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Aamanns brings a slice of Danish design to Manhattan.
Marta S. McAdams

After a long search to find a space with just the right light to feel Scandinavian, New York City’s first exclusively Danish restaurant, Aamanns-Copenhagen, brings a small slice of Danish culture, design, and cuisine to a light-filled corner space in Tribeca. Sanne Ytting, a native Dane, and co-owner with Copenhagen chef Adam Aamann, worked with Copenhagen-based designer Anders Faagord, sharing 3-D models over the Internet, to create the 2,000-square-foot space, using a palette of white and natural woods.

“Every little detail is Danish,” Ytting said. “We wanted to be authentic and stick to the Danish way of designing things, with a clean look and elegant lines.” Fritz Hansen, the well known furniture company, sponsored the seating in the space. Distinctive domed pendant lights by Mater cast light upward through an array of perforations, creating extra ambiance in the evening. “We wanted a space with low visual noise but with a warm feel from light and candles,” Ytting said.


A crimped white marble-topped bar with a corrugated metal base anchors the back wall of the restaurant. Danish artisans provided the custom round wood-top tables and site-specific artwork. Ytting also formed a relationship with the Danish consulate to bring cultural programs to the space year round.

The simple design accentuates the rich texture and color of Denmark’s signature open-faced sandwich, the smørrebrød, featuring seasonal meats, fishes, and vegetables. The authenticity paid off: Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary attended the site’s soft opening last fall and voiced approval.

Branden Klayko