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About Us

Our purpose is simple — make people happy! Since 2007, we’ve served food people crave. We are passionate about taking great care of our employees, our guests, and our community. We are obsessed with building a positive, empowering, and supportive culture. We care about every meal and every moment. Walk in the door and you’re in for a great time.  Whether it’s date night, drinks on the town, a big birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, we’ve got you covered.The menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. We believe in working closely with local farmers and purveyors that we trust to serve consistently delicious food and drinks. We have high standards for every ingredient and we put thought into every bite.

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The Name


Smith [smiTH] noun
1. A maker skilled in creating happiness.

The Smith is the maker. We are all empowered to be makers; makers of great food, great cocktails, great hospitality, warmth, fun, energy and smiles. Everyone is a maker; the guests, the cooks, the bartender. We can all be The Smith and make great things.

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Our Core Values

We are passionate and empowered to take great care of our employees, our guests and our community. We believe in working closely with local farmers and purveyors to serve delicious food and drinks that people crave.


We are all empowered to MAKE a difference

We are committed to a positive, supportive and safe environment

We go above and beyond to exceed the expectations of our guests and always try to find a way to say yes

We enjoy making people happy; our team, our guests, our community

Everything we do is from the heart- the food, drinks and connections

We make decisions our kids can live with

We only hire great people and wait for great opportunities

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Our Story

From the beginning, The Smith has been obsessed with building a culture that is empowering, supportive, and positive. The Smith first opened its doors in 2007 in the East Village of New York. Under the senior leadership of CEO and founder Jeffrey Lefcourt, partner Michael Jacobs, VP of Operations Adam Burke, and VP of Culinary and Executive Chef Brian Ellis, The Smith has grown to operate seven locations – four in Manhattan, two in Washington DC, and one in Chicago with additional restaurants planned for the future.

The Smith locations collectively serve over one million guests annually. In addition, Midtown, Lincoln Square, NoMad, and Penn Quarter are consistently in the Top 10 “most reserved” restaurants on OpenTable.

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Join Our Team

We’re always on the lookout for smart, upbeat, hard-working people to grow with us. Browse our open positions below.
Questions? Drop us a line CAREERS@CTRNYC.COM

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Beginning August 16th, 2021, New York City will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all restaurant workers and guests dining indoors.

View our full policy here.