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Aquavit, New York, NY
Award-winning

Aquavit

4.7
4.7
1918 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 6 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 2 Stars 2022
  • 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 1,918 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,918 Reviews
  1. JamesP

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was planned to be a landmark, special occasion meal. It’s surpassed anything we expected. The atmosphere is calm without being cold and service allowed you to focus on the person you were dining with. We had the Chef’s tasting menu. Every dish was beyond what was expected. Yes, on some items the dish may have a look small, but it was a perfect fit within the overall meal and menu. It was a satisfying meal that was ended with an amazing dessert. It is easy to see why the waiter said the Arctic birds nest played a big part in earning those Michelin stars. 

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  2. RobertN

    New York City

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you haven’t been here, go. The food in the bar room is splendid, the service is superb, and it’s a lovely quiet room. The cauliflower soup, the kale and beets, the cod, the meatballs much more special than one would expect, and the princess cake and cheeses make for wonderful meals. The small room is a hidden midtown treat and Chef Emma Bengtsson is never without a subtle delicious surprise.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an exquisite dinner with outstanding service and out of this world food. An experience not to be forgotten!

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  4. RobertN

    New York City

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the chef’s tasting menu in the main dining room. It changes seasonally and this one was extraordinary. We’re mystified by reviewers who think this is just “good.” Any Swede will tell you this is what they pray for, and get, in Stockholm. Every course is inventive. The flavors taste as if you’ve never tasted them before. (A caution: check the menu. If you don’t like fish this might not be the place for you.) You wouldn’t want to do this every night. They have the bar room for that. But every two months or so this is a gift from a brilliant chef and from a restaurant that has only one thing on its mind: a great experience of food in every way. They’re not busy building a brand like places where the chef is more of an industry than a chef. Those places are often fine. And Aquavit is mountains above them. Expensive? Yes. Indulgent? Certainly. And an unmatchable experience of modern Swedish cooking. The service is friendly, charming, perfectly timed, and never invasive. Really, it’s this simple: these folks know what they’re doing. “Fine dining” doesn’t get better than this. Two Michelin stars feels like an understatement.

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  5. Mike

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience. A little pricey. Service is friendly but slow

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  6. nycfoodie

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate in the main dining room. The food was just okay. We did enjoy the wine paring. We weren’t wowed by any course, and actually didn’t like one. Can’t believe that the restaurant has two Michelin stars. Far too many exemplary restaurants in NYC, and this isn’t one of them. Go somewhere else!

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  7. F4ufly

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aquavit did not disappoint totally lived up to its Michelin 2 star rating. The food and service were outstanding and the staff very knowledgeable on the food and wine. Will be dining here again

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  8. Scott

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive, but very good Great service. My 15 yr old daughter loved the beets. Swedish meatballs were excellent. So was the soup.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service! We had the Chef’s Tasting Menu, including lobster, caviar, scallops, duck, and bass. All food was beautifully presented, like small pieces of art! Will definitely be back!

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  10. SteveNYC

    Naples

    106 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not exactly sure why this restaurant has two Michelin stars. Our lunch was certainly very good but nothing was particularly outstanding or inventive. Nonetheless if you wish to have a Scandinavian meal this is your best bet in NYC.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Most disappointing meal I’ve had in a long time. Cold shrimp on soggy toast. Tough dried out duck confit. IKEA meatballs and mashed potatoes finished with a stale cookie. Really Michelin? They did make a great martini

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  12. KayeL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the chef’s tasting and it was delicious. The host and our waiter were phenomenal. The only negative/souring experience of the evening was with the sommelier. We asked to speak with the sommelier so that we could get a recommendation for a bottle of wine. She was extremely rude and stuck up. She asked us what we liked (and I will admit I am no wine expert - that’s why we asked for her recommendations!). However, she was very condescending and, sadly, was a disappointing start to my birthday dinner.

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  13. JPeterman

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A NYC classic, should be on everyone's A-list for dining experiences. Staff and food were exceptional.

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  14. ThoWind

    Sweden

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way, as always! Highly recommended!

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  15. Pete

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Surprised by an entirely new bar menu that added more choices. Food is fantastic. Service superb.

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  16. Richard

    Tampa

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aquavit lived up to its Michelin Stars. The courses were of exquisite design and delicious. The wine list was incredible with depth and breadth in every category. We had a German white wine to compliment the mostly fish courses which worked well. Pairings are also available. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Highly recommended.

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  17. SSPT

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, exceeded expectations! We enjoyed the 8 course tasting with pairing, as we all said after, each was better than last! Service is the best.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Tried the tasting menu as it was the only option – unexpected for a high-end venue. The food was mediocre. The restaurant was half empty; it actually felt a bit deserted, with very bright light. Good service, but not worth the high price. Overall, the experience didn't justify the price. I won't recommend or return:(

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  19. BlaireN

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow truly amazing. Usually with menus like this there’s at least 1 item that doesn’t totally blow me away but not here. Every bite new and interesting. The way all the vegetables really shined through was so fun and so different. Even my sweet hating friends ate every bite of the desserts. And I can’t forget the service! Everyone was so kind and so helpful with excellent drink choices. Just entirely amazing.

