Permanently Closed - Bornholm

4.3
45 Reviews
$30 and under
Danish
This restaurant is permanently closed. As we have been fighting to get our Visa for more than 14 months now and we still haven't gotten it we have to leave the United States and go back to Denmark.
Leaving the country also means that we have to close Bornholm. We want to thank all our customers for the support you have shown us during this past year.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a dinner reservation on a Saturday night. When we arrived there was sign stating they closed due to US visa issues. Apparently they've been closed for a few weeks.

Would be nice if Open Table updated their site! It could have saved us lots of time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Unfortunately it closed that day - their brunch service was the last service after only one year in business. The owners have returned to Denmark

JT
vipJacquelineT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hans Christian Anderson themed cocktails were delicious (I got "Little Match Girl") and really fun. The food was seasonal and super fresh. The atmosphere is quaint, hip, and relaxed. My friends and I had the best time. A wonderful place to laugh and catch up. Our server Vik was a joy, spoke to us in four languages, and kept us merry even when he let us know they 86ed my original entre order when they ran out of cod. Mouth watering Danish food and an absolute hidden gem of a place. Fish, burgers, cocktails, and pastries were all fab. Bonus points: if you are enrolled in the Delta Skymiles Dining program eating here also earns extra miles.

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vipadest
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Bornholm is a fine place to meet a friend for a drink in the back garden. The homemade laks , herring and bread are lovely. The main dishes were fine but not spectacular. The staff is friendly but need some training in pronouncing the Danish menu. Also, they should let customers know that the kitchen is out of a certain item before letting us choose (we ordered 3 things that were no longer on the menu). The back garden has a fun atmosphere but we had to leave because there were a couple of mice running around our feet - granted there had been a big rainstorm and we were in the garden but the mice were too much for one of our guests. The restaurant inside lacks charm and warmth but the garden is a gem.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great find, lovely and spacious outdoor seating, great food and very danish atmosphere. We loved Bornholm

KP
KimP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the space and the food. Real Danish comfort food - just like my mother made it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Bornholm is excellent for dinner. Fresh and intriguing ingredients; lovely Danish food.
Brunch is another matter. Food is mediocre, and for the most part; dull, run of the mill brunch fare found at every joint in Brooklyn. My family didn't come to Bornholm for omelettes and Eggs Benedict. We came for Danish food. I had the classic mixed Danish platter, Gravad Laks. It was okay. Nothing to sing praises over.

But my biggest complaint for Brunch were the cocktails. My daughter had a Mimosa, which was mostly orange juice. I had the Morgen, consisting of mostly grapefruit juice; and at $14, this was an absolute rip off.

I would avoid brunch. Go to dinner instead.

C
Cookie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I want this place to succeed- beautiful patio and tasty food. The issue we have is the service. We went twice last week and while the servers are very friendly, the cocktails arrived after the food and we waited so long for the check to be processed, my friend got fed up and marched it inside. At breakfast the other day, they had run out of a few items and after we ordered one dish and mentioned a (main) missing ingredient, the response was simply, 'oh, we ran of that, too' (Note: Tell your customers in advance before you bring out the order and at least say, 'Would you still like that or something else?')

We are mixed giving any negative feedback bc this place is lovely and worthwhile of a visit. The food is fresh and tasty and the decor is great.

We are sharing this with the hope that the restaurant's service gets more reliable and professional and we'll look forward to returning!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My first visit here, had a few glitches. I'd been told by a staff member earlier the same day that they would start serving dinner at 4:30pm, however when we got to the restaurant at 4:30pm the waitstaff said that actually only sandwiches are available until the kitchen opens at 5pm. Also our waitress recommended a cocktail that was nothing like what I described I wanted and I ended up not drinking it (paid for it though). Other than that the place was nice and food was pretty good, my fish was a tad too salty for my taste maybe but the vegetables and side salad were great.

JS
vipJanineS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just about everything was perfection. Amazing food, wonderful service. The only area for improvement would be the time it took to get our beverages - a bit long, but the Bloody Marys were worth the wait!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, I highly recommend it!

