Unless you already knew this Lutheran Church was open to the public, you would probably never think to peak in as you pass it right on E 48th St. Even if you knew it was there, you probably wouldn't think to ring the buzzer, wait for the buzz and enter in through the marine decorated library.
Once you enter, you'll be surrounded by mostly blonds speaking in Swedish, a small community hidden amongst the corporate businesses of the neighborhood. Walk straight to the back and choose from their fresh baked goods which are prepared daily, from scratch, in the Church's basement (make sure to ask them to warm it up if it's cooled down).
They'll place your good on a little tray (along with any drinks you may get- their coffee is top notch) and you'll be free to sit at one of the round tables in the library.
The perfect spot to catch your breath, and relax. Just keep in mind that it IS a quiet space, so while talking is certainly allowed, they'll appreciate it if you keep the volume low.
You can check out the Swedish Church on our Beyond Broadway Tour.