Schizophrenia might be a crippling ailment, but its bifurcated fruits can nonetheless inspire great joy in others -- for proof, see Syd Barrett, and the black and white cookie. Experience a duality of dining, at just-opened Smith's.
Serving up dishes like Grilled Lobster w/ Butternut Squash Purée, Pork Chop w/ Apple Purée, and other stuff w/o purée, Smith's is a co-venture between Danny Abrams -- of the date-friendly Mermaid Inn -- and Cindy Smith, of the drug-addled-80s-novelist-friendly Raoul's. For a sit-down meal, grab a leather'd seat in the cheery main room, designed to evoke a Pullman dining car (minus the delicious anticipation of striking gold/getting scalped). But step in back, and you'll find a vaguely sinister bar dimly lit by Turkish lanterns, with walls upholstered in the finest velvet -- providing a plush womb for languid drinking, and an irresistible opportunity to finger-draw images of Elvis/Jesus/Dale Earnhardt.
No matter where you sit, you'll have access to the neatly divided wine list, which besides seven sparklings features 20 whites and 20 reds -- an even split that could fuel the troubled genius of 20 Billy Joels.