Since 1987, Aquavit has delighted patrons with its Scandinavian tasting and fixed-price menus. Aquavit is considered the spirit of the Nordics, a distilled spirit produced in Scandinavia since the 15th century. Owner Hakan Swahan recently reopened after a redesign that debuted a more casual setting and unique bar menu. The Stockholm restaurant Operakallaren inspired Aquavit's rustic fare and edgy, contemporary dining room.
This swanky, high-end Scandinavian eatery has a minimalist Nordic decor with low lighting and oak floors. Chef Emma Bengtsson has earned Aquavit two Michelin stars and three stars in Eater and the Times and is known for her alternative cooking style and exploring new techniques and ingredients.
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Located at 65 East 55th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, Aquavit now has a 40-seat bar and lounge area and a 52-seat dining room. Aquavit introduced Nordic cuisine to New Yorkers in style with its gold wallpaper, oak ceiling and Art Deco vibe.
Fun Fact: Aquavit opened a second restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1999.
In addition to its Michelin stars, Aquavit earned a three-star rating from The New York Times and a 9th-Best New York restaurant award by New York Magazine in 2006, and in 2000 Aquavit was inducted in "Restaurant Hall of Fame USA."
Fun Fact: Marcus Samuelsson wrote a cookbook, "Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine," in 2002 based on the restaurant's food.
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Aquavit's Dining Room tasting menu offers dishes like Fluke and Fennel, Scallops and Leek, Trout Roe Beef and Black Truffle Lemon. The restaurant's Bar menu includes a delicious fried cod sandwich with fries, pork schnitzel, Swedish meatballs, New York strip, glazed spare rib, braised red cabbage, crab fritter, and desserts that include cinnamon bread pudding. The 35-year-old restaurant focuses on sustainability and uses in-state purveyors and suppliers.
Monday to Friday: 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.