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Best Bet for Swedish Meatballs?

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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  1. 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.

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

      1. IKEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. 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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          1. re: vvvindaloo

            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

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

          2. 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. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: bigjeff

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

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Was open as of last week.

                    Superb Swe. meatballs.

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

                2. 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.