Friday, May 4, 2018

Open Today: The Smith U Street

From our friends at The Smith Restaurant...

American Brasserie The Smith Brings New Family-Style Menu and Weekday Brunch to U Street

The Smith opens second location in Washington, DC

The Smith ( is excited to announce the opening of its second location in Washington, DC at 1314 U Street, NW. The Smith brings its signature lively atmosphere to the vibrant U Street corridor, introducing a wide array of unique menu options from weekday brunch to a revamped cocktail menu.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Brian Ellis, The Smith's menu features bistro classics, an expanded raw bar, and cult-favorites including the Mac + Cheese and the Pot of Mussels. New to The Smith, the U Street location will offer brunch seven days a week as well as a selection of shareable main courses. Crave-worthy new menu additions include spicy fried chicken, lobster paella, square pizzas, and house-made pastas.

“The DC community has welcomed us with open arms and we’re thrilled to open our second location,” said Jeff Lefcourt, Founder of The Smith. “At U Street, we’re taking the opportunity to introduce many new menu options we’ve fallen in love with, like our own riff on hot chicken; and since the area has so many great late night attractions, we wanted to offer a fun new cocktail program.”

The Smith U Street is anchored by a 25-seat curved zinc bar. Beverage Director David Kravitz created a cocktail menu using small batch and local liquors, seasonal produce, and house-made syrups and shrubs. The menu will also feature house-made tonic and ginger beer on tap, a French 75 slushie, and giant punch bowls. The wine program keeps it casual and features over 20 wines by the glass or carafe. Customers will also enjoy local beers on draught and by the bottle.

Designed by Nema Workshop in collaboration with DC's //3877 Architects, The Smith U Street brings an industrial-inspired interior offset with classic brasserie elements, including white and black marble flooring in geometric patterns, smoked antique mirrors inlaid on porcelain subway tile columns, and dark walnut textured wood tabletops. Wall sconces and globe-like fixtures with black bronze framing are installed throughout the space to give off a soft glow. The space will feature a private dining area that can accommodate up to 30 guests. The Smith’s photo booth - a favorite from the restaurant’s original location in New York City’s East Village neighborhood - will be stationed near the restrooms.

The Smith is open for dinner Monday-Wednesday from 5:00 PM to Midnight; Thursday-Friday from 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM; Saturday from 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM; and Sunday from 5:00 PM - Midnight. Weekend brunch is slated to launch mid-May with weekday brunch and breakfast to follow.

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About The Smith:
The Smith’s mission is simple: make people happy. Its menu features bistro classics, seasonal fare, and cult-favorites. The craft cocktail program is innovative and utilizes many house made elements while the wine program is all about keeping is casual and fun, serving over 20 wines by the glass or carafe. The Smith team works closely with trusted local farmers and purveyors to serve delicious food and drinks that people crave. The menu’s seasonal fare and craft cocktails are perfect for any occasion - whether it’s an after work bite, drinks on the town, a birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, The Smith does it all. The Smith now operates four locations in Manhattan (East Village, Midtown, Lincoln Square and NoMad) and made its first foray outside of the New York market with the opening of a DC outpost in Penn Quarter.