Till now, late night in lower Tribeca meant two things: barren streets and even more barren bars. Lucky for
you and your midnight single malt habit, help is here in the form of proletariat pub Smith and
, opening tonight.
The passion project of Employees Only's Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein, Smith and Mills is a tiny (think:
walk-in closet), detail-heavy watering hole designed by John McCormick (Moto) to feel like the sort of place
where a 1920s Eastern European factory worker could blow off some steam after a hard day hammering
Inside the non-marked spot, you'll find a diminutive den of working-class touches: male staffers in basic
blue workman's jackets, ladies in factory dresses (so unsexy they're sexy) and shelves lined with antique
dishes, cans and mason jars. Meanwhile, low-lit Edison bulbs create a moody, amber vibe you can soak up
from one of the faded lime banquettes as you sip vintage cocktails (Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs, Negronis). In
the bathroom—a onetime elevator shaft—you'll use a train car sink that empties manually (it'll be just
like that summer you spent in Dresden).
Juxtaposing the place's blue-collar Euro motif, you'll probably be pressed up to your neighbor to the sound
of Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt, and dine till 3 a.m. on charcuterie, oysters on the half shell and
Apparently, not everything about the old days was rough.
Smith and Mills
71 N Moore
(near Greenwich St)
New York, NY 10013