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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

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

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Tasting Menu (19)
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Good for a Date (10)
Romantic (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Seasonal (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing !!

This place nails service - food - ambiance.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Incredible food and service, will return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (London)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing food

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Overall a very good experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was absolutely wonderful! The waiters know their wine and food. Everyone was very attentive and very nice. The food was something fresh as it was Scandinavian style. The front desk person was very helpful and nice! Thank you! It is a very private location where people can’t see you from outside. If you are looking for a quiet place to eat something spectacular this is it.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful meal celebrating Christmas with family

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service and delicious food as always! The Swedish Christmas brunch is truly authentic and a tradition for me and my friends!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The Julbord was wonderful! All the traditional Scandinavian Christmas specialties taken to perfection. A very nice experience.

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

Brilliant, eclectic menu. Lovely wines. Beautiful dining room. Gracious, professional and attentive service. And civilized; privacy with courteous and quiet clientele. What a treat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The Xmas platter, I had, was very well made and designed. Everything was tasty and not expensive for a meal at two michelin's stars restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Julbord brunch was lovely

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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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 (Savannah)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (San Francisco)·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 22, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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