I am fairly new to the neighborhood. One weekend afternoon, my wife and I walked Smith Street to check out the restaurants. So far we have tried Sur (excellent food and service), Uncle Pho (we have gone about every other week and find the food very good but the service hot and cold), Patois (good, not great food and again hot and cold service). We liked the menu and prices at Pepe Violas, but have yet to try it.
As for Court Street, we have been to Sam's a few tmies and love the food and waiter, but find it a bit expensive for the location and atmosphere. We love Osaka and are regulars, as we only live a block away. We also order from Inaka, a prety good (not great) sushi place. We have been to Kalio a couple of times. It is another good, but not great restaurant with good service but a limited menu. Excellent wine and cheese, however. One of our favorite places is right across the street, Cafe Carciofo. The satff is so friendly and helpful, the food is very good, they have daily specials, and it's also excellent for brunch on the weekends.