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Address: 215 W 28th St
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10001
Phone: (212) 564-2172
Mon-Sun 10 am - 3:30 am

Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Burgers
2nd Cuisine: American
Area: Chelsea
Takeout: Yes


Smithfield claims to bring an East Village vibe to Chelsea. I understood this principal immediately upon entering; the space is large, welcoming, filled with drinks and food, and could easily accommodate a large, casual gathering. The wait staff was very friendly, and quickly asked all hungry customers which of their diverse burgers were desired.

The Smithfield Burger is an Angus beef patty, topped with candied foie gras, shaved truffles, 100 year-aged balsamic reduction, and Gruyere cheese. It is a burger that tastes far more ambitious than it does fancy. The foie gras is quite sweet, really taking over the taste of the entire burger. The grillmasters at Smithfield must have known this would happen, as the rest of the toppings and the patty itself were less flavorful, allowing the foie gras to take center stage. The bun was very soft and the texture of the meat was also enjoyable. The BLT Burger was predictably topped with lettuce, tomato, and maple-glazed bacon. The bacon was a huge hit, as were the hand cut fries that came with both burgers.

The interesting and incredibly diverse burgers at Smithfield will have you coming back for more. I for one am intensely curious about the Surf & Turf Burger, the only burger I know of in New York City topped with sweet Maine lobster.

Review By: Brad Garoon