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Aquavit, New York, NY

Aquavit

4.7
4.7
1884 Reviews
$50 and over
Nordic
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. The Dining Room serves a 2 or 3 course prix fixe menu for lunch and a 5 course tasting menu or a Chef's tasting menu for dinner.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Nordic, Seafood, Meat

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 307-7311

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Emma Bengtsson

  • Private party facilities

    Aquavit offers both semi-private and private dining rooms for both corporate and social functions for groups up to 100. For private dining inquiries please reach out to events@aquavit.org and our special events team will be happy to assist.

  • Private party contact

    Joseph Bayer: (212) 957-9045

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    between Park and Madison Avenues

  • Parking details

    Parking garage on East 55 street (bet Park Ave & Lexington Ave)

  • Public transit

    E/M on 53rd and 5th Ave. 6 to 51 street. F on 57th and 6th Ave.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,884 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. IM

    IsMyMiddleName

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s hard to image ne better service; not over bearing, condescending just honest to goodness enthusiasm for the food and drink. The food: of course it was great, all of it. The wine pairing is a must. Price will set you back, it may not be everyday dining but going is what makes it a special occasion.
  2. l

    likequietrestaurants

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was the kindest, loveliest and most professional waiter I’ve ever had in a restaurant. Food was delish. Lunch Prixe Fixe is a good value. It was my friend’s birthday and they brought us an extra dessert with a candle in it.
  3. K

    Karen

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE BEST DINING EXPERIENCE, EVER! So very professional, from the time we arrived until we departed. The tasting menu was a real delight! And “The Bird’s Nest” dessert was amazing! The wine selections, with the guidance of James, were spectacular. Exactly what we expected!
  4. s

    smc18

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We did the Chef’s tasting with wine pairing and extra caviar. Many of the dishes had similar tastes and textures and it was not very exciting. Didn’t enjoy the desserts either Was expecting more from a 2 star Michelin. Very kind and attentive staff though. Would skip this in favor of Stone Barns, which is exceptional
  5. JN

    JamesNYC

    New York Area

    237 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    237 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Some amazing food creations. Rich and salty but also unique and some of the best tasting I’ve had
  6. LW

    LinaW

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We ate at the bar and maybe didn’t get to experience the restaurant at its strongest. Ordered two appetizers and two entrees. Meatballs and spetzl - both very tasty but not at all value for money. On the other hand we also didn’t feel the special 2 Michelin star atmosphere or service. Wouldn’t recommend eating at the bar. Not even complementary bread and waiter offered white truffle shavings on pretty unsophisticated dishes for $100 per person - that’s just silly.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply incredible.
  8. S

    Shorefoodie

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Among the best!
  9. j

    johnny

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible staff from sommelier to waiters to managers to busboys to reception area with young Swedish American lady. The tasting menu of 7 dishes could not have been better and champagne was excellent.
  10. AM

    AndrewMec

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire meal was truly amazing, each dish better than the last. The service was truly top-notch. An amazing experience!
  11. N

    Newyorker75

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Left mid dinner. The dishes were not good at all. Coming after Masa, Per Se, Le Bernardin or Daniel…. It was really Disappointing. We tasted the first three courses, we didn’t ate we just tasted, and the three of them were really horrible. I’m sorry for the chef, but that’s not a two Michelin stars dishes. We ask for the check before the next courses, the service was horrible as well. I’m not sure how you train your servers, specially the blonde server slightly chubby that he was pouring our champagne. He was very arrogant and totally uninterested in the fact that we didn’t like the food. Three times his reply was “hmmm interesting”…. including when I asked to have my champagne served from flutes and not from regular wine glasses. I usually drink my Dom Perignon P2 from regular wine glasses so it could open the flavour better, however when I told him that I want flutes his reply was “ Interesting, these are the best glasses that we have for champagne but if you want we can get your flutes”…. Well I did ask for flute so it means that I really want without hearing your sarcastic comment. Needless to say we paid the bill, we didn’t enjoy absolutely anything, yes we had one comp on one menu, as the manager thought that he made us a huge favor,by comping one menu !!! It was one of the worst experience that we ever encountered in New York. We left just because it was my husband birthday and it was already a ruined night, and we made the reservation at 10:30 at NusRet, So we could recover from that bad experience. We actually had an amazing dinner at NusRet afterwards. Biggest mistake to book aquavit . Everything was horrible from the service to the food. We will definitely never come back
  12. j

    jcjc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food is on the salty side. Nothing really stands out, not worth the price
  13. ID

    IvoneD

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten at Aquavit on several occasions over the years and have always found the quality, service, and ambiance exceptional. The aquavit selection is outstanding (my favorite being cucumber)! I know that I will continue to return to this quiet, delightful restaurant for how ever long it is there.
  14. C

    Cait

    Miami

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, great aquavit, and a thoughtful, interesting menu. We did the prix fixe for lunch and found it a great way to sample a few different things.
  15. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Limited menu. Policy of seating people in the bar area for al a carte menu and only those who wanted tasting menu in dining room confused several guests.
  16. e

    eatalot

    Los Angeles

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cod , char , duck all superb fist class all the way down
  17. C

