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niia Sep 2, 2010 09:39 AM

Used to love dining at the old Copenhagen restaurant in the fifties on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, it's long gone. Aside from Aquavit, is there a restaurant that serves this kind of fare? Smorgaasbord (spelling?), lots herring, vodka in ice, etc. Swedish mother is visiting for the holidays and would love to take her to a great spot - if one exists. Thanks!

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    vegivore Sep 13, 2011 11:46 AM

    This is probably too late to help the original poster, but...

    Fika has some scandanavian inspired sandwiches.

    http://www.fikanyc.com/

    I haven't eaten there, so I can't vouch for how good it is, but AQ cafe?

    http://www.aqkafe.com/menus.html

    Also, a branch of a danish restaurant called Aamanns is supposed to open this fall.

    http://tribecacitizen.com/2011/07/14/aamann-in-new-york/

    And, not a restaurant, but there's a relatively new Scandanavian candy place called Sockerbit on christopher street.

    https://www.sockerbit.com/inspiration...

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    AQ Kafe
    1800 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

    Fika
    407 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

    Sockerbit
    89 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

    Aamanns
    13 Laight St, New York, NY 10013

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      tartlette Oct 23, 2010 08:22 AM

      I'm not getting the positive reviews here for Smorgas Chef. We were in the neighborhood the other night and decided to try it because my husband is Norwegian. It seems there are only two reasons to dine here - you eat out a lot and don't mind overspending for underwhelming bistro food, or you are distracted by the charming decor and the two-pages-long specialty drinks menu, all fruity and syrupy and cleverly-named. The food is passable but is essentially the same generic fare one finds everywhere in the West Village, made distinct only through the addition of ingredients one could find on the shelf (lingonberry jam) or in the freezer case (Swedish meatballs) of any Ikea. Yes, the herring sampler was good, but I've gotten as good out of a jar. Yes, the pan-seared diver scallops were good, but there were too few of them hidden among a pile of potatoes and plain ho-hum white mushrooms. (Potatoes, too much, are in almost every dish.) Yes, the servers were pleasant, but it took ten minutes just to get menus. Yes, they had a fine and refreshing brand of Swedish vodka, but there was little else of interest among the beers and wines available. Was it worth the 3-digit bill? No. Would we go there again? No.

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      Smorgas Chef
      283 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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        michelleats Feb 19, 2011 01:54 PM

        Right. I concur, tartlette. This place is close to me, so I've been a few times, and kicked myself for going back, each time. The food is enjoyable in the same way that IKEA's cafeteria food is enjoyable, but it is not, in all honesty, very much better. It's certainly not good enough to justify the prices though I do have to note that the decor is very cute.

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          foodwhisperer Mar 17, 2011 09:03 PM

          Smorgas chef looked like it is closed for good,i passed there last week and noticed

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          Geo8rge Sep 14, 2010 08:04 PM

          http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/cafe....

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            niia Sep 22, 2010 01:29 PM

            I started this post, so thanks for the suggestions. Asiansupper posted the Vandaag link above and I read the excellent review in today's NY Times today and I thought it was a good possibility. Deemed as Dutch in origin, I noticed herring, grav lax and other Scandinavian types of fare. Menu looks really innovative.

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              asiansupper Sep 22, 2010 07:43 PM

              And another, though not sure how Scandinavian it is ... White Slab Palace - owners of the former Good World. Just read about a Scandy market they have right next to WSP.

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              White Slab Palace
              77 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

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                uwsgrazer Feb 19, 2011 12:09 PM

                Where did you end up going? I'm looking for Scandinavian restaurant ideas. Smorgas Chef's menu looks more appealing / extensive than Vandaag's. But the more negative feedback that surfaced later in this thread makes me pause and want to look for other options.

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                Smorgas Chef
                58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

                Vandaag
                103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: uwsgrazer
                  MMRuth Feb 19, 2011 01:44 PM

                  I know the OP said "other than Aquavit" but have you tried the cafe there?

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                    uwsgrazer Feb 19, 2011 02:32 PM

                    Yes, but we'd be looking for something a bit more casual (less of a name, if that makes sense) and at a somewhat lower price point, for this occasion.

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                      MMRuth Feb 19, 2011 02:50 PM

                      Understood -- just thought I'd check!

            2. asiansupper Sep 14, 2010 08:59 AM

              Just found out about this place on another thread

              Vandaag
              http://www.vandaagnyc.com/

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              Vandaag
              103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                nynjfoodie Sep 10, 2010 09:08 AM

                I love Aquavit and Smorgas, but I remember when IKEA first opened in NJ, I used to love going there for the cafe (I was much younger then...). I've heard of people doing the same now that there's also an IKEA in Brooklyn. Seriously, google "IKEA Brooklyn restaurant" and see what pops up.

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                  rdnnyc Sep 2, 2010 10:23 AM

                  There is Smorgas Chef which has three locations. I've been to the one in the West Village and enjoyed it. Herring is on the menu...

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                  Smorgas Chef
                  283 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                    Elizabeth E. Sep 2, 2010 12:56 PM

                    Another location of Smorgas Chef is in Scandinavia House on Park Avenue a few blocks south of Grand Central. I have been meaning to try it, would like to hear any CH reports.

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                    Smorgas Chef
                    58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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                      gnomatic Sep 10, 2010 10:20 PM

                      I had dinner at Smorgas Chef in Scandinavia House last year, got the set menu. The food and atmosphere was excellent (it was just before Christmas). Can't recall exactly what I ordered, but the Seafood chowder was excellent.

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                      Smorgas Chef
                      58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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                        gloriousfood Oct 23, 2010 11:35 AM

                        +1 and excellent meatballs.

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                      foodwhisperer Sep 14, 2010 10:32 PM

                      The herring is good at the Smorgas Chef W. Village. So are most of the dishes I had.
                      Search Results
                      CONTACT - Smorgas Chef.com--Fine Scandinavian Cuisine
                      Smörgås Chef West Village is located on 283 W. 12th Street (crossing West 4th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). HOURS: DINNER: ...

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                      Smorgas Chef
                      283 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                      hazelhurst Sep 2, 2010 09:44 AM

                      I am following this closely...back in the gas-log, hobble-skirt era, I loved the old Gripsholm at 324 E.57th. Long gone, but lots of fun.

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