Long before the New Nordic thing, which introduced New Yorkers to conifers and hay smoke, there was Good World, which fed a changing Lower East Side into the wee hours with gravlax, Swedish meatballs, and other drink-friendly Scandinavian chow. Weary of the late-night grind at Good World and its successor, White Slab Palace, its owners graduated to a daytime gig, rolling out a snackish menu of sandwiches, pickles, house-cured fish, and (of course) meatballs from the Nordic Preserves, Fish & Wildlife Company stalls at Harlem's La Marqueta and downtown's Essex Street Market. All good for Chowhounds, who've been lunching happily on Nova, black lumpfish caviar, crème fraîche, and "Nordic pico de gallo"—that's diced red onion, tomato, capers, and parsley—on a fresh, crusty ciabatta (pictured). It's "one helluva sandwich," howdini reports, "piled high with the good stuff."
Nordic Preserves, Fish & Wildlife Company [Lower East Side]
In Essex Street Market, 120 Essex Street (between Rivington and Delancey streets), Manhattan
Photo by Chowhound member howdini