In his review last week, Pete Wells noted that the opening of Acme with Mads Refslund "signaled the arrival of New Nordic Cuisine." And now that it's arrived, it looks like there's another New Nordic restaurant that's poised to become the fixation of New York foodies: Frej.
The restaurant operates as a pop-up three days a week inside Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg. The two chefs, Fredrik Berselius and Richard Kuo, both did stints at Corton, but here they're serving "simple, modern Scandinavian cooking using ingredients from New York and its surrounding areas." Each night, they offer a $45 five-course tasting, which might include dishes like "thin-sliced goat heart over celery root" or "Earl Grey tea–braised pork belly" with "peppery winter cress."
The restaurant is already getting some heat on Chowhound, and multiple tipsters have written in, singing its praises. Right now, reservations are booked solid through April 11 (Frej is reservations-only). Check out more info, including an arty promo video, on the restaurant's site. And in case you're wondering, Frej is named after the Norse God of Harvest.
· Frej [Official Site]
· North Star Rising in Williamsburg [Chowhound]
· Frej [Pocketfork]