even when looking at them.

Eggs Norwegian

Eggs Norwegian

But the truly disappointing part of the meal was the main portion of the dish. Laid out on what looked and tasted like store-bought English muffins, the salmon was very ‘fishy’ in a way that offered an unpleasant smell to the dish. The hollandaise sauce was thick and lumpy without the true essence of hollandaise sauce, which is generally that of a creamy and luxuriously smooth sauce. The eggs were well poached and had I asked for them to be hard and not at all runny I would have been quite pleased with

Delicious French Toast

Delicious French Toast

the turn out. Looking around the table, my peers seemed to have enjoyed their French toasts and their waffles smothered in whip cream and strawberries. But, frankly one egg was enough. 

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