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Smorgas Chef at Scandinavia House

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
Swedish, Scandinavian, Danish, Norwegian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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58 Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10016 (37th Street)
+1 212-847-9745
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Old Bethpage, New York
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I and another couple were looking for a reasonable restaurant on the East Side (upper 30s and Park Avenue) for brunch on a recent Saturday. We found this lovely restaurant in the Scandinavia House. Delicious and fresh salads (I had a plate of four herrings - a Scandinavian specialty that I first ate in Copenhagen). The staff... More 

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Wyoming
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Tasty bread, spicy mayo, chicken breast, roasted red pepper & melted Gouda cheese. Scrumptious! The waitress told us that at least one person at every table orders this. I would definitely have it again!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 682 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My companion has met for coffee with a group of friends weekly for several years, and the coffee and pastries are always excellent. The food has a Scandinavian bent, of course, and the seafood tends to be the best. Cleanliness is superb, and the waitstaff is pleasant and very helpful.

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New York, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We had a movie at 7 at the Scandinavia House; this place did great service, getting us out in 40 minutes. We had salads, which are wonderful, as well as two mains: the herring sampler for my wife and the Swedish meatballs with gravy, mashed pot, and cranberry and cold red cabbage. For dessert my wife had a tea, which... More 

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New York City, New York
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87 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

There is plenty to enjoy here: Scandinavian food (think gravlax, herring, Swedish meatballs, lingonberry soda), American/Continental fare (think chicken, salmon, burgers, salads), modern and tranquil atmosphere (except just before or after an evening event). Midtown location perfect. Good value.

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Denville, New Jersey
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Between us we had the classic smorgasbord and swedish meatball entrees. The salads are huge...we shared the roasted beet salad. And the Swedish Princess Cake (princessastart) is to die for. Everything here is exceptionally fresh and is actually raised or grown on their own farm (except for the fish, obviously - not to say the fish isn't fresh..it is). Great... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Crowded but great service. We went for brunch and there were great choices to share. Gravlax is great and other dishes quite good. A rare find for the neighborhood but reservations aren't a crazy idea.

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Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

I really wanted to love this restaurant - I enjoy all things Scandinavian and wanted to relive some good times spent in Sweden. The food was good - it came close to traditional Swedish flavors and combinations, and the ingredients were fresh. The service was really slow, though, and the meal was way overpriced for what was received.

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McLean, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has deteriorated significantly. It had been two years since I dinned here, and since my previous experiences were stellar I expected more of the same. What an utter disappointment! The wait staff were not knowledgable of the menu. They were simply clueless when it came to food allergens and vegetarian items. We called ahead prior to our reservation... More 

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

If you like Scandinavian-inspired food and the atmosphere of Scandinavian dining, this is a good choice. Be prepared for small/reasonable portions (i.e. Not the overwhelming feed troughs Americans have gotten used to). The food was very good. The Smorgasbord was a nice, representative sampling of Scandinavian foods, while the Gravlaks Sandwich was a more filling selection. Service was very good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
Cuisine
Swedish, Scandinavian, Danish, Norwegian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10016
    (37th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to Grand Central Station/42nd Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-847-9745
Description
On the 1st floor of Scandinavia House and boasting a glorious birch tree centrepiece, Smörgås Chef serves a tasty array of Scandinavian dishes in airy, traditional Scandinavian surroundings. Focusing on fresh ingredients, vibrant herbs and delicate flavors, the Smörgås Chef menu features Scandinavian delights like Swedish meatballs and lingonberries, herb crusted salmon with juniper sauce and Nordic chips with caviar dip. A delicious dessert menu offers Scandinavian soft vanilla waffles and Norwegian apple pie, while the drinks menu boasts some of the best cocktails and beers Scandinavia has to offer. Smörgås Chef - Scandinavia House NYC boasts a long white bar, colorful Arne Jacobsen chairs and soaring ceilings. The open plan kitchen lets diners admire the excellent craftsmanship of the chefs. Scandinavia House hosts gallery exhibits and concerts, making Smörgås Chef the perfect place to dine pre or post event. Smörgås Chef is a 6-minute walk from Grand Central - 42 Street Subway Station.

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