PLAN DATE: SAT / FEB. 9
It won’t surprise you that the moody, cool and spare Williamsburg restaurant Aska is brought to you by Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius. Like its Stockholm roots, the restaurant is meticulous, dark and deliberate in décor and food alike. Wood tables are covered in black cloth and accented with black vases. Color is infused through impeccably-plated dishes selected on your behalf as part of the multi-course tasting menu that celebrates man’s relationship with nature and changing seasons. Set across two levels in a restored 1860s warehouse building near the edge of the Williamsburg Bridge, this Michelin two-star restaurant is difficult to dine at unless you plan well in advance. Beyond the buzz it has created, Aska’s difficult-to-book status also comes from the fact that Aska emphasizes space for its patrons. Meals are prepared in an open kitchen and served to guests of only ten tables each night.
Once you’ve surprised and delighted your taste buds, go shake your booty at Bembe, an unmarked dance space tucked under the Williamsburg Bridge. Candlelight sets the scene and a string of international DJs inspire your motion with everything from reggae to salsa to funk. The dance floor is filled with regulars, which also makes for some fun people watching, and the bar offers the usual fare and some fun tropically-themed concoctions, as well. Check the calendar on Bembe’s website to see who is performing on any given night and be sure to pack a change of shoes if yours won’t survive a night on the move.
Dinner, Dancing, Live Music
47 South 5th Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: If you can’t make a reservation ahead of time, visit Aska’s cellar bar and courtyard garden, where they serve cocktails and shareable dishes. The garden and bar open for drinks at 6pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.
81 South 6th Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: Drummers and local musicians often play here, so check out the calendar if you want to sample some local flare.