103 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Vandaag opened recently to rave reviews by critics. Serving largely Dutch delicacies, but with a fresh, original slant, the understated restaurant is an exercise in restraint: the décor is spare but not sterile, tap water is served in Morandi-like carafes that are tall, smooth as bullets, and the color of a café latte, and dainty amuse-bouches are brought to the table on sleek black tiles. The menu serves some Northern European classics—like cured herring and smoked pickled sausage—but their preparation and presentation will certainly surprise. House-infused flutes of a traditional Scandinavian liquor called akvavit—which takes its name from the Latin for “water of life”—are a delicious postprandial digestif; try Horseradish-dill or Smoked Black Cardamom. Close and comfortable, Vandaag offers accessible elegance; after a day of art-hopping, a little edible artistry feels like just the thing.