Grain Bar is a fresh and playful take on all the wonderful stuff that can be made from grains. Our focus is on sweet and savory porridges (“grainottos”), beer and whiskey.
We offer housemade porridges in the morning. Throughout the day and evening, we serve savory and nutritious grain dishes, soups, and a wide selection of craft beers.
Grain Bar is an ode to “grød”, from the Danish word for porridge, which can be both sweet and savory. Our modern interpretations include a twist on a Danish classic “øllebrød”, which is porridge cooked with rye bread and beer. You will see oat and barley versions with fresh fruits, as well as savory “grainottos” with barley and spelt that showcase the season’s best produce, such as, this summer, beets, peas, conehead cabbage, mushrooms, as well as roasted chicken or crab.
Since the Late Stone Age, the diet in the Nordic countries has relied heavily on grød made from rye, barley, and eventually oats. It was a cheap, nutritious and satisfying meal, an alternative to expensive meat, a ‘poor man’s food’.
Due to intensified cultivation and focus on yield rather than quality, the grain that we eat today has suffered a crucial loss in nutritional value. In Denmark, in collaboration with dedicated farmers and grain researchers, we have worked for years to reintroduce some of the original Nordic heritage grains. We are taking the fruit of that work to North America. This fall we’ll be harvesting the first crop of Nordic heirloom grains from farmers in New York, Connecticut, and Maine.
Try our grain dishes with a cold lager or ale from our beer program. Or just enjoy a whiskey around the bar.