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$$$$European, ,
65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219
+1 212-593-0287
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“tasting menu” (39 reviews)
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European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a family trip to NY. Tried the restaurant and was terribly disappointed. Couldn't find a single dish that was tasty and struggled to find many vegetarian options. Would not go again.

Thank BombayGlobetrotter77
Reviewed 1 week ago

But a most uninteresting space. No art. Uninviting modern. At least quiet...quite unlike the other Aquavit nearby.

Thank MacDonald M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is the first time I have been so disappointed by a Michelin starred restaurant, two stars on top of this. I went there with friends for dinner and were at first well pleased with the decor and the professionlism we were greeted with, both...More

Thank FeatStick1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, quite a positive experience. Impeccable service, on all levels, one of the best we have ever had. Very good ambiance, and interesting interior decor. Also, 2 Michelin stars are not accorded for nothing. Also, a 9-course Chef Tasting Menu in reality turns into more...More

Reviewed 2 August 2017

We've had Aquavit on our list of NYC restaurants to visit for years and finally dined here this summer. The experience exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed the seasonal tasting menu with wine pairing. Every course and wine selection was beautifully aligned and absolutely delicious. The...More

Thank DnCspire
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

I just came back from a week in Sweden, so this may explain my high standards and state of mind in reviewing Aquavit. The food here is downright awful. My guest and I ordered the Swedish meatballs. I swear these tasted worse than the ones...More

Thank Derek C
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Modern, airy ambience . Clean, crisp, fresh, flavourful food. Instagram worthy dishes without being pretentious. No crazy large portions or heavy sauces.

Thank Vibha R
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful. Service worthy of 2 Michelin stars. The food was terrific but not particularly memorable. Again, the service could not have been better.

Thank riokc1800
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This place is amazing -- the tasting menu had so many perks and extras between the courses we lost track of what was a course and what was an extra. There is creativity in all the dishes with a scandinavian influence -- lots of care...More

Thank jleungpianist
Reviewed 21 July 2017

If there is one restaurant guide I'd follow with my eyes shut that would be the Michelin Guide... And it happens so that the 2017 edition of this mythical Guide has awarded 2 stars to Aquavit - the Scandinavian place in midtown Manhattan. And to...More

Thank Alain C
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:45 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
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
  • E-mail
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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