Mom's B-Day--option 1: Smorgasbord!
- Dan Sonenberg
Can anyone recommend a good Scandinavian-style
Smorgasbord restaurant in Manhattan? My mom's birthday
lunch is next weekend, and that's what she craves!
I thought there used to be one at Aquavit, but it's
years since I've heard references to it.
There is a Norwegian Seaman's church that does a
wonderful buffet lunch every Wednesday - I don't know
if it's up to birthday standards for mom, but there's
plenty of fish for you, and the atmosphere is
comfortable and dignified, you'll hear lots of
Norwegian spoken, the price is reasonable and the
food, especially if you like salmon in various
permutations, is quite good. I'm pretty sure the
church is on 53rd st, maybe 51st, definitely between
1st and 2nd on the north side of the street.
Hope you find something you both like.
re: Barb H.
The Delegates' Dining Room at the UN (with
reservations it's open to the public) is doing a
Norwegian buffet at lunchtime for the month of
October. The food is copious and good. Offerings
vary, but today there was lots of gravlax, roast goose
(is this Norwegian?), several other fish dishes:
salmon, haddock, catfish, marinated mussle salad,
roasted onion salad, lamb shanks, and I forget what
else, but it was lovely. Desserts included a marzipan
covered yellow cake, linzertorte, cloudberry-cream
stuff (sure, that's what the label said), fresh figs,
a spicy (as in cinnamon and cloves) fruit compote, a
trifle, icecreams, chocolate cups filled with a fruit
cream topped with passionfruit syrup - again I forget
the rest. I think it's a really good value, too.