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Ramen and Scandinavian Cafe in Park Slope

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tstar Jan 22, 2009 12:36 PM

I just walked by 2 new spots under construction.
1) In the building that used to house OAK, now painted blue, will apparently be a scandinavian cafe - or so said a man painting outside.
AND....
2) On 4th Ave and Degraw, a new ramen spot. I was just wishing PS had decent ramen.
Anyone know anything about these new places and whether to be excited??

  1. buttertart Jan 22, 2009 12:49 PM

    Hoping for the Scandinavian cafe, and especially hoping for Danish open-faced sandwiches - otherwise nowhere to be found in the city, as far as I know.

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      lambretta76 Jan 23, 2009 05:42 AM

      Smorrebrod! Only place I get these is at the Danish Christmas Fair in November/December. I'd love that!

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        buttertart Jan 23, 2009 08:33 AM

        Man I gotta go this year. We had Danish friends when I was a kid (the family had a bakery around the corner) and the food at their parties was to die for. Also used to get these at the Danish Food Centre in Toronto - menu of about 50 choices (deepfried Camembert with lingonberries...liver paté with bacon...shrimps with mayonnaise...). One of the gone and lamented restaurants of happy memory.

        1. re: lambretta76
          MMRuth Jan 23, 2009 08:35 AM

          Where is the Danish Christmas Fair held?

          1. re: MMRuth
            buttertart Jan 23, 2009 09:01 AM

            The one I know about is held at the Danish Seamen's Church on Willow St in Brooklyn Heights. Presume this is the one meant.

            1. re: buttertart
              lambretta76 Jan 23, 2009 10:19 AM

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/333301

              The smorrebrod are only in the German church on Henry, which is annexed for the fair.

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          olavito Feb 6, 2009 08:16 PM

          AQ cafe on Park Avenue in the 30s has open-faced sandwiches and lovely herring plates.

        3. j
          Juanita Jan 22, 2009 09:10 PM

          Where was OAK?

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            MrsT Feb 6, 2009 10:08 AM

            Oak was either on President St between 5th & 6th, or Union off of 5th. It was one of those tiny overpriced boutiques.

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              pitu Feb 9, 2009 12:47 PM

              On President, between 5th and 6th, but very close to 6th.
              Tiny space. Scandinavian? Interesting....

          2. lambretta76 Jan 23, 2009 05:42 AM

            I heard that the ramen joint is being opened by the people who own Sheep Station. That's all I have.

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              Taksa3000 Feb 6, 2009 05:52 AM

              It looks like the Swedish cafe is opening today. It's owned by the same people who run Scandinavian Grace in Williamsburg and Upsate.

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                aravenel Feb 11, 2009 06:06 AM

                It's definitely open. Has anyone been in? Awfully small space--what are they selling (aside from coffee)?

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                  Juanita Feb 11, 2009 07:13 AM

                  Cookies. And Scandinavian kitchenware. Boxes of Swedish pancake mix. I'm a little disappointed. It strikes me as a very odd business model.

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                    ginsbera Feb 11, 2009 08:32 AM

                    that is disappointing, I thought food was going to be served. Oh well, when does the ramen place open?

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                      jen kalb Mar 30, 2009 11:06 AM

                      they have quite a lot more swedish food products than this over at IKEA!
                      judging by the website it seems like more of a lifestyle/decor business than a food business.

                      1. re: jen kalb
                        Peter Cuce Mar 30, 2009 11:50 AM

                        I love the place. Supposedly they're going to offer seating and more food items in the future. Coffee's pretty good, and the almond cake, called Tosca, is caramel-ly, with great texture, and delicious. Friendly service.
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/aranciap...

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                ginsbera Feb 10, 2009 05:07 PM

                great! although i enjoy the options in the park slope/prospect heights area I could definitely benefit from a few new spots. Please let us know how the Swedish Cafe is!

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                  tstar Mar 30, 2009 10:44 AM

                  wishing they had more coffee-relevant hours. they only open at 11 - ridiculous! think of all those cappucinos they could sell as people head down to the R train.

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                    bothrops_asper May 31, 2009 05:23 PM

                    I walked by on Saturday and the store was dark and the gate was locked. From what I could see through the windows the shelves looked pretty bare. Has it closed? I can't imagine not being open on a sunny Saturday afternoon...

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