Aquavit

5
1986 reviews
$50 and over
Nordic
Two Michelin-starred and New York Times Three-starred Aquavit, located in Midtown Manhattan showcases seasonal, Modern Nordic fare and has been a pioneer of Nordic cuisine since opening in 1987. The restaurant has an extensive wine list as well as an aquavit infusion and cocktail program. Currently we are serving INDOORS for dinner with 5-course tasting menu for $155pp or a multi course Chef's tasting menu for $275pp.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1986 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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5.0
Food
4.9
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.7
Value
Noise · Quiet
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AnaY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal! Each course kept getting better. Best duck breast dish I’ve had and the bird’s nest for dessert is divine!

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vipHerbC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Would have gotten all 5 stars if the waiter remembered my Reisling request

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vipMichael
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was not my first meal at Aquavit and will not be my last. With Aquavit being as highly ranked as it is, the restaurant is unmatched – creating of the most innovative and special dishes in the world right now thanks to Emma Bengtsson and her incredible team.

By elevating Scandinavian staples like herring, venison, and rye breads – not to mention the many exciting flavor options of Aquavit spirits – and finding the best domestic ingredients like cheeses from Jasper hill and blueberries from New Jersey, they create an experience, a meal memorable for years to come.

I enjoyed the herring, duck, and Arctic bird’s nest. Presentation on each dish was meticulous, and with every bite I found something new to appreciate. All these dishes are must-haves, but the Arctic bird’s nest is truly on a level of it’s own. With such an intricate preparation, this sweet, beautiful dessert should be tasted by each of Aquavit’s guests.

The decor of the restaurant is approachable, comfortable, and put my party and myself at ease as soon as we entered the space. The coordination of the servers matched with the swift kitchen staff was a fascinating thing to watch over dinner. With a wall of glass looking into the kitchen, it is as if one watches a culinary dance while they eat. The transparency of the dining room and kitchen not only is a point of conversation but a testament to how well this institution functions.

What sets this restaurant apart for me personally is the service. Many restaurants can look good on the inside, have great tasting food, and so on. At Aquavit, one is greeted with a warmth and kindness that I have not felt elsewhere at a restaurant of this caliber.

No detail goes unnoticed, all staff enjoy talking to their guests, and throughout a meal Aquavit allows for diners to feel as special as the food they are eating. We dined here for a celebration – but every meal at Aquavit is a celebration of fantastic service, wonderful food, and kind, caring people.

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AndrewH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food and stellar service. A must-go restaurant in NYC

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vipAndrew
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ahhhhhhhmazing. Some of the best food and service you’ll ever experience in your life. Without question!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The new chef has brought Aquavit to the next level. Best Scandinavian style experience in NYC.

Must visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place testy food and Good services

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WilliamNazaret
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Magnificent cuisine. Every dish in the 7 course Chef Diner was outstanding. This is a pricey restaurant ($200 up a person w/o drinks) but you get every dollar worth of cuisine. The wine list is extensive, complete and paired up to the menu. The ambience is cold and detached !

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vipTomIV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the top 5 restaurants in NYC. Without the flash of Per Se, but the food and service are fully. worth both its two Michelin stars.

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vipcjr2
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

hard to rate a beautiful 2 star michelin restaurant during pandemic. service was extraordinary ...server Nora amazing. chef emma stopped by at the ens of the meal