53 Stone St. (bet. Broad St. and Hanover Sq.)
Manhattan, NY 10004
Informal surveys place meat cakes at the top of the typical Norwegian"s wish list, but Americans generally think of Norway"s cuisine as cured fish. Indeed, pickled herring qualifies as a standard national dish, fed to peasants all winter long for generations. An authentic pickled--herring sampler is produced by the pan-Scandinavian Smörgås Chef, which operates two NYC branches (try the cozier Financial District version, if you can). The entrée sampler includes four varieties--with onions, in tomato sauce, in mustard sauce and plain--along with a small mound of ho-hum potato salad. If the $15 price tag has you saying "Uff da!," go for the $8 appetizer-size rendition.
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