Our whole table participated in the 8 course tasting. Awesome! Was more like a 12+ course w/the 3 amuse bouche and pre-dessert, dessert, post-dessert and take home dessert. Every course was incredible tasting. We have found in the past w/a tasting menu, a couple of courses will be incredibly artistic but not that tasty; however, every course was to die for. BRAVO
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best
Aquavit was truly an experience. The service, creativity in the dishes and the food is just amazing. Highly recommend for a special night.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try the tasting menu when visiting Aquavit, it exceeds all expectations!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was able to get a last minute reservation via Open Table. My friend had never before been to Aquavit and she was quite pleased with the choice. The food was flawless. Thank you.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am beside myself at how Chef Jernmark & the Aquavit staff continue to outdo themselves. The food was already terrific, yet still has improved on successive visits, and the service is consistently superb.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heaven on earth!
This is my second time at Aquavit and I can't wait to go back again! Everything was perfect from the staff to the food. If you are looking for a fabulous meal in a truly elegant setting with wonderful service - this is the place!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I ate lunch with my 9-year old son at 11:45am. We arrived early, so we had to wait in the waiting area even though there was no one in the restaurant, which was ok, i understood. this was my second time coming in the last month, first for dinner (tasting menu), and now for lunch. We both did the 3-course prix fixe, which was $35 at the time (it has since gone up to $42). The chef de cuisine came out to present us with a surprise course after the amuse, which was a nice touch and very delicious. Overall service was authentic and spot on. The three course prix fixe is an excellent value and no dish is an afterthought or a throwaway - each is flawlessly executed. I would go probably ever other week at its current $42.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Taste of Aquavit
My GF and I dined for the second time at this fabulous restaurant, this time with one of our more food centric friends. We all ordered the tasting menu as well as the aquavit pairings (my GF switched to wine after her first sip of the aquavit though - a bit too strong for her taste). Each dish on the tasting menu was tastier and more inventive than the next, all of them paired masterfully with the drink selections. Unfortunately, if you are not a heavy drinker, the amount of liquor offered with the pairing is a bit excessive; I may have stumbled a bit on my way down 55th after dinner. Aquavit is uncompromisingly excellent, the service, ambience and food have impressed us beyond words on both of our visits, and we can not wait to return.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fantastic New York Experience
My wife and I dined here this evening. We are visiting from Australia and had such a fantastic time. We had the pre-theatre menu, and the food was delicious and full of bold flavours. I'm not a lover of fish, but I enjoyed every single dish. We were given complimentary champagne because we were honeymooners, the service was attentive but left us feeling relaxed and cared for; everybody did their job so well. We met a fantastic staff member who worked in Australia last year. To top off an excellent evening, without even realising that we had left my wife's bag hanger on the table, a staff member ran down two blocks through the city to find us and return it to us! Amazing service. Visit this NYC highlight!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of the most exquisite
one of the most exquisite cuisines and exceptional culinary experience. It tops my list for most innovative tasting menu.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best in NYC
Awesome food (try the Arctic BIrd Nest dessert), great ambience, very knowledgeable staff. Overall, what a great evening!
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a perfect evening from the person that greeted us at the door, to our waiter, the menu (and thoughtful explanation thereof), the pace of the meal, and above all, the Norway-inspired cuisine which was stunning in taste and presentation.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We opted for the Chef's Tasting
We opted for the Chef's Tasting Menu and it was well done, but you need to like fish. There was only one meat tasting and it was Squab which is not one of my personal favorites but I do eat a lot of fish and the fish was very good.
The lobster salad rolled in pickled vegetables was excellent, as was the Artic Char. Both were presented beautifully. But if you're a Carnivore you may want to choose from the menu.
And for the sweet lovers their signature dessert "Bird's Nest" is wonderful But for the Chocolate lovers not a good choice since it's blueberry sorbet with white chocolate
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of the best restaurants
one of the best restaurants we have ever been to. fabulous experience!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique food, excellently prepared.
We visit every time we're in town, partially just to have one of their incredible Madison Ave Manhattans. Food was delicious as always.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the charts outstanding
Fantastic summer tasting menu. Innovative but not just for the sake of innovation. Wonderfully thought out. Warm and generous vibe. A very adult, but not stuffing, establishment. As close to perfection as it gets.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed dinner at Aquavit post - Broadway matinee with family. Excellent, food, excellent service, excellent ambience. While menu contains Swedish well known dishes ( we are Swedes living in US), the presentation is anything but traditional. Really "with a twist"!
