On Our Radar: Aska

This Scandinavian restaurant brings local, seasonal flavors to Williamsburg

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Aska brings Scandinavian food to Brooklyn
Brooklyn's Aska highlights foraged food and communal eating spaces. (Image courtesy of Aska)

We recently had Aamanns-Copenhagen on our radar, and now another new Scandinavian restaurant is joining the New York City restaurant scene, this time in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Aska, which means “growth from the ashes” in Swedish, represents the foundation for something fresh and new, a gathering place where guests are encouraged to enjoy the space, whether for a full tasting menu or cocktails and food from the bar with friends.

Chef Fredrik Berselius of Frej and general manager Eamon Rockey of Atera partnered to open Aska, a modern Scandinavian restaurant located in Williamsburg’s Kinfolk 90 just this week. The space, Kinfolk 90, operates as a coffee shop and design studio by day and a full-service restaurant at night from 5:30 pm to 10 pm, seven days a week.

A six-course, $65 tasting menu will be offered Sunday through Thursday in two cozy dining rooms; one seats 18 and is anchored by a vivid mural of a preying red-tailed hawk. The other seats 12 and overlooks a wall showcasing rotating art installations. Using locally sourced ingredients as much as possible—even the flowers on the tables are foraged along the river—the menu will evolve seasonally and feature dishes such as mackerel with soured cream, yarrow and seaweed; sunchokes with apple, winding flower and dried beef; celery root with hay, mussel emulsion and apple cider; and parfait of oat, cherry bark meringue and walnut.

Guests can also sit at the black walnut-topped bar or settle into the spacious, inviting lounge; its menu features dishes such as pork ribs with rutabaga and braised cabbage; local hake with potato puree, onion and brown butter; rye bread with smoked bone marrow and cress; and fried broccoli with oyster cream.

An Old World wine list, traditionally brewed beers, earthy ciders, classic spirits and house-pressed juices are available. Cocktails showcase unique techniques and preparations, including vermouth steeped with local botanicals, house-made oleo saccharums and grain-inspired drinks using beer from local brewers. Order a “Hurricane Shandy,” which uses Brooklyn Brewery beer, and $1 from the sale will be donated to the New York Daily News’ Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

We’re eager to see what exactly Aska conjures from the ashes and onto our plates.

Aska
90 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
http://askanyc.com/

“On Our Radar” features restaurants that might meet Clean Plates standards, but haven’t been fully vetted and reviewed yet. For a directory of Clean Plates Approved restaurants, see our app.

Image courtesy of Aska.