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vip2cats
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Bornholm is an island in Denmark and it is known for an excellent food but the quality of food in this restaurnat of the name sake is not up to par. The service was random and poor and the drinks and wine list were mediocre. They also ran out of a lot of items in menu. The interior is tired looking, needs fresh coat of paint and good cleaning. It was a special occasion but an overall experience was mediocre . The food was reasonably priced but I am sure people will pay bit more for better food and better experience.
It is a huge missed opportunity for them to have a restaurant with this name so I hope they will up the ante.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely authentic cuisine loved it so much I wish I loved closer

J
Jogibby123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely find in Brooklyn . Loved the fresh homemade food and friendly atmosphere .
Food was delicious . Definitely worth a visit for brunch or dinner

NY
NewYorkEventsandTours
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bornholm is a MUST stop in New YorkCity. Of you live in Brooklyn you are lucky, it's one of YOUR gems... If in any other Borough, its well worth the trip. I have seldom experienced such good food with that level of personable and knowledgeable service.

TB
vipTheBraun
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable. Get here now.

ST
STld
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bornholm makes Danish (or Nordic) cuisine accessible to all New Yorkers, both in terms of the menu and the price point. Bornholm has a great ambiance and an amazing garden. The owners are always around to ask questions or to interact with guests, which makes the place extremely cosy and charming. This place is overflowing with hygge, and I would recommend it to everyone - Danish or Scandinavian expats in New York, for foodies and anyone who is looking for a great meal.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bornholm! It's mission is hygge and it hits the mark - it's so cozy and the staff are so friendly. It's a gem on Smith Street

NC
vipNancyC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This place is super cute from the outside, a bit boring on the inside, and the food is not that great, although it was only breakfast, MAYBE lunch/dinner are better? I hope?!?! It does not have any "hygge" atmosphere, but has a nice garden which should be lovely when the weather is warm. Service was exceptionally sweet. Would consider giving it another try for lunch or dinner.

M
vipMak603
New England
37 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was slow and my date's food wasn't hot.

RS
RobertS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Six of us ---2 sub-teens, 4 adults-- all enjoyed the food and the relaxed casual atmosphere. Authentic Danish fare, well prepared and presented. The cocktail specialities pleased the adults.

The island of Bornholm is one of our favorite places to visit and this restaurant is destined to be a favorite as well.

ML
vipMeiravL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neighborhood gem, great food, drinks and atmosphere, super nice owners.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal - just like the food and danishes, imported from Denmark!

PM
vipPhillipM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They were quite busy as it was Valentines Day. As a result they ran out of some items we wanted from the menu, which was disappointing. But the food that did come out was very tasty and the owners were very attentive and friendly. Will go back to try what we missed!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, well prepared food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Went for brunch. Expected a bottomless option however, they no longer offer that option.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very authentic to the danish recipes and extremely fresh. The food is all made from scratch in their own kitchen and served the same day. Staff is very friendly and very good at servicing customers. Staff also knows the danish vocabulary to the plates so it's like being on the island Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

This is my second visit to Bornholm since they opened and definitely not the last. Next time I'm in town I'll be by again.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food (even better than we expected)! Excited to come back to try some other items on the menu.

FO
FormerlyOfJoburg
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Have always liked Danish food -- esp. the smorgasbord open-faces sandwiches -- and this place is authentic. We went when it first opened, met a very unfriendly bartender, and left. Luckily, we gave it a second chance (we live nearby) and have now been back twice. The owner is on hand and could not be more friendly, and the new bartender and staff are the same. Interesting cocktails (not just Carlsberg, Denmark's Budweiser). The sandwiches are a meal in themselves, but the salmon is also delicious, whether cooked on an oak plank or broiled with horseradish sauce. We used to eat here when it was the White Oak, and it has a big, comfortable backyard space, so hopefully the new owners will revive that when the weather warms up.

