Nordic Dining in NYC
by Julie Besonen, 08/27/2013
(From left) House-cured salmon with winter cabbage and buttermilk horseradish dressing at Acme, photo by Joe Schildhorn • Aska photo by Daniel Krieger
Watch out: Vikings are conquering our boroughs—but be hungry, not afraid. Welcome to the New Nordic food invasion. The cuisine rose to worldwide attention in 2010 when Denmark's Noma grabbed the number one crown from Spain's El Bulli in ratings by Britain's Restaurant magazine, and it quickly gained traction in NYC. Noma's cofounder, Mads Refslund, is executive chef at NoHo's stellar Acme, where the crowd seems to dress as though it's Fashion Week year-round. Back in 1987, the noble Aquavit laid the groundwork and still feels as modern as ever today thanks to its young Swedish chef, Marcus Jernmark. Further putting Scandinavia on the map, Fredrik Berselius's Aska is the only New York City eatery to make Bon Appétit's 2013 list of the top 10 new restaurants in America. And now, the City's first ever Nordic Food Festival is coming, taking place October 2–7. To become more versed in this hyperlocal, hyperseasonal movement, read on.