New York Chef to Bring Fake Restaurant Menu to Life

Underfinger's strange and seahorse-y menu will be available for one night only, at Do or Dine in Brooklyn
New York Chef to Bring Fake Restaurant Menu to Life

For one night only, Justin Warner of Do or Dine will prepare the Neo-Nordic menu of chef Jesper Paulsen.

Like a surrealist painting come to life, Brooklyn-based chef and restaurateur Justin Warner (Do or Dine) will undertake one of the most bizarre challenges of his career in his quest to bring the menu of Underfinger to fruition.

If you’ve never heard of Underfinger, that’s because the restaurant doesn’t exist.

If you have, you’ll recognize the “Neo-Nordic,” Noma-esque restaurant from its review on The Infatuation, a New York City-based, neighborhood-specific restaurant review website.

The would-be restaurant boasts of experimental cuisine with items like Charcuterie Glove (“Instead of a board or a plate, your server will place a different dried meat on each of your fingers, then stitching them together with a single strand of edible silk”) and Seahorse Sashimi (“A sweet, spiny bite of seahorse, served atop a bed of vodka-infused hay”).

Yes, it does sound exactly like a restaurant that SNL’s Stefon would love, and yes, it’s coming to life. Warner will host a pop-up dinner on June 9th, featuring the Underfinger menu. Tickets ($150 each) sold out rapidly, but the restaurant made room for four more lucky diners at 4 p.m.  

P.S.: The restaurant is looking for a pastry chef with a particular set of skills: 


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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy

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