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Best Bet for Swedish Meatballs?

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racer x Jun 11, 2008 12:18 PM

Craving Swedish meatballs. I've tried Smorgas Chef and F&B's on 23rd in the past and been very disappointed. Who serves the best meatballs these days?

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    RGR Jun 12, 2008 12:34 PM

    Aquavit's satellite, AQ Cafe, in the Scandanavia House, has the Swedish meatballs on the menu. Super Yum! Checking the website, I see the cost at Aquavit's Cafe is $18 at lunch and $19 at dinner. At AQ, it's around $12. It's a cafeteria-style set-up with lots of tables in the spacious, attractive lobby.

    1. bigjeff Jun 11, 2008 09:16 PM

      ya smorgas is bad but I remember having some very nice meatballs (and nice other dishes) at good world in chinatown.

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        MMRuth Jun 12, 2008 08:02 AM

        Is Good World still open? For some reason, I seem to recall reading that they closed, but I could well be wrong.

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          zbs Jun 12, 2008 02:03 PM

          Was open as of last week.

          Superb Swe. meatballs.

          The rest of the menu is a little inconsistent but usually at least fun.

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            MMRuth Jun 12, 2008 02:12 PM

            Thanks!

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        comiendosiempre Jun 11, 2008 06:51 PM

        As mentioned: Aquavit Cafe.
        They really are delicious. About the size of a golf ball, or a bit smaller. Served with excellent sauce and some mashed potatoes. They have a good lunch special, the room is pretty and service is very good. If you like herring (not my favorite), they have an excellent herring sampler to start, with herring prepared three ways. Have fun.

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          Renguin Jun 11, 2008 06:33 PM

          I was going to shamefully reccomend Ikea as well, but it looks like i'm in good company. the new one in brooklyn is apparently having a free water taxi from the pier in wall st. it's gonna be my pefect budget weekend outing!

          1. vvvindaloo Jun 11, 2008 05:48 PM

            Give Fika (midtown) a call and see if they are serving them on the day you want to go. They are probnably the most authentically Swedish place in Manhattan these days (though I have never had the meatballs at Aquavit and I am sure they are great). I also have to agree with those who recommend IKEA. I can only speak to the LI location- but boy, were they good.
            Otherwise, I say we run over to MMRuth's place... I've got a feeling they'd be excellent.

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              racer x Jun 12, 2008 11:49 AM

              I had the meatballs at Fika for lunch today. (I've passed the place countless times in the past -- used to work nearby -- yet never paid much attention to it before.)

              Their meatballs were much better than the others I've had in NYC. However, I was expecting the meatballs to be covered with a gravy, but theirs were unadorned. They came with a light salad and creamy potato salad topped with lingonberries sauce.

              1. re: racer x
                MMRuth Jun 12, 2008 12:23 PM

                That sounds delicious - will have to try it. I also serve mine w/out gravy.

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              Liquid Sky Jun 11, 2008 05:39 PM

              IKEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              1. MMRuth Jun 11, 2008 03:01 PM

                Have you tried the ones at the Aquavit Cafe? Quite good - not as good as mine (grin) and a bit pricey, but good.

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                  bookmonger Jun 11, 2008 12:47 PM

                  Terrible as this sounds, Ikea Brooklyn is opening in a week. I actually thought they were pretty good for the price when I had them on trip to the Ikea in NJ. They may be less chowish than those in Manhattan though.

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