Aquavit

4.7
1958 reviews
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$50 and over
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Scandinavian
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 $125pp. At dinner we offer a 3-course prix fixe for $115pp, a 5-course seasonal tasting menu for $155pp and a 10-course chef's tasting menu for $195pp.
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Private dining
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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are offering a 4 course menu for $225 per person between 6-7:30pm and a 6 course menu for $325 per person including a midnight Champagne Toast from 8:45pm-10pm to ring in 2019. Live music by the Ben Paterson Quartet will play in our Bar and Lounge from 9pm through midnight!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1958 People Are Saying
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New York Area
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

GREAT Christmas Smorgasbord!! Everything was delicious. The staff and manager were super informative and very friendly. We will not be waiting until next Christmas to return. Do yourself a favor to experience wonderful Scandinavian food, go this year.

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TB
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Better than most of more celebrated NY restaurants

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un de mes 3 meilleurs restaurants à vie.

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TW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! World class dining experience!

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VG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Happy to have chosen this restaurant. It was a great food experience. It was edible art!
Chose Chefs tasting menu. Glad without paring - We had almost 14 courses. Only 2 were a miss.
The breese was very cold from the entrance door, and it was only -2C.
When we entered, the phone was ringing, we waited. When the MaitreD hanged up the phone and turned to us, the phone rang again. He answered again the phone. We waited a while to be sitted.
Ordered wine. Bread was brought, then water. Ordered the Chef's menue. The food started arriving before the wine.
So far it didn't feel special.
I had to ask for the wine glasses to be refilled as we were on the 3rd course. The food was coming fast and dishes are taking away fast, my husband didn't finish his tea before was gone.
The dishes were absolutely delicious. Excellent texture, taste, smell and at the right temperature. Visually also unique and pleasant.

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KJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. We started planning our next visit half way through our meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very salty food. Server didn't seem to acknowledge the issue except saying they will let the kitchen know.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant
A place where you can talk without shouting
Excellent service

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

A beloved restaurant that disappointed. Perhaps a one off experience but not a 2 Michelin star restaurant at all...(when compared to other equally starred restaurants abroad) A summary: a barely elevated bistro meal. I can think of 50 other memorable "non-starred" restaurants I'd go to before giving Aquavit another chance. The service was on point...and the ambience modern and somewhat cold but pleasant nevertheless.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and by far the best Scandinavian food I've had in the states. The atmosphere was so professional yet also relaxed, and in a good way. From the minute I stepped in the door, I was immediately taken care of and the same gracious service was practiced throughout the entire evening. The servers were extremely knowledgable and cheerful. They moved things along quickly but never in a rushed manner.
I came to Aquavit with the intention of ordering ale carte and just trying a few things. Once I arrived and looked the menus over in detail, my love of Scandinavian food, and curiosity to how chef Emma would prepare the chef's tasting menu, convinced me to order that instead.
I'm so thankful I did. Every dish was so carefully thought through. The flavors all pure, fresh, and true to Scandinavia while still reflecting chef's lown unique touch. I loved her use of complex flavors yet still keeping the dishes well balanced and highlighting specific ingredients. I won't list a favorite because I didn't have one. They all were equally good in their own ways.
I will definitely visit again and recommend Aquavit to others. It was wonderful to get to meet and talk with Chef Emma as well!
Thank you again, it was a wonderful experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice meatball

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall one of the best dinner experiences I’ve ever had.

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JO
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Wine meny to 5 course dinner was really poor. 2 wines out of 5 was acceptable choices( The german and the Pol Roger). The Other tasted really bad which I told the sommelier without any reaction or regret.

