The New York dinners from acclaimed foraging destination Noma were invite-only, private affairs, but a look from some Instagrammers shows a peek of what concoctions the Copenhagen fine dining restaurant cooked up — including moss in chocolate and cep mushroom and a leaf-shaped dish that was made of “oxidized garlic fruit leather.”
The meals were held at Spring Place, a members-only club in Tribeca, and although members of the club could pay $2,000-a-head for one event, other dinners were hosted by companies. On one night, Noma catered for the ten-year anniversary party for Kilian, a perfume company owned by cognac-heir Kilian Hennessy, and on another, they made a meal for the launch party of Hodinkee Magazine, which covers wristwatches.
Lucky attendees of the meals included Elle Decor editor-in-chief Whitney Robinson, who posted pictures of every course to his Instagram stories, and Mark Chou, a VP at luxury luggage company Away. It’s unclear whether they had to pay the $2,000 entrance fee for the meal.
As for that oxidized garlic fruit leather, Robinson said it “tasted like Michelin fruit roll ups.” Another attendee noted that a server said some of the black color came from crushed up ants, which supposedly gave it a citrus aftertaste.
Other dishes included sheep’s milk mousse, king crab and egg yolk, lobster with rose oil, langoustine with oyster emulsion, and a reindeer moss dish covered in chocolate. Eater has reached out to the Noma and Spring Place team for more information. Take a look at some photos from the Noma in NYC meals below.
Noma has been named the world’s best restaurants several times, and its chef René Redzepi is considered a culinary word savant for his creative use of local ingredients. He opened a more public pop-up for the restaurant in Mexico earlier this year, a holdover as he prepares to relocate the flagship in Copenhagen with a new menu.
Thanks so much to @hodinkee for inviting me to last night's @nomacph dinner to celebrate the launch of Hodinkee Magazine! A delicious eight courses, including an unbelievable king crab and egg yolk (photo 5) and a dessert of white chocolate-covered reindeer moss (no photo ). On my wrist -- my trusty birth year Sub, back on leather after a summer hiatus on the NATO. ⌚️