Plein Sud, the Smyth Hotel's unpopular Provencal restaurant, has closed for good. The restaurant shuttered last week for renovations, but now Tribeca Citizen learns that this is actually the end for the place. The closure shouldn't come as much of a surprise: Plein Sud got panned by the critics, and Sam Sifton awarded it a fat goose egg three years ago, albeit before Sebastien Agez replaced Ed Cotton as chef.
Not only is Plein Sud done, the Smyth's lobby bar and Toro Lounge downstairs are also out. The hotel's management says it's looking for another third-party restaurateur, possibly from outside the city, to turn the entire thing into a "destination restaurant." Until then the hotel will keep the dining room up and running as the Restaurant at Smyth, mostly to keep guests fed and happy. They plan to roll out breakfast to the general public next week, and then expand that to a "healthy and organic" all-day menu the following week.
· Plein Sud is Gone [TC]
· All Coverage of Plein Sud [~ENY~]