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Aquavit

65 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022 40.760701 -73.972526
nr. Madison Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-307-7311 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Scandinavian
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Critics' Rating: ****

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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    31 Reviews | Write a Review

Photo by Noah Fecks

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Official Website

aquavit.org

Hours

Mon-Fri, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Special Occasion
  • Online Reservation
  • Buffet

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Initially, the difference between the old, familiar Aquavit and the hyperstylized, postmillennial version is a little jarring. The entrance to the restaurant’s quarters resembles a bleakly modernist public square on the outskirts of, say, Göteborg, replete with scraggly trees and rows of abandoned marble benches. Inside, the bar has been greatly expanded into a long lounge area, where you can twirl about in high-backed Jacobsen “swan” chairs. The restaurant’s homemade aquavits used to be stored behind the bar; now they’re displayed along the wall, like pieces of art, in luminous square tankards. Once you’ve adjusted to this new aesthetic, however, the food at Aquavit continues to be excellent; in fact, it’s arguably better than before. After the departure of chef Marcus Jernmark in 2014, former pastry chef Emma Bengtsson is in the kitchen with her take on classic Scandinavian preparations like herring, gravlax, and contemporary twists like venison tartare.

Prix-Fixe Menus

Three course lunch, $52; three course dinner, $98

Chef's Tasting Menu
Mon—Sat, 5:30pm—10:30pm, seven courses, $155

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