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Aquavit

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Neighbourhood:
Midtown
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219 (between Park and Madison Avenues)
+1 212-593-0287
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17:30 - 22:30
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Mon - Fri 11:45 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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New York City, New York
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is very stark and modern and I didn't expect to enjoy the round table with swivel chairs, and at first it felt more like an office meeting than a birthday dinner. However, the table was so roomy and the chairs so comfortable I soon forgot the look of the table and lost myself in the experience. We tried... More 

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Atlanta, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While having lived in NY [ now Atlanta for last 40 years] and having a foodie daughter who lives and works in NY where do you go for her Birthday? Well went to "Aquavit" and had extraordinary meal that seemed to last forever First you want Eaton as your guide on food and wine selection........The bread alone is a 5... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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319 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful experience in all respects. Prompt, attentive service. Knowledgeable waitstaff. And food that combines wonderful flavors and textures. Clearly an upscale version of Scandinavian cuisine. The seafood offers unusual presentations of sometimes familiar fish, and great preparations of fish that is unfamiliar to American consumers. Highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have our hair cut right across the street from Aquavit and it is our habit to go to lunch to "celebrate". We sit at the bar. Comfortable and the service is great. We are a creature of habit and order the same thing all the time ( as noted below) but it is so good why... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great night it was! A gastronomic heaven! Chef Emma Bengtsson is a food diva! The wine paring option is a must.

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Thank kdesai102
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108 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great evening with delicious dishes, consistently inspired by the Nordics. Yet the whole atmosphere and especially the staff seem a bit misplaced there. I have been to all Nordic countries over and over again. The puristic style combined with the warmth of the locals make the trick. Here the design is hidden behind the many staff people who don't... More 

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Ekero, Sweden
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had our runaway wedding dinner here. Great food and great service. Our two boys still talk about the meatballs.

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New York
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Aquavit never fails to delight. The food is absolutely outstanding although, as is often the case, the mains are somewhat overshadowed by the creative assortment of amuse bouches, the wonderful starters, the delicious palate cleanser and delicious deserts. The service is perfect. The dining room could use a bit of sprucing up as it is beginning to feel a bit... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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164 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our party loved the place and we found the staff friendly and they met all our requests. As our friend is a chef, we asked to meet the owner, who was very friendly and spent some time with us. The main waiter was very nice and from South America, so he and our Colombian friend really got along well. We... More 

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Summerland, CA
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I agree with other reviewers... service is mechanical and stiff - even a bit theatrically weird. The decor, although tasteful and interesting, adds to the austere atmosphere. I really wanted to love this restaurant because of its 2 Michelin stars. During the course of the tasting menu, I occasionally did. Most dishes were lost on me though. Overall, it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
Cuisine
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219
    (between Park and Madison Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: E/M on 53rd and 5th Ave. 6 to 51 street. F on 57th and 6th Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-593-0287
Description
Restaurant Aquavit opened to immediate success in midtown Manhattan in November 1987. More than two decades later, Aquavit continues to be one of New York's most popular and highly esteemed dining destinations. A pioneer on the American dining scene, Aquavit remains the only world-class modern Scandinavian restaurant in the country, and was also the first restaurant in New York to house two concepts under one roof: a casual bistro serving hearty, simple fare and a formal dining room offering refined, modern Scandinavian cuisine. Owner Håkan Swahn has always been involved with every aspect of the business, and his passion and vision are what steer the restaurant. Executive Chef Marcus Jernmark is in the kitchen every day, where his talent and his commitment to quality and authenticity are apparent in every ingredient he purchases and every dish he prepares. Swahn and Jernmark collaborate closely on Aquavit's menus, and together they provide leadership and inspiration to the team at Aquavit.

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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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