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maravilloso bien Merecidas las 2 estrellas Michelin que tiene

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MS
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in NYC and the entire country. The 3.5 hour chef’s tasting menu was an adventure in fine dining. Every dish was exceptional, employing combinations of ingredients
that we have never eaten before. Chef Emma Bengtsson is a true genius, creating her own blend of Nordic inspired food. Dishes like sweetbread and grape, turbot and quince, and her signature arctic bird’s nest dessert can stand up to any dish anywhere. Where else would you find treats like herring ice cream or seaweed ice cream and caramel. There were 14 presentations in all and each one worked perfectly. My wife paired her meal with wine selected by sommelier Scott who took her on a world tour with perfectly paired wines from France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Japan , and Long Island. Service was impeccable and if there is any justice in the food world, this restaurant should move up to 3 Michelin stars. Bravo!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Every dish I’ve ordered were very salty with concentrated sauce reductionsI. I must’ve drank gallons of water during dinner and after I got back to hotel.

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OT
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A marvelous experience with every detail executed with perfection. There may be a better restaurant in Manhattan but I don’t know it. And there is only one other that I would rate as equal.

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MT
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Minimalistic, Scandinavian restaurant. The mains was superb, however the dessert did not live up to expectations. Table next to us had the tasting menu, I believe that's the way to go in this restaurant. Good to have tried it once but would only go again to try the tasting menu.

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Clearly overrated restaurant. The food is good but doesn’t worth its 2 stars. The desert was too sweet and too heavy.

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AZ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning food. This was our second time here and it was better the second time around. Desserts in these restaurant might be the best in town.

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London
99 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Aquavit never disappoints — perfectly prepared dishes and exquisite service. Quality of the food is top. Wine options broad, with many wines unavailable in most other restaurants.
One request : Bring back the gravlax!

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FI
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fine lunch tasting menu, superior service. Especially good halibut on mushrooms in cream.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing. Very good food and service

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MJ
London
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was creative without being fussy. Surprisingly good beer list. Friendly staff.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine pairing! Calm and quiet :)

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S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner at Aquavit. The service is impeccable and the food absolutely delicious, balanced and creative. We had the seasonal tasting menu and it did not disappoint. The amuse-bouches peppered throughout the meal were also delicious. Everything from the trout, the halibut with caviar, the pork belly and the mouth-watering dessert (who knew basil ice cream could be so sumptuous) was amazing. I loved the fig and cardamon aquavit and enjoyed the juniper lemon aquavit too, albeit it was a bit strong for me. This is a special (and expensive) place to dine. The ambiance is stylish and elegant and the feeling is relaxed and personable. We had a wonderful time and plan to return for lunch! Highly recommended.

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XW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Chef tasting menu, sweet& sour. My GF enjoyed the whole exp, like a princess.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chef tasting. The food was remarkable, many layers of flavors and a beautiful presentation. The service was unparalleled. The staff was attentive and catered to our every whim.

Highly recommended!

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible magical experience!
The service was the best we’ve had in a very long time. Nash explained the alcohol Aquavit to us as we were novices. The food was creative and absolutely delicious.
Ambience was calm and relaxed. They allowed us to sit in s cozy booth which made it more special.
We had the prix fix menu. I had the duck.... perhaps the best I ever had. My wife had the cod which was superb.
We are definitely going back!

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AW
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing tasting menu with interesting and delicious little twists

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food is amazing

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RT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing and the food was great. The staff went above and beyond to assure our expectations were exceeded.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate my hubby’s birthday. The service was great and the food was exceptional. We chose the seasonal menu. Lots of surprise like extra choices for bread, dessert and the take away pound cake! We enjoyed the whole meal a lot. I was really fulled at the end and needed a walk around. The only downside side is in the middle of our meal a group of noisy people got seated at the table next to us. They are the only table talking loudly as if they are in a sport’s bar.

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HE
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stunning tasting menu, excellent beer/wine, great atmosphere and great service. Only thing to improve although it's knit picking is the presentation of the food. Could have used a little more power to be fully heard.

5/5 experience overall

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R
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite restos for special ocasiones. The food is great but the service is the best part.

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JH
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The decor is very clean and simple. The food is also clean but had lots of layers of flavor and textures.

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I
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Herring was very good. Beautiful colors of every dish.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aquavit is for those that are looking for esquisite culinary experience.
Each bite is a culinary piece of art that takes you exactly to where the chef wants you to be.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This is the worst fine dinning experience I’ve ever had! The servers were very rude. I will never go back.

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