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Frej's Fredrik Berselius returns to Kinfolk Studios with Atera's Eamon Rockey and a Scandinavian tasting-menu restaurant.

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    Potatoes with onion, mackerel and sour milk at Aska

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Broccoli with mussel emulsion and seaweed at Aska

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Fredrik Berselius at Aska

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    Aska at Kinfolk Studios

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    Eamon Rockey at Aska

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    Aska at Kinfolk Studios

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Suburbanite at Aska

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    Next of Kin at Aska

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    Warm Swedish Punsch at Aska

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    Hurricane Shandy at Aska

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Aska at Kinfolk Studios

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Potatoes with onion, mackerel and sour milk at Aska


Frej—the pint-size Nordic powerhouse run out of Williamsburg bar Kinfolk Studios—incited a minor palace revolution in Gotham dining last year, channeling modern cuisine’s hottest trend (Fäviken-style fare) into a criminally inexpensive tasting menu of five courses ($45). The restaurant closed last summer, but the main chef, Fredrik Berselius, has returned to the space, joining forces with star beverage manager Eamon Rockey (Atera, Eleven Madison Park). Tonight at 6pm, the pedigreed pair unveils a revamped restaurant called Aska, outfitted with potted plants and blond wood, at Kinfolk Studios. Berselius has extended the tasting menu to six courses, with dishes like apple-cider-doused pork trotters and shank highlighting foraged herbs and greenery. Rockey’s cocktail list mirrors the herbal bent with tipples like a warm Swedish Punsch, mixed with sweet fern and juniper. Check out the food, bar and cocktail menus below. 90 Wythe Ave at North 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone yet)

SIX-COURSE TASTING MENU ($65)
Dried Maine shrimp

Cucumber, dill, rapeseed oil

Broccoli
Mussel, seaweed

Potato
Onion, preserved mackerel, soured milk

Salsify
Lichen, forest leaves and herbs

Pork trotters and shank
Sunchoke, apple cider

Cardamom
Ice cream, hazelnut, brown butter

BAR MENU
Potatis dumpling
$6
Pork, smoked cheese

Poached egg $8
Cabbage, black kale, seaweed

Shrimp Smorgas $12
Dill, toast

Beef cheek $14
Potato, onion

Pork belly and heart $14
Parsnip, anchovies

COCKTAIL MENU ($12 each)
Next of Kin

Aquavit, Pu-er kombucha, caraway

Hurricane Shandy
Brooklyn Beer & Wort, malt, persimmon

Suburbanite
Vodka, triple sec, cranberry, lime

Red Hare
Our boozy energy drink (add a shot $3)

Passed Bright Milk Punch
Tequila, rum, oolong, fennel, orange

The Bond
Gin, Pineau des Charentes, Swedish Punsch, jasmine

U.S. Export
Whiskeys of all sorts, pear, maple, Angostura

Warm Swedish Punsch
Batavia arrack, sweet fern, juniper

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