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adrouault Jun 4, 2007 01:20 PM

last spring, ulrika's closed down and i have not found any good swedish food since, can anyone reccomend a place?

  1. shirlotta Jun 6, 2007 10:30 AM

    aquavit is having a herring week festival with buffets at lunch and dinner, $27 and $48 respectively. big spreads of swedish food. starts next week i think!

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    1. re: shirlotta
      MMRuth Jun 6, 2007 10:32 AM

      I've only eaten in the front room, but I quite enjoy the food there, though I think the ambiance is a bit sterile - love the herring sampler. My one gripe is that I wish they had a separate wine list from the main dining room - it's quite pricey. But a good excuse to drink aquavit!

      I do miss Ulrika's though - reminded me of living in southern Sweden as a child in a number of ways.

      1. re: shirlotta
        xigua Jun 6, 2007 01:16 PM

        Ooh! sounds like a good time to try Aquavit... Could I have more details about this buffet please? Is it just herring or with other things? And have you tried it in previous years?
        Thanks so much!

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        scanditrash Jun 6, 2007 08:09 AM

        FIKA !!
        Fantastic food, 58th between 5th and 6th though they are threatening to open some more locations soon. They also make things like smorgastarta to order and have a decent selection of candy/juice/fried onions that you can buy.
        The AQ cafe at scandinaviahouse also has some pretty ok food-good meatballs if that is what you're craving and an ok selection of candy.

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          MellieMac Jun 6, 2007 07:59 AM

          We have a place called Fika across from our office (58th between 5th and 6th). Though not a restaurant per se, they do breakfast and lunch. Sandwiches, salads and specials. A nice change from other lunch time places.

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            SnowWhite Jun 5, 2007 09:53 AM

            I've found the most authentic homecooking for Swedish is Ulreka's (?) ... is it still there? Somewhere around 57th Street & Lexington, I think. I did a CitySearch for it and couldn't find it. Anyone know what I'm talking about? -

            HA - I'M STUPID. I should read more closely!! Ulrika's CLOSED? SAD!!!!!

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            1. re: SnowWhite
              DoctortedNYC Jun 5, 2007 04:36 PM


              "I suppose Aquavit is too obvious?"

              I wouldnt says its too obvious, but IMHO, it is very precious and a bit stuffy, though good.

              I'm only guessing, but I think adroault is looking for something a bit more relaxed, traditional and less of a strain on the wallet.

              I love Aquavit, but once or twice is enough for me.

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              mnguyen Jun 5, 2007 09:43 AM

              Try Good World Bar and Grill on Orchard St. in Chinatown. It is Swedish and Swedish inspired. I've had a delicious beet burger there and a great hash of sirloin, smoked venison sausage with raw eggyolk and beets for brunch. FYI, on Friday, Saturday nights, it's like a small, busy nightclub with a DJ. You know, so you can eat your herring and dance to some hip hop.


              1. Wilfrid Jun 5, 2007 08:01 AM

                I suppose Aquavit is too obvious?

                1. kelea Jun 4, 2007 01:58 PM

                  I don't have many standard to go by but I really enjoyhed the dished at Smorgas Chef. Their swedish meatballs are some of the best I've had

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                  1. re: kelea
                    nokitsch Jun 4, 2007 02:00 PM

                    I like it as well.

                    1. re: kelea
                      Pretty_Kate_Machine Jun 4, 2007 02:56 PM

                      They also have great deals on wine. "bring a friend" nights and 1/2 price wine bottles. I'd check it out!

                      1. re: kelea
                        wadawada Jun 5, 2007 04:03 PM

                        SmorgasChef is good. Their small plates are not so small, two people can order 4 small plates for a meal. Their meatballs are OK imo; I think their duck salad is really good.
                        Aquavit, at least the cafe part, is over-rated. Frankly, the swedish meatballs at F&B's on 23rd is the best in the city - very tasty cream sauce.

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