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Posted by CuisineCrazy on 10/06/2011
I've been maning to visit Smorgas Chef for a while and I finally visited. I'm glad I did. I dined alone and felt welcome (not alwas the case for a solo diner) in a warm and cozy Village atmosphere. The cuisine was simple and very good- a goat cheese "fritter" served with sliced, cold yellow and red beets with some salad greens, Swedish meatballs and a cucumber with dill salad- The service was attentive and prompt. I'll return!
Posted by BeeGee on 09/07/2010
Great restaurant week value at $35 for 4 courses. In addition, we sampled the tasting menu- try the braised rib and the warm goat cheese. Both were outstanding. The gravlax was very good as was the herring. The veggie meatballs less so, but the delicious vanilla waffle dessert more than made up for it. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Overall a very solid choice.
Posted by Nestle on 07/07/2010
I loved that this place had unobtrusive service and let us linger. Food was pretty good and I would definitely return.
Posted by Melissa on 10/24/2009
I've always had a weakness for Scandinavian food, so I was very excited to finally be checking Smorgas Chef out! My boyfriend and I went on a Friday night around 7:30, and we got a table pretty quickly. The location of the restaurant makes it really intimate, if not a bit cramped. Overall a cute place. The service was good, too, though I got the feeling they might be a little short-staffed. I was a bit disappointed with the seafood chowder, and the fries I ordered with my Swedish meatballs entree were way too salty. That being said, the meatballs were delicious, the vanilla waffles are wonderful, and both my boyfriend and I enjoyed ourselves. I'd recommend it, but I also wish I had ordered perhaps the duck (which other tables seemed to be adoring). Maybe next time!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/26/2009
After passing by Smorgas for several years, I finally decided to dine there and treat my mom to brunch. The hostess was very cordial and we were promptly seated. We were both very impressed with the atmosphere of the restaurant and our meals. The food was light and tasty. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the waitstaff. After taking our order and receiving our meal, we were never approached again by any of the waitstaff until we were handed the bill. I would have been much more tolerant if the restaurant had been very busy, but it wasn't. Unfortunately, they missed out on a handsome tip. I'm willing to give it a second try.
Posted by JBPanic on 02/13/2009
Brought my wife for her birthday after reading reviews. It was definitely a winner. The food is good, and the service & atmosphere are even better. I gave this place 4.5 stars overall and I can be picky. Had the prix fixe dinner for $34 of Gravlaks appetizer, Swedish Meatball entree and vanilla waffles for dessert. It was my first time having Gravlaks so I have no basis of comparison but I know I'm not a fan of salmon. Despite that I really enjoyed the appetizer. It was lite but had a fresh flavor as they were accented with a dill cucumber salad that complimented the salmon well. The Swedish meatballs were tastey but filling. I'm a pretty big guy, but only ate half as I was saving room for dessert. The entire wait staff teamed up to sing my wife happy birthday. I'm usually not into the staff birthday sing-along, but we'd made friends with them so it was kind of sweet. They really went out of their way to make it a special evening for her. The manager came by several times to check on us. I think by the end of the night all 4 staff members had learned our names. Great experience!
Posted by MKB on 12/08/2008
To mix things up a bit, my girlfriend and I elected to try Smorgas Chef after seeing their menu outside Scandinavian House. So we ventured to their outpost in Chelsea and were rewarded for our choice. The atmosphere is cozy, and they have a wide variety of cocktails and hard-to-find liquor. At the recommendation of our server, we had glog, which is a tasty seasonal spiced wine served hot. We enjoyed this while listening to Christmas carolers that apparently make appearances during the dinner service. This was a nice touch that only served to reinforce the cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The meatballs were savory and well-accompanied by mashed potatoes and lingonberry preserves. However, our entrees were mildly disappointing my girlfriends' lamb was not the freshest and the side dishes that came with my codfish were very bland and in no way enhanced the meal. Still, this was a most enjoyable dining experience, and we plan on returning to sample more of their tasty Nordic fare.