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Our Story

Corner Table Restaurants was founded in 2004. With the senior leadership of managing partner Jeffrey Lefcourt, his partner Michael Jacobs, VP of Operations Adam Burke, and VP Executive Chef Brian Ellis, Corner Table Restaurants is one of the most respected restaurant groups in New York City.

From the beginning, Corner Table has been obsessed with building a positive, supportive environment for its employees who in turn take great care of their guests. We care about every meal and every moment. We value our team and the culture we have created, and hire truly great people who get pleasure out of making people happy. We work closely with local farmers and purveyors that we trust to serve delicious food and drinks that people crave.

The Smith, a casual American Brasserie, opened the doors of its first location in 2007 in the East Village of New York. Fast forward, and The Smith is New York’s preeminent neighborhood restaurant with four locations in Manhattan and one in Washington D.C. with additional restaurants planned for the future. The Smith’s locations collectively serve over one million guests annually. Two of The Smith’s Locations, (Midtown Manhattan, and Lincoln Square) are in the Top 100 grossing restaurants in the United States. In addition, Midtown, Lincoln Square, and NoMad are consistently in the Top 10 “most reserved” restaurants in New York City on Open Table, with The Smith Lincoln Square often being the most booked restaurant in New York.

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OUR STORY

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Our Core Values

We are passionate and empowered to take great care of our employees, our guests and our community. We believe in working closely with local farmers and purveyors to serve delicious food and drinks that people crave.

BE THE SMITH
We are all empowered to MAKE a difference

SUPPORT OUR TEAM
We are committed to a positive, supportive and safe environment

SAY YES
We go above and beyond to exceed the expectations of our guests and always try to find a way to say yes

HAVE FUN!
We enjoy making people happy; our team, our guests, our community

AUTHENTICITY
Everything we do is from the heart- the food, drinks and connections

THINK LOCAL, NATURAL AND SUSTAINABLE
We make decisions our kids can live with

WAIT FOR GREAT
We only hire great people and wait for great opportunities

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Our Team

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Jeffrey Lefcourt

Founder, Managing Partner
Jeff grew up in New York working in restaurants as a busboy to bartender – you name it. Jeff’s passion for creating a unique and caring culture, and a company that is among the best restaurant groups to work for in the world is felt throughout Corner Table. Jeff’s attention to detail and hands on approach to everything from recipes and hospitality to music and lighting design sets the tone for the entire group.

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Michael Jacobs

Partner
A hospitality industry native, Michael’s expertise is felt throughout the culture of The Smith. Michael has in depth restaurant operations knowledge ranging from systems and technology to compliance and finance. He has developed an infrastructure for Corner Table second to none and continues to drive the company’s innovative approach to hospitality.

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Adam Burke

Vice President of Operations
Adam grew up on Long Island and got his start in the industry working various jobs at restaurants in and around Montauk. Adam plays an integral role in the development and growth of the culture throughout the group. Through mentoring and guidance of the team in the restaurants, Adam leads the group’s ethos of warm and welcoming service.

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Brian Ellis

Vice President Culinary, Executive Chef
Chef Brian Ellis’ appreciation of all things culinary began when he was a student at Johnson & Wales University where he cultivated his passion for food and hospitality. Brian leads the culinary team and provides mentorship and guidance to the Chefs. He works constantly to source the best ingredients from local farmers and purveyors and develop an innovative menu featuring seasonal takes on classic bistro dishes.

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Debra Rose

Director of Human Resources
Debra Rose comes from a restaurant industry family and started working in restaurants at age 15. As Director of Human Resources, Debra is the culture ambassador for our team. Debra brings a genuine and caring approach to everything she does. She works hard to make Corner Table one of the best places to work by implementing employee focused initatives that keep our entire team happy and engaged.

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Chuck Schmier

Corporate Chef
Chuck grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York and helps lead the culinary teams at all of our restaurants. He works to improve the structure of our kitchens and put systems in place that support our high volume enviornment. He assists with the development of new recipes to ensure proper execution across all locations.

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Amando Auleley

Corporate Chef
Amando was born in Gabon, Central Africa, and has travelled around the world. At a young age, his passion for food was ignited by his time spent in the kitchen with his mother. Amando helps lead the culinary team through training, coaching, and teaching of our culture. He assists with the implementation of systems to set up our new restaurants for success and cultivate a strong team.

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Luis Nieto

Corporate Chef
Luis inherited his culinary love from his father whose restaurants he worked in on weekends as a child in his native Colombia. Luis helps lead the culinary teams at all of our restaurants. He provides support and training to the Chefs and helps develop new recipes. His guidance helps to make certain that proper procedures are being followed in the kitchen at all locations.

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Ken Larsen

Corporate Pastry Chef
Ken brings his love of sweets and seasonal ingredients to the Smith. Ken works to develop new recipes and oversees the pastry program across all locations. His impact reaches farther than the dessert menu. From our burger buns to granola, Ken makes many of our items in house. He is constantly expanding the pastry program working to bring only the best recipes to The Smith.

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Jennifer Woodhull

Director of Operations
Jennifer is originally from Long Island and has been working in restaurants since she was a teenager. Jennifer plays an instrumental role in the development and education of staff at each restaurant and the continued success and growth of The Smith culture.

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Josh Bidwell

Director of Operations
Driven by a love of hospitality, Josh brings a positive attitude to everything he does. He works to ensure our hospitality standards are maintained across all restaurants and our staff is empowered to take great care of our guests.

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Ben Jenkins

Director of Operations
A New England native, Ben began his hospitality career as a dishwasher and continued to pursue his passion for food and beverage throughout college. Ben focuses on building a strong sense of community among our employees and believes this is the best way to make guests happy.

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David Kravitz

Corporate Beverage Manager
A life long New Yorker, David has spent years bartending at some of New York’s busiest bars and cocktail establishments. At Corner Table, David has found his perfect niche combining his passion for service and beverage. Inspired by local purveyors and unique ingredients, David has built a fun and inventive cocktail program coupled with an approachable wine list.