Aquavit

4.8
1911 reviews
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$50 and over
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Scandinavian
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Two Michelin-starred and New York Times Three-starred Aquavit, located in Midtown Manhattan showcases seasonal, Modern Nordic fare and has been a pioneer of Nordic cuisine since opening in 1987. 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, a 3-course prix fixe for $58pp, and a 5-course seasonal tasting menu for $125pp. At dinner we offer a 3-course prix fixe for $115pp, a 5-course seasonal tasting menu for $145pp and a 10-course chef's tasting menu for $195pp.
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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Scandinavian, Seafood, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:45am -2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 307-7311
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Emma Bengtsson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Park and Madison Avenues
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Parking details
Parking garage on East 55 street (bet Park Ave & Lexington Ave)
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Public transit
E/M on 53rd and 5th Ave. 6 to 51 street. F on 57th and 6th Ave.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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A pioneer on the American dining scene, Aquavit remains the only world-class modern Scandinavian restaurant in the country.

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New York Area
111 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What can you say but, thank you! One of the absolute best dining experiences you can have in NYC. The chef has an amazing touch. Each course excites and delivers

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Creative cuisine with pristine service! This restaurant deserves all of its accolades and more.

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FC
Edmonton
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Dined here while in town for vacation. Given 3 meal options, we elected for the seasonal tasting with wine pairings. Food was very very good - but there was really nothing that I am would say would bring me back. Lots of wait staff but they did not meet the standard of this caliber of place - general lack of attention to detail. I’m kind of surprised they have 2 stars. In the end, just a good meal that is very over priced. Sadly, would not recommend....

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c
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolute delight from the moment we arrived. Exceptional cuisine, cocktails, wine, service and ambiance. One of my very favorite tasting menus I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Thank you, Aquavit!

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food that gives you a tour out of the box cooking. Beautiful presentations with experienced personnel.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Some dishes pleased, others failed in taste or was too salty

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Though the ambiance and food was beautiful and good, the service was awful. When we asked them to bring us extra napkins to wipe our bags ( it was heavy rain ) he dropped the napkin from a menu book onto the table and pushed it with the menu book. I couldn’t believe it was happened at Michelin stared restaurant. When I asked him to explain us about our dishes, again his attitude was very rude. I’m always curious about details. What kind of flavoring, ingredients, technique was used as I was formally trained at CIA( the culinary school), he treated us like an idiot and just gave us pretty obvious explanation last. I’m not sure this was only his issue or the restaurant policy, but I have to say they are not worth for the star and I’ll not come here again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a spectacular night. The meal and the service was incredible, the sommelier being particular knowledgeable and attentive. Our stay in New York was amazing but our experience at Aquavit was definitely a highlight.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! We had the seasonal taste menu. Food are amazing. Servers are very kindly and professional. Highly recommend.

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AE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Me and my husband had the chef's tasting menu with the wine package.

Creative menu that really shows the Scandinavian kitchen at it's best.
The wines paired through out the dinner was thoughtfully picked out and perfect with each item on the menu.

Thank you all for a spectacular dinner!

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this 2-Michelin star restaurant is exquisite. A great way to celebrate a special occasion like our anniversary.

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TH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining experience with delicious food beautifully presented and perfect service to make everyone welcome and comfortable. Exceptional for a long, leisurely lunch!

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AH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

First of all what I found it unacceptable, because the quality of the service was very bad and quality of the food not as the same level of 2 stars MICHELIN compared with Alain ducasse in plaza atenee in Paris and
LE Cinq in Fourseaons Paris , based on my experience I will not give them any star and I hope for Michelin to review it again !!! To keep their CREDIBILITY,

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L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal from start to finish, just as it’s always been since I started coming in 1999!

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Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was absolutely wonderful, the preparations were so interesting and delicious!!!!! The presentation was lovely and the service outstanding! We loved it!

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L
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service was excellent, room and ambiance very good. The menu was limited especially for those with food allergies, e.g. lactose, seafood and salmon.

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CT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Had lunch. Food was too salty and mediocre

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We LOVE Aquavit. The dining room, however, was CROWDED with waitstaff. That was distracting. BUT everyone was kind and helpful and as usual the food was a delightful departure from your average NYC dining experience. Special in every way. Thank you.

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RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and spectacular service! Kudos to the team at Acquavit!

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PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience

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MF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best menus I have had at the place, once again served with care and professionalism.

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BR
New England
49 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delicious meal and the wine recommendation was superb. Loved the escargot and the duck.

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ID
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Swedish MidSummer Solstice smorgasbord. Worth every penny ($105/person). This is a 2 Star Michelin rated restaurant. Classy place in Manhattan.

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C
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our mail. Basil popsicles - unbelievable! Three of us did full tasting plus two of us did reserve wine pairing. Wonderful meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The food was delicious. I can’t complain anything at all! Awesome meal!

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A
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with some friends of our. One of the best meal we have had in a long time! So innovative, perfectly sized, served by an excellent and knowledgeable staff! Why haven’t we celebrated here before?

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in NYC. Always a treat to have dinner here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and team. Thanks for making my parents 45th Anniversary celebration a great one!

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NJ
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gold standard. A perfect pitch on every level. Knowledgeable, articulate and attentive staff serving food that prompts oohs and aahs at every fork and spoonful. Tell the warden that this is where I will take my last supper.

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SX
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place - great service and excellent food and ambience. The sommeliers know their stuff very well. Must visit!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff and food were all excellent.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wedding anniversary celebration. Greeted with a glass of champagne, nice touch. Food and pared wines excellent.
Ambience? Surroundings somewhat dull, could do with some colour, interesting detailing, just a tad bland.
Service first class, staff pleasant and very knowledgeable.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO GOOD 👍🏾 GREAT SERVICE 👅🤗🍷

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought a friend to celebrate her birthday. The staff was warm and friendly, extraordinarily knowledgeable about the food and wine, and we were treated with respect and appreciation.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. However, the waiter promised to get us a copy of the tasting menu we had on that day, but eventually forgot about it. Also, I had to pull my own chair.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding but at a high price

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DB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Aquavit. Their attention to detail and creative menu thoroughly impressed us. It was a culinary experience we won't soon forget!

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CG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service with outstanding food! Staff was friendly & extremely knowledgeable. A NYC classic that never disappoints

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m
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was a very odd lunch - not in terms of the food, but the service. The fixed price lunch menu is very nice. The herring assortment for a first course is excellent. My two friends were happy with their meal. Service was thoughtful until the server accidentally spilled a glass of water between courses - it made quite a mess of part of the table and me. Accidents can happen. It was only water, so my clothing wasn't ruined. The issue was how ineffectual he was. There were many empty tables. The server could have simply moved our table to another table. Failing that, he could have grabbed napkins from adjoining tables to sop up the dripping water and sent a busperson for more. Instead he went away to get a napkin while the water dripped. I took napkins myself while he was gone to cope with the drips. I think when he came back he returned with a single napkin, which was not going to do much. Then, at the end of the meal, we were all charged full price. I was very surprised. Any reasonable restaurant would have written off at least part of my meal. I paid without demur. I'm still wondering about what the restaurant could possibly have been thinking.

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