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On the corner of West 12th Street and West 4th Street in Manhattan, you'll first see the cheerful yellow Smorgas Chef signage. It sits above the welcoming brownstone with freshly manicured foliage. Honey-colored wood and wrought iron benches and tables decorate the outside terrace and add to the friendly ambiance. The honey-colored wood, you'll see, is continued at each of the four Smorgas Chef restaurants. Trees and an awning provide shelter for the diners sitting in front of the paned glass windows that guard the doorway and add further to the inviting feel. In fact, there are actually two outdoor seating options -- one on 12th Street and the other one on the 4th Street side. The one directly in front of the main entrance -- the 12th Street side -- has tables for larger parties, while the 4th Street side has just a single row of tables for two diners each. Tables on both sides of the restaurant are decorated with delicate flowers. A lovely accent to the beautiful yellow front of the building is the exposed brick wall on the 4th Street side and the red screens separating guests from pedestrians, who upon viewing your plate just might want to steal a nibble.

Immediately as you enter to the left of the restaurant is the bar area, which encompasses almost the entire left wall, except for a single table at the window and another semiprivate table at the back. This highly polished, honey-colored wooden bar is accompanied by more than a dozen nicely crafted, wood-backed armless chairs. The back of the bar is an elegantly crafted mirrored open cabinet on top of which sit wine bottles and glasses that are suspended -- bottoms up -- from the top interior. Separate mirror backed compartments include a variety of spirits and glasses. Pendant lights consist of light bulbs surrounded by blue Ramlosa water bottles -- notable because Ramlosa water is Swedish bottled water that takes about 70 years to make, as it takes that long for the water to travel through 90 meters of sandstone, clay and sand to the Ramlosa spring. Quite a feat!

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