Stopped by Icelandic Street Food because Matur og drykkur wasn’t open yet and we had a flight to catch. It was a special day with everything being free and a pay-what-you-want system with all proceeds going to charity. We got a lamb soup bowl and a doughnut; we wanted the crepe-like pancakes but they were all out already, though another patch appeared right before we left. Nice spot for a cozy snack, check out their website.
This is ranked higher than the amazing Grillid on Tripadvisor, so we were really excited to check them out. While still a nice experience, this was certainly not as good as the one we had at Grillid, despite costing a similar amount (12,900 ISK).
My notes from the meal:
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We had to stop by this famous hot dog stand despite the freezing wind and rain. Got the ‘everything’ hot dog and it was fabulous. The line moved quickly and so did we – the hot dogs were gone before we finished walking down the street. Check out their website!
– absolutely amazing food
– tons of creative and playful takes on food – for example, the take on garlic bread involved a soft potato bread meant to be pulled apart by your hands with a generous dollop of mushroom butter and then dunking it into a garlic soup – you’re surprised at first – where are the utensils? Would a restaurant of this caliber really let you eat with your hands? But then they come out with hot towels and a lovely cracked plate with the crack lined with gold – kintsugi-style
– loved the marshmallow caramel pops at the end, on a stick and bed of forestry
– celeriac and fish; seems very Icelandic
– service was good but not really warm or particularly attentive; water glasses refilled frequently but it’s not like EMP
– great view of the city, high up, overlooking; 360 astrology decorations
– comfy chairs
– mostly older clientele
– some of the items a bit salty (fish, lamb, dessert)
– no cocktail bar
– certain flavors incorporated in multiple ways in a dish
– always an interactive portion of the food – bringing freeze-dried or sauce or torch at tableside – really fantastic
– overall, I’m shocked this restaurant doesn’t have a Michelin star – maybe needs a better name and some better service but the food is top-notch
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Our tasting menu:
“4 COURSES MENU
Small snacks from the kitchen
Potato bread, roasted garlic soup and cep butter
Dover sole, ramsons & crispy chicken skin
Fillet of lamb, trumpet & cep mushroom
Beef tenderloin, celeriac, oyster mushroom &
Hazelnuts, arctic thyme ice cream & pears
MENU ISK 11.900” (~120$)
And a handful of other Iceland shots:
We were told that Decoy had some of the best Peking duck in NYC. We booked the duck dinner for two ahead of time for the first round of dinner of the day. This dinner comes with the choice of two small plates off the menu – we went for the foie gras strawberry tarts, see above, in the shape of a little duck; and the oxtail dumplings. They also provide some fried fish skin ‘chips’ with three different kimchi style banchan – mango was my favorite! With the duck/wraps, there were two interesting sauces in addition to the usual hoisin sauce, a raspberry-based and a satay-like. My favorite was still the hoisin. You also get a rice dish included with the duck dinner, we opted to get the truffle egg, which unfortunately was really mostly egg and not very truffle. Drinks – ‘Year of the Salty Dog’ was adorable, with a little paw print in the foam. Fred was not very impressed with the meal, but to be fair, we had just come from Per Se so everything paled in comparison. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
We stopped by this little basement dim sum spot while in Midtown, before going to the very cool Spyscape interactive museum. To my great disappointment, because it wasn’t the weekend, they didn’t have my favorite rice noodle wraps. The xiao long bao were delicious, as they always are. They have high-quality color menu with photos, which is always helpful for when we’re feeling adventurous. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!