Smorgas Chef Scandinavia House

Smorgas Chef Scandinavia House

”Smorgas Chef” in the Scandinavia House Cultural Center

Cuisine: Scandinavian

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Occassion: I was here for dinner. Good with friends.

Special: Prix Fixe Dinner – Three Courses for $28

2 other locations: one in the West Village and another on Stone Street in the Financial District. Most recently, Smorgas Chef Restaurant Group opened two more restaurants – Crepes Du Nord, a French-Scandinavian Farm-to-Table Creperie on South William Street in Manhattan and a second creperie in BridgeWater Commons (NJ).

Smorgas Chef Scandinavia House   58 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016  (212) 847-9745

♥1/2 $$$1/2

house-cured salmon, fingerling potato, dill cucumber, mustard sauce 16

caramelized apple, crispy kasha 10

house-cured salmon, fingerling potato, dill cucumber, mustard sauce 16

mussels, salmon, shrimp, potatoes, herbs, dash of cream 16/22 entrée


local heritage pork & grass-fed beef, grädd sauce, lingonberries, mashed potatoes, pickled red cabbage 22

Scandinavian Soft Vanilla Waffles, strawberry compote, whipped cream $8

flourless chocolate cake


Icelandic Food at ”Skál”

Smoked Mackerel on onions steamed in whey and foie gras (from Tabelog event)

Skál                37 Canal St ( corner of Canal St & Ludlow St ) NYC

Skal is located at the restaurant which was formerly Les Enfants Terribles. It’s still the same owner but I couldn’t recognize the former space. They changed everything completely from the inside out. Skal is located on the corner of Ludlow and Canal St at the edge of the L.E.S. and the beginning of Chinatown. This area has a few cute restaurants which I have blogged about in the past such as Fat Radish, Bacaro, and the Leadbelly. I was here around 8:30 PM 0n Thursday night.  When we got here the place was not so crowded but soon after 9, 9:30 the place was packed. I came here with with my friend Justin who is a cook book editor (^_^).  The menu was small yet interesting Scandinavian style cuisine. At the end of dinner it was wonderful to meet their Canadian chef Ben. This was my first visit but Justin had been here once already and said the menu had changed from his last visit. He ordered Smoked Mackerel for an appetizer and for his entree Chatham Cod, Chantrelles and Laurel. My pick was Beef for appetizer and Cod for an entree.  In the end we shared one dessert.  The biggest hit from dinner was the Monkfish with Roasted Sunchoke for sure. I would say the main reason why Justin and I were so excited over the Monkfish with Roasted Sunchoke was because they cooked the Sunchoke as a whole. I am used to eating Sunchoke prepared as slices and have never seen Sunchoke in its whole form before. The taste was so sweet that I thought they tossed it in brown sugar but I was wrong. Chef Ben explained to us that it is just naturally sweet from the Sunchoke itself. Shocking!!!! Aside from this, there was a little bit of a downside to Skal which was that the plating could have been a bit prettier and also they used the same puree for both Justin’s  and my fish. I would love to go back for brunch sometime in the near future. Also I would love to come back when the weather gets warm so I can enjoy the outside table facing the street.

We ordered the Smoked Mackerel and Monkfish gluten-free for Justin, so this may be slightly different from the regular menu.

Ps – Half of photos are from ”Spring Tabelog award party” at Skal and they are not on the menu!! Also as 2014 summer Chef Ben is no longer working at Skal. New exclusive chef James Kim.

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥1/2

Raw Beef, fermented ramps, littleneck clams, and sorrel (from Tabelog event)

Gin cucumber cocktail

Wellfleet Oysters with verjus and chamomile (from Tabelog event)

Seasonal pickled vegetables (from Tabelog event)

Long Island Duck Wings (from Tabelog event)

Salt Cod Croquettes with horseradish remoulades (from Tabelog event)

Special Black cherry Old Fashioned for Tabelog party!! xo

Scandinavian donut with vanilla cream (from Tabelog event)

Heirloom Carrots with burned honey, buttermilk and dill (from Tabelog event)

Wine tasting for Tabelog event



Smoked Mackel and Foie $? ♥♥♥1/2


Glazed Berkshire Cheeks, Buckwheat Porridge, Whelks and Mustards $16 ♥♥♥1/2


Grilled Monkfish, Roasted Sunchokes with Cauliflower and Cabbages $24 ♥♥♥1/2


Chatham Cod, Chantrelles and Laurel $25 ♥♥♥1/2


Beetroot, concord Grapes and Skyr $8 ♥♥♥1/2


Chef Ben Spiegel & Cooking book editor Justin Schwartz

brussel sprouts


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Scandinavian Dinner at ”ACME”

Cuisine: Scandinavian

Neighborhood: Noho

Occasions: Goof for dinner with friends, date, group

Signature dishes: Brown Eggs-cauliflower and aged cheese / Raw Radishes- oyster parsley emulsion / Beer and Bread Porridge and Salted Caramel Ice Cream

ACME is one of my favorite restaurants on Great Jones street in Noho (^_^)” Menu is quite interesting “Scandinavian”. They also have a very cute bar in the basement of the restaurant. My favorite dishes at Acme are Hay Roasted Sunchokes with new england gruyère, black winter truffles & Pearl Barley and Clams, with scallops, artichokes, in roasted sunflower broth. I came to this place for dinner three~four times but last time I didn’t see the Roasted Sunckokes on  the menu (>_<) I hope it will be on the menu for my next visit!! Best cocktail from the downstair bar is definitely the Polish pear! This cocktail has egg whites in it. Too bad that vegetarians can’t order this special cocktail……dot dot dot…   ACME   9 Great Joens St, New York,NY 10002   (212) 203-2121

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥  ♥♥♥  $$$$

Raw Radishes

oyster parsley emulsion $12 ♥♥♥ 

Brown Eggs

cauliflower and aged cheese $12 ( for two ) ♥♥♥ 

Sunflower Seeds

peas, fava leaves $22 ♥♥♥ 

Upstair Dining Room

Dry-Aged Rib Eye

sorrel and spice bush $145 ($4 per ounce) ♥♥♥ 

Chicken & Eggs

roasted potatoes, fried eggs $28 ♥♥♥1/2

Romaine Heart

pears, pecan, cheddar $16 ♥♥♥1/2

East Coast Oysters

red wine mignonette 18/36 ♥♥♥1/2

Brook Trout

miso butter and aromatic herbs $30 ♥♥♥

Cucumber Salad ♥♥♥

Upstair Bar Counter

Cocktails at downstair 🙂

Dinnr with girls at downstair


Beer and Bread Porridge and Salted Caramel Ice Cream ♥♥♥


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