Aquavit
Aquavit

Aquavit

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.aquavit.org/
  • Phone: 2123077311x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:45am -2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wild Game, Scandinavian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Park and Madison Avenues
  • Public Transit: E/M on 53rd and 5th Ave. 6 to 51 street. F on 57th and 6th Ave.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking garage on East 55 street (bet Park Ave & Lexington Ave)
A word from Aquavit
Michelin-starred Aquavit, located in Midtown Manhattan showcases seasonal, Modern Nordic fare and has been a pioneer of Nordic cuisine since opening 26 years ago. The restaurant has an extensive wine list as well as an aquavit infusion and cocktail program. At lunch we offer an a la carte menu and a 3-course prix fixe for $42pp. At dinner we offer an a la carte menu, a 5-course seasonal tasting menu for $95pp and a 8-course chef's tasting menu for $135pp.
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Aquavit reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (46)romantic (25)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (14)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (6)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Outstanding in every regard
    KirovkidVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Flawless service, sophisticated food beautifully presented. It has been several years since we here, and I would award the current restaurant 2 Michelin stars. We will return soon.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • First Rate Food
    filmmakerfoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is one of the three top restaurants in New York. We have been to Aquavit a number of times. The food is exceptional, the service is perfect. It is one of the few expensive restaurants in NY where I have felt that the food was well worth the price.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was very good, but I miss the old location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent summer tasting menu
    petitefleur
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The summer tasting menu was sensational. The combination of flavors and ingredients was very pleasing and original. It started with a couple of excellent amuse bouche among which the smoked fish was incredible. Pouring the veloute over the fish released amazing flavor. The following dishes were equally interesting. I enjoyed very much the heirloom tomatoes with green sorrel, diver scallop with sea urchin and the delightful braised lamb with superb accompaniments . The ambiance and furnishing are interesting. The round tables or the small rectangle ones seemed nice. The big rectangle desks and chairs remind me of an office or bank setting and are not that comfortable. Perhaps this is part of the Scandinavian experience they aim to create.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "experience" the meal
    Simpleton
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Small but comfortable space with an understated decor. Being that there were only 12 or 13 total tables, we were well taken care of by the multiple waiters and servers who all covered for each other seamlessly. My wife and I knew we were going to be having the the summer sampler with wine paring so we did not order a pre-dinner drink. This led to the only awkward moments of the night. Before the first menu item and wine pairing arrived, we were served multiple small plates that were not listed on the menu. We felt a bit naked without a drink, but the surprise plates were awesome. Hay smoked corn with trout roe and truffle. mmmm. Food, drink, service, surprise dishes throughout night made dinner a 2 1/2 hour wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scandinavian eclectic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed a rare treat for our anniversary. The attention was kind & courteous. The food was truly " presented".
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petit Gateau Foie Gras
    Kiko
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I went to the restaurant to have the signature dish created by Marcus Samuelsson. Unfortunately it was not more in the Menu. The amuse-buches were very good. The Entrée and the main course good. The fromage very good. The desert good. There was a small kid crying loudly almost all the time in a large group. It made the environment unbearable. It doesn't make sense that all the other clients have to support this kind of situation.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • "Don't know how to cook fish"
    RC4UVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took my sister visiting NYC who is a vegetarian and knows her fish very well. She picked Aquavit because of their expertise in fish. But she was served with an undercooked wild striped bass that had the traces of blood in the middle of the fish. What was worst it was served to her the second time still undercooked.
