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Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House

4.0
491 reviews
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$30 and under
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Scandinavian
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

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."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scandinavian, European
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 4pm

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Phone number
(212) 847-9745
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ari Niemenen
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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
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Private party contact
Sabina Lindmark: (877) 724-9806
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
37th Street
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Public transit
4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to Grand Central Station/42nd Street.
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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
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
3.9
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vipOccasionalSailor (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

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.

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vipChardonelen (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2017

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.

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vipTouristjim (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2017

Fabulous food, great ambience. Love Sunday brunch.

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Hank (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2017

Great place. Have been there many time. Will renew my membership that gives you discounts on food and purchases.

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DavidB (Orlando)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

One server for the whole place. Meatballs were the highlight and salmon was better than expected. "Signature salad" was sad.

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Bill476 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

Have been here many times and it is consistently excellent. Food is very different and the staff is is quite attentive. Always a pleasure.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

Went here for the first time, for Sunday brunch ... the salmon benedict was amazing, as was all of the food. Highly recommended!

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DouglasS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

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aeg1 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2017

The food is really delicious -- a true taste of Scandinavia.

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Lisamj (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2017

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.

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r2ro (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

Great spot for brunch by Grand Central. Superb food and ambiance.

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Foodie2345 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

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.

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theatrelady (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Nice place for lunch with friends. Not rushed, good service and interesting menu.

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HendrikV (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

My business partner was impressed, says he wants to come back with family/others

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JAFan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

Wonderful Scandinavian menu, as well as fresh vegetables from upstate NY farm.

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Westchesterfoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

Delicious and authentic Scandinavian food. Beautiful presentation. Will definitely return!

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vipMichael (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2017

Very good, authentic Scandinavian food in a charming, casual setting.

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