Icelandic Cuisine in NYC
- D'roc Hendrickson
This is my first post, so I apologize in advance if I make all sorts of errors.
I just returned from a fantastic weekend in Iceland and am dying to know where in New York City (or surrounding boroughs or other areas) I can enjoy authentic Iceland cuisine. Someone mentioned the Scandanavian House and Aquavit, but both cater more to the Nordic countries like Sweden and Norway, than Iceland.
Iceland foods include cod, monkfish, lobster tail, flounder, puffin & lamb.
Any assistance or suggestions would be most welcomed!
Looking forward to the feedback!
We've never had any luck finding Icelandic food (nor many Icelandic ingredients) here. We've made our own skyr, and also made a really delicious potato dish with some dried fish we brought back from Iceland, but apart from home cooking, I think there aren't many options.
Someone suggested I dial up the Iceland Consulate for ideas, and they confirmed there's no restaraunts that cook authentic Icelandic cuisine. The person suggested I check out Whole Foods which imports Icelandic lamb, fish, and skyr on a seasonal basis. You might want to check it out yourself, although it likely won't come close to having it served in-country!
Are you from Iceland? If yes, your country (saw very little of it) was BEAUTIFUL!
A few years ago the NY Times said that there are 40 thousand people from Iceland living in NYC. Most are young, trendy, and living where such people live: Williamsburgh and DUMBO. So if this is anywhere near accurate, expect to see an Icelandic restaurant soon (probably with a trendy club/bar)
I agree, I don't know of any Icelandic restaurants. You will come across dishes or ingredients that will remind you of food you had at the restaurants you mentioned, but have never come across the very traditional foods ie smoked leg of lamb.
If you are EVER able to find lamb hot dogs here, please post! I crave them.
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Whole Foods sells the Skyr.is as well as smjor, and during the appropriate season, they sell Icelandic lamb!
I just got back from Iceland and fell in love with a few foods that I know I will not be able to get here. I took some recipes down (in Icelandic, yeesh!) and plan to make them. I found this website http://www.dlc.fi/~marianna/gourmet/m...
It decodes Icelandic ingredients into english so that you can use the recipes!!! Let me know if anyone has any great traditional recipes to share. I am making runstykki tonight and will let you know how it comes out.
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