NEW YORK — Ole & Steen, a Danish bakery chain featuring bread, pastries, sandwiches and cakes, opened its first U.S. location on Jan. 24 in New York City at Union Square.
The bakery was founded in Copenhagen in 1991 by Ole Kristofferson and Steen Skallebaek. It has grown to more than 90 locations throughout Denmark and the U.K., and now wants to bring its unique baking style to America. There are other New York locations currently in the works, with the next few set to open in the coming months, the company said.
Ole & Steen will look to satisfy customers with classic Copenhagen bread like the skagen, olander, rye and sourdough loaves. The Danish rye bread uses a sourdough rise and requires three days to produce. The bakery is seen as a pioneer in the resurgence of artisanal and handcrafted baking practices in Denmark.
The bakery offers a variety of Danish pastries as well, including copenhageners made with almond paste and topped with poppy seeds, spandauers with vanilla cream white icing and almonds, and chocolate and cinnamon swirls. Desserts like peanut pie, basically a chocolate covered brownie stuffed with peanuts and caramel, and marshmallow puffs round out the bakery case.
The menu will feature a wide variety of breakfast and brunch dishes, sandwiches, and salads. For beverages, Ole & Steen offers several coffee and tea drinks, juices, Danish sodas, Danish beer, and wine.