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Aquavit

65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219
+1 212-593-0287
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good19%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“herring” (43 reviews)
“tasting menu” (37 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
CUISINES
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
DETAILS
65 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-3219
Neighbourhood: Midtown
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Exquisite tasting menu! We really had a wonderful meal and a once in a lifetime experience. The food was fascinating and was prepared beautifully. Each time the servers served the food they had to explain what it was, what were the ingredients used and it...More

Thank OloapNitsuj
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time eating here and the menu has a strong Scandinavian theme with a choice of a 3 course menu, tasting menu or a la carte. Service excellent & good location between Madison & Park Avenue. Quite pricey but for a special meal or business...More

Thank Graeme S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the chef's nine course tasting menu, including several amuse bouche before dinner and dessert. The meal took about three hours. The food was fantastic! A couple of standout dishes were the king crab and green strawberry (who knew green strawberries tasted so good),...More

Thank skline2
Reviewed 12 April 2017

traveled here over the new year. . .amiable service and clean presentation and plating of dishes with a creative beverage program.

Thank world_weary069
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We had been looking forward to dining here for some time and were not at all disappointed. The restaurant is well appointed and comfortable, lots of space so you don't feel close to any other tables. We went for the chefs tasting menu which was...More

1  Thank felicity o
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Elegant fine dining experience--expertly prepared food; the freshest seasonal ingredients; creative flavor combinations; beautiful presentation. Servers are stellar.

Thank Steven T
Reviewed 24 March 2017 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...More

2  Thank lawgoddess1960
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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...More

Thank 704alberts
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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...More

Thank putnik123
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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...More

Thank richardallan2016
Nearby
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
...More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 80
Cuisine
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, 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
  • E-mail
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.