I had brunch at this new Smith St. restaurant yesterday afternoon. I know that brunch is not a meal to judge a restaurant by, but it just wasn't very good. Fist off, the cuban was really poor. Not very high quality ingredients, half-sour pickles (half-sours on a cubano???), and soft bread. My fiancée is from Tampa and, barring being from Miami or Cuba, has a pretty good idea of what makes a good cubano. This was not it. She did, however, really enjoy the chicken soup, which had chunks fo avocado in it. I had the scambled eggs with chorizo, cheddar, and snow peas, which was good. However, it was served with plain white rice - a curious side. It had no flavoring whatsoever and was very dry. The tostones were nice, but not great. (I might have been disappointed becuase I was looking for some mojo sauce, and it was served with something like a chutney.) The service was flighty (our food was served to the wrong table) but they could be forgiven as I gather that they recently opened.
All in all it was an OK experience, but I don't think it'll be worth a return for a few months. What's the word on the original restaurant in SoHo?