Two years after Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius closed his critical darling Aska, he’s finally ready to reopen its sequel. After countless hours considering names for the follow-up, he has, according to the Times, decided to call the restaurant — drum roll, please — Aska.
At the new spot, located at 47 South 5th Street in Williamsburg, there will be an outdoor garden, a downstairs bar and lounge, and 12- to 15-course daily-changing tasting menus with possible dishes like dry-aged beef with cured beef fat and salted gooseberries. Ingredients will mostly come from the Northeast, save for a few special items like Finnish caviar, but there’s no word yet on whether his controversial blood crackers will make an appearance. This will certainly be a restaurant to watch. Berselius’s cooking at Aska 1.0 won him buckets of praise, including a spot on Bon Appétit’s “10 Best New Restaurants” list in 2013, a two-star review from the the New York Times, and two more sparklers from New York’s Adam Platt, who praised the food as the city’s truest example of New Nordic cuisine. If all goes according to plan, the restaurant should be up and running next week.
Aska, 47 South 5th Street, nr. Wythe Avenue; 929-337-6792