New York, NY 10013
- Sun, Tue-Sat 11:30am-4pm, Mon-Fri 7am-11am, Tue-Wed 5:30pm-10pm, Thu-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
- All Major Credit Cards
- Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
- Full bar
Village Voice's Description
Bright and airy by day and filled with ascetic-but-stylish Danish Moderne furniture, Aamans-Copenhagen seems less comfortable as a dinner destination than as a place to grab a snack and glass of aquavit. This house-infused spirit based on vodka comes in such unexpected flavors as parsley, beets, and toasted rye bread. You’re supposed to knock the shots back with a single gulp, but they’re really better sipped.
The place is the first branch of an innovative Danish restaurant specializing in smorrebrod – tiny open-faced sandwiches on the aforementioned rye bread, which is made twice daily at the restaurant and is spectacular. Best toppings – arranged on the bread like small colorful sculptures – include a brilliant pink beef tartare poked with pickles, capers, and micro-potato-chips; and a pork pate studded with hazelnuts and laced with aquavit. The menu offers a wonderful trio of pickled herring, too, but the soups and other miscellaneous dishes can’t quite live up to the incredible smorrebrod.
Tips from foursquare
Silvia Killingsworth's review from the 4/1/13 issue: "It’s Le Pain Quotidien with a Scandinavian makeover."
Make sure to sip, or ignore our warning and knock back, the Aquavit while munching on little smorrebrod (aka open-faced sandwiches).
Smørrebrød—the open-faced Danish sandwiches—arrive on the New York sub scene @ this modernist cafe. House-made rye is topped with ingredients like beef tartare or chicken salad & baked root vegetables
this avocado, pickled green tomato & daikon crûdité smørrebrød is both gorgeous & delectable
Order the cheese plate as it is delicious, but charging $1 for extra bread when they don't give you enough to begin with is very poor form.
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