Aamann in New York

I’ll write up the unofficial minutes from last night’s CB1 Tribeca Committee later this morning, but first, here’s the part that got me excited: A new restaurant is coming to 13 Laight, in the Tribeca Film Building. That’s next to Tribeca Cinemas and across St. John’s Lane from Maserati of Manhattan. (I sensed/hoped it would become a café, because it must get amazing northern light, what with being on a corner and facing Capsouto Park.)

It’s an offshoot of Aamanns, a restaurant and takeaway shop in Copenhagen, and it’ll either be called Copenhagen or Copenhagen/Aamann.The space is 1,900 square feet, with capacity for up to 45 people. It’ll be open from 6:30 a.m. (9 a.m. on weekends) till 8 p.m., but manager Sanne Ytting (standing in the above photo) said they want a full liquor license in order to serve their special aquavit.

Here’s a bit about the vision:

Evidently, chef Adam Aamann, founder of the Aamann mini empire, is “famous for his open-faced sandwiches”—smørrebrød, as they’re known in Danish. (Try pronouncing it like this.) The restaurant will have a core of 100 smørrebrød recipes, with 12 on the menu any given day. A photo from Aamann’s website:

So you can see that style is part of the equation. Here’s the sample lunch menu for the New York restaurant:

There will also be pastries, chocolates, coffee, and so on. The packet  of info in the liquor-license application states that the “food concept is similar to restaurant Noma [...]—rustic and totally Scandinavian.” Noma is considered by many to be the world’s best restaurant, so this is no small claim.

Adam Aamann’s bio: “Since Adam Aamann opened the doors of Aamanns restaurant and takeaway in 2006, he has received lavish praise from Danish and foreign critics alike. In 2007 he received an honorary diploma from the Danish Academy of Gastronomy in recognition of his efforts to elevate the open sandwich to a gastronomic art form. In the same year he won the prize for ‘Best open sandwiches’ at the annual competition held in conjunction with the ‘Gastronomiske Dage’ (Gastronomic Days) food show at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. In 2008 Aamanns was named ‘Lunch restaurant of the year’ in Gudme Raaschou Spiseguide, the annual guide to fine dining in Denmark.”

The room, meanwhile, appears to be a showcase of Scandinavian design, with “brand sponsors and partners” that include Carl Hansen, Fritz Hansen, Georg Lensen, Lisbeth Dahl, Anne Black, Hay, Normann, Bodum, Beck Sondergaard—I feel like I’m typing up a Minnesota phone book—Kvadrat, Summerbird, Menu, Holmegaard, and Charles Bank Gallery. The mood board looks like it wandered over from Just Scandinavian….

Finally, here are a few more photos and a video or Adam Aamann talking about how excited he is to come to Tribeca and feed Tribeca Citizen:

11 Comments

  1. looks great! can’t wait.

  2. Excited for the first Danish restaurant in New York! The food is amazing, but unfortunately their location choice will be a tough one to pull off.

  3. He’s actually talking about ryebread on the video.

  4. @Mads: I was making a (dumb) joke, but the blurb on Eater stripped out the part that made it semi-clear I was kidding.

  5. Is anyone else old enough to remember when MoMA’s cafeteria featured smorrebrod? Each plate had a color-coded strip of paper on it that indicated the price of the dish (so low as to be unbelievable nowadays.)

  6. Have to brush up on my Danish because I missed the part where he mentions when it will open.

  7. Looks really interesting but agree it could prove to be a tough location… Too much tunnel traffic and no parking… I believe this was the part time TriBeCa film festival box office..
    Food looks great – hoping it all works out.

    8P close? Huh?

  8. I can’t wait! I’ve spent some time in Denmark and love love smorrebrod. As for the location, it works great for me. I live in Tribeca, work in Soho, and pass this spot coming and going. It is nicely central to the whole Soho/Tribcea/ HudsonSq area. Anyway, as the only Danish place in NY, and with a famous chef, won’t this be like a ‘destination location’? And parking? You can hardly park anywhere in all of Tribcea/Soho during the day – it’s all only for commercial. I know because my husband has a commercial SUV and he can park almost anywhere, but if a friend or my mom drives in to visit they have to park in a lot. Anyway, Capsuto park is right in front and a perfect place to sit with my boxed smorrebrod and coffee on a nice day. Can’t wait.

  9. Yes!!!! finally a Danish cafe in NY– the food looks exquisite and the atmosphere so stylish but still relaxed. The location is amazing, right across from the Park. Can’t wait. Will they cater too? Seems like perfect party food too.

  10. YES!!!! finally a danish cafe right here in N.Y, I can make frikadeller at home but the next time i go into the city i am hitting straight for the cafe…..soooo proud my father came from danmark…..

  11. Good Luck…Looking forward to Eat at the restaurant..Do! a good Old. Oscar and Ida Davidsen…And you can not Fail..
    Look’s like.You may get Bjarke Ingels Our wonderful Danish Architect
    In your. In your neigborhood as well..Look out for Project W57.
    I am in CPH at the moment.Will be there as soon as I see Tribecka again.
    Lots of luck.