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Aquavit

4.7
1872 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 $105pp. At dinner we offer a 3-course prix fixe for $105pp, a 5-course seasonal tasting menu for $135pp and a 11-course chef's tasting menu for $175pp.
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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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fair price for a good good and service. Music a litle bit loud.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Loved our experience. We’ll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Each course impeccable. Great service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

it was great experience! service food taste all good!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. A very enjoyable experience!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Exquisite albeit somewhat limited menu options. Between-course amuses-bouche a delight in themselves. Duck breast perfectly cooked with crisp edges and pink interiors. Service impeccable. Prices very high but worth. It fora special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful meal and enjoyable setting. We had the seasonal menu and loved everything. A wide wine selection as well.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Simply the best dining experience we’ve enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Everything was fantástico. The Reserve sine pairing, Mamés the difference!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent food, but that’s about it. Never had such a crappy service and unfriendly waiters. Definitely not worth 2 stars in the Guide Michelin.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food is great both in terms of creativity and taste, but the service needs to be improved.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great Service and Food

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I got overcharged 1600 dollars and several courses were late. Food was good but not worth the hassle.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A disappointing experience at Aquavit. Had high expectations after an excellent dinner in Spring last year but the set course menu was rather unimaginative and completely lacked the stunning visual presentation we had enjoyed the previous time. It was a pleasant meal with well executed service, but completely lacked the “wow” factor - yet the price was still up there.
I do not see how Aquavit will retain its Michelin 2 star rating based on this performance. I am wondering if there have been changes in the kitchen. Based on this experience and price/performance we will certainly not return.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I cannot imagine a better meal. We chose the Chef's selection. Multiple courses each one inspiring and delicious. The waitstaff are attentive but not intrusive. The wine selection was extensive and excellent. The place to go for an unforgettable night out in NYC.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was an absolutely fantastic experience! I was incredibly pleased with everything and I would recommend it to everyone I know.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It is a great restaurant. I got wonderful gluten-free cuisine experience and excellent northern-European beverages. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Exceptional Restaurant with Amazing service

I have been to quite a few michelin starred restaurants in the UK and i have to say Aquavit has to be one of the best I have been to. We had the seasonal tasting menu with the paired wines.

The food on the menu was traditional to scandinavia and was put together exceptional well. Not only was the food superbly tasty but it was also extremely tasty. The paired wines matched the food perfectly and we were told about the orgins of each wine and how it matched the food.

In addition to the excellent food and wine the service at the restaurant was exemplary. We had 8 waiters/sommeliers serving us and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Each and every individual was knowledgable, professional and attentive.

I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough and I would not be shocked to see that they get awarded a third michelin star in the near future.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Excelent restaurant, had high hopes when I booked the dinner and Aquavit fulfilled them. The service was amazing and the food was extremely good.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing !!

This place nails service - food - ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

東京のAquavitに感動して、ニューヨークの本場に行きたいと思っていたことが実現しました。ここもとても素晴らしかったです。

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Best restaurant in the city. Great service and incredible food.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything and everyone at Aquavit was absolutely amazing
.....except our main waiter...we have had better service at a chain restaurant then what was given to us my him.....his support team were fabulous and the food was sublime but for a two star restaurant you really need to observe your staff to make sure they are up to par for that two star rating. If not for the support staff I think we would have given him a zero for his tip so he can thank them for the 25% tip that I hope he has to share with them because he truly did not deserve it.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was fantastic. The bonus was Carlos.

He was one of the best server experiences I’ve ever had. He should be the head trainer for staff. His gracefulness is a lost art!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Incredible food and service, will return!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was imaginative, adventurous, beautifully presented, and delicious. The service was courteous, friendly, and precise. We couldn't have picked a better place for our anniversary dinner.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Great service and outstanding menu very creative and definitely lives up to its reputation

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

As always, Aquavit does not disappoint. From the first moment you know you’re in an unparalleled dining environment. The service is impeccable even to the point of excessive—how many people does one need to eat a meal? The food is extraordinarily presented and worthy of the two star rating. As appetizers the matjes herring and gravalox were wonderful. Our two entrees—the cod and the striped bass—excellent. And the regular arrival of surprising and beautifully presented amusees throughout wonderfully enhanced the experience. It was our anniversary and we were initially welcomed with a glass of champagne and warm wishes. Aquavit is not cheap but there are few restaurants where the quality fully matches the cost. We’ve eaten at Aquavit in its many iterations over the years; it seems to just get better.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I had not been to the dining room in a few years for the more formal experience. It was exceptional. We both had the Seasonal tasting menu, but while the main ingredients of our dishes were the same, in all but one of the five courses were the preparations due to her allergies to diary and gluten. From the amuse bouches through the three seafood courses, the sublime duck, and the dessert that burst in our mouths with bright flavor and unique but perfect wine pairings, everything was carefully thought out and amazingly executed.

My friend as we finished one course said -“I wish I could still eat bread so I can get every last bit of the sauce I can’t get with a fork because I want to lick the plate clean but my manners won’t let me.”

Service was extremely attentive but never hovering. Seating was spacious and very comfortable. Tables were spaced far enough apart so that conversations could be private without ever worrying about others overhearing us or us hearing theirs. It’s Swedish not Danish, but Hugge is an apt description. My friend commented that they could easily squeeze in more tables and be a bit more aggressive on the service side if their aim was to maximize profits, it’s obviously not. It is about giving their customers a Sublime dining experience.

PS: The little piece of gingerbread they gave us with our coats was the best gingerbread I have ever tasted! Of course.

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2.0Dined on January 22, 2018

How this place gets a two michelin star I have no idea. The food is very substandard, have had better food in restaurants that do not even have one michelin star in new york.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Truly one of the best restaurants in NYC. It deserves the 2 Michelin stars. The price fix lunch is well worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing food

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Overall a very good experience

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve with our daughters. Food was good but service was bad. Several times we had to remind the staff about our requests.

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Amazing and friendly service. Delicious food! Keep up the good work!

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2017

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!

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