All Reader Reviews of...
65 E. 55th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
By chicintelligente on 6/23/2008
The decor was European and fit the Scandinavian theme... and the service was friendly. The food was moderately creative and some was tasty. However, the fish (which had tasted a bit unusual) I ordered gave me the worst food poisoning I've ever had... awful.
By JMG on 1/31/2008
No complaints about lunch at Aquavit. The herring appetizer was delicious, meatballs were juicy and the lingonberries flavorful, and the Arctic Circle dessert perfect. For $24, this lunch is a steal. The service was friendly, the decor clean, refreshing, and bright, and the meal timed at a leisurly, but still business-conscious pace. Be aware, however, that portions are generous for the middle of the day. You may leave so full and happy that you just want to go home and go to bed rather than go back to work.
Semplicemente Il Meglio!!! - Simply the best!!!
By Forza_Italia on 11/23/2007
Outside of Rome and Milan, this is the best restaurant I had ever been. It is a little expensive place but for New York, it is reasonable price!
By alibaba_07 on 11/23/2007
This is by far one of the best upper class restaurants I have ever been in NYC. I will recommend it to anyone who likes to eat exceptionally quality food at an exceptional restaurant. Keep it up Aquavit!!
Good food, cold decor
By avnegra on 10/10/2007
I've been to the cafe, i didn't know the main dining room has much better ambiance. The food was very good, the SmÃ¶rgÃ¥sbord, an assortment of swedish bites was really good, with three high points i will remember for a long time. The swedish meatballs, just good, nothing extraordinary. Finally for dessert i asked for the Arctic circle and it wasn't surprising, just another good dessert. Recommended, i guess the main dining room maybe is much better.
By lisalev on 6/28/2007
The atmosphere was romantic and peaceful. We celebrated our one year anniversary here and were most impressed. We started with the smorgesboard. If we had known it would be so good...we would have opted for two. We had the meatballs and salmon to follow. I highly recommend getting the meatballs. The portion size of meatballs was large. I absoulutely recommend getting the aquavit martini. Just the right taste and not too sweet. Our server was outstanding. He never had us wait for anything and was extremely helpful with the menu. We will definitely be back to Aquavit. It is now one of our favorite restaurants in NYC!
Scandinavian Done Ethiopian Style
By hungryjacq on 1/23/2007
I revisited Aquavit for the first time in a while and had a mixed experience. It started off on the wrong foot as the reservationist had put our reservation in for the wrong day (thus we were banished to the cafe instead of the dining room for their mistake) and our server was barely functional. I asked for water without ice, and got all ice. We were well into the second course when he finally brought out the drinks. In deciding which entree to order, I asked him about to describe three and he literally read the titles off of the menu. Even when I pressed with questions about the preparation, he emphasized the adjectives on the page rather than telling me about the dish (i.e., SEARED salmon, GRILLED hangar steak, etc.). The meal, however was transcendant. The butternut squash soup and herring sampler appetizers are divine. I tried the Swedish meatballs since they were the signature dish, and they were much better than I thought they'd be. The hangar steak needed more seasoning. For dessert, get the arctic circle. Goat cheese never tasted so good.
The mighty has fallen.
By zinino on 6/16/2005
I have been a loyal and satisfied client of Aquavit since its opening week l7 years ago. It grieves me to report that my most recent visits have revealed a precipitous decline in the quality of its food--now overly fussy and lacking flavor--which I attribute to its new executive chef and equally inept, almost maddening, service. Management used to be gracious, caring, and efficient. Now it is merely rude. Sorry to see the water wall go; even sorrier to have to be doubtful about the restoration of the restaurant's former excellence.
By Sadari on 3/28/2005
I enjoyed the food here and the decor is really nice. Very roomy and spacious. The only thing, my friend and I tried the pickled herring appetizer without realizing that it will be raw, and that almost ruined our meal. Went back a second time, I knew better and I really enjoyed it
Hire a maitre d...please
By 3chowhounds on 2/25/2005
2-20-05 The food was delightfully unusual, and prepared militantly raw or rare. There is no option to choose how meat/poulty/fish is prepared and there is no note on the menu. You are reliant on the waitstaff to forewarn you. They do not. Raw fish, rare meat OK. Rare poultry?? A little texturally challenging (try cutting uncooked duck with a butter knife--there is a whole lotta rubbery sawing and not much cutting going on). Not cool. The wine procedure is mystifying. Why is wine poured and the bottle taken away? Is this a NY thing? Fine, but the waiter had better refill glasses promptly. I was tempted to wander the restaurant with my empty glass in protest! The backwaiters are lousy. Surly, lazy, completely incompetent, untrained, whatever the problem is, lousy describes em. Courses were brought with plates still on the table. It was laughable to watch them trot out with our food, look at the table and go grumbling back to the kitchen. Might I suggest a strong maitre d. Try this place anyway..the food is interesting.
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