It’s impossible to ignore the renaissance that is Williamsburg – the multiplicity of bars, retail stores and restaurants popping up in the last few years have seen the Brooklyn nabe racing past the hip finish line in first place. Into this heady mix arrives yet another good reason to cross the bridge, the Scandinavian-inspired Aska, a dinner-only restaurant that operates as a cafe cum creative studio by day. The two-storey ‘garage’ space opens with an impressive 23-ft black walnut bar with metal stools and two eating areas together seating 30, in an eco-conscious blend of found and repurposed wood and soft lighting.
Behind the stoves, Swedish-born chef Fredrik Berselius channels Noma and Faviken with his foraged, herby and vegetable-inflected dishes that feature a roster of seaweed, lichens and culinary curiosities paired with an admirable dose of salting, pickling, smoking and curing. While the smaller fixed ‘bar’ menu offers up poached egg with cabbage, black kale and seaweed, the six-course tasting menu changes daily where mackerel with home-soured cream and yarrow nestles happily next to celery root with hay, mussel emulsion and apple cider. With an accomplished drinks list courtesy of Eamon Rockey (ex Atera and Eleven Madison Park) featuring Next of Kin, a blend of Aquavit, Pu-er kombucha and caraway, all that remains is for you to Aska and ye shall receive!