Eagerly Anticipated UWS Branch Of The Smith Officially Opening Near Lincoln Center On Tuesday

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The Smith Lincoln Center -- 1900 Broadway at 63rd (Photo courtesy of The Smith)

UPDATE 1/23/13: The Smith now serves breakfast Monday to Friday, from 7:30 – 11:30 am. There’s also free Wi-Fi.

Rumors that popular restaurant The Smith was planning an UWS location started swirling back in August 2011.

The rumor was confirmed last December, but it’s been pretty much a waiting game ever since.

Well, the wait is now over — the restaurant is slated to open its doors at 1900 Broadway (at 63rd) tomorrow evening.

I’ve been trading e-mails with The Smith’s PR team and was told the restaurant had its gas turned on sometime Friday (h/t to MUW reader Susanne who reported seeing action inside the space on Friday evening).

The Smith’s Facebook page indicates the new Upper West Side location will be open for dinner starting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday.

Here are some press details:

Owners Glenn Harris and Jeffrey Lefcourt of Corner Table Restaurants, the restaurant group that brought The Smith (55 Third Avenue) to the East Village and Midtown (956 Second Avenue), and Jane (100 West Houston Street) to Greenwich Village, will open The Smith at 1900 Broadway at 63rd Street.

While signature dishes and atmosphere will travel uptown, the Lincoln Center location, designed by the Rockwell Group, will feature a long 30-seat, 50-foot long zinc bar, expansive outdoor seating area that seats up to 100, a main dining room that seats up to 170 and a private dining room that seats up to 30. New to this location will be an expanded steak section featuring a Porterhouse for Two and a Prime Rib as well as a new dessert menu that isn’t sundae focused like the other two locations and includes items such as Pineapple Upside Down cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Treats plate with a French butter cookie, hazelnut brittle, blondie, chocolate chip cookie, almond bar and whoopie pie. To service the theater community, the beverage menu will include a section of pre-theater cocktails that are low in alcohol content. The new location will serve dinner from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and till 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday with breakfast, lunch and brunch to follow shortly after.

For this dynamic space just blocks away from Central Park and Columbus Circle, Rockwell Group has reinterpreted a French brasserie through a distinctly New York lens. Reclaimed wood, blackened steel, and antique wire glass create an industrial backdrop for custom features that recall Parisian style and form. Abstracted milk glass light fixtures and pendants referencing 1930s Art Deco style hang from the ceiling in an ode to a French café. White subway wall and column tiles express the bistro’s urban setting, while LED lighting accents echo a city landscape at night.

The Smith’s East Village and Midtown locations have proven extremely popular — I see no reason why The Smith Lincoln Center (as it seems to be officially known) will be any different.

Reservations are being taken by phone (212-496-5700) and OpenTable.

I’ll have more information at a later date, but for now, here are some of the The Smith’s various menus (L to R: dinner, drinks, dessert):

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