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“Great service - pleasantly surprise”
Review of Aquavit

Aquavit
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Ranked #434 of 13,735 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Swedish, Scandinavian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Canton, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
290 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
“Great service - pleasantly surprise”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Our friends and I like to try different restaurants all over NY. Honestly, we had never eaten at a Scandanavian restaurant and had no idea what to expect. We knew as a Michelin rated restaurant it would be wonderful. The atmosphere was great. The service was exceptional. We did the chef's tasting which was delicious. All of the courses were unique and well prepared. The bird's nest dessert was delicious! We were going to a show at 11:30 that night so my only suggestion would be to plan accordingly. We felt bad because we ended up having them rush the last couple of courses because we needed to leave. Leave at least 2 hours if you are going to do the full tasting. Great night spent with friends at a great restaurant.

  • Visited November 2013
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic service”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

The friendliest and most service minded staff we have ever met.
Nice interior
Very well prepared food with beautiful plating

Definitely worth a visit!

  • Visited November 2013
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Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Went to an early seating with my wife. Eclectic and tasty food, even with some explanation we were not exactly sure what we were eating on occasion, but most things on the chef's tasting menu were excellent. There were a number of tasty treats served gratis in between courses, which were excellent as well. Creative and over the top presentation made each dish that much more special. The Aquavit flight (liquor) is a must if you haven't tasted Aquavit before, and if you have, you probably haven't tasted it infused; it just may be your new favorite thing. $400 plus with drinks limits this place to a special occasion for me, but it was worth it. Atmosphere was upscale but more relaxed than I though it would be as well; a nice buttoned down shirt, sport coat and nice dark jeans were appropriate. Do the chef's tasting menu only if you have over 2 hours to spare.

  • Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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139 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Excellent although”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

The food is excellent, with many great little plate chef specials in addition to the $95 tasting menu we ordered. They asked if we were in a rush to get out, and at the end we were (2.5 hours, could've ran longer). The service was excellent. The decor was a little subdued, and even by modern standards the small dining room was bland - and for the price we also expected a little more than dried fall leaves on the table (think of all the florals at River Cafe). Also, despite just being around the corner from Madison and a couple of blocks off 5th Ave, the street was deserted and not much to look at outside other than an empty construction site on the street. But the food was delicious, and it was a really nice dining experience (i.e., special occasion rather than a place to come back frequently).

  • Visited November 2013
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Vallentuna, Sweden
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5 reviews
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“Excellent and exclusive dinner restaurant”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

Food and service was excellent, and the staff were very responsive and friendly. We got many extra treats both appetizers and some extra sweets together with our desserts, and overall a very polite and friendly environment. The price level is on the higher end, but given the food quality and service, it's quite reasonable.

  • Visited October 2013
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