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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 $105pp. At dinner we offer a 3-course prix fixe for $105pp, a 5-course seasonal tasting menu for $125pp and a 11-course chef's tasting menu for $175pp.
New York, NY 10022
Scandinavian, Seafood, Wild Game
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:45am -2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
between Park and Madison Avenues
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking garage on East 55 street (bet Park Ave & Lexington Ave)
E/M on 53rd and 5th Ave. 6 to 51 street. F on 57th and 6th Ave.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A pioneer on the American dining scene, Aquavit remains the only world-class modern Scandinavian restaurant in the country.
Aquavit Ratings and Reviews
I chose the three course meal. The first course of herring was amazing. The food was average after that. The cod was good but I was expecting something a bit more innovative and flavorful. The beet desert was actually innovative but it didn’t hit the mark. I didn’t even finish it. The service was beyond exceptional. However, that doesn’t justify the price tag.
Aquavit continues to amaze and delight the senses. The chef remains a genius at creativity, producing unimaginable -- even spectacular -- pleasures at table, which must be experienced to be believed as real. The staff are top calibre, and the ambiance, including service, allows one to savor the exceptional courses and appreciate one's own conversation. If one values life itself, then one values Aquavit -- an oasis for the celebration of life at the highest level. Long may it continue!
As Swedes living in Connecticut since 17 years we been very focused on keeping our food herritage alive and the foods around christmas are especially important to us so it was with great anticipation we made a trip To NYC to have the Christmas platter at Aquavit. Overall we were very happy! Its a great value and the food is exceptionally well prepared. As you sit down you are served a very good cup of traditional mulled wine, Glögg. The first plate is a cold plate with three different kinds of pickled herring. Mustard, glassblower and Matjes. A pice of perfectly cured salmon (gravlax) and a egg filled with a tasty shellfish salad (skagen). On the plate was also a nice little cheese quiche. The second plate had essential cooked cured ham, meatballs with raw sugared lingonberries (loved it), a pice of pork rib and some small sausages. The ham and meatballs were perfect. The ribs were served with a sweet sauce and little to much barbecue like for where I’m from but thats ok. With the warm plate they also served a very good traditional potato/anchovy gratain (Janssons temptation). They served it in the empty Anchovy cans! Very neat! The dessert was a panna cotta that was very good but dit not feel like a Christmas dessert to me. I was hoping for maybe a Swedish curd cake (Ostkaka) or the classic rice dessert ris ala malta with home made rosehip sauce but Emma Bengtsson is from the west coast of sweden and i’m from the very north of sweden so traditions differ. I would also hope they would serve a vort bread or rye cakes (hönökaka) as bread with the meal. Overall we were super happy and very glad we did the trip. Next year we might try for the buffet.
My closest friend and I have been coming to Aquavit for the last five years for a holiday lunch. I have a gluten sensitivity that I monitor myself, though this year I decided to let the restaurant know because I was curious whether they had gluten free bread (not recommended--it was pretty tasteless). I wasn't prepared to have my ordering policed! We came for the Christmas lunch plate, which is largely protein based, and I just don't eat a few things that I know to watch out for on it. The waiter insisted I couldn't order it, even after confirming the items I knew I couldn't eat were the only problems. I wouldn't recommend Aquavit anymore if you have dietary restrictions; they used to be very understanding, but apparently not lately. Also the food wasn't as amazing as usual. So with that, it's a shame, but we'll have to find a new place to carry on our holiday tradition!
It was absolutely wonderful! The waiters know their wine and food. Everyone was very attentive and very nice. The food was something fresh as it was Scandinavian style. The front desk person was very helpful and nice! Thank you! It is a very private location where people can’t see you from outside. If you are looking for a quiet place to eat something spectacular this is it.
The food was quite outstanding as it should be for that price , however the service was quite over the top . We were constantly interrupted by various staff to inform us , very often about the same serving . It got to a level where it was quite annoying as we were meeting with good friends that we had not seen for some time and were frequently interrupted by staff with unnessary comments . Rather a pain after some time and it came across very ingenuine as opposed to hospitable . Some training required
Food is outstanding, very flavored dishes which combines delicacy, simplicity and taste. You really feel the chef and kitchen passion with food in the dishes that are served. And to top it all, you also enjoy a Scandinavian journey during the course of your evening dinner.
What a wonderful three and a half hour 10-course Chef Tasting experience from start to finish!Excellent-creative cooking and attentive service.
We enjoyed every dishes on the menu! Couple of them really stand out, the exceptional venison truffle (so creative), and the freeze foie gras dish just blew my mind! Shout out to Chef Emma Bengtess!
We chose the tasting menu, with 12-14 different dishes. Coming from Scandinavia, it was very exciting to experience how typical Swedish ingredients were used in a more american way, both in a good and not as good way according to us. However, it was a really interesting menu that we reommend. The service was excellent, with very professional staff. Worth noting is that no gratitute is included in the prices...
My husband and I enjoyed Aquavit on a recent Saturday evening. The chef is very creative and excels at both bread and pastry. She has a very clear idea of what she would like to serve and is true to Scandinavia. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. We, however, thought the presentation of food was lacking. The food itself was over salted.
We, also, have an issue with most of the Michelin starred restaurants in that if they have an a la carte menu, it is available in the bar only.
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