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  • Great innovative
    Kathleen
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed the summer tasting menu. The fish dishes were amazing. The service was impeccable and they were open to changes and adjustments that needed to be made for allergies, etc. I was impressed with the presentation of the food and the flavors. Each dish was explained well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Wonderful experience
    TarHeelTraveler
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I visited Aquavit on a trip to NYC. It was our first time ever eating a Michelin-starred restaurant. The star was well-earned and it was truly a wonderful experience. (Notice I said "experience" and not just "meal".) We had the chef's tasting menu at $135 per person. A good bit more expensive than we normally spend on our dinners, but truly worth it. The flavors and textures of the food were sublime and the courses were well-ordered and well-paced. Haute Scandinavian cuisine isn't something you see very often, but Aquavit managed to take the best of Scandinavia and pack it into a great seven course meal. A word about the service: it was first class. They anticipated their guests' needs and were professional and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Babette's Feast at Aquavit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything about Aquavit was beyond our high expectations. We opted for the summer tasting menu and could not have been more pleased with each course. Many gustatory and olfactory treats greeted us with each element of the meal. Although our waiter was quite good, the support staff was even better.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Raul y Yolis Ramirez
    Pato
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent restaurant, we are coming to New York City for our daugther BOLSHOI Ballet Performance. Beforen her presentation we decide take our first dinner here. Today we will go again to take our dinner with our daugther.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Highly Civilized Oasis
    Youngryman
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    What pleases me most about Aquavit is that it has not succumbed to the technological razzle-dazzle and theatrical over-stimulation which has infected many other fine restaurants. Five varieties of herring preparations on a plate, an aquavit flavored with horseradish, a plate of barley embellished with mushrooms and greens, and wonderful bread, crackers and butter in a calm, well-designed room is my idea of fine dining and a reassurance that there is still some hope that humanity will not innovate itself into extinction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polished service, clean flavors
    thegforcenyVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Impeccable service standards. Interesting plating and presentation that engulfs all the senses. It is not a versatile menu; though what it does it does flawlessly. Such a pleasant lunch experience. Never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's not to like?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The rooms is great. Not big, not noisy, nice decor. The food was really outstandingly presented and excellent throughout. The staff did a great job all the way around, professional, but relaxed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    BobWVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My wife and I were in New York with family this week. We planned to slip away from the group one evening for a quintessential NYC dining experience. We found it at at Aquavit. Wonderful atmosphere, great service from beginning to end and unique, delicious food. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Impeccable
    AAMV
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Could have the chef's herring every day of the summer. Not a missed beat with any dish. Even dessert was a star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive!
    Shilly
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The flavors, aromas, presentation were a sensual pleasure! We shared, discussed, marveled over each dish. Made for a terrific evening and lasting memories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Where else in NYC can you get haute Scandinavian fare? Aaquavit's food is excellent, and its wait staff is friendly. But my wife and I have one complaint: We went for lunch and the service was astonishingly slow for a weekday lunch in Aquavit's midtown business district. We enjoyed ourselves, but we needed patience. Business people, however, may not be able to afford the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Herring Festival excellent and the Bouillabaise savory with so many fish varieties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    lexandwilldinenyc
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I took my husband for dinner here, he is Scottish and loves smoked fish, herring etc so I thought he would appreciate the Scandinavian slant. The food was outstanding, we had the Spring tasting menu and wine pairing and enjoyed all courses and wines. The only issue was that the restaurant was over air conditioned and we were freezing all through dinner.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Service good; food less os
    ShirleyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food sparse and not up to par for a restaurant of this caliber. Service was good. Shirley M. Mueller
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  • LWLLWLVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    IT IS ALWAYS A DELIGHT TO DINE AT AQUAVIT, AN ELEGANT, WELL MANAGED RESTAURANT WITH EXCEPTIONAL FOOD. THE STAFF HELPS TO CREATE A RELAXING, UNHURRIED ATMOSPHERE, SO IMPORTANT FOR FINE DINING.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Marvelous Lunch
    LCdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Cold nettle soup, Scandinavian bouillabaisse, shrimp skaag, burrata with salmon roe,lamb tartar, mango pan a cotta,all shared with a dear friend after the lunch rush; perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 1104 reviews are from the Aquavit reviews archive.
