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Healthy Hot Spot: Smile To Go

by Marissa on April 26, 2012

A gem hidden on the fuzzy border between Tribeca and SoHo, Smile To Go isn’t your average greasy spoon takeout spot. The unassuming storefront is nestled among the galleries and boutiques that line Howard Street, a tiny, less-traversed passage between Lafayette and Broadway just north of Canal.

If it weren’t for the lunchtime line that forms outside the tiny space (and a tip from a friend), I may have never known there was something to see — or taste — inside.

Sister restaurant to popular Bond Street eatery The Smile, Smile To Go dishes out fresh, Mediterranean-inspired salads, sandwiches, soups and side dishes. Pastries like cinnamon buns, scones and muffins are available all day.

If you’re lucky, you may snag a seat at one of the handful of tables inside the sunny space, or as the name suggests, take your edibles to go and find a nearby bench (of which there are few) or stoop (of which there are many) and settle in to watch the passersby. (Hint: Don’t eat at your desk you won’t digest your food well and studies show those who eat at their desk eat more!)

What I Ate: Spelt and Almond Muffin with fig jam (shared Saturday snack); Marinated Kale and Shrimp & Rice Noodle Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing (Tuesday Lunch)

What He Ate: The Same!

When We Dined: Two trips in one week – Snack, Saturday and Lunch, Tuesday

Also On the Healthy Side: The menu changes daily, but on the day we had lunch – Quinoa with Shitakes, Almonds & Pecans, Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Soup, Broccoli Rabe, Seared Fennel with Orange Dressing.

Be In the Know: Brave the line – it moves fast! Like Smile To Go on Facebook or follow on Twitter where they post the menu daily.


22 Howard Street.

New York, NY 10013.

Tel: 646 863 3893.



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