It’s been over two years since Fredrik Berselius served his inventive, Nordic-influenced cuisine in the back of Kinfolk Studios under the Aska moniker. The scrappy tasting menu restaurant earned a Michelin star, two sparklers from the New York Times, and placement on Bon Appetit’s 10 Best New Restaurants of 2013 list. At the height of its popularity, Berselius decided to leave Kinfolk to find a space of his own where he could expand his vision for Aska. It took longer than the chef originally anticipated, but now, Berselius has finally opened the second iteration of Aska in a space at 47 South 5th Street, adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.
A tasting menu is served in the main dining room, which has an open kitchen. The meal takes approximately three hours. Expect 12 to 15 plates featuring locally-sourced meat, fish, and vegetables, and perhaps a few foraged herbs. The chef recently told the Times that he planned to serve smoked hake, and dry-aged beef with gooseberries and cured fat as two of the courses. Reservations are available via Tock for one to four people, but the next available slot isn’t till two weeks from now. The price is $215 per person, and service is included.
Aska 2.0 also features a cellar bar and garden area, where a casual a la carte menu is served alongside wine, beer, and cocktails. Reservations are not accepted for the bar and garden — it's first-come, first-served. The dining room is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the bar and garden are open every day except Monday. If you happen to stop by soon, let us know what you think.