Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. New York City
  4. Manhattan
  5. Midtown East

Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House

4.0
4
458 Reviews
$30 and under
Scandinavian
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."

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scandinavian, European
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 4pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 847-9745
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ari Niemenen
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    Smorgas Chef on Park Avenue has access to the buildings beautifully designed rooms for hosting events. The Smorgas Cafe is available for large parties, birthdays, business breakfasts, or simply an office promotion dinner. The Volvo Room on the second floor is able to be designed around your needs, w
  • Private party contact
    Sabina Lindmark: (877) 724-9806
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Cross street
    37th Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to Grand Central Station/42nd Street.
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 458 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

458 Reviews
  1. OccasionalSailor

    New York City

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a very tasty dinner before going to see Jazz at Kitano. Highly recommend the Swedish Meatballs, the Salmon & the Classic Smorgasbord. Great deserts and coffee too.

    Is this helpful?

  2. Chardonelen

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I've been to Smorgas Chef several times and have never been disappointed. The service can be a little spotty at time, but overall a good meal and experience.

    Is this helpful?

  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful brunch, which was made even more delightful by Mina our server. She was friendly, thoughtful and efficient. We have dined at Smorgas Chef many times and the food has never disapointed. No matter what we select, from the Ham Club Sandwich, Swedish Meatballs, Waffles and Bacon or the Burger, which we had on Sunday, it is always delicious and those are only some of the Brunch selections. It is a really relaxed place for a weekend meal and one I look forward to going back to again and again.

    Is this helpful?

  4. Touristjim

    Tampa

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, great ambience. Love Sunday brunch.

    Is this helpful?

  5. Hank

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Smorgas Chef/Scandinavia House has a sensibly priced modern Svandinavian menu, high quality food, and a comfortable ambiance which allows for easy conversation. Great spot for social and business lunches.

    Is this helpful?

  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Have been there many time. Will renew my membership that gives you discounts on food and purchases.

    Is this helpful?

  7. DavidB

    New York City

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    One server for the whole place. Meatballs were the highlight and salmon was better than expected. "Signature salad" was sad.

    Is this helpful?

  8. Bill476

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been here many times and it is consistently excellent. Food is very different and the staff is is quite attentive. Always a pleasure.

    Is this helpful?

  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here for the first time, for Sunday brunch ... the salmon benedict was amazing, as was all of the food. Highly recommended!

    Is this helpful?

  10. DouglasS

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Whether you already know you love Scandinavian cuisine or not, this restaurant is always a treat. There's something for everyone, including a great burger, but the herring, gravlax, and Swedish Meatballs are standouts. I just tried the Bergen Fish Chowder, and I'll definitely be having that again. Buy some Swedish jam on your way out.

    Is this helpful?

  11. aeg1

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is really delicious -- a true taste of Scandinavia.

    Is this helpful?

  12. Theater

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved this place. Granted, I'm half Swedish so this hit a lot of my childhood memory triggers, but beyond that, the food was just so tasty, with fresh ingredients. The staff was beyond friendly, with just the right amount of interaction, checking to see if I enjoyed everything and promptly bringing the next course (I was there for Restaurant week so had 3 courses.) I had the parsnip soup which was wonderful on a bit of a blustery day, and was also a perfect portion size. As a starter it did not fill me up, being a cup and not a bowl of soup. I had the blenheim ham club and it was wonderful. I especially liked that there were only two slices of bread (wonderful 7 grain bread) and it was not drenched in mayo. You could tasted all of the ingredients. The raspberry cake is a childhood favorite and I so appreciated the smaller portion size. I am one for quality over quantity and this definitely ticked that box! An added bonus to this restaurant is that it is in the Scandinavian House so there is a wonderful shop attached as well as the exhibits.

    Is this helpful?

  13. r2ro

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for brunch by Grand Central. Superb food and ambiance.

    Is this helpful?

  14. Foodie2345

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    For restaurant week, I think the restaurant had good choices to offer. I picked the Parsnip Soup as an appetizer and felt the soup was too sweet to my liking. I should've gone with the salad. I also picked the Pan Seared Salmon as my entree and it was a bit dissappointing. Disappointing not in the taste of the fish but disappointing in that it only came as a single fillet of fish. I figured that fish could've come with some sides and it could've made for a more fulfilling meal. Desserts were great although the raspberry almond cake was a bit dry for my liking. I may have made some bad choices in my appetizer and dessert choices but overall it was a good experience, friendly atmosphere, and good food. I highly recommend to management to perhaps add some sides to the salmon dish though.

    Is this helpful?

  15. theatrelady

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place for lunch with friends. Not rushed, good service and interesting menu.

    Is this helpful?

  16. HendrikV

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My business partner was impressed, says he wants to come back with family/others

    Is this helpful?

  17. JAFan

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Perfect midtown choice if you're going to the Morgan Library or 42nd Library, or meeting a friend coming into Grand Central. Food was quite good. I had the open face sandwich quartet of several small Swedish offerings.

    Is this helpful?

  18. MarilynA

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful Scandinavian menu, as well as fresh vegetables from upstate NY farm.

