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Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House
Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House

Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.smorgas.com
  • Phone: (212) 847-9745
  • 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: Scandinavian, European
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Super friendly staff but the food was mediocre, but maybe it's just my Asian stomach."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have traveled to several of the Scandinavian countries. The restaurants there focus on good food without fancy frills. In the same spirit, this restaurant delivers a lively and varied menu. The food is tasty and seems quite authentic. I particularly enjoyed the cold cucumber soup and the Swedish meatballs. This is a great spot for a casual meal and a menu that is not the usual New York fare."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I had pre-fixe dinner and movie deal. Smorgarsboarg was good but small portion."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Five of us had the most delicious fresh Scandinavian food, from appetizers to dessert, a very friendly caring waitress. Could not have been better. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Inside Scandinavia House, a gallery and museum of Scandinavian culture, this restaurant serves up great and interesting food, beautifully prepared. We have only had brunch and lunch here but the menu is varied and nicely done. Vegetarian options as well."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The seafood, I had gravlaks and the seafood chowder, is fresh and deicious. The service is friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've been here several times before, and the food is always good, but the service is always terrible. We're talking "drop the dessert menu off and come back 15 minutes later" terrible, despite the fact that the entire dining room is tiny and it takes a concerted effort to ignore other people. I'm not sure why it's so difficult for them to figure it out, as there is nothing complicated. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "When I paid my bill, I inadvertently left my credit card behind. Within a half hour the restaurant staff called to let me know they had my card. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Morgan's can be relied on for really fresh food. The salmon is always a treat. Their recently introduced sea chowder (appetizer or main course) is not to be missed."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellent selection of Scandinavian classics; well prepared and artfully presented."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Comfortable warm dining.....if you're Scandinavian you'll feel like you've come home. Recommend Swedish meatballs, smorgasbord dinner and waffles. No aquavit"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Smorgaschef offered us delicious food with a Scandinavian accent; the desserts were great. My companion especially liked the cheesecake and the waffles remind one of foods Swedish. It is also a very comfortable place to eat and talk."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Something for everyone. Tasty and good portion size. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A very tasty and good value Easter brunch was presented. Both the smoked salmon starter and the leg of lamb main course were excellent. The service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Another great lunch at this real neighbourhood gem. I took a client who had never been and he thought the salmon was 'outstanding'. Their current soup (mushroom) is superb too. The restaurant is open for dinner too and the Centre has many evening prgrams which makes the whole evenet a very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The location within the Scandinavian Center adds to an ambiance conducive to a quiet restful lunch or dinner. It is often possible to see a film or art exhibit before or after the meal. The food has an obvious Nordic bias and is both tasty and healthy with natural ingredients. A friendly and attentive service add to the appeal."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "One of the reasons I went to NY recently was to eat Swedish food at this restaurant. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. The staff was extremely attentive and considerate. I was there near closing time and it wasn't busy, so I got to interact with four staff members - all of which were very nice. And the atmosphere is fun and creative. My only criticism was that the menu should be as complete as the restaurant they have downtown. I came for the steak and was surprised it wasn't on the menu at this Park Avenue location. But the Swedish meatball dish was great!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We eat here often. The food and ambience are wonderful. We love the restaurant so much that three years ago we made my husband's 75th birthday party. There."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "What a terrific find!! My son and I dined at Smorgas Chef after a full day visiting various sights in NYC. It was absolutely perfect. The staff was friendly but not overbearing, the ambience serene and restful, the food was fresh and delicious. The kale salad and seafood chowder were both amazing. Give it a try---you won't be disappointed!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had been to the museum at the Scandinavia House recently and noticed the lovely restaurant so we decided to give it a try for brunch. The dining room itself is beautiful, the service excellent. The brunch was great and everything we tried was delicious. Don't skip dessert and be sure to try the Eggs Benedict Trio and the Princess Cake. There is even a beautiful gift shop to browse in after your meal. We will be back again."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Definitely a refreshing brunch. We all really enjoyed the generous use of gravlax in the dishes, the egg dishes were great, the salad tasted fresh and the dressing great, and the side of gratin is amazing. I could eat a whole pan of it! The restaurant itself was charming, quiet and calm (what many brunch places that are too hip lack), and it made us feel like we could actually be in Helsinki or Stockholm at that moment. Thank you!"
