CommunityNewsWhat To Do

Spend Swedish Midsummer with the Rooster Crew

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 21, 2012

Swedish Midsummer celebration flags in Battery Park City.

Every kid in Sweden, every adult, everybody has a story from Midsummer. When you’re a kid you dance with your parents around the tree, when you’re a teenager that’s when you met all the girls, and as an adult that’s when you go to all the parties. Every summer, droves of Gothenburg residents would head to Smogen, where I spent my summers, to celebrate Midsummer. It’s awesome to see the crowds go from 5,000 people to 100,000 people over a weekend and it gets crazy. As a teenager we loved it because since we spent every Midsummer in Smogen, you knew all the in’s and out’s of the area. We knew how to find the best parties and how to sell shrimp for more than it costs–the hustle was there. It was twice a summer in Sweden we took tables out and just had a huge block party and Midsummer was one of them. We’d always have tons of gravlax, herring and meatballs and we continue this tradition at Red Rooster and at the Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City.

On Friday, June 22, from 5-8pm, Red Rooster will have a table at the Swedish Midsummer celebration in Battery Park City and we’ll be serving up meatball sliders and Smargastarta (Sandwich Cake), a traditional Swedish dish. But if you’re at the Rooster on Friday, check out the lunch and dinner specials we’ll have to celebrate the day.

$21 per person, prix fixe

$45 per person, prix fixe
(Swedish Flag Cocktail included)

fingerling potatoes, cheese
Helga’s Meatballs
Strawberry Cake

Swedish Flag


Midsummer is my ideal way to kick off the summer and I’ll be down at Battery Park tomorrow afternoon dancing around the maypole. Hey, if we didn’t make it in the Euro Cup, we have to celebrate something.

Photos: ClatieK

More about: , , ,

You Might Also Like:


Featured Recipe

More Recipes

Meet the Team

About The Team

Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger