283 W 12th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.737640 -74.003969
Mon-Fri,11am-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
A gem! – Smorgas Chef has so many rave reviews and I truly did not expect it to live up to the very high expectations that were set. I was shocked when it did. Not only was the food of knock-out quality, but the portions were a nice size and the service excellent. Brooke, Phillipe, Elina and Raimundo were such an attentive team. They made sure every detail was taken care of and not even a water glass had the chance to stay empty for longer than a moment.
We enjoyed the herring salad, which not at all fishy and so huge that we couldn't finish it, as well as the meatball appetizer. Covered in mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce, it could have been a main course. And when I tasted it, my mouth did a little dance. We also sampled the lamb which came with great sides, and the raspberry cocotte, which was not overly sweet and better than a creme brulee.
It's really nice when you discover a place that has such pretty decor, great service and, of course, excellent food. Smorgas Chef is such a tasty little secret. And one that I plan to share with everyone I know.
I have a crush on the meatballs! – My bf and I were walking around and happened to walk by this place. We looked at the menu and were about to walk away when one of the patrons stopped us and told us that we had to try it. We are so glad that we did! Smorgas Chef is a cozy restaurant with wonderful service but the best part was definitely the amazing meatballs! The meatballs are worth a visit by itself!! We also had the mussels, which were pretty good and my bf had the pepercorn steak, which he seemed to enjoy. Highly recommended!
The swedish meatballs were just a part of the wonderful tastes! – Last night (Tuesday) we went to this restaurant having only made this decision that afternoon. I got us on the VIP wine list to receive a complimentary bottle of wine to help celebrate Smorgas' 3rd anniversary! As we looked over the menu there were just too many things we wanted to try so we decided to order a handful of small plates to share instead of an entree each. We started off with the Lobster Bisque which was made with sherry. This proved to be a wonderful touch. We also had the Red Beet salad served with goat cheese and queens blend dressing. I generally don't like sweeter dressings, but it complimented the beets and cheese so well we both finished everything out of the bowl. Since we got a complimentary bottle of wine we decided a red wine and it was really good - 2006 Argentinian wine. It was perfect. We also shared the Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries which this place is known for. The appetizer portion was perfect for us to share. Gravlaks was perfectly put together and beautifully presented. the cucumber salad was a good stubtle compliment to the stronger salmon flavor. We finished off our meal with the chocolate mousse (white, milk and dark chocolate layers!). We both barely looked at the dessert menu after our waitress told us about it. She was also a great waitress. Service was very attentive, the food was served quickly and timely (we didn't feel rushed at all). We actually were the last ones to leave but the folks closing the place were just as friendly to us leaving as they were when we entered. We very much appreciated that. The atmosphere is wonderfully decorated, cozy, and comfortable. I would definitely come back for another meal any night of the week.
it was OK, not as great as others are writing – such good reviews here! A little misleading, I think.
It was fine, I'm not complaining, but it wasn't that great.
the service was a little funky...we had one waitress, then she said she was taken off our table and someone else would take care of us, but she ended up being the waitress anyway...service ended up being quite slow.
The meatballs were good. Carrot mash was tasteless. lobster bisque was good.
staff was friendly.
nice neighborhood (ask for the table in front by the window), atmosphere was good.
I don't know, it just wasn't as great as others are saying. It was fine, but I would not rush back, nor would I tell my friends that they need to go there.
Exceptional Food and Ambiance – We just moved into the neighborhood, and what a nice discovery to came across this wonderful place. The decor was dazzling, and warm and homy at the same time. We were first seated in the bar because there was no available table at the time. The Bartender muddled freshfruits and herbs with wooden sticks, and mixed them into gorgeous and refreshing cocktails! We were moved into an intimate and cozy booth for dinner. Food was quite an adventure and exceptionally flavorful. We tried a bit of everything - herring, egg and carviar, swedish meatballs and the baked glacier cod, and waffles for dessert. We had a very knowledgeable and attentative waitress, which really helped. Everything was lovely. Can't wait to go back! Next time we'll try their prix-fixe brunch on weekends...
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Scandinavian/European cuisine featuring meatballs, waffles, sandwiches is served at three locations, downtown, midtown and the West Village. Weekend brunch, delivery, happy hour.
So refreshing – This resaurant was so refreshing from the "normal"... Excellent menu and wine choice from New Zealand. Fabulous atmosphere and the service was top notch. The smoked salmon and egg sandwich was by far the greatest sandwich I have ever had. I have found my new lunch spot!
Delicious – What a lovely restuarant! I was pleasantly surprised by my experience here! I was wondering through the West Village with my friends looking for a place to eat and randomly picked this place. The service was incredibly friendly and attentive. Everyone liked what they ordered, and the interior space is spacious and beautiful. I will definitly be coming back with friends.
What is scandinavian food? GOOD!!! – I was hesitant to enter the land of herring and...herring?
Smorgas Chef is a charming restaurant, with pleasant and attentive service, and amazing food. The open-faced sandwich I tried had fluffy scrambled eggs and the silkiest smoked salmon I've ever had, and I've eated a lot of lox over the years!
If you can get the window seat, it's fantastic. The cozy booths and tables in the back are generously spaced.
Our cream of mushroom soup was yummy, the beet salad was delish, and the mains were great. There are chicken, lamb and beef along with the expected herring on the menu, and the special cocktails were yummy, althogh they could've stood in for dessert. Wines by the glass are reasonable and varied. Lots of special deals, as well. Tuesdays, take a friend and one entree is free - value of 22-28 dollars! Happy hours/two for one drinks as well.
Perfect W. Village Gem – This place is great--drinks are beyond good, food is very well flavored and atmosphere is true west village charm. Cocktails are inexpensive and creative--a great addition to the area. Bartender and wait staff were friendly and super accommodating.
I especially appreciate the drink / wine specials during the week! DEFINITELY will be coming back!
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