Go if you ave the chance!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was wonderful and creative,
Food was wonderful and creative, especially the seafood dishes were so light and summer perfect. We had the tasting menu and got so many extra items before and after. The wait staff was great as well, friendly and attentive to our need. The dessert "bird's nest" was the perfect end to the meal, yet we also got beignet, bonbons, and parting gift of mini chocolate cakes afterward.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Chef, new star, FINE food
We loved the summer tasting menu, and would happily indulge in the same for autumn, winter, and spring. This is a chef with style and taste, who wants you to know what he's up to--table abounds with little delicacies from appetizers through dessert, gifts from the chef. The squab was extraordinary, but then again, so was absolutely everything else--including the service. We were well-attended to, and yet never felt hovered over. In my opinion, Aquavit is " back", and welcome!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food and service
Aquavit was recommended by a friend who lived in the city as her #1 choice for dining out. Oh my goodness, the ambience, service and food was absolutely amazing. It is so different from anything we have ever experienced before. We noticed that there were several special occasions being celebrated, quietly, around us and the staff was just incredible. This is a GREAT restaurant, certainly not inexpensive, but so worth it for a very special night. We also noticed that there were several work parties going on as well. I could not recommend taking children and you should not go if you are looking for a quick grub and run place. It is fine dining at its best!!!!!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aquavit has wonderful food, great service and is a great place in midtown for lunch - it is quiet and conversation is pleasant.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu change wasn't for the better
We have been here twice before and had amazing 3 course prix fixe both times. This time they have done away with that option. I had the Turbot which was fairly lackluster and after listening to my husband rave about the sweetbreads I also felt really disappointed with my meal. Which takes us to dessert, do not order the goat cheese and coffee dessert, it was just terrible (the 2 of us agreed on this point).
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
NEW CHEF TREATS GUEST TO DELIGHTFUL
NEW CHEF TREATS GUEST TO DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE DISHES. PORTIONS ALL SMALL, JUST THE RIGHT SIZE. CAN'T WAIT FOR MY RETURN.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-theatre Dining in Mid-town
I had wanted to try Aquavit for ages and finally had the opportunity over Labor Day weekend during a visit to New York - booked an early table at 5:30 to be able to catch the 8pm broadway performance and the elegant, scandianavian clean dining room was empty. The atmosphere was cool - refined. The presentation was spectacular and we were treated to numerous amuse bouche treats. We took the pre-theatre meal pre-fixe option and it was spectaclar. Great attentive service and the chef de-cuisine visited to explain the first course as well. Price was high but typical for fine dining in Manhattan - well worth it
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a meal fit for a queen! The flavors, service and ambiance were all outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and will most definitely return to this establishment. Even the bread and butter, which I try to avoid to save on calories, were off the charts delicious. The Swedish rye bread was apparently made with the recipe from the chef's grandmother. It was mind blowing! I usually pass on dessert but that was also incredible. I will need to work this meal off at the gym for weeks to come but it was worth it!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice experience
Pricey and no particular dish makes me sing but I always have a good experience here. The service is better in the wake of renovations (smaller dining room). The sommelier and waiters are all excellent and take good care of you. Great wine selection and the cuisine is always a nice change of pace. Give it a try if you're looking for something different on a special occasion.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were promptly greeted as soon as we entered- warm and friendly. We had drinks at the lounge since we got there half an hour early. The bartender gave us recommendations on the house made Aquavit- 15 varieties and we tried them all during dinner. We ordered the Chef's Tasting menu- absolutely fantastic! Each course was delicate, fresh and a work of art. Service was very professional and attentive but not pretentious. Great experience!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative Scandanavian dishes,
Creative Scandanavian dishes, perfectly cooked. The service is unrushed and polite. Just a great dining experience.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Nordic Magic
Some of the most amazing culinary experiences of my life have been here in the past 2 years, courtesy of Chef Marcus Jernmark & the Aquavit staff... Everyone I meet here just seems to "get it"; I can be an enigmatic client and am occasionally loathe to articulate myself, but my needs and desires are always anticipated here, precluding any need to "speak up" or make any special requests beyond the ones they already seemed to know about without my mentioning. It's like... No, it IS Nordic (Swedish?!?) Magic.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Every single dish was not just flavorful and delicious, but also unique. The service was also excellent.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is EXCELLENT. This is the best Scandinavian restaurant in the city.
Everything was perfect.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
EXCEPTIONAL - not to be missed!
After dining at numerous top restaurants in NYC (this & previous visits), this may be our favorite. The food was extraordinary in taste, innovation, and presentation. Every course (including the amuse bouche and other extra mini-courses) was memorable; even the bread was scrumptious. Yes, it's one of those places where you want to take a photo of every single course. We ordered the herring appetizer, gravalax appetizer, cod entree, and halibut entree. All fabulous, as was the service.
