Though the dining room can be snug, good spirits carry the day. This sampler from a bazaar past (the menu, like the $20 price, seems unchanged with the years) was accompanied by baskets of crisp bread with butter and cheese plus pitchers of lingonberry drink. Shown, clockwise from front: gravlax, Swedish meatballs, lingonberry preserves, beet salad, ham, the fish stew called Jansson's temptation, and half a hardboiled egg topped with "Swedish caviar," or creamed, smoked cod roe paste.
Like that plate meal, the cream-filled drömtårta ("dream cake," $10) is even richer and more filling than it looks. While most of the homemade baked goods are clustered on a display table, these rolled cakes are hidden away in a nearby freezer, but only because the chill helps the sponge cake hold its form when sliced. One slice at a time will do you just fine.
Church of Sweden Christmas Bazaar
Church of Sweden, 5 East 48 St. (Fifth-Madison Aves.), Manhattan
(The 2013 bazaar was held on November 21-23)