Permanently Closed - Smorgas Chef Wall Street

3.8
214 Reviews
$30 and under
Scandinavian
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 Coldwater 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."
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3.8based on all time ratings
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vipMeyerLemonsky
Mexico City
39 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was hoping for more. The food was okay, not great- except the gravlax which was outstanding. They charge for second cups of coffee and the service was bordering on hostile.

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brooklyneats
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Small, quiet restaurant on Stone Street. Unrushed service and good Scandinavian food. Reasonably priced.

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kidsnave
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great location among many downtown on Stone Street. There were many new and interesting choices on the menu so three out of four chose the smorgasbord assortment. After trying each of the items, we still couldn't decide which we liked the best. Everything was fresh, tasty and very nicely presented.

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vipPSW2014
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solid meal, quality seafood, highly recommend. Great Scandinavian dishes.

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Frenchie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I end up always getting the same thing at smorgas because i like it so much (kale and apple salad with gravlax). the vibe is chill, its not so loud you can't talk, and is a real place to have a civilized lunch at a reasonable price in the financial district - a rarity!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and experience was good, a bit marred by the very noisy Octoberfest activities outside.

RP
vipRachelP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 72 hour Aquavit cured gravlaks was absolutely unreal. And the herring trio was everything I wanted it to be and more!!!!!!!The food (including the side salads (potato and cucumber)) were not over-seasoned, so the ingredients were allowed to speak for themselves. I can't wait to come back

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vipYiyangW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2016
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Terrible food, overpriced & overcooked. Although the restaurant was close to empty, the waitresses were very inattentive.

JC
vipJCardiff
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I love their homemade lingonberry soda and the swedish meatballs, but sandwiches and plates are imaginative here and delicious.

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vipSlt400
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sweet place, service a bit spotty but they are very nice.

EM
EatMcEatFace
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Authentic Swedish fare. Somewhat cramped dining room, but not unusual for NYC.

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Yohoney
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I took my husband here for Father's Day,and the food was excellent. The mixed green salad was fresh and the portion was pretty big and tasty. He ordered the grilled Alaskan Salmon which he said tasted fresh and delicious; I ordered the duck with mushrooms and Marsala sauce with mashed potatoes, absoludly delicious. I would go here again although the place it's a little small and hard to find but the food it's so worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here after 4 months in Copenhagen, and it really felt like home. The food was delicious and authentic. Service was also great and we will be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We've been to Smorgas Chef twice now and have enjoyed it both times. The Swedish meatballs do not disappoint, and the cozy two-person table at the window, while quite small in space, offers a great place to people watch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We've been there for Sunday Brunch. Food was ok, but nothing special at all. The best thing I can say is that it was very quiet because only a few tables were booked.

PC
vipPrivateCitizen
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very good food, ok service which is inconsistent over the long term.

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Brittany
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday lunch because it's right down the street from my work and we had a Diner's Deck card for $10 off food. He had the crispy chicken sandwich and I had the salmon burger. Both were pretty good. The Atlantic salmon entree, which is also served at Crepes du Nord, the creperie at the other end of the Smorgas Chef restaurant, is amazing and I highly recommend it. During the late spring/summer, there is lots of outdoor seating on Stone Street.

PC
vipPrivateCitizen
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Mgmt needs to train staff to deliver consistent service.

PC
vipPrivateCitizen
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Mgmt please come up with a plan to train your staff. It's not so hard, really.

PC
vipPrivateCitizen
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Wait staff turns over every 2-3 months, and thus lacks consistency. To resolve that they need to train their staff better. Most new staff have no idea how to interact with customers, like asking how is your food, can I get you anything else, or following up on simple requests like an extra napkin. Most are not that busy but still seem to lack focus and concentration with dealing with simply requests or being mindful.

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vipBruyere8
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great when you're in the mood for something different. Nice staff. Yummy food! Who doesn't love a good smorgasbord?

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MEWReview
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I lived in Norway, so I'm already familiar with the cuisine/culture. I took my boyfriend, who hasn't eaten Scandinavian food, to this restaurant abd he really enjoyed it. Food was delicious and presented well. Liked the location as well.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Scandinavian cuisine complemented by farm to table selections. This is the essence of modern Scandinavian cooking. Stone Street is a hidden treasure in the Wall Street neighborhood.

JJ
vipJandJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and organic options.

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chouette
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The main attraction is the high-quality seasonal Swedish food, some of which is sourced from the owners' upstate New York farm. Over the years, we've had brunch, lunch and dinner both inside the small but well-designed restaurant and, in good weather, outside on Stone Street. Food is consistently high-quality and reasonably priced; service always friendly. Great neighborhood vibe in the Financial District.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had the Smorgasbord, which is a mix of all traditional Swedish food on one plate. I enjoyed it but it was a bit pricey for what it was. I also ordered an espresso martini and it was mixed with Bailey's (wrong) and overpriced. Drinks should be avoided there. Not sure if I'd go again, there are other places to go for Swedish food that must be cheaper.

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Sarah
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a great meal at Smorgas, tucked in among all of the bars on Stone Street. All of our food was delicious--the salmon was absolutely delicious, and the meatballs were as authentic as you can get.

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chic
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had the Chicken Schnitzel, the gravy had an odd taste and the chicken was overcooked.

RJ
RJSNY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The salmon burger is most delicious. The menu is not elaborate but lots of good choices that makes it difficult to decide. Not a big place so it fills up quickly in the lunch hour. Definitely recommended if you want to try the Norwegian cuisine.

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vipnyc10
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and authentic food with really friendly and accommodating waiters. I had the vegetarian swedish meatballs and my boyfriend had the normal ones. Highly recommend!

J
Judy
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The Swedish meatbsalls were excellent. I loved the herring sampler. The cod was average

J
vipJann
New York Area
395 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We both had the Smorgasbord. Very good Swedish Meatballs. Crepe with ricotta & lingonberries was tasty but crepe was thick & soft, more pancake than crepe.

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Hagar
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff were very attentive, and the food was delicious.

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Rachel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has a rustic but modern feel. It has wine on tap (which I love), and really tasty food. It's not too loud, so it would be a great date spot. Not too pricey, and the service is great.

JB
JBaker
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2015
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The servers were very slow and unfriendly, but the food was quite good and the restaurant's interior was lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck was amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was perfect! I went with a group of three on a Sunday night, we ordered wine and several tasting plates. Everything is delicious, fresh, authentic. Beautiful exposed brick with cozy decor. I definitely recommend for a low key happy hour with snacks, or special night out.

PC
vipPrivateCitizen
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Stop ripping off regular patrons. Have asked you twice, nicely, to credit me my 100 points. Still waiting. Wake up!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to feel transported elsewhere during lunchtime. The smorgasbord is so pleasing to the palate with its variety of flavors. The space may not be as grand as midtown location, but it's much more accessible for me. Will be back soon . . .

PC
vipPrivateCitizen
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The daily specials are just rearrangements of their standard menu. No imagination.

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Permanently Closed - Smorgas Chef Wall Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 422-3500.

Permanently Closed - Smorgas Chef Wall Street is rated 3.8 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.