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Aquavit, New York, NY

Aquavit

4.4
4.4
1894 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 5 course tasting menu or a Chef's tasting menu for dinner.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Nordic, Seafood, Meat

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 307-7311

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Emma Bengtsson

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Joseph Bayer: (212) 957-9045

  • 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

Menu

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What 1,894 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. AY

    AnaY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful meal! Each course kept getting better. Best duck breast dish I’ve had and the bird’s nest for dessert is divine!

  2. HC

    HerbC

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Would have gotten all 5 stars if the waiter remembered my Reisling request

  3. M

    Michael

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was not my first meal at Aquavit and will not be my last. With Aquavit being as highly ranked as it is, the restaurant is unmatched – creating of the most innovative and special dishes in the world right now thanks to Emma Bengtsson and her incredible team. By elevating Scandinavian staples like herring, venison, and rye breads – not to mention the many exciting flavor options of Aquavit spirits – and finding the best domestic ingredients like cheeses from Jasper hill and blueberries from New Jersey, they create an experience, a meal memorable for years to come. I enjoyed the herring, duck, and Arctic bird’s nest. Presentation on each dish was meticulous, and with every bite I found something new to appreciate. All these dishes are must-haves, but the Arctic bird’s nest is truly on a level of it’s own. With such an intricate preparation, this sweet, beautiful dessert should be tasted by each of Aquavit’s guests. The decor of the restaurant is approachable, comfortable, and put my party and myself at ease as soon as we entered the space. The coordination of the servers matched with the swift kitchen staff was a fascinating thing to watch over dinner. With a wall of glass looking into the kitchen, it is as if one watches a culinary dance while they eat. The transparency of the dining room and kitchen not only is a point of conversation but a testament to how well this institution functions. What sets this restaurant apart for me personally is the service. Many restaurants can look good on the inside, have great tasting food, and so on. At Aquavit, one is greeted with a warmth and kindness that I have not felt elsewhere at a restaurant of this caliber. No detail goes unnoticed, all staff enjoy talking to their guests, and throughout a meal Aquavit allows for diners to feel as special as the food they are eating. We dined here for a celebration – but every meal at Aquavit is a celebration of fantastic service, wonderful food, and kind, caring people.

  4. AH

    AndrewH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was exceptional

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific food and stellar service. A must-go restaurant in NYC

  6. A

    Andrew

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ahhhhhhhmazing. Some of the best food and service you’ll ever experience in your life. Without question!!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The new chef has brought Aquavit to the next level. Best Scandinavian style experience in NYC. Must visit.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing thank you

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place testy food and Good services

  10. WN

    WilliamNazaret

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Magnificent cuisine. Every dish in the 7 course Chef Diner was outstanding. This is a pricey restaurant ($200 up a person w/o drinks) but you get every dollar worth of cuisine. The wine list is extensive, complete and paired up to the menu. The ambience is cold and detached !

  11. TI

    TomIV

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the top 5 restaurants in NYC. Without the flash of Per Se, but the food and service are fully. worth both its two Michelin stars.

  12. c

    cjr2

    New York Area

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    hard to rate a beautiful 2 star michelin restaurant during pandemic. service was extraordinary ...server Nora amazing. chef emma stopped by at the ens of the meal which was lovely. we didn’t give charming sommelier much to do, but he was always ready to help. each course plating was more beautiful and creative, tasty, and perfect than the last and very hard to rate value ...as it is not easy to rate taste and beauty in a monetarily....if one can afford it, it is certainly great value.

  13. F

    Fratfank

    New York Area

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Some of the most extraordinary food I have had in the last year. Incredibly creative. Waitstaff also outstanding.

  14. A

    Angelica

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful wine pairing selection. Great service!!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at Aquavit celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. I felt the caviar taste was lost when combined with potatoes and nuts. Love everything else especially the duck with the ultimate crispy skin!!!

