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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

GREAT NORTHERN FOOD HALL, inside Grand Central Terminal, 89 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 42nd and 45th Street), Midtown East

There have been a lot of fancy, trendy food halls that have opened in New York in the last few years. Most are just big spaces with a diverse option of over-priced gourmet local fast food. I’m mostly a fan of them and I understand this economy’s need for something like that. But Great Northern Food Hall is a little bit different.

This is one of a few ways that famous Danish chef Claus Mayer has practically taken over the culinary side of Grand Central Terminal. In addition to the new Nordic food hall, he has opened a high-end restaurant, a take-away grocer, and a hot dog stand – all within one of the world’s most famous transportation hubs.

I have to admit I was not anticipcating that the newest food hall in this town would be dedicated to Nordic food, but I’m glad to see this under-represented cuisine finally getting its due.

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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

SADLY, SKÁL IS NOW CLOSED.

SKÁL, 37 Canal Street (at Ludlow Street), Lower East Side

New York’s collection of world cuisines is one step closer to being complete. We have just about every country’s food represented at restaurants, although we still need true Nicaraguan, Burmese, and a whole lot of East African food. But one type of cuisine that can be crossed off the list is Icelandic cuisine.

When Skál opened last year, it sounded like just another notch in the hip surplus of Nordic restaurants. Some of those are really interesting, but some of them are difficult to palate. Skál has already proved itself as an inventive and serious neighborhood restaurant.

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