After taking over the space of a Second Avenue Hot and Crusty franchise, Bröd Kitchen (1201 Second Avenue, 212-600-5202) is stepping up Midtown East's sandwich game. Monette de Botton, creative director of the five-month-old Danish grab-and-go eatery, had a vision for the fledgling restaurant's next big thing. "I went away and spent a weekend on my own and realized we need to do smørrebrød," she says. "We need to do these little sandwiches, and they need to be beautiful."
Caryn Ganeles for the Village Voice Roast chicken smørrebrød