  16. DL

    DavidL

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The sommelier was very helpful in picking two half bottles - both ended up better than expected. The food was superb. Covid had discourage us from going to fine restaurants. The meal reminded us that fine dining in NYC is a real draw to the city.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Perfect in every way. Superb service

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Birthday, great experience

  19. JL

    JoshL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    There food is delicious overall, but I will say the wagyu beef main dish was good, not great like so many of their other dishes. Everything else we have tried is absolutely incredible and service is fantastic.

  20. G

    Guifred

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it was terrific. great recommendations on wine, food was terrific.

  21. NR

    NicholasR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Emma Bengtsson is absolutely deserving of the 2 Michelin stars. Our waiter Charles was superlative and made our experience memorable. The Arctic Bird's Nest dessert is a work of art both for the eyes and palate.

  22. l

    lola

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    always excellent - they were very "careful" with COVID preparations - happy to go there

  23. NY

    NYCfoodie

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely outstanding - truly amazingly wonderful

  24. M

    Michna

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food from the oysters to the dessert. Bread especially good, but also herring, tartare and of course aquavit!

  25. TN

    TastingNY

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful 2 star Michelin restaurant. All their seafood items I’ve tried have been exceptional. You cannot go wrong. The waiters are superb, particularly James. Love the quiet and intimate ambiance.

  26. K

    Kris

    Tampa

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The food and service were good. Very good in fact. But nothing about this place screams a Michelin star, much less two stars.

  27. AR

    AlexandraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is amazing, drinks are amazing. Everything was fall flavors and all worked so perfectly. Was a great date night dinner.

  28. JY

    JohnY

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Impeccable service, especially during these time! Food was very good, but a bit on the heavy side with a lot of heavy cream & butter base.

  29. N

    Nabz

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Service of this restaurant is the best part. Came for lunch, unfortunately didn't get to try its tasting menu. Fish was freshest, steak was perfect

  30. JJ

    JenniferJ

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fantastic! Whenever we have a very special occasion, we know Aquavit will fit the bill!

  31. v

    vindetable44

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Acquavit delivers up to its reputation. Perfect ingredients, incredibly fresh vegetables and make each dish memorable. Superb service helps the experience.

  32. RH

    RalphH

    New York Area

    255 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    255 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food. Very friendly service.

  33. L

    Luvfood

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I had high hopes for this famous eatery. The flights of aquavit were fun! Service was excellent. The food was well paced and we were made to feel both welcome and relaxed. The outdoor dining space was quite nice and not on the sidewalk! Alas the food... the good news was the schnitzel was very good indeed. The meatballs were tasty, but now I have a greater appreciation for IKEA, where they are about the same! It was the starter salmon that tasted off- and raw fish should be impeccable. Not really off in a horrible was, but still a bit icky. For such a famous place, I was disappointed.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Wonderful food as always. Clearly a more casual setting and service outside, adapted to the COVID-19 circumstances. Bathrooms need to be better attended to. Always look a bit messy.

  35. H

    Hime

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Smorgasbord was very good. Nicely presented. That was more than enough of three of us as appetizer.

  36. S

    Sam1937

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great overall experience

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Loved this place. Came here to celebrate my birthday with friends in Mid 2020. Food is simply amazing, really refreshing and has lots of flavors.The outdoor seating tables also look really nice and high quality, not like other Michelin restaurants that uses metal tables.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service. They were so kind. Food was amazing. We will def go back. It was lunch and right before the drama happening with the virus so we were like only people there. But it was a great place and highly recommend. Drinks and food were awesome. The dessert (the bird egg one). So good.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Wished the food was better. Service was excellent. The wagyu with the black truffle supplement was cooked to perfection!

  40. CO

    CarolO

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aquavit is our favorite restaurant to visit when we’re in New York. We were excited to experience the recent remodel, and we weren’t disappointed. It is a great dining experience!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Aquavit is rated 4.4 stars by 1894 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Aquavit

65 East 55th Street New York, NY 10022

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Park and Madison Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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

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

  • Private party contact

    Joseph Bayer: (212) 957-9045

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