Acme the former Noho spot that for years pitched faux Southern food, has reinvented itself with the help of Jean Marc Houmard and Mads Refslund, one of the founders of Copenhagen’s famed NomaWhile Houmard’s restaurants haven’t exactly been known for their kitchen prowess, his reinvention of Acme represents what is perhaps his most serious investment in food. It also acts as a handy indication of just how fashionable good food has become.
His menu delivers an easy introduction to the avant-garde cuisine of Northern Europe, unpretentious and moderately priced. His food is undeniably creative, but not so cerebral you can’t sit back and enjoy it.
Mads Refslund signed on with Acme after a chance encounter with owner Jean-Marc Houmard during a vacation in New York. He abandoned plans for a new restaurant in Copenhagen to focus on his stateside debut, but still spends time in Denmark, where he’s been shooting a reality show on which he teaches Danish inmates how to cook.