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$$$$European, ,
65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219
+1 212-593-0287
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Aquavit in Midtown has garnered attention for the herring and gravlax featured on its International menu. "As a herring fan the Aquavit Weekend Smorgasbord provides a diverse...More
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European, Swedish, Scandinavian, International, Norwegian, Gluten Free Options
65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had the Chef's Choice with the full 10 course meal. Small additional bites are included in between the dishes to help cleanse the palette and as tie over till the next dish. In the end it was close to 15~16 dishes. And we were...More

Thank Clamp535
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there for lunch. My wife was there over 20 years ago and it was the 1st time for me. We had an exquisite lunch. Everything was done with perfection from the beginning to the end. I am not used to the Nordic cuisine....More

Thank Thewineconsul
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Fantastic all around: the food, drinks and the service. Sure, it’s expensive but the quality is top notch!

Thank Vimana2016
Reviewed 2 February 2018

Long known as one of Manhattan’s best Scandinavian Restaurants, Chef Marcus Samuelsson making a name for himself and the space near MoMA during the late-1990s and early 2000s, it was not until former Pastry Chef Emma Bengtsson took over the kitchen in 2014 that Aquavit...More

1  Thank Michael U
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Had not read up about Aquavit, other than choosing it for its Michelin acclaim. Very quiet, almost too quiet small-medium size dinning room at 12:30 filled up by 1, nice crowd, beautiful decor, interesting Scandinavian dishes, and don't mistake it with Swedish meatballs...although funny enough...More

1  Thank Rob B
Reviewed 26 December 2017

It was delicious. The food was great, the service was amazing and specifically the sommelier was right on point and his suggestion were a perfect pairing for our food. We took the top tasting menu and we were full. A bit pricey but it is...More

Thank bengold90
Reviewed 18 December 2017

After the restaurant took our credit card number months in advance and warned us to arrive on time -which we did- they made us wait because other people were still eating at our reserved table. We waited about 10 minutes, and they did not even...More

1  Thank Ma G
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Took my wife here for her 30th birthday and was well worth it. Scandinavian with New York flare. Probably the most knowledgeable sommelier I have ever met.

Thank Justin T
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

The food was good and the staff was nice - BUT if you compare it to other 2 starred Michelin restaurants it's avarage. Jean George close by is a totally different level of food but also two stars. We expected more from a 2 start...More

1  Thank MKJDCPH2100
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Was recently in NYC for a friends reunion and decided to celebrate the weekend by going to the much heralded Aquavit. Our table of 5 did the Chef's tasting and 2 of the 5 did the wine paring as well. The 10+ course Chef's tasting...More

Thank ToonPgh
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, International, Norwegian, Gluten Free Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:45 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
11:45 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
11:45 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
11:45 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
11:45 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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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