Last month we told you that Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kliegman were planning to open the Smile, a café and boutique on Bond Street (these mixed-use cafés are becoming a bit of a trend!). Well, she opened today, and we have chef Melia Marden’s lunch menu as well as a look inside. To insure brand loyalty among the “In” crowd (the Inn crowd?), the owners are engraving custom-made Laguiole cutlery for regulars to use while they’re there. (We’re told this was inspired by the French bistro tradition of regulars having their own napkins.) Peruse our slideshow to see the knife belonging to Look Book model and White Star owner Colin Donahue. As for the rest of the operation: In addition to Mariage Frères teas and other foodstuffs “curated” by Ms. Marden, you’ll find products from Mariage Frères, Laguiole, Wool and the Gang, Moscot, C.O. Bigelow, Santa Maria Novella, Adam Kimmel, Solex, White’s Custom Boots, The Lake & Stars, Billy Kirk, Found My Animal, Cire Trudon, and others. And, of course, in-house tattoo artist Scott Campbell.
The Smile, 26 Bond St, nr. Lafayette St; no phone