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Aquavit

65 E. 55th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
212-307-7311

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8
Food: 8
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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75% would go back.

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What A Restaurant Should Be

By yinyangman on 7/26/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have no financial or other connection to this or any other restaurant. (All reviews should contain this disclaimer.) I have eaten here for many years and prize its delicious sublimation of Scandinavian cuisine, professional service and harmonious decor. The herring platter is a revelation and would justify a visit on its own. The flavored aquavits are always interesting and enjoyable. Horseradish is my favorite. The NY Times just gave it two stars, (underrating it by at least one) and slighted it by using the word "shopworn" for the bar area. How sad that a major newspaper is blind to the pleasures of dining in a place where lounge chairs are by Arne Jacobson, some tables are design treasures from Piet Hein and the salt and pepper shakers are by Quistgaard. In any event, those who know what true quality is will enjoy food prepared in the pioneering, creative tradition of Marcus Samuelsson, continued and even surpassed (if the Scandinavian bouillabaisse at lunch today was any measure) by the new head chef, Marcus Jernmark.

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125 out of 253 people found this review helpful.

Superb

By kam2009 on 5/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We had an excellent experience at Aquavit. The service was very attentive yet patient and gave us space to enjoy ourselves. The food was phenomenal and the chef was very generous. I would recommend Aquavit to anyone interested in high-end Swedish cuisine or simply looking for a lovely dining experience.

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171 out of 344 people found this review helpful.

Semplicemente Il Meglio!!! - Simply the best!!!

By Forza_Italia on 11/23/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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237 out of 437 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely sensational

By alibaba_07 on 11/23/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!!

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212 out of 405 people found this review helpful.

A Personal Favorite

By youngdan on 1/25/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

In my not so humble opinion Aquavit ranks as one of the world's great restaurants. The food is continually remarkable, satisfying all the senses, including the sense of beauty. The setting is elegant and comfortable with friendly and professional service. For over 30 years I've eaten at many of the Michelin stars and many of New York's finest. Aquavit is a rare place I return to again and again. Note: I have no connection to Aquavit, other than as someone who eats there as often as I can.

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309 out of 677 people found this review helpful.

One of the Best!!

By Daae38 on 5/11/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Aquavit is one of those rare finds that encompass the best food and service anywhere in the 5 boroughs. Every bite was savored and every staff member a joy. You cannot say you've been to Manhattan unless a visit to Aquavit is on the itinerary.

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286 out of 577 people found this review helpful.

World Class - Why Did I Wait So Long?

By wudzee on 4/23/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Had to go twice to make sure, but Aquavit is truly NOT over-rated. Comparable to Mirabelle in London except for the wine list, it's a must do in Manhattan. Presentation! Consideration! Jubilation! When we told our server we'd have to leave in 90 minutes, she timed each course so that we were at the coat room in the 90th minute. Don't miss the delectable gravlax and tandoori smoked salmon appetizer. Take advantage of the inexpensive offer of three different half glasses of wine accompaniment, each very well matched. The upstairs (actually ground floor) cafe is just fine, though you can see but not hear the two story waterfall which is the focal point of the main room. Lucious lobster roll. Decadent duck confit. For the less daring, a wonderful arugala salad with goat cheese and watermelon precedes an incredible beef rydberg with creme fraiche. Make sure you get your own Arctic Circle desert -you won't want to share the blueberry sorbet, honey tuile and goat-cheese parfait.

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213 out of 481 people found this review helpful.

My greatest eating experience ever

By reviewer on 10/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson certainly didn't disappoint me at Aquavit. My dinner in the dining room was a true gastronomical experience, every dish had a taste surprise in it and they were so beautifully presented. Very sleak and fresh. I recommend the foie gras ganache and the lobster roll - delicious. Even though a little dated, the dining room is perfect for a romantic date as well as a power lunch. Go there!

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212 out of 425 people found this review helpful.

Clean and creative food

By foodieQ on 7/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

If you are here for the first time, the chef's tasting menu is the best way to sample their clean and creative dishes. If you are on a tighter budget, the lunch prix-fixe is another alternative. The house made aquavit which you could try in a flight is a must try. My personal favorite is the horseradish aquavit that is a perfect match with the fatty fish plates. As a longtime fan of Aquavit, I do admit that the quality of their cured salmon dishes have declined in the past year. I hope they recover the original delicacy soon.

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173 out of 348 people found this review helpful.

Aquavit is brilliant.

By Prime on 2/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

It certainly features the best haute Scandinavian cuisine to be had outside of Scandinavia proper. Its many variations of home brewed aquavit are always a joy to sample. And where else can you get elk carpaccio that was overnighted in from New Zealand? The decor is as serene and calming as the menus are inventive and playful. They compliment each other in a manner that evokes the placement of Copenhagen's modern across from its stately royal palace. My only quibble with the place is the service-- the staff try very hard to be helpful and prompt, but they are a bit unschooled and it can be sometimes be frustrating to elicit from them the kind of narrative that is de rigueur at restaurants of this caliber. Maybe I just caught them training in greenhorns on my most recent trip, since this is a new development. Hopefully it's resolved by the time you go!

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