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Aquavit

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Gluten Free Options
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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:45 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here for the lounge since we did not get a reservation. We ordered three items all are nicely presented but the flavor was not as good. There was basically no service. After coming from per se lounge we expected better service and food. However, will give their tasting menu a try next time.

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Thank Aileen L
Aurora
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136 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just two of us , so no problem as requested we both chose from the same menu to deliver this level of food . Went for the chefs tasting menu and enjoyed the majority of the dishes . I liked the sweetbreads and the Venison and the birds nest dessert . I found service was attentive and professional and they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I loved this place. We wanted the fine dining experience in NYC no gimmicks and aquavit was absolutely 5 Star. My girlfriend is so perfect for these things because she has no shame about asking our waiter a hundred questions about the food and honestly some of dishes were so different that it really helped to know... More 

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New York, NY
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216 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No question the food is outstanding, and a soothing Nordic atmosphere, but we had the most arrogant service we have ever experienced at a restaurant of this caliber. We were made to feel badly about having some special dietary requirements; were mockingly told that yes, cheese is vegetarian; ordered black truffles which never arrived; seemed to have run into a... More 

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New York
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ditto, to the recent review titled "no substitutions" How uncomfortable to have our dinner guests forced to "confess" their food preferences (even allergies) because we all HAD to order from the same tasting menu. At the end of "negotiations" no one was pleased. Each of us felt we had settled in trying to accommodate others. Had the food been wildly... More 

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were 4 people for dinner at Aquavit. They have three menus, including two tasting menus. Everyone at the table has to have the same menu. When we asked if we could substitute a dish from the other menu, we were told, in no uncertain terms, that this was not possible. Take it or leave it. With such a limited... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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98 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Scandinavian cuisine specialising in seafood. Food was simple but great all around. Good service as well.

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Fremont, California
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175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I dined at several Michelin starred restaurants while visiting NYC, and this was my favorite. While only two stars, enjoyed it better than another three starred one I dined at. We tried the Chefs Tasting Menu and had a succession of very interesting and varied courses. This menu consisted of Nine courses, plus four extra starters, plus three extra sweets... More 

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Thank Ono O
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We've been to many Michelin star restaurant (1, 2 and even 3) and this one surprised us as we didn't find the originality that you would expect from this type of places. Out of all dishes I think that only one was great and the rest were just average. My partner kept saying "I am sure next plate will be... More 

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Thank Canyc09
New York City, New York
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204 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Was here for large party in the private dining area/room. The food was excellent. Very minimalistic and beautiful space.

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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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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