Waffle Crush Wednesday: The Smith
Oh, The Smith. A local New York staple. Who hasn’t been? (If you haven’t, toss your lunch and go. Now.) We like to think of it as the ultimate utility spot — deliciously consistent and perfect for pretty much any occasion. Whether it’s a birthday dinner, fueling up for a big night on the town, or meeting the in-laws, the combination of the dependable food and casual ambiance is exactly what you need. Aside from the good food and good vibes, make sure you always head downstairs to snap a pic in the infamous photo-booth.
We stepped into the eastside location, conveniently stationed in the heart of the East Village on 3rd Avenue. Even on an early weekday morning, it was buzzing with hungry New Yorkers. We were seated promptly, by the adjustable restaurant front, swinging windows on hinges that give a refreshing breeze. Do we even need to tell you what we ordered?
The waffle was as daunting as it was delicious. Stacked four high, it was covered in sweet caramelized apples and cider syrup. The waffles were finished with a thick dollop of spiced mascarpone and a dusting of powdered sugar. It was served warm and was perfectly pillowy throughout.
Our favorite part? The mascarpone. It was sweet and spicy, thick and creamy. We would eat it with waffles, french fries, or just in a bowl by itself. We scarfed down two quarters and were quickly getting full. Did that stop us? Pssssh. It’s hefty, it’s filling, and it’s the perfect brunch dish for autumn weather. Props to our waiter, as he swiftly and promptly served rounds of coffee throughout the meal. We didn’t even have to ask. We left with full stomachs and a jittery buzz.
Casper’s Unofficial Waffle Rating: 9.2.