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New Nordic

August 31, 2016

Nordic is having a moment, from spooky Scandi noir TV series to cruising Norway’s pristine fjords. Fuelling the movement is the region’s natural, wilderness-inspired, forage-friendly food culture, celebrated by restaurants such as Copenhagen’s Noma, and spreading its influence across the global gourmet scene.

Aska is Brooklyn’s take on the trend. It’s over two years since Fredrik Berselius served his last tasting menu of inventive, Nordic-influenced cuisine in the back of Kinfolk Studios. Having left – at the height of its popularity and critical acclaim – to pursue a bigger, better space, the chef has finally opened its second iteration adjacent to Williamsburg Bridge.

Occupying an 1860s Williamsburg warehouse, Aska (‘Ashes’) combines Michi-starred chef Berselius’s Swedish roots and NYC experiences. A strong connection to nature inspires his multi-course dinner journey in the 24-seat Dining Room, drawing techniques and flavours from the Nordic lands, with ingredients sourced from the nearby urban farm and produce purveyors in America’s Northeast. The open kitchen sets a convivial tone, with plates paired with Euro and US drops, or housemade juices. Set aside three hours, and book well in advance.

The more casual Cellar Bar aims to be a neighbourhood living room for informal gatherings, serving beer, wine, cocktails, small plates and shareables. In summer, diners can spill out into the Garden for alfresco eats (no res in either space). Aska is non-tipping, so fuss-free. It’s the Scandi way.

Aska / 47 S 5th St / Brooklyn / +1 929 337 6792 / 5pm-midnight Tue-Sat, 2-11pm Sun /