Terrific Danish in Red Bank
There Is a stand at the Red Bank Farmer's market that sells danish and licorice. The young man manning the stand shared a compelling story about the couple who owns the cafe in the Galleria where they make the danish and offer a lunch menu with a European flair. I've tried three varieties of danish so far: the raspberry, cheese, and pecan, and they were all wonderful. I plan on going back to try their lunch. The owners are friendly and the space is charming and right across the street from the Two River Theater. They've worked really hard to get here, all the way from Denmark!
Here is a column with their story:
Here is the menu:
I think they're a terrific addition to Red Bank's vibrant and diverse dining community!
Dh and I enjoyed breakfast at The Danish Cafe this week. We shared the breakfast plate which included sliced ham, several fresh cheeses, red grapes, a choice of bread (we selected wholewheat roll), a choice of danish (we had cinnamon swirl) and a slice of premade nut bread, served with butter, cream cheese, a choice of jam (we selected the apricot, which was delicious) along with two cups of coffee. The breakfast plate was enough for two people if you enjoy a light breakfast like we do. The coffee while strong (to our liking) was unfortunately cold too fast. The Mgr. and server were attentive and friendly. We'll be back to try the lunch menu. The space is beautiful and relaxing. $17.00 with tip.
I think this thread deserves to be resuscitated. We visited the Danish Cafe for the first time this weekend and were floored by the quality and value of the food and the graciousness of the staff.
The herring and lox platter ($12.50) features three generous slices of lox, two large pieces each of herring in vinegar marinade and herring in curry sauce, a wonderful piquant mustard, several slices of rugbrod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugbr%C3..., a hard-boiled egg and a small salad. In NYC, this platter would cost twice as much.
Service is friendly and attentive, with owners and a waitress each visiting our table to serve and check on our satisfaction.
We left without having any of the danish pastries, but they looked wonderful.
Finally, mention should be made of the Danish Cafe's monthly prix-fixe, four course Danish dinners ($38, BYO), described as a mouth-watering smorgasbord of meats, fish, savory pies and desserts, served over the course of three hours ("It's how we do it in Denmark: dinner is an evening's event").
I agree: this is a highlight of Red Bank's growing diverse dining scene.