Icelandic Skal Opens on the LES

By Zagat Staff  |  August 23, 2013
Credit: Donny Tsang

Got a craving for Icelandic cuisine? You're in luck. Oli Bjorn Stephensen, a partner in Ten Bells, has taken the former Les Enfants Terribles space and turned it into Skal. Stephensen tells us that the inspiration and design of his Lower East Side restaurant is "taken from an old Icelandic cottage living room.” Sounds charming, right?

The clean and cheerful digs are full of mix-matched china on the walls and Mason jars filled with fresh bouquets in a room painted Robin’s egg blue. The menu is Northern-focused: think seafood heavy/ light dishes that are vegetable-orientated and herbaceous. Examples include an Icelandic arctic char cured in lavender and served with Lava beer cream and shaved artichokes, duck wings that are pan-fried with a purée of mussels and squid ink, or a boudin blanc with young turnips and mustard greens. This glorious menu is the reason this place is already buzzing.

Their beverage list involves a roster of natural and biodynamic wines, along with cocktails like the Gurka, an effervescent sip with Nolet’s gin, fresh cucumber and a hint pepper. Bonus: there's sidewalk space for outdoor imbibing. 

37 Canal St.; 212-777-7518