Saturday, May 16, 2009

Scandinavia House - Dinner and a Movie $30

Flags of Scandinavia on Park Avenue

Dear Postcards from New York Reader,

Dinner and a Movie for $30! This has got to be one of the best deals in town, at one of my favorite midtown get-a-ways . Why a get-a-way? Smorgas Chef Restaurant in the lobby is open and airy, large scale photographs of blue sky and mountains hang from the walls, an enormous birch tree with wide branches appears to spurt through the floor and successfully brings the outdoors inside. See if you agree, do you feel surrounded by snow-covered mountains and open sky?

Have you heard Icelandic reggae? Well, see "Back Soon" (Skrapp ut) this weeks feature film. While French, German and Italian films are readily accessible at small foreign film theatres around town, with the usual lines trailing outside the theatre to buy tickets; films from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland are not so easy to find. See the upcoming features here at Scandinavia House and mark your calendar.

Lady Liberty holds out the Welcome Torch. With over 190 different languages spoken and the United Nations headquartered here, New York seethes with cultural diversity. A visit to Scandinavia House is a chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the lands where half of every year is spent in darkness. Discover a host of activities: story readings for kids, lectures, exhibits, talks and numerous concerts. Begin the adventure with fine Nordic cuisine and a movie. Call 212-847-9745 for reservations.

Ideally situated in midtown, Scandinavia House and Cultural Center is easy to reach, only four blocks from Grand Central Station on Park Avenue. Smorgas Chef Restaurant is a real find. Open for Breakfast, Lunch ($14 Prix Fix), Dinner and Brunch on weekends, it is a terrific place to enjoy tea or a dessert of Scandinavian Vanilla Waffles in the late afternoon. For dinner, definitely try the Seafood Chowder with mussels, salmon, cod and shrimp, Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries, and the Norwegian Smoked Salmon. The smorgasbord tasting plate is a delicious sampler.

Plan a visit soon, I cannot imagine this offer will last long.

Jacqueline Cable
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    Address to Remember: Scandiniavia House and Cultural Center and Smorgas Chef, 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Sts.) New York, NY 10016, 212-847-9745,, call for reservations.

    Directions: From MTA Times Square 7 or S to Grand Central Station, exit at Park Avenue, walk south to 37th Street.

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