I was enjoying a stroll down Smith Street around 9 last night. It was interesting to see which restaurants were fuller than others:
Zaytoons is on vacation. (Zaytoons, come back! I want my labneh!)
The Gowanus Yacht Club was hopping. (Haven't tried it. Keep meaning to. It's basically a paid barbecue.)
Three Bows Thais was empty, as usual. (Not sure why; the food is perfectly fine.)
Cafe Dore, the new Carribbean place, had three diners, which for that restaurant seems to be a hopping crowd. It's almost always empty.
Patois was perhaps a third full.
Banania was about half full; every outside seat was taken.
Cafe Luluc was nearly full. That place is always packed. Could it be the insanely toothsome steak frites?
Sur had a nice crowd going; about two-thirds full.
Tuk-Tuk likewise had a reasonable crowd.
That new place, Providence, which appears to be a lounge, mainly, had a few people trying to look beautiful. I noted the mojito special with pleasure but did not indulge.
The new Peruvian place, Mancora, had not yet opened. Whole chicken $8, half $4, with a side $6.50. Most entrees between $10-$15.
And Smith Street Kitchen, which I've always meant to try and which is supposedly one of the finer restaurants on the street, was empty. Literally. Not a diner was to be seen.
Why Smith Street Kitchen? It's puzzling.