    Chefkruse11

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and hospitality! Food on another level!
  18. AY

    AnaY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal! Each course kept getting better. Best duck breast dish I’ve had and the bird’s nest for dessert is divine!
  19. HC

    HerbC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Would have gotten all 5 stars if the waiter remembered my Reisling request
  20. M

    Michael

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was not my first meal at Aquavit and will not be my last. With Aquavit being as highly ranked as it is, the restaurant is unmatched – creating of the most innovative and special dishes in the world right now thanks to Emma Bengtsson and her incredible team. By elevating Scandinavian staples like herring, venison, and rye breads – not to mention the many exciting flavor options of Aquavit spirits – and finding the best domestic ingredients like cheeses from Jasper hill and blueberries from New Jersey, they create an experience, a meal memorable for years to come. I enjoyed the herring, duck, and Arctic bird’s nest. Presentation on each dish was meticulous, and with every bite I found something new to appreciate. All these dishes are must-haves, but the Arctic bird’s nest is truly on a level of it’s own. With such an intricate preparation, this sweet, beautiful dessert should be tasted by each of Aquavit’s guests. The decor of the restaurant is approachable, comfortable, and put my party and myself at ease as soon as we entered the space. The coordination of the servers matched with the swift kitchen staff was a fascinating thing to watch over dinner. With a wall of glass looking into the kitchen, it is as if one watches a culinary dance while they eat. The transparency of the dining room and kitchen not only is a point of conversation but a testament to how well this institution functions. What sets this restaurant apart for me personally is the service. Many restaurants can look good on the inside, have great tasting food, and so on. At Aquavit, one is greeted with a warmth and kindness that I have not felt elsewhere at a restaurant of this caliber. No detail goes unnoticed, all staff enjoy talking to their guests, and throughout a meal Aquavit allows for diners to feel as special as the food they are eating. We dined here for a celebration – but every meal at Aquavit is a celebration of fantastic service, wonderful food, and kind, caring people.
  21. AH

    AndrewH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was exceptional
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and stellar service. A must-go restaurant in NYC
  23. A

    Andrew

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ahhhhhhhmazing. Some of the best food and service you’ll ever experience in your life. Without question!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new chef has brought Aquavit to the next level. Best Scandinavian style experience in NYC. Must visit.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing thank you
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place testy food and Good services
  27. WN

    WilliamNazaret

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Magnificent cuisine. Every dish in the 7 course Chef Diner was outstanding. This is a pricey restaurant ($200 up a person w/o drinks) but you get every dollar worth of cuisine. The wine list is extensive, complete and paired up to the menu. The ambience is cold and detached !
  28. TI

    TomIV

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the top 5 restaurants in NYC. Without the flash of Per Se, but the food and service are fully. worth both its two Michelin stars.
  29. c

    cjr2

    New York Area

    199 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    199 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    hard to rate a beautiful 2 star michelin restaurant during pandemic. service was extraordinary ...server Nora amazing. chef emma stopped by at the ens of the meal which was lovely. we didn’t give charming sommelier much to do, but he was always ready to help. each course plating was more beautiful and creative, tasty, and perfect than the last and very hard to rate value ...as it is not easy to rate taste and beauty in a monetarily....if one can afford it, it is certainly great value.
  30. F

    Fratfank

    New York Area

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Some of the most extraordinary food I have had in the last year. Incredibly creative. Waitstaff also outstanding.
  31. A

    Angelica

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful wine pairing selection. Great service!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Aquavit celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. I felt the caviar taste was lost when combined with potatoes and nuts. Love everything else especially the duck with the ultimate crispy skin!!!
  33. DL

    DavidL

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sommelier was very helpful in picking two half bottles - both ended up better than expected. The food was superb. Covid had discourage us from going to fine restaurants. The meal reminded us that fine dining in NYC is a real draw to the city.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect in every way. Superb service
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday, great experience
  36. JL

    JoshL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    There food is delicious overall, but I will say the wagyu beef main dish was good, not great like so many of their other dishes. Everything else we have tried is absolutely incredible and service is fantastic.
  37. G

    Guifred

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was terrific. great recommendations on wine, food was terrific.
  38. NR

    NicholasR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Emma Bengtsson is absolutely deserving of the 2 Michelin stars. Our waiter Charles was superlative and made our experience memorable. The Arctic Bird's Nest dessert is a work of art both for the eyes and palate.
  39. l

    lola

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always excellent - they were very "careful" with COVID preparations - happy to go there
  40. NY

    NYCfoodie

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding - truly amazingly wonderful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Aquavit offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 307-7311.

Aquavit is rated 4.7 stars by 1884 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Aquavit

65 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Park and Madison Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Nordic, Seafood, Meat

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking garage on East 55 street (bet Park Ave & Lexington Ave)

  • Public transit

    E/M on 53rd and 5th Ave. 6 to 51 street. F on 57th and 6th Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Emma Bengtsson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 307-7311

  • Private party facilities

    Aquavit offers both semi-private and private dining rooms for both corporate and social functions for groups up to 100. For private dining inquiries please reach out to events@aquavit.org and our special events team will be happy to assist.

  • Private party contact

    Joseph Bayer: (212) 957-9045

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