Aamanns/Copenhagen, a new Danish restaurant specializing in smørrebrød, or little open faced sandwiches, isn't opening to the public down in Tribeca until December. But today, owner Sanne Ytting and chef Adam Aamann-Christensen offered a sneak peek of the space and the menu to media and Danish dignitaries, including the Crown Price and Princess of Denmark.
The restaurant is the New York offshoot of an already well established Copenhagen restaurant of the same name and is apparently New York's only exclusively Danish restaurant. And the menu, well the menu is all smørrebrød, little slices of homemade rye bread topped with a variety of local ingredients and housemade specialties. Offered today were smørrebrød topped with items like beets and smoked cream cheese, smoked salmon with cauliflower puree, kale, and pickled onions, and chicken salad with apple and celery and ham. The chef explained he's keeping with the Danish name of his specialty because he thinks something gets lost in the translation to "open faced sandwiches," and is fine with his decision to keep an "unpronounceable word unpronounceable."
The space itself encompasses 2,000 square feet in the Tribeca Film Festival building and is divided into two rooms, both very white with high ceilings, minimal decor, and spare tables. Look out for its debut in December.
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