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SKÁL

3.8
3.8
13 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

SKÁL is a New American/Modern restaurant and cocktail bar in New York on the Lower East Side that is loyal to the basic culinary principls, yet confident enough to explore uncharted territories. Executive Chef Ben Spiegel (formerly of Willows Inn on Lummi Island) makes his New York debut at SKÁL, where he crafts imaginative and bold food that still manages to retain familiar and comforting flavors. Chef Spiegel makes use of vanguard techniques, such as hay-smoking, blending the ingredients of land and sea, pickling and fermenting, and overall employs a strong naturalist approach to cooking. The results are carefully balanced dishes that are that are exciting and flavourful. The décor has a natural feel, reminiscent of a coastal cottage with pale blue wooden tables, a runway style bar and dishware that appear to be from a relative’s china closet. The whole room, filled with light blue and green colors, has a quaint, earthy ambiance.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 777-7518

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Spiegel

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Ludlow Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Menu

To Start

  • Market Salad$14.00

    Seasonal Market Vegetables & Fruits

    • Cured Salmon Salad$15.00

      Fennel, Sieved Eggs, Blackberry

      • Charred Broccoli$11.00

        Fermented Garlic, Shallot

        • A5 Japanese Wagyu Strip$26.00

          Quail Egg, Sesame Oil, Lava Salt

          • Raw Beef$15.00

            Littleneck Clams, Trout Roe

            • Grilled Octopus$16.00

              Radish, Fingerling

              Entrees

              • Arctic Char$24.00

                Caramelized Cauliflower, Coco Beans Radicchio

                • Long Island Striped Bass$26.00

                  Burgundy Escargot, Leche De Tigre, Melted Leeks

                  • Short Ribs$26.00

                    Blueberry, Kombu Dashi Daikon

                    • Pork Belly & Scallops$25.00

                      Market Sweet Corn, Serrano Chili

                      • Pork Collar$22.00

                        Quince, Cantalope, Oats

                        • Duck Confit$24.00

                          Purslane, Blackberry

                          Last updated: April 23, 2019

                          What 13 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                          3.8
                          3.8 based on all time ratings
                          • 3.9Food
                          • 3.7Service
                          • 4.0Ambience
                          • 0.1Value

                          NoiseModerate

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                          1. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New York Area

                            15 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on November 8, 2014

                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                            Great food and great service!

                          2. P

                            Pablo

                            New York Area

                            4 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on October 31, 2014

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Every dish was well balanced and executed beautifully, the food rooted in comfort but freshened with subtle flavors and techniques made it one of the best meals I have had in some time. The bar complements the kitchen with great cocktails and service is warm and attentive. Looking forward to my next meal at Skal and a new ever changing menu.

                          3. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New York Area

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on October 17, 2014

                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                            I had visited Skal once before a little less than a year ago. My friend and I had been wandering the streets and happened to find it out of the blue, and ever since that one visit, I had vowed to return. I met an old friend from my hometown for dinner there last Friday evening. It was a cool night, but still warm enough to sit outside. We had wonderful service from the bar as well as once we were seated. The food was great, and the cocktails were fantastic. I definitely look forward to returning, hopefully sooner rather than waiting a year again.

                          4. B

                            Bill

                            New York Area

                            43 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            43 reviews

                            Dined on September 20, 2014

                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                            Nice setting, attractively decorated. Some adventuresome menu items. I selected the Australian Wayaghu appetizer and the Lambs Head entrée. Both excellent. Entrée arrived complete with a large skull that go a lot of attention. It's for show and the meal is alongside on the plate. Fun. Service screwed up and entrée really slow to arrive, but they were attentive and comped some wine to offset the long wait, which was good.

                          5. MD

                            MikeyDee

                            New York Area

                            20 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            20 reviews

                            Dined on September 11, 2014

                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                            Having enjoyed our trip to Reykjavik last year, I was thrilled to learn that this restaurant was opening up immediately after our return. It took about a year, but we finally made it for my wife's birthday dinner. We shared the octopus and the beef with quail egg appetizers. I had the Pork Collar and she had Arctic Char for our mains. All were delicious and of decent proportions. Although, it is not a true Icelandic (more Scandinavian) restaurant, they do have Lava, an Icelandic stout, which is excellent. I was disappointed to learn that their Icelandic beer selections had dwindled down to only this one. Great experience overall and we will be going back.

                          6. FF

                            Finicky4Food

                            New York Area

                            8 reviews

                            4.0

                            8 reviews

                            Dined on September 6, 2014

                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                            We went for brunch during fashion week which might have been why the restaurant was so empty. But the food was great and it was nice to have a relatively quiet meal. Definitely recommend it!

                          7. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New York Area

                            38 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            38 reviews

                            Dined on August 2, 2014

                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                            Excellent pork belly sandwich and potatoes in a quaint setting.

                          8. MP

                            MadameProfessor

                            New York Area

                            2 reviews

                            4.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on July 26, 2014

                            overall4food5service4ambience3

                            We decided to try this place out for our anniversary dinner and immensely enjoyed the unique cuisine such as the Sponge Cake with Cucumber Ice Cream. I had the Diver Scallops, which were excellent, and my husband liked the Arctic Char. Granted, the portions could have been a little more substantial, but that did not damper the evening at all. However, we did find it a bit odd that the restaurant was Scandinavian/Icelandic-themed with appropriate decor played French music from the '50s and '60s. I would expect such music for a casual French restaurant and would have enjoyed Scandinavian or some sort of music that better suited the ambiance. Otherwise, it was a treat to patronize this place on a rare night out without our kid.

                          9. NY

                            NYCdiner

                            New York Area

                            5 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on July 16, 2014

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            My friend and I enjoyed the Chefs tasting menu on a recent Wednesday night, and loved it! The food was delicious and inventive, and we had an amazing time at this cozy, adorable restaurant!

                          10. n

                            nycfan

                            New York Area

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on June 1, 2014

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The food we got was unbelievably good and the ambiance was really nice. It feels like you're in a country house somewhere with the fire on and eating great food.

                          11. m

                            manhattandiner

                            New York Area

                            1 review

                            vip
                            1.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on May 11, 2014

                            overall1food2service1ambience2

                            Good concept, but the execution fell flat mainly due to the service/manager. The chef did not allow any substitutions and service was extremely slow - both for food and drink orders. One of my friends got a piece of plastic in her pancake and when she sent it back to the kitchen, she asked for an omelette instead. The omelette was extremely undercooked. The manager was not remotely concerned about either problem.

                          12. SW

                            StefanieW

                            New York Area

                            20 reviews

                            4.0

                            20 reviews

                            Dined on May 3, 2014

                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                            Worth visiting for the staff and owners alone! Food is good, ambience great. Friendly neighborhood spot. Menu could be expanded, though!

                          13. s

                            sjf1

                            Los Angeles

                            14 reviews

                            5.0

                            14 reviews

                            Dined on April 13, 2014

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Delicious, inventive food and attentive service. A great addition to the Scandinavian trending scene.

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                          SKÁL is rated 3.8 stars by 13 OpenTable diners

                          Not bookable

                          This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

                          • Cross street

                            Ludlow Street

                          • Neighborhood

                            Lower East Side

                          • Hours of operation

                            Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
                            Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
                            Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
                            Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm

                          • Cuisines

                            American

                          • Dining style

                            Casual Dining

                          • Dress code

                            Casual Dress

                          • Payment options

                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                          • Executive chef

                            Ben Spiegel

                          • Additional

                            Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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