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  20. RLSK

    New York City

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very professional and cordial staff and service. Was a quiet night and we sat in the bar as we were not doing the Tasting Menu. Had Swedish meatballs and they were excellent.

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  21. PkWashere

    Baltimore

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish was very good. We especially like the Norwegian King Crab and Corn dish. The crab was cooked perfectly. The Arctic Bird's Nest was a great end to a wonderful meal and evening. It's pricey but worth it for those special occasions.

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  22. Bernie

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time. This was a wonderful experience and we're so glad to have selected this restaurant to spend our anniversary celebration. Highly recommended for any special occasion.

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  23. heathcl

    New York City

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! Very uncrowded on an August Thursday, which enabled conversation with servers, who are terrific. Food--each dish utterly distinctive and memorable. Can I describe? Not really. The 5-course menu is quite adequate, even for bigger eaters like us. Do try one or another, or a couple, of the aquavits, esp the ones with dill. We did not do the wine accompaniments (too many), but did our own more limited wine selection, which worked well (the wine prices are NOT over the top). What a lovely experience.

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  24. Beck

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bar food is amazing (and a work of art). They use the best of ingredients. Very attentive service. Our waiter went above and beyond to give us a list of where we could buy Aquavit in NYC to have at home. Best of all is the 3-glass Aquavit tasting with the 3 samples of herring. Love the smoke cultured butter. This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Don't miss it.

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  25. LuPaMa

    Las Vegas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service andndishes are well prepared. Excelent option if you need a wuality andnquiet place.

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  26. Mertrish

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an exquisite experience. The food, the drink and the service were all wonderful without being over the top or trying too hard. I look forward to my next meal here.

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  27. NickS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seven course tasting menu. Only one dish out of the seven did not wow. The wine pairing was also excellent with only one pairing not hitting the right note with the food item. The pricing for the wine pairing should’ve been noted on the menu. Service was good but I would suggest that the servers slow down when introducing the plate being served and speak up a bit more as it was hard to understand what they were saying. Overall a great dinner and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The location itself is relatively disappointing but the food is outstanding. Found the service a bit too formal and impersonal.

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  29. srk49

    New York City

    599 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    599 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Lounge seating. Only 3 tables taken. Wish there would have been more activity on a weekend night. The food was very good.

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  30. BonVivantBiscuit

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aquavit is proof that the best ingredients, when used with restraint, respect and creativity, provide you with an outstanding dining experience. Every time I dine here a new memory is created and a new favorite dish is experienced. How rare is a restaurant where the appetizers, main courses and dessert are equal in their presentation, flavor profile and taste? The Arctic Char is pure magic and the Princess Cake is a traditional triumph! Simplicity and modern beauty surrounds you in the dining room while you dine on one of the best meals in NYC. The staff is dedicated, kind and so knowledgeable. Chef Emma Bengtsson has created a menu that celebrates the food, without ego attached, showcasing her heritage and pure love of food. Elegant, understated and delicious!

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  31. PeterB

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu was delicious and our server Ray was so friendly and knowledgeable. It’s a bit pricey but for a special occasion it’s worth it!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd time here and the experience is consistently outstanding

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  33. ErickV

    Mexico City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, amazing wines and very good service.

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  34. NHWReviews

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, thoughtful service. Beautiful presentation, and everything was delicious.

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  35. Jaymac

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Bar at Aquavit has excellent food, wine and service for a person like me dining alone. Staff always friendly.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super nice time, especially listening to Bobby Chui explaning the drinks, so cool

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  37. Jmw245

    New York City

    90 reviews

    2.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Perhaps the third rendition of this restaurant and what a dramatic disappointment in all senses: the new decor lost the original Nordic chic, the service is sugary but lacks a professional delicacy to it, and the menu - definitely miss the a la carte. The new 5 and 7 course are ordinary, and if you picked the 5 course menu, the server made multiple attempts to up-sell caviar or lobster or something else, pretty distasteful after a while. The food itself failed to wow compared to other Michelin star restaurants here in NY or around the world. No specific dish stood out, not the design nor the flavor. $600 lesson for two.

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  38. Malz22

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most spectacular meals I have ever had. Each course was not only amazingly delicious, but an actual work of art. Service was outstanding.

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  39. Monkey

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quite pricey, but worth it if you value extraordinary explosions of unusual flavors.

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  40. AJSutter

    New York City

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful lunch. The food and service were impeccable!

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FAQs

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

Aquavit is rated 4.7 stars by 1918 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Aquavit

65 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 2 Stars 2022
  • 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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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