Acclaimed Danish chef and restaurateur Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma, is prepping for the opening of his Grand Central projects, the Great Northern Food Hall and restaurant Agern, and Grand Central is promoting it with a new video of Meyer making and taste testing Danish open-faced sandwiches in Vanderbilt Hall.
In the video, Meyer talks of how he's moved his wife, kids, and dogs to New York City to introduce New Yorkers to Danish food. As an introduction, he makes smørrebrød, or a Danish open-faced sandwich that dates back to the 1800s. "We have rediscovered the virtues of open-faced sandwiches," Meyer says. Smørrebrød is one of the items that will be available at the new Nordic food hall and 110-seat restaurant. In the video, Meyer makes kartoffelmad, a potato version of the sandwich, and then wanders Grand Central with a platter of it for taste tests with commuters.
Meyer, who's also opening a restaurant and culinary school in Brownsville, will be debuting the Danish food hall and restaurant Agern later this year. Chef Gunnar Gíslason, from acclaimed Reykjavík restaurant Dill, will be running Agern, alongside former Acme chef de cuisine Joseph Yardley. Check out the full video below:
Grand Central also took a look at other chefs at the market in the behind-the-scenes series, including chocolatier Jacques Torres, Oyster Bar chef Sandy Ingber, Shiro sushi master Hiro Ishikawa, and Michael Jordan Steakhouse chef Cenobio Canalizo.