CT
CTFoodies
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We, a party of five, had brunch at Bornholm on Saturday. It's located on Smith Street around the corner from our daughter's condo in Brooklyn. She and her husband have eaten there several times and were pleased when we suggested it. We were greeted by the owner who explained the restaurant's philosophy and gave us menu translations and suggestions. We started with coffee and glasses of French sparkling wine, Veauve De Vernay. One in our party had the blue cheese salad and the Biksemad, a Danish hash. Two others had the Gravad Laks and our daughter had Yoghurt with Berries and Granola. I had the Biksemad and a wonderful cheese Wienerbrod or Danish pastry. On my recommendation we ordered two more pastries, an apple and a raspberry. Everything was delicious and the service was very accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Signature Danish cuisine carefully prepared and served. Don't expect "fast food" - this is a place to savor the meatballs, the chicken (crispy outside, moist inside), the fish and vegetables. You can get "small plates" and starters - try the Silde & Laksplatte herring and salmon - or the classic open sandwiches. Good cocktails too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic neighborhood find! Great ambience, fantastic food, lovely owners/hosts. Diners are encouraged to stay as long as they wish and take a leisurely dining experience. Great place!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Being a danish restaurant I expected to find the famous "Hygge" atmosphere. Unfortunately there was too much direct light. Some nice decorative light fixtures would have helped instead of the powerful spots. The food was ok but not exceptional.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really charming, homey atmosphere. The food is simple and delicious. I had salmon baked on a wooden plank with mashed potatoes and salad. It feels like being invited to your Danish friend's home in the county, who also happens to be an excellent cook. Great for a group, it's bright, cheerful, casual, and not too loud. Looking forward to going back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A group of us went and one of us in the group is Danish (not U.S. born as well). He felt that the dishes were very authentic and well done. That being said you will have to like Danish food to enjoy this place! I found the food to be very good and nicely presented. I had the fried cod appetizer and the pork tenderloin entree. Both I would definitely recommend. A friend at the table had the salmon entree and I had a taste of it- it was quite exquisite. One of us also ordered the gravlax which I had a bite of and I also enjoyed very much.
The wine list is short but reasonably priced. We had the Sauvignon Blanc which pared well with all our meals.
We had a chance to meet the owner who is very friendly and appears to be wanting to make the dining experience as authentic as possible. I do hope the place succeeds as he is a genuinely nice person.

BB
vipBBBKM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great brunch there last Sunday. We had never had Danish food before and our server was very friendly and helpful.

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vipbrooklynIlene
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So you probably were not sitting around your home saying "Now where in Brooklyn can I get food from the Danish island of Bornholm... that's been on my mind for weeks..." Still, such food is what the new restaurant "Bornholm" provides. And, jokes aside, the food is very good. Interesting drinks, good Danish brown bread, and, of course, excellent fish. The service was very friendly, and we had an fine chat with owner Claudi. Definitely worth the visit.

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CessiT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were visiting my daughter in Brooklyn and we were looking for somewhere fun to eat. It was a cold rainy night and most of the restaurants we knew of were booked solid. We took a chance on Bornholm because we though that their web-site made the food look fun, a whole new flavor set in Danish modern cuisine. We loved it. It was delicious. As we sat, they brought a trio of home made breads baked daily to the table. Our appetizer of fried cod with shrimp was particularly tasty and light. The main entree is cooked on an oak platter with your choice of salmon, chicken or beef. Three of us ordered the house special and everyone said their food was perfectly cooked,and it came with a lovely green salad along with the piped mashed potatoes and the meat, or vegetable, choice. Another entree, pork tenderloin came with the most beautiful assortment of roasted vegetables cooked in a 500 degree oven on a bed of sunchoke puree. There was a fire that warmed the brick walls and the danish mid-century modern decor. Nice drinks and w one list and the owner is friendly and talks about the cuisine and history of the island of Bornholm, for which the restaurant is named. We'll go back next time we visit Brooklyn. Reasonably priced entrees between $16.00 to $24.00.

SJ
SarahJaneFoodLover
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bringing my 100% Danish mother to dinner, I can tell you the open faced Danish sandwiches were FABULOUS!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bornholm surpassed our expectations. The owner and his wife were extremely friendly and made our delicious meal even more enjoyable. Very cool cocktail list and overall a great restaurant. Everything is made in house and the food was simplified, healthy and most of all delicious. Highly recommend!!

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Permanently Closed - Bornholm is rated 4.3 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.