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Our history

Jeff and Glenn, while working together, became fast friends who dreamed that someday they’d open a restaurant of their own. In 2001, the duo debuted Jane in Greenwich Village. Fast forward to 2007, The Smith was born and quickly became a popular, packed and beloved neighborhood bras-serie in the heart of the East Village. 2011 brought the opening of The Smith Midtown, expanding the restaurant’s reach in both geography and clientele, with an extensive raw bar to boot. In 2012, Michael Jacobs, a hospitality veteran who previously worked with Jeff, joined as a partner at The Smith. Later that same year, The Smith opened its third location just a stone’s throw from Lincoln Center, bringing the Upper West Side a buzzing brasserie of its own. In 2015, The Smith’s fourth location will open in the NoMad neighborhood in Manhattan.

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Our Story

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Our philosophy

We love to make people happy. Since 2007, we’ve served food people crave, straightforward dishes that satisfy. We believe in the beauty of simplicity, and the magic that happens when it’s done right.

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.

We care about every meal and every moment. We value our team and the culture we have, and hire truly great people who get pleasure out of making people happy. We’re committed to supporting nearby small businesses and local purveyors from family-run farms in Upstate New York and responsible oyster farms in Long Island.and Massachusetts to a start-up vermouth company and small Brooklyn breweries.

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THE FOUNDERS

Jeff lefcourt

Jeff grew up in New York work-ing in restaurants as a busboy to bartender- you name it. Jeff joined Ark Restaurants as manager of its Museum Café, where he met Glenn. Then, Lefcourt joined B.R. Guest restaurants to open Blue Water Grill, staying five years to launch several restaurants throughout New York City. Reunited with Glenn to open Jane and later The Smith restau-rants.

Glenn harris

Brooklyn born and raised, Glenn started out as a pizza maker, where he discovered his passion for food. Recruited by Jonathan Waxman in 1995 to join Ark Restaurants, in the course of five years he came to oversee daily operations as exec-utive chef of seven diverse restau-rants. It was there that he met fu-ture business partner, Jeff Lefcourt. The duo went on to found Jane and later The Smith restaurants.

Michael jacobs

A New York City native and partner at Corner Table Restaurants, Michael Jacobs joined Jeff and Glenn in 2012 bringing over 20 years of in-depth hospitality experience. Previously President of Starr Restaurants, one of the nation’s fastest growing multi-con-cept operators with 34 restaurants, as well as COO of B.R. Guest Restaurants and President of national fitness chain Crunch, Michael’s expertise is felt throughout the culture of The Smith.

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Michael jacobs

A New York City native and partner at Corner Table Restaurants, Michael Jacobs joined Jeff and Glenn in 2012 bringing over 20 years of in-depth hospitality experience. Previously President of Starr Restaurants, one of the nation’s fastest growing multi-con-cept operators with 34 restaurants, as well as COO of B.R. Guest Restaurants and President of national fitness chain Crunch, Michael’s expertise is felt throughout the culture of The Smith.

Michael jacobs

A New York City native and partner at Corner Table Restaurants, Michael Jacobs joined Jeff and Glenn in 2012 bringing over 20 years of in-depth hospitality experience. Previously President of Starr Restaurants, one of the nation’s fastest growing multi-con-cept operators with 34 restaurants, as well as COO of B.R. Guest Restaurants and President of national fitness chain Crunch, Michael’s expertise is felt throughout the culture of The Smith.

Michael jacobs

A New York City native and partner at Corner Table Restaurants, Michael Jacobs joined Jeff and Glenn in 2012 bringing over 20 years of in-depth hospitality experience. Previously President of Starr Restaurants, one of the nation’s fastest growing multi-con-cept operators with 34 restaurants, as well as COO of B.R. Guest Restaurants and President of national fitness chain Crunch, Michael’s expertise is felt throughout the culture of The Smith.

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PHILOSOPHY

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OUR FAMILY

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EXPERIENCE THE SMITH

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