  • Fabulous NYC Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Second time in the last ten years to this restaurant. Food and atmosphere better than ever. The menu was innovative, fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, adventurous cooking
    CDMGV
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Aquavit it too expensive for my crowd to dine there often but worth every penny. I appreciate the quiet, the spaciousness, the understated decor and comfortable seating and the gracious service and atmosphere almost as much as the excellent food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of the ordinary
    Ack12
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    While its a bit out of the ordinary for me and my family - they generally prefer a great NY steak house - they agreed to Aquavit at my request as a Mother's Day treat. The meals on all three occasions I have eaten at Aquavit have been among the best I have ever eaten in NYC. The service is fine, as you would expect at such a high end restaurant, but can be a bit cloying and affected. I thoroughly enjoyed the gravlax first course - the best salmon ever - followed by a soft shell crab - tasty but overly battered. Family had the lamb and the short ribs - both amazing. Delighted by the little tastes we were served at the outset of the meal and in between each course. Just lovely. Its pricey, but you get what you pay for & more at Aquavit.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArtfreakVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Innovative use of ingredients that worked. Solicitous service without being obsequious.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising
    Foodies
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were able to eat the soft Shell crab , one off my favorite dishes which was prepared excellent . The portion was also royal . Then we had the lamb , slow cooked , so nice ! We didn't know what to expect from scandinavian cuisine but were really pleasantly surprised !
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Nordic!
    MC173VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Try the Spring tasting, it is a treat. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. You need time to complete the tasting, but it is well worth the investment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Taste of Scandinavia in NYC
    Frederik
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Very tasty and intelligent pairing of Scandinavian roots, fish and herbs. Lobster and lamb neck cooked to perfection.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JandEfromNYC
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food and service were excellent. The ambience, while pleasant, seemed dated and the lighting level was too high. The noise level was low so conversations were pleasant!!!!! Though we did not go in, the bar seemed the more in place. Next time I would go there and make a dinner of the hors as they are inventive and very good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Different Palate
    Shrink
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Wonderful experience for the taste buds. The chef blends flavored in a different way making for a special meal. The many small tastes delight your palate.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The chef's amuse bouches were inventive and very tasty as were the soups and salads. The main courses fell short however with the fish having a mealy texture and not much flavor and the lamb was ordinary. Would have expected much more for the price.
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  • Very enjoyable lunch
    Dinetime
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We enjoyed the prefix lunch menu and the nettle soup was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good lunch with client
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Food and service are pretty good. Price is a bit expensive but reasonable considering personal attention and quality of food.
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    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive and Interesting
    David
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Was travelling alone in NYC and decided to treat myself. I ordered the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. The decor could use a little bit of updating (especially the dining room ceiling which was very office-like), but it was more than made up for through the very attentive (but not intrusive) service and inventive food, from the playful plating, to the flavour combinations, and the interesting ingredients. My personal favourites were the uni and perigord truffle, the wagyu, and the gorgeous "arctic bird's nest" for dessert.The wine pairings were also creative, bringing in things like sake, mead, and "orange wine" Highly recommended for anyone who wants a different fine dining experience from "the same old cuisine".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite Scandinavian Cuisine!
    kristicrisis
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Aquavit has long been a family favorite. We are American but of Danish ancestry and always looking/yearning for delicious, fresh, inventive Scandinavian cuisine -- well, let me say, after so many years -- the food has never been better!! Marcus Samuelson has put a gifted Chef in place and together with his cooking team and a fabulous wait staff, this was an amazing dining experience. Our "Spring" menu was, start to finish, a genuine breath of fresh air! ~ KJ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Swedish Meatballs Ever!!
    NatalieVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The food was delicious- from the grilled dutch asparagus to the very special swedish meatballs with just the perfect balance of each flavour. I highly recommend this michelin starred restaurant
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing and inventive
    wfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food is absolutely amazing, inventive, and delicious! It was a real treat-perfect in every way! Also loved the homemade aquavit drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.