    Is this helpful?

  19. Westchesterfoodie

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and authentic Scandinavian food. Beautiful presentation. Will definitely return!

    Is this helpful?

  20. Michael

    New York City

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good, authentic Scandinavian food in a charming, casual setting.

    Is this helpful?

  21. LauraB

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An oasis in the city. A favorite. Quiet. Food very good

    Is this helpful?

  22. Terry

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food.... Also Love anything Nordic...love that there is a museum upstairs and a theatre downstairs.

    Is this helpful?

  23. Martha

    New York City

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were going to a concert at the Victor Borge Theater so we had dinner first. Dinner was delicious...a bit noisy. The room was full and the staff was nice but not enough of them. Slower service. Pear pie was better than yummy. Wanted to take a whole pie home with me! Liked the face that I could eat everyhhing on my plate but not go hungry. Just a nice portion.

    Is this helpful?

  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Great!Great! Great!Great! Great!Great! Great!Great! Great!Great! Great!

    Is this helpful?

  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Used to be a favourite, but they now seem to be going through the motions. Food indifferently prepared, and hard to catch the eye of not-very-busy waitstaff.

    Is this helpful?

  26. JohnM

    Exclusive

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lots of space - good for pushchairs and strollers, relaxed atmosphere, limited but good Scandinavian menu of tasty items - take your time and enjoy it here.

    Is this helpful?

  27. NicoleMLM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House is a great find for the Midtown/Grand Central area. It has a funky, cheerful atmosphere and is located on the ground floor of Scandinavia House, so you could make a date of seeing an exhibition/having a Nordic cultural experience easily. They also have a cute shop with import items. The food is delicious, but mostly meat and fish, so I would recommend anyone with vegetarian/vegan/non-dairy needs to take a close look at the menu in advance. The restaurant has slower service during the lunch rush, mainly because it is popular and always seems to be busy. Reserving in advance is recommended, as well as planning ahead for dessert! Access note: Seating space is NYC tight so if you have stroller/wheelchair needs I would alert the staff in advance for more strategic seating.

    Is this helpful?

  28. ReviewedSomeFood

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love this place! I have been going here for years and it has been consistently excellent! The food is fresh and excellently prepared! The service is wonderful!

    Is this helpful?

  29. Noelle

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bloody Mary was fantastic. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Would recommend to all.

    Is this helpful?

  30. HappyDiner

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliable in its good menu, great service, pleasant atmosphere. That's why I come back again & again.

    Is this helpful?

  31. shells

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious, fresh food. Love the meatballs, variety plates, soups. Save room for dessert.

    Is this helpful?

  32. Mia8NY

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive and accommodating service staff make the delicious meal even more enjoying. It is my favorite place to spend any time and any occasion.

    Is this helpful?

  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Ambiance excellent. Our server was good but the restaurant was short-staffed so she was not as attentive as she could have been.

    Is this helpful?

  34. angus

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant hasn't made changes to the menu in years. It is a pleasant space.

    Is this helpful?

  35. Nightqueentulip

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Went with a group for a holiday lunch. Seated at a table with exceptionally low seats. Felt like I was a giant in a children's classroom and the ambience is sort of 'cafeteria-like'. Entrees were very good, as was the wine and other special drinks. Wait staff were efficient. My salad, however, was overdressed (signature salad) and my dessert (pear pie) didn't have any taste to it. I clearly ordered the wrong dessert. Overall, the experience was worth it, maybe because of the holiday decor. Prices were competitive.

    Is this helpful?

  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Scandinavia House restaurant is an excellent spot for a business or social lunch in the lower Grand Central vicinity of midtown Manhattan. The service is very good and the food is delicious.

    Is this helpful?

  37. andreinCT

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really fun and seemingly authentic scandinavian restaurant. Had a blast. the food was great and so was the ambiance. Great for lunch in NYC if you happen to be in midtown Manhattan.

    Is this helpful?

  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was perfect, right portion sizes. Delicious. The staff was friendly and efficient.

    Is this helpful?

  39. NYDiner

    New York City

    299 reviews

    4.0

    299 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The fresh and wholesome food sets this restaurant apart. The seafood soup is not to be missed.

    Is this helpful?

  40. VEGGIEFAN

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All of us thoroughly enjoyed the food. Everything was meticulously fresh and well prepared. However, the cauliflower vegetarian option was really exceptional. So often vegetarian options are an afterthought and this particular option was well thought out and perfectly prepared.

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House is rated 4 stars by 458 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing
Google Map for Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House

58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Additional information

  • Cross street
    37th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 4pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Scandinavian, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to Grand Central Station/42nd Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ari Niemenen
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 847-9745
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    Smorgas Chef on Park Avenue has access to the buildings beautifully designed rooms for hosting events. The Smorgas Cafe is available for large parties, birthdays, business breakfasts, or simply an office promotion dinner. The Volvo Room on the second floor is able to be designed around your needs, w
  • Private party contact
    Sabina Lindmark: (877) 724-9806
Discover
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
Rentalcars Logo
OpenTable Logo