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "I really think that The Smorgas Cafe is the top lunch spot in Murray Hill. Terrific food choices - I had a delicious could cucumber soup followed by the Sewdish meatballs - served to us by a lovely, friendly waitress. I also urge diners to visit the gift shop and check out what's on in their gallery."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "I have become a regular here for the fresh, healthy and beautifully prepared food and kind service (most of the time). The ambiance is a bit institutional since it is part of Scandinavia House lobby. Over the summer, it has been consistently warm and uncomfortable. Wish they would address it sometime soon."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "I love eating at Smorgas Chef because I know I will have the most fresh, healthy ingredients prepared beautifully ... and always delicious. Prices are a bit on the high side, but so is the quality, and so I bring friends and family here on a regular basis."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "This restaurant has a unique Scandinavian twist for a light yet filling lunch. I met my college pals here for a late lunch and we shared dishes and were able to sit and chat over a bottle of wine far longer than most other places would allow. The menu is fun and different and I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "There is no better treat in NYC than to combine a fantastic art exhibit (or other cultural events) at Scandinavia House and a meal at Smorgas Chef in the building's lobby. The service is warm and never rushed. The delicious Scandinavian food is prepared highlighting locally grown/raised ingredients from the restaurant's own farm. I even stepped outside of my usual beer preferences and tried a bitter Finnish beer that was the perfect compliment to my meal. Please leave room for dessert........"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "With different and interesting menu items and a calm, casual atmosphere, we always enjoy Smorgas Chef. The chicken was fresh and tasty, an unusual combination of side dishes made it interesting (white asparagus, kale and rhubarb). Our friends loved the meatballs and herring in various styles. And the location is convenient to Grand Central and Penn Station, an added plus. Scandinavia House is also an interesting venue, and then there's that birch tree in the middle of the dining room...."
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "This place is consistently delicious, but consistently deserted. We had a 7pm reservation on a Friday night and the place was basically pitch-black. We were one of three tables that were occupied; one with an older couple and one with a lone patron. This is the second time I’ve seen the place like this; the first was at about the same time on a Saturday night in the fall. The food is consistently good, but unlike the other Smorgas locations, this one is always empty for dinner. Think of it as an almost private dining experience. The food is fabulous, but if you’re looking for a little more pep on a night out, perhaps another Smorgas location would suit you better."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "It is a pleasant place for lunch or to meet someone mid-afternoon. Scandinavian flavor gives it a distinctive feel."
    Dined on 6/3/2013
  • "If you long for a taste of Sweden on your table, look no farther: this is as good as it gets this side of the Atlantic. The room is not elegant, but it is serviceable: and ones your plates arrive, you'll be back in Stockholm or whichever part of Sweden you have fancied."
    Dined on 6/2/2013
  • "Only problem was the lack of air conditioning- rather uncomfortable on a muggy day."
    Dined on 5/22/2013
  • "This is a pretty room with a large tree in the center. While the food was very good, service was fair. They had a fixed price menu but waiter couldn't find a copy of it. Website had menu and fixed price menu but was out of date. Once we were there awhile service improved from poor to fair. Don't go with expectations too high."
    Dined on 5/7/2013
  • "This was my first visit to Smorgas Chef and what a pleasant surprise. Food was fresh and delicious and service was very attentive. Will definitely return, and soon."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "A small unpretentious place, with wonderful Scandinavian food. Not huge portions, but what's wrong with that? Leaves room for delicious dessert!"
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "I had lunch here at 2.30pm on a Sat afternoon. I was dining alone, and there were at most four other parties in the restaurant. After being seated, I was offered a beverage, ordered and had bread delivered to the table. After 15 minutes or so, my entree was delivered. I ordered the Gravlaks platter which was excellent. However, from the time the food arrived, no one stopped by the table until more than 20 minutes after I had finished eating. After inquiring about dessert, another 20 minutes passed before I had to wave the waitress down for the check (which she then delivered without a word of thanks). Meanwhile, staff cleaned other tables and chatted with each other. The good food will be forgotten due to the poor service."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "Good value especially given Park Ave location. Relaxed, spacious with tables comfortably apart. Herring excellent, mussles good. Meatballs boring."
    Dined on 4/24/2013
  • "Went for Sunday Brunch. Menu was diverse enough and food was very good. Service was not great, though the place was relatively empty. Staff seemed more intent on cleaning empty counters than attending to requests for more coffee."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "We had original plate thing and sarmon . Chef really knows how to cook fish .Also the floor man reccmmend good wine . Next time I want try local beer and meet ball ."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "Scandinavian food is, I think fairly universally, not highly regarded and with its emphasis on pickled fishes it's not hard to see why. However, Smorgas Chef manages to actually make Scandinavian food really tasty, providing bold flavors in classic Scandinavian dishes. It's definitely worth a try. You may even learn to like it as much as I do!"
    Dined on 4/4/2013
  • "The food was fantastic. Flavors were rich and varied, from the creamed herring, to the beets and goat cheese, to the parsnip soup. The food was expertly prepared. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/29/2013