Always make reservations for Saturday night dinner in NYC! I learned that the hard way once and ended up spending 45 minutes calling various restaurants trying to secure a table for 5 on a rainy Saturday night at 7:00PM.
This time for Tiffany’s birthday, I made sure to plan ahead. I had made reservations at Anita Lo’s Annisa located in the West Village. The restaurant called the day before to confirm my reservation. I was super excited to see my friends and to do some fine dining only to have Annisa call me the day of at noon time to say they had plumbing problems and won’t be able to open for business.
What!?! The manager Michael or was it George (I can’t remember his name- even though the told me to mention his name when I ever decide to rebook) apologized profusely for the inconvenience. I was so sad. But most importantly, we still need to celebrate Tiff’s birthday and I needed to book another restaurant ASAP! I had to start my search from scratch. We now wanted to have dinner somewhere on the east side. I finally settled for The Smith. Yelp reviews were decent and they had a table for us at 6:30PM.
The Smith turned out to be pretty good. While waiting for the birthday girl to arrive, we snacked on the crab cake which was roasted on a small cast iron skillet topped with veggies. The crab cake had a nice buttery crunchy crust. It was really good. We also shared the cheese which is a creamier version of fresh mozzarella. It came with a side salad of roasted tomatoes, basil, and croutons.
For my main dish, I decided to go with the chicken pot pie. It came out piping hot and pretty flavorful. The filling was standard pot pie filling with chunks of white meat chicken, carrots, and celery. The cheddar on the crust gave it a nice tangy flavor. The dessert may have been the best part. Their ice cream sundaes were pretty spectacular. We shared the Pink Pussy Cat which had strawberry ice cream with red velvet cake, and fresh strawberries and the Hot Fudge Sundae: vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, roasted almonds, and chocolate cake.
It was unfortunate that we couldn’t dine at Annisa, but most importantly it was all about catching up with old friends and being in each other’s company. Happy Birthday Tiff!
The Smith, 55 Third Ave. East Village, NYC