Aquavit

4.7
2013 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. Currently we are serving indoors and on our outdoor plaza. For lunch we offer an a la carte menu and for dinner we offer an a la carte menu as well as a 4 course menu for $145pp.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 2013 people are saying
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vipNYCfoodie
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding - truly amazingly wonderful

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vipMichna
New York Area
22 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!

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vipTastingNY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 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.

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vipKris
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on November 7, 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.

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AlexandraR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJohnY
New York Area
75 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.

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vipNabz
New York Area
18 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

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JenniferJ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipvindetable44
New York Area
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.

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vipRalphH
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Very friendly service.

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vipLuvfood
San Francisco
55 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 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.

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vipHime
New York Area
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.

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Sam1937
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 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!

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CarolO
Minneapolis
15 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!

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MelissaR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. A perfect meal start to finish. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second time visiting . Very satisfying as always .

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viplocalfoodie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Looked for a reservation at 6:15 on Open Table and the site said nothing was available after 5:45. So we made the 5:45 reservation, which was a burden on us. We were there until almost 7:45 and only two table were occupied the whole time we were there. Something is wrong with this.

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vipChris
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, flawless service, serene atmosphere. Perfect lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance was excellent. Really enjoyed the conversation with beverage director or wine sommelier he took care of us greatly.

KK
vipKristyK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birds nest dessert was the best, everything else was just okay (very small portions)

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vipEdz1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service used to be better

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a great evening , spending a special time with my sister to celebrate pre Christmas dinner! Thank you. CHEF EMMA and the team. Everything is spectacular!

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viplunch123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

was much better before renovation - everything: crowd, food, decor, ambiance

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vipTomT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new space is beautiful and the food was fantastic. One of my best meals ever. The server was well trained and knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. I can't wait to go back.

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vipJohnK
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding night at Aquavit. All the dishes were good and perhaps three of them were quite memorable. Service was impeccable.

JR
JacquelineR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special occasion so well worth the money. I really enjoyed it. I wish I could do it more often!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fortunate that we were able to sneak in before the remodeling. Wonderful food ambiance wine selection and variety of flavors and food.

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vipFreddy
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant. We dined at several nice places on our trip and this was our favorite. Great food.

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vipEllie
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We go to this restaurant frequently and the food does not disappoint. Usually the service is exemplary. Unfortunately this time we felt the service was not at the caliber of this type of restaurant. The first person who met us at the table was aloof and they she left us sitting for an inorinate amount of time. There seemed to be a lag between all the courses. We will always come back because the food is the best, but we were surprised at the usual great service as being so off

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vipSAM329
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Very good food. Especially the duck. Very disappointing service. We ordered wine to have with the entree. Didn’t come until dessert was served.

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vipLouise
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Aquavit was at their best. We went for the occasion of a law school graduation and everyone congratulated the graduate like friends and family. We marveled at the choreography as each beautifully crafted dish touched down on the table at exactly the same moment. We had the chef's tasting menu and the food was exquisite. We were treated to exotic opening "snacks" and multiple sweet treats at the end. There was a take home bag to extend the experience to breakfast the next day. This high level of dining has an equally high price tag but to mark our special occasion this memorable experience was worth it.

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vipDeeDee1112
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our son's 16th birthday. The food was delicous and the in-between courses were also terrific. The food was interesting in the combination of favors and always prepared perfectly. While dessert was included in our pre-fixe menu, they also arranged for a cupcake with a candle for our son even without our asking for it. Then they also gave each of us a goody bag with another piece of cake to bring home. Service was excellent, very attentive and yet not over-bearing. This was a memorable meal for us because it was such an enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Can’t wait to see the new remodel

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food was creative and tasty. Everything was great. People, etc. just be sure to get the birds nest for desert

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vipSoubeira
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, very good wine list. The perfect place to get introduced to Swedish haute cuisine.

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viplsfcmh
Columbus
41 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here in about 5 years and was thrilled that it hasn't skipped a beat and is as delicious and innovative as ever. Service from beginning to end was awesome--one might expect very formal, stuffy service, but our waitstaff was so much fun, joked around with us, and was still expert at everything they suggested and executed. The matjes herring, fois gras and egg starters were all excellent--perfect seasoning and hit every note. The duck was perfectly rendered, crunchy, juicy with black garlic--sheer perfection. Citrus dessert was refreshing and beautiful. Chocolate dessert was a little grainy but the flavors and textures were excellent. We had the most fun with all of the post-dessert desserts--a tasty tray of bit sized morsels that were to die for. The flight of flavored aquavit's were yummy-blueberry, honey crisp, fig & cardamon. Great wine list and good suggestions from Sommelier. LOVE this place

FAQs

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

Aquavit is rated 4.7 stars by 2013 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.