We strategically planned our inaugural visit to midtown’s The Smith http://www.thesmithnyc.com on a lobster roll Friday. Not only does Friday signal the end of our work week, but it also happens to be, you guessed it, the day The Smith serves up market price lobster rolls as a special. So TGILF, people.
We were immediately drawn to this American Brasserie because they had one of our favorite beers on tap- Allagash White, a traditional Belgian wheat beer from Portland, Maine. Maybe it was the two (or four, stop judging) pints of Allagash White, but the noise level at this place didn’t bother us much as it seemed to severely irk other patrons. In fact, we kind of dug the downtown in midtown vibe.
Everything we had at The Smith, from the deviled eggs to the bacon wrapped apricots, was super tasty. The lobster roll was no exception, even if it was a little too heavy on the mayo.
The specifics: The lobster roll ($25 dollars) consisted of big pieces of lobster, mixed with a whole lotta stuff. We used our super sleuthy pallets to detect arugula, tomato, celery, chives, scallions and onion. This was held together with an overwhelming amount of tarragon-heavy aioli, the aforementioned mayo. Smarty pants fact of the day: Aioli is pretty much mayo (oil & egg yoke) with some other fanciness in it. In this case, tarragon with a bit of a kick to it. The disproportionate amount of mayo was a little bit of a turn off, making things sloppy. And not in the, I’ve had four Allagash Whites and I think everything is hilarious kind of way. This was sloppy in the, “Hey waitress, may I have 17 more napkins and possibly a new shirt?” kind of way.
Anyhow. the bun was crisp, which is super-duper important to us. Also important to us is the side dish. A quarter of our plate was covered with crispy old bay chips on this outing. Honestly, they gave shoestring fries, a favorite here on the blog, a run for their money. That is, if shoestring fries had money, which we’re not sure they do because they have no pockets and nowhere to keep money. Something to ponder.
On the whole, or on the roll (bad pun, sometimes we can’t resist), this was a totally solid experience.
The Smith also serves up a killer Sunday brunch. While we usually go for a bloody mary & BLT + E, we spotted a lobster roll on the menu served with fries. The plot thickens! We might have to make another trip back. If anything, just to compare the old bay chips to fries…
Lobster Meat: 4
Bun: 3 ½