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D'roc Hendrickson Jun 7, 2006 10:11 AM

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!

D'roc Hendrickson

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    Nosher Jun 7, 2006 02:26 PM

    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.

    Nosher

    Link: http://nycnosh.com

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      D'roc Jun 7, 2006 04:19 PM

      Nosher,

      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!

      D'roc

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        Brian S Jun 7, 2006 04:54 PM

        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)

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          david sprague Jun 8, 2006 01:17 PM

          that number would seem to be wildly off, since Iceland itself only has a population of 300,000 or so. but i'd still like to see one or two members of the community that is here take a stab at opening a place!

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            d'roc Jun 8, 2006 04:03 PM

            I thought so too, i think the number might be more around 4,000 (or 400). I aslo agree that it only take one person with enough Koruna to open a great restaraunt.

            Takk & Bless!

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              d'roc Jun 8, 2006 04:03 PM

              I thought so too, i think the number might be more around 4,000 (or 400). I aslo agree that it only take one person with enough Koruna to open a great restaraunt.

              Takk & Bless!

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                d'roc Jun 8, 2006 04:03 PM

                I thought so too, i think the number might be more around 4,000 (or 400). I aslo agree that it only take one person with enough Koruna to open a great restaraunt.

                Takk & Bless!

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              Nosher Jun 7, 2006 05:17 PM

              No, not Icelandic, although I've visited many times and grown to love quite a number of foods from there-- my favorite of which is a candy bar called Thristur (which we wrote about several months ago). Skyr and smoked fish comes a close second though.

              Nosher

              Link: http://nycnosh.com

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            ellenb Jun 7, 2006 02:42 PM

            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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              D'roc Jun 7, 2006 04:23 PM

              Ellen,

              The smoked leg of lamb was SOOO good! And I didn't have a chance to try the lamb hot dogs (even though they were almost on every corner in Reykjavík!

              D'roc

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              magghamm Sep 20, 2011 02:05 PM

              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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              Whole Foods
              40 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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                Motosport Sep 20, 2011 02:14 PM

                Reykjavik!!! What a great weekend we had in 2009!! Fabulous lamb, seafood and puffin. The city is a non stop party Friday and Saturday evenings.
                Best moment: Pylsurs (hot dogs) down by the waterfront @ 2 AM, priceless.

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                  magghamm Sep 20, 2011 02:17 PM

                  Oh yeah, gotta love the Runtur! I miss Pylsurs already and i've only been back 2 days. :(

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