9/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
worth the money
the best compliment i can pay to an expensive restaurant is that it's worth it. so many are not. Aquavit is.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The open table reservation of 12:15 was changed to 12:45 for our party of six. There was a bad rain storm. My guests were 15 minutes late. It was 30 minutes until our order was taken. The plating was artistic, the herring a miniature work of Art. The mushroom flat bread looked like blown glass served with stones! The prep work and the flavors were extraordinary and original. The meatballs had a meltingly delicious seasoning served with small berries. All and all a tremendously sophisticated and beautifully executed luncheon.
The design of the restaurant and the stunning paintings and arresting floral designs are as beautifully thought out as the menu.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good surprise!!!
We loved the food.
The ambiance is rather cold but relax
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aquavit showing its age
I have enjoyed dining at Aquavit for over 20 years and have followed it through a number of changes. My recent meal was good, but it certainly did not blow me away. Given the competition and the prices, I would have expected much more than was delivered. If they are still around in a year or two, I may give them another try - I hope they are and are back in form.
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Truly a Gem!
We had heard great things and were very pleased with the entire experience. The service was outstanding and the food incredibly delicious. We were exposed to lots of new tastes and loved them.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff was exceptional.
The staff was exceptional. The food was terrific. Would go back in a heart beat.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great! We really enjoyed the
Great! We really enjoyed the experience. We had the Chef's Menu prix-fixe with two wine pairings. The staff were very professional, knowledgeable and friendly and the food was fantastic.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aquavit is a real food experience. The chef Marcus is simply great and you can taste his expertise. The ambience is elegant and romantic. The service perfect. I will come back there for sure. It's definitely one of my favorite restaurant in NYC.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aquavit never disappoints
We visited Aquavit for dinner as a party of 4 on a Friday night and ordered the Fall Tasting Menu. The food was nothing short of amazing, with exquisite flavor profiles and interesting plating in every dish. Ah, the horseradish aquavit! The service was impeccable, with our knowledgeable and friendly waiter never being too close or too far away. The ambiance was just what we wanted - we could carry on a conversation to the soft background music. The chef accommodated all our food restrictions with grace and understanding, and we left the restaurant once again truly impressed by Aquavit's standard of quality both in terms of food and dining experience. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for the best New York has to offer!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and service at Aquavit. My wife and I both had the chef's tasting menu which was amazing and we both liked almost every taste. We weren't always sure what we were eating (even after an explanation by our server , lol ) presentation was amazing as were the numerous extra bites we received over and above the actual menu. Very pricy; over $400 with drinks. Cut out the drinks and still expect $260-$280.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the more memorable meals we have had, intense flavours yet not too filling. We enjoyed every bite.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the few restaurants where you can actually have a conversation. Herring's the best, but hard to single out anything,it's all so delicious. Very creative amuse-bouches and desserts. Service mostly professional.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyable lunch, wonderful ambiance, and delicious food - will definitely be back.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We met friends there who we
We met friends there who we had not seen in a year. Restaurant was very accommodating to our group, sat at a round table which is nice for conversation, we had a 'late comer' who they accommodated easily. When ever we come to NYC we try to go there once---my husband is of Swedish ancestry so loves trying the different 'flavors' of aquavit.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a really fabulous meal. Everything was great, even the things that sounded a little off-putting on the menu!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Meatballs, Aquavit and flair!
We throughly enjoyed or lunch at Aquavit - and they happily seated and served our 2 year old as well. It doesn't hurt that she loves Swedish meatballs - but they were very accommodating of having her along for lunch - and all three of us enjoyed everything we had. While the meatballs are a must and the house made infused Aquavits are extremely good (go for a flight!) I think the highlight of the meal was my wife's Cucumber and Kale salad - the frozen buttermilk dressing (served table side) adds an unforgettable flair to perhaps the tastiest salad we have ever had - and that is saying a lot! Bravo and yes, we will be back!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Feeling at Home
My husband is Swedish and the dishes prepared are very authentic and equal to the finest restaurant's in Sweden, which there are many.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Truly Outstanding Experience
Dinner at Aquavit had to be one of the top dining experiences we have ever had. The fusion of flavors and creativity in the dishes and presentation were delicious and intriguing. It seems as if the chef and his staff must have had much fun thinking of the unique ways to present their unique dishes. Each bite was absolutely creative and delectable. Would highly, highly recommend this restaurant. The restaurant also provided many complimentary extra tastes and treats that made for a truly wonderful dining experience. Excellent, unassuming service, too, throughout the entire evening. We could not give the food or service a higher recommendation!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM