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Aquavit

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65 East 55th Street (at Cross Streets bet. Park & Madison Avenues)
New York, NY 10022
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Another outstanding meal in midtown. Amy and I went with Dick and Lorin Costolo. Dressy and formal but not stuffy. The service was excellent - extremely well paced. They have ...

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Scandinavian cuisine taken to a new level 1/11/2006

Aquavit is a very cool place to visit and was a delicious eating experience. Who ever knew that herring could be so fantastic? The staff is extremely hospitable and the decor is really nice - simple and elegant. We went during restaurant week and ordered from the price fix menu which was three courses and it was great. We also had a wine tasting menu to accompany it which offerred a different tasting of wine for each course. Mmmm! I highly recommend checking it out! more

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Outstanding Swedish High End Manhattan Dinner 11/1/2005

Another outstanding meal in midtown. Amy and I went with Dick and Lorin Costolo. Dressy and formal but not stuffy. The service was excellent - extremely well paced. They have a seven course tasting menu (veggie and non-veggie) and a three course prix fixed (which is what we did). The food is contemporary and exotic - unusual but sumptious combinations. We had four different desserts - all were spectacular. It isn't cheap ($100 / person), but A+. more

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Really interesting dining experience 9/20/2005

We went during restaurant week and enjoyed the really interesting fish that Aquavit has to offer. We samples different kinds of herring (all delicious, who even thought?) and the smoked salmon was excellent too. Most fun was the wine tasting menu, where they brought us a taste of wine to match each course. I would highly recommend this place to try! more

Something new to try 8/7/2005

Aquavit is very very good. The menu is something that you do not see at most restaurants. The food is quite exquisite and they have a very good selection of wines. The unfortunate thing about this great place is the. They seem to be a little pre-occupied to serve you but other than that this place is great for a date or a business dinner. Their prix fixe is lunch menu is quite nice as well. more

Aquavit 8/5/2005

Aquavit is a Scandanavian liquor. I did not have the drink but ate as much food as I could. The chef is Marcus Samuelson. He is extremely talented. I was there for lunch and ordered from the Prix Fixe lunch menu, which was $29. This consisted of a 3 course meal. The sea scallop with sea urchin risotto was unbelievable. The sea bass also just as good. I wish I could have seafood like that all the time. more
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Aquavit, this country?s preeminent Scandinavian restaurant, opened in 1987. At the time it was the first Scandinavian restaurant to open in New York City in 35 years. Named for the stiff elixir that some hoped would give immortality - AQUA VITAE - or "the water of life," the restaurant offers a notable list of the stuff. Early distilled spirits were so crude-tasting, that spices were added to make it more drinkable. Aquavit continues the tradition with it's own in-house blends, such as "Svarta Vinbar-Black Currant," "Baska Droppar" and Vargtass-Lingonberry. Marcus Samuelsson, co-owner of the restaurant, has already received more accolades than most chefs receive in a lifetime: He was the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times in 1995, and in 2003 was named "Best Chef New York City" by the James Beard foundation. You will find an ever-evolving and creative menu of home-cooking interpretations, whether you dine in the main dining room, café or private dining room. Also consider the traditional Swedish Smorgasbord, served Sundays from noon to 2:30 pm; it is an unforgettable experience. The present executive chef maintains the restaurant's high standards and reputation for which it is deservedly known. The ambiance of Aquavit is as wholly Scandinavian as the fare, a setting of muted woods contrasted by stark white walls that creates a calm, almost fjord-effect, if it weren't for the solid lighting and sparkling bar.

Editorial

  • Mod furniture and the clean lines of Nordic design make this Scandinavian fine-dining restaurant feel very 21st century, with dark wood tones lending the rooms warmth, and cherry blossoms in vases offering an elegant touch. Chef Marcus Jenmark's cuisine blends modern and traditional Scandinavian cuisine on his nightly tasting and prix fixe menus, so, yes, pickled herring, but also a butter-poached trout with roe and greens, or seared arctic char with cauliflower puree, nettles, smoked egg yolk, lobster and ale sauce. Also expect excellent wine pairings from the sommelier and desserts from pastry chef Candice Chia.

  • 4/27/2010 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Diner's Club, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown Center, Midtown
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