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“excellent food, beautiful restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Aquavit

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Ranked #409 of 13,559 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: between Park and Madison Avenues
Transit: E/M on 53rd and 5th Ave. 6 to 51 street. F on 57th and 6th Ave.
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.
New York City, New York
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99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“excellent food, beautiful restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

The food was excellent. I'm not a big fish eater, the specialty of Aquavit, but I was very happy with the tuna appetizer and the steak. Highly recommend.

Visited June 2013
Thank Nate501
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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165 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service - Scandinavian Haute Cuisine at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

Everything was just perfect during our birthday diner at this Michelin rated restaurant – the service, the food and the atmosphere. This restaurant features the usual sophisticated fine gourmet Michelin style gastronomy with a Scandinavian touch, which makes it unique in New York. This is truly a two star Michelin restaurant, if not a three star, as it is better at all levels to some NY three stars. It is definitely one of the best diners we had in New York and we highly recommend it.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Ottawa815
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Perfect lounge to relax and enjoy drinks, with tasty snacks.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

While we didn't dine there, based on our experience with the drinks and food in the bar, we will go back for a blowout meal next time. Everyone on staff there was so friendly--great service! We especially loved the inventive presentation of the smoked quail eggs. It was a perfect spot to kick back on a cold rainy night.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Agate_67
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Pleasanton, California
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288 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Worth the Michelin Star, worth the price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

The food is impeccable as well as the service. While not cheap, you leave feeling every morsel was worth the price. Extreme attention to detail from the canapes to the take home pops to leave the restaurant with. Four of went and all ordered different appetizers and entrees. Especially delicious was the duck, but every bite of every dish was beautifully prepared and presented. And of course try a flight of aquavit. The horseradish aquavit is to die for. Its worth going just to sit in the bar and order to aquavit.

Visited May 2013
Thank RoBertie
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Muscat, Oman
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Love the drinks and Scandinavian fare”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

A great place to get hammered on Aquavit while you have a great meal. Its Scandinavian / french food goes fabulously well with the drinks.

Thank Buddakhan
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