Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House
Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House

Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.smorgas.com/
  • Phone: 2128479745
  • Hours of Operation:
    ; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
  • Executive Chef: Ari Niemenen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Smorgas Chef has earned wonderful reputation for its catering to off site events, parties, business meetings. We provide drop off service for simple gatherings, or perhaps, a step up to buffet setting, which can be picked up the next morning...or its an all out celebration and you would like full on table service, waitstaff...open bars, ice carvings...it can all be arranged...just call today.
  • Entertainment: Being part of the Scandinavia House offers many types of entertainment. You can see foreign and vintage films on Wednesdays and Saturdays, chamber music, international bands...on other scheduled dates, and the art gallery on the 3rd floor is available 5 days of the week.

    Feel free to make your dinner plans around any of the events. Check for package deals on dinner and a show. Please visit Smorgas.com or Amscan.org for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 37th Street
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to Grand Central Station/42nd Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House
Smörgås Chef Restaurant serves up super fresh seafood and prime meats based on centuries of Scandinavian & European culinary traditions. Zagat Survey says Smörgås Chef is "a refreshing change of pace", and Village Voice claims the food is "Damn Good."

Smörgås Chef's authentic Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries have become famous. The New York Post calls Smörgås Chef the "Swedish Meatball Mecca" of New York. Smörgås Chef has also become known for its roasted rack of lamb with a goat cheese Sherry sauce, and its oven-baked Cod from the Kenai Peninsula.

