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  • Scandinavian
  • 283 W 12th St, New York NY10014 40.737713 -74.003997
  • (At W 4th St)
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  • (212) 243-7073
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User Ratings (Based on 18 reviews)

3.995
Food 3.9 Value 3.7
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 4.4

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 243-7073
Website:
www.smorgaschef.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx Happy Hour Daily: 4pm-7pm
Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am-4:30pm+5pm-11pm Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 11am-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering

User Reviews

  • Smorgas Chef

    Posted by w.vill.gal on 10/08/2008

    fantastic brunch!

    came for brunch on a whim, and was very pleasantly surprised. started with swedish meatball app - served with mashed potatoes, gravy and lingonberry sauce - amazing! then had an asparagus and mushroom omelet. i did not opt to add cheese to the omelet, and it was still completely delicious, chock full of veggies. i would go back for brunch in a heartbeat!

  • Smorgas Chef

    Posted by LeMis on 07/18/2008

    pleasantly surprised

    Went there on Sat evening and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food and absolutely great cocktails. We had a prix fixe ofr, I believe $25, (btw. 5 and 7 pm) where you get 3 appetizers that together make a nice portion size. Everything (particularly spicy shrimp) was quite yummy. Although desserts didn't look too enticing, espresso and latte were very good. Will be happy to come there again!

  • Smorgas Chef

    Posted by Susanebere on 09/22/2007

    Great Value!

    On a recommendation from a friend that lives near by to Smorgas in the village, my friend and I (both from Atlanta) had a very memorable dinner. We did the small plate thing...four of them...The Herring small plate was excellent letting us each sample four different ways of serving herring. The meatballs were fabulous. The Mussels were the best I've eaten in years. The fourth dish was the salmon...not bad, just not memorable. We each had a glass of Pinot Noir...the bill was only $30 Each...We were more than full and extremely exhilerated! The wait woman was very knowledgable and attentive.

  • Smorgas Chef

    Posted by Melissa on 07/26/2007

    We'll be back!

    Some friends of ours recommended Smorgas Chef and its lovely outdoor terrace, so we decided to try it this weekend. The wonderful hostess got us a cozy table in the terrace after only a 20-minute wait in the bar, which we were very grateful of, because the restaurant was so packed. The food was quite a nice surprise - it was our first encounter with Scandinavian food. A lot of light summer seafood fares: gravlax with cucumbers, lobster sandwich with caviar, etc. The server was knowledgeable and attentive. I had the lamb entrée, which was one of the best I had in a while. And my husband had the cloudberry duck, which had a special sauce - apparently cloudberries only grow in Scandinavia. They have a small but well-appointed wine list. We shared a bottle of rosy, which was perfect for the weather and went well with the food. We'll definitely be back!

  • Smorgas Chef

    Posted by No way! on 07/19/2007

    Never again!

    The value that the menu supposes for its dishes is completely outrages. Watch out for the herring sampler, you'll definitely leave here starving! And as for the meatballs, I don't think they're kosher (who knows, I think it's unclear). The lingonberry juice is good, the one time I had it. Every other time I order it, it has a different taste. Perhaps it isn't lingonberry? Anyway, take a stab at it yourself if you're willing to risk a $30 entree and $50 bottle of hot red wine (where do they store it? a furnace?).

  • Smorgas Chef

    Posted by snow flakes on 12/02/2006

    Space was amazing;Food was exceptional!

    I've been to their Stone Street quite a few times, but it was my first time trying this location on a Swedish friend's birthday. Our group were seated in the back of the restaurant, illuminated by an amazing wall of beautiful blue water bottles. The house-cured gravlax was the best I had in the city. My friend loved the entrecote steak, which came on a candle-lit plate - festive presentation and the sauce was amazing. We shared the waffles and apple tarts for dessert - so yummy. Our waitress was very friendly and attentative. Enjoyed it all!

  • Smorgas Chef

    Posted by Bluebonnet Diva on 10/15/2006

    Overpriced Mediocre Food, Poor Service

    My husband and I met with several friends who suggested we try Smorgas. We were there on a Friday night around 8, and it wasn't at all crowded, so there really wasn't any excuse for the repeated mistakes from the kitchen. We ordered the foie gras mousse appetizer, which was itself good but served with grocery store white bread toast points. We both had the entrecote, far overpriced for an inferior cut of meat (although the herb citrus sauce was delicious). I'd ordered mine medium, and it was inconsistently cooked, ranging from well done to medium. I substituted the Janssen potatoes, which were bland and uninspired, as were the accompanying vegetables. Better was the apple tart, but at $9 the Irish coffee I ordered was completely ordinary and twice what it should have cost. Our friends ordered the herring sampler which, as they said, was more or less the same thing with four different sauces, although it was good. Here the kitchen made their first mistake and sent out one friend's entree at the same time as the appetizers. She sent it back. When we were ready for entrees, our entrecotes arrived a full 10 minutes before the rest of the party's food; and when their food did arrive, the order was wrong. The waitress did not correct the bill until the mistake was pointed out to her a second time. My friends each ordered variations on the meatballs, which they found bland and ended up dipping in our citrus sauce! The meal ended up costing us about $100, and it was not money well-spent. For that kind of money, I expect better food and much better service. Thumbs down on Smorgas!

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