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About Aquavit

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.

65 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Scandinavian, Seafood, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:45am -2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
between Park and Madison Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 307-7311

Website:
http://www.aquavit.org/

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.

Executive Chef:
Emma Bengtsson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

An especially elaborate Smörgåsbord meal, served only during the Christmas season, Julbord has become a holiday hallmark at Aquavit featuring herrings, salmon, Christmas ham, princess cake and ris a la malta . We will be serving Julbord from 12-9pm for $125pp including a a cup of Glögg (mulled wine)

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

On New Year's Eve we will be offering a 6 course menu. 1st seating is between 5:30-7pm for $225pp and 2nd seating is between 8:45-10pm for $325pp including a champagne toast. There is an optional wine pairing for $160pp for both seatings. Live music will be available in our Bar and Lounge from 8pm.

Private Dining

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

Aquavit Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Still great after all these years... this review is for the Julbord brunch, which is delicious and great fun, but very traditional - not the modernist riffs Chef Bengtsson serves at dinner. Good stuff though. Great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Julbord brunch was lovely

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing, amazing, amazing. The food, the service, the venue... can’t say enough good things. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Creativity and doubtful elaboration.
Doubtous food and flavor and no personality. Restaurant to not return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and experience. We had to wait at the bar which was crowded and was challenging to get the attention of the bar crew to order our drinks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service! The seafood appetizers was exquisite and the best duck entree I have ever had! the meat is so tender,juicy and the skin is crispy!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The setting is elegant and unpretentious.
The service is extremely skilled and knowledgeable.
The food is innovative, exciting and delicious.
Love those mid-course "bites."
Tigerkaka - Yum!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great experience! Attentive staff w/ superb service. Since my husband has Scandinavian background we went on his birthday and it was well worth it. Food is worth the hyped, well deserved Michelin starred. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Just come and have a try for the taste never tried, it's quite good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Attentive and thoughtful service from start to finish. We had the chef’s tastings and it was absolutely amazing. Love the old school jazz that they played in the background. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the company of someone you love.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Just great. We have been dining at Aquavit for over twenty years. Our dinner last night was one of the very best. Great food, well matched wine, excellent service.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food in a beautiful and quiet ambience.
The staff is very polite and the extra they do is very warming.
The danish bread is just amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Amazing service and wonderful food. Absolutely deserving of two Michelin stars!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food is a bit in the salty side.... was expecting more for a Michelin Restaurant

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Overrated, nothing new. Scallop not fresh enough. Bread is very good though! And service is great.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Although pricey, this was one of the finest meals we have ever had in nyc. It was a wonderful experience.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing time at Aquavit, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a special place to celebrate.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I came there with high expectations, but the reality is way above what I expected

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Extremely creative dishes, perfectly balanced flavors. Exceptional service from pleasant staff. One of our favorites, anywhere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Dessert and cheese course didn't reach my expectations, otherwise everything was good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

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...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Beautiful Restaurant!!! Great Food, Great Taste, Great service and Great cocktails. totally I recommend it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fantastic meal. Eptihag was an incredible guide through the tasting menu and bartender. I really enjoyed my experience.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall good but not sure about the 2 Michelin Stars experience. Still, food is delicious and great for lunch as it is light.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had the ten course Chef's Tasting Menu with the wine pairing. The food was marvelous and the experience was enhanced by the pairing, which was very well done. Every course hit a high note, except the Arctic Bird's Nest desert. I know it is their "signature", but it does not call me.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great tasting food and a very special experience. Expensive but worth it!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Seasonal tasting menu was delicious and the wine pairing was great too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

It couldn't be nicer. Excellent, personal service and incredibly delicious and creative cuisine. It's not inexpensive, but I had probably the most stellar meal I've ever had at Aquavit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The service was extremely attentive. I did the seasonal tasting menu which officially came with 6 courses but there were also a few extra small courses added in plus an amazing tray of sweet treats at the end in addition to the dessert. They also gave me a farewell gift of delicious pumpkin bread to eat the next day! Highly recommended and very reasonably priced for the quality you get. I'm still dreaming of the duck confit that melted in my mouth. Also loved the bread and butter and the bread/water guy made sure your bread plate was never empty!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fantastic Scandinavian treat. Every mouthful is totally unique and delicious.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Aquavit was incredible. It’s more than just a restaurant. It’s a full culinary experience that chef bengtsson and her staff go the extra mile for to ensure every detail is perfect. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Creative, adventurous, and different dinner. We opted for the seasonal tasting which brought us out of our comfort zone, and most items were delicious. The other items were well prepared but perhaps not our cup of tea. That said, I'm delighted we had the opportunity to try excellent, Michelin-starred chef cuisine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was our first time in this restaurant. We decided to try the seasonal tasting menu, and it was absolutely excellent. Despite being 5 courses, it took us a little over 2 hours to complete. We enjoyed all items in the menu, however our favorite was the duck dish. The waiters took their time to explain each dish and were friendly. Overall, this was quite an experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our waiter was incredible, while very expensive the experience was well worth the price

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Every dishes except smoked tartare and squab were not very fair with their herbs or flowers(and every dish have that). Atera, similarly they use herbs a lot, but they use just perfectly.
But they deserve to be a 'star restaurant' only by venison tartare.
Service was really good, i mean most of them were very thoughtful, but only a few were not. And u know, that few ruins every, always.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Being Swedish I am obviously a little biased but the sheer innovation of those dishes was amazing. Light yet so flavorful dishes and wonderful little amuse-bouches in between. Had the seasonal menu which was just the right amount of food. Definitely recommend the wine pairing too. The (female) chef is sweet and extremely professional.

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