For lunch, you will find a smorgasbord of open-face Scandinavian sandwiches like Cold water Shrimp, Smoked Salmon with Egg & Chives, and Chicken Caramel with Norwegian goat cheese and asparagus. For weekend brunch, enjoy Scandinavian Baked Eggs with a chanterelle hollandaise, Eggs Benedict, Burgers, and Vanilla Waffles. The New York Times calls Smörgås Chef "a little treasure Downtown."
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Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (24)fit for foodies (18)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (7)good for groups (7)special occasion (4)romantic (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • I am a regular here. It is
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2009
    I am a regular here. It is always a pleasure. The Swedish meatballs are the best in town
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is delicious and
    russell
    Dined on 10/8/2009
    The food is delicious and the "Power Lunch" is a good deal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nestled in plain view of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/7/2009
    Nestled in plain view of the front picture window facing Park Avenue, this restaurant in Scandinavian House is a perfect place to indulge in a full-on cultural experience. The best deal in town is the "Meal and a Movie" where you get to eat Scandinavian food and see a recent or classic movie from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland or Iceland. There are also art exhibits and a great gift shop (especially at Christmas time). The other Smorgas Chef restaurants serve the same good food, but lack the Scandinavian cultural connection that surrounds you here. I've eaten here for Sunday brunch, lunch and many dinners. One of my favorite hide-a-ways in plain sight.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This has become a regular
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2009
    This has become a regular for me. Good food, serene surroundings, friendly staff and fair prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Had the power lunch. I guess
    vghfhghVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2009
    Had the power lunch. I guess it's good deal for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good value for money
    QuadMCVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2009
    Very good value for money - Great location to enjoy a tasty meal before/after catching a jazz set in the Kitano next door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a lovely serene experience
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2009
    Always a lovely serene experience and moat reasonale
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I loved the place which was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2009
    I loved the place which was quiet, had wonderful food & outstanding service. The entire staff was charming. And how many Sunday brunches have you had where you didn't have to shout to be heard? That said, my companions weren't as crazy about the food--but how much excitement can you plug into eggs Benedict which was their choice? My entre on the other hand, a gravlax sandwich with avocado, bacon, & a creamy sauce was so good I had leftovers the next day. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Find!!! In the building
    liketoeat
    Dined on 8/7/2009
    A Find!!! In the building housing the Scandinavian museum and art gallery is a delightful restaurant...complete with a selection of herring! The Chowder was a delight! All that we ordered was eaten as though we hadn't eaten in days...so much for conversation while dining...too much chewing going on. If you are looking for an unusual spot for lunch this is the place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went at 10:30 expecting
    sara212
    Dined on 8/5/2009
    We went at 10:30 expecting breakfast and hoping for an omelette but were told they were only serving lunch. I had the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on seven grain bread and it was excellent. Very quiet at 10:30 perfect for a business meeting, quiet conversation. Service was very friendly and attentive. Gift shop +++
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I always find the food to
    stuygirl22VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2009
    I always find the food to be fresh and delicious at this restaurant. It's a very pretty setting and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'm a big fan; no one knows
    evrgreen1VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2009
    I'm a big fan; no one knows about the place and I am happy to spread the word. What a great midtown find!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Park Ave location has a nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2009
    Park Ave location has a nice bright airy room. Great atmosphere for brunch or lunch. Price fix options make dining a good bargain.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Scandinavia House location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/20/2009
    The Scandinavia House location of Smorgas Chef was not busy on a Saturday night. That didn't keep the waitstaff from being incredibly friendly and attentive. She let us know that lunch is the busier time for that location. I had a delicious halibut dish, and my partner had the duck and was very pleased. The prices are very reasonable, which I think makes up for the fact that the dining area is right behind the Scandinavia House gift shop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good value. Dishes are tasty
    PrivateCitizen
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    A good value. Dishes are tasty and not overpriced. There aren't that many Scandinavian joints to begin with, so am glad this one delivers on the important attributes of food, price, service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Despite a reservation, we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2009
    Despite a reservation, we were seated 20 minutes late and had to hunt someone down for service!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a great way to sample
    Dilbretta
    Dined on 5/27/2009
    It was a great way to sample Scandinavia dish. Their food was good! Their service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of the best interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2009
    This is one of the best interesting places to have lunch in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant atmosphere. Not a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Pleasant atmosphere. Not a real restaurant feel as the tables are located in an atrium-like lobby of a multi-use building. Best for lunch. Good value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was surly and condescending
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Service was surly and condescending. Ikea has better food and better design.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality of beef on sandwich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/14/2009
    Quality of beef on sandwich was very mediocre.Also only one piece of bread.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been to the other Smorgases(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    I have been to the other Smorgases(sp?)in town, and whilst the ambiance of Scandinavia House was not really my favorite (think upscale Museum cafeteria, which it is!), it is only really dim in comparison to the ambiance at other ones I have been to. The food is ALWAYS excellent at Smorgas.From the famous meatballs to the delicious steak and eggs we had, and dessert was perfect--the waffles were not too sweet and covered in decadent chantilly cream. Our only complaint is the confusion over Mother's Day Brunch--the website advertised it and so did the house manager and the hostess, but at check time they tried to charge us in full. The manager rectified the situation and we left happy, but the confusion was definitely upsetting at the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I’m Swedish and I took my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2009
    I’m Swedish and I took my American business partner to Sorgos Chef. I usually think the portion sizes are too big in the US, but the portions we got at Smorgas Chef were ridiculously small. I felt embarrassed in front of my American guest. The marinated salmon was good, but it came with just a few tiny pieces of potatoes. We also got some bread, but my guest got the edge of the loaf. It seemed like there wasn’t enough food in the kitchen and they were trying to split the little they had between the guests. Afterwards, I ordered an espresso but got regular coffee in an espresso cup. I was deeply disappointed with my business lunch. I think Smorgas Chef could do much better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hate pickled herring or
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2009
    I hate pickled herring or what I know of pickled herring but I figured if anyone knew about pickled fish, it would be the Scandinavians. I was right. The pickled herring appetizer was an eye-opener for me. I ate it up. The steak and eggs was delicious and they were accommodating in that initially I had to send my dish back as the poached eggs were cooked through and the steak ranged from well done on the tip and rare at the other end. No fuss. They immediately took it back. When the dish arrived it was perfect and delicious. The dessert, well, don't ever turn down Scandinavian waffles. Crispy and sweet and not too much. You also have the opportunity to purchase cloudberry jam. Oh Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was surprised at how good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/2/2009
    I was surprised at how good the food was! It was very low-key, and Scandinavia House has interesting dinner and movie type events that the run with Smorgas Chef. I would love to try their location downtown with outdoor dining, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food tasted marvelous. Not
    JANandRon
    Dined on 4/2/2009
    Food tasted marvelous. Not too many Scandinavian restaurants in New York City, so the change is greatly welcomed. Wonderful server. Would reccommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was absolutely wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/12/2009
    The food was absolutely wonderful, and the "Power Lunch" is a fantastic deal, combining quality and affordability. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Swedish meatballs are
    GaryTheKVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2009
    The Swedish meatballs are to be worshipped. Superb gravlax as well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Scandinavian style
    lidollyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2009
    Lovely Scandinavian style bistro with a wonderful brunch menu. Very reasonably priced. Service on the slow side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this is a really good neighborhood
    leeandshe
    Dined on 2/28/2009
    this is a really good neighborhood casual spot, unpretentious and with good simple fare. the friendly wait-staff is energetic and aims to please. a really good value for the cost.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our 1st time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2009
    This was our 1st time dining here. We went for Saturday brunch. The service was wonderful and so was the food. We will defeinitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There was only one waiter
    abcdVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2009
    There was only one waiter when we sat down for dinner. He tried hard to serve everyone, but was obviously stretched beyond his limit. We asked about bread and were told that there had been no bread delivery that day. We also asked about the lack of other staff and were told that some reinforcements would be arriving. However, it was too late for us and we had to cancel our coffee orders. By the time we left at approximately 6:10 p.m. several other servers and cooks had arrived. We saw that bread, soda and other supplies were being delivered.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was fine. Not a wide
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2009
    The food was fine. Not a wide selection but several good dishes that were truly Scandinavian. No bar. Just wine and beer. The atmosphere was clorful but cold. I had a feeling I was in a cafeteria which was due to the fact the restaurant was in the loby of the Scandinavian House. It is more suited to luunch than dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I really enjoyed my dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    I really enjoyed my dining experience at Smorgas. It was quiet and intimate. The service was very good and I was happy to find that I was able to choose from a pre-fixed menu or the every day menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Smorgas Chef has some delicious
    neeneeVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Smorgas Chef has some delicious Scandinavian dishes. Our seafood soup was outstanding. Restaurant is located directly in the entrance portion of Scandinavia House which is convenient but distracts a little from the experience of dining out. The service was friendly but slow and could be somewhat more attentive. How about a busboy to remove dishes so that staff are freer to attend to customers? Prices were very reasonable. Scandinavia House is a little gem of a museum- there is currently a wonderful exhibit about Victor Borge-and there is a great gift shop. As for the restaurant, I would definitely return. It is only six months old; give it time. (Wonder why they didn't find a more attractive name for the restaurant:"Smorgas Chef"???
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was different enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    The food was different enough that it was worth going to. I will try their other locations for the brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an odd location in the scandinavia
    dgleasonVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2009
    an odd location in the scandinavia house, but solid food, and you get to stroll past posters for little-known nordic films on the way to the bathroom.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This location is a find. Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    This location is a find. Good menu. Friendly service. I plan to return many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic