The Copenhagen – A Taste of Home in Tribeca

Sanne Ytinng

Sanne Ytting

If you’re looking for a taste of Denmark in Manhattan, look no further than The Copenhagen at 13 Laight Street.  Opened in November 2012 by Sanne Ytting this restaurant specializes in open faced sandwiches called Smørrebrød (pronounced something like “smərrebrəd) during lunch and the now famous new Nordic kitchen for dinner. All baking, pickling and smoking is done in-house. I consider this the most authentic Danish cuisine in NYC and the food is complemented by great staff and a new art exhibit every four months. Friends often ask me what they should try when heading to The Copenhagen, so I’ve put together a top five list of lunch recommendations:

  1. Smørrebrød (literal translation: bread and butter) is the specialty at The Copenhagen. These high quality open-faced sandwiches are served on dense rye bread.   Steak tartare, smoked salmon and chicken salad are the most popular options.

    Smoked salmon smørrebrød

  2. Sild (herring) is a staple in Danish cuisine. The trio of herring includes pickled, marinated, and fried varieties along with delicious accoutrements such as crème fraîche, potatoes, curried eggs, capers and seasonal pickles.
  3. Frikadeller (Danish meatballs) is another Danish dinner staple. The Copenhagen serves various types of meatballs at different times throughout the year, so be sure to order them when they’re on the menu!
  4. The dessert menu is a tough call because all the options are decadent and delicious. My favorite is the Chokolade nøddetœrte (chocolate nut cake) but my friends love the Kiksekage (chocolate waffle cake) and the Lemon mousse meringue. You can’t go wrong either way.
  5. Akvavit (aquavit), also known as snaps, dates back to the 1500s and is a potato or grain-based liquor that has a predominant taste of caraway. In order to be considered true akvavit by EU standards, the liquor must contain at least 37.5% alcohol by volume.

    Akvavit Bloody Mary

    The spirit is typically aged in oak casks and served ice cold in shot-sized glasses during the holidays in Nordic countries. If you’re not up for sipping the liquor solo, try the bloody mary with house-infused akvavit. Here’s a great recipe in case you want to sample this at home. My grandfather always had one every morning to help start off the day and he lived a long and happy life.

One lucky winner of the monthly newsletter contest will win lunch for two at The Copenhagen. If you would like to enter, click here. Good luck and Velbekomme! (Enjoy your meal)

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Food photography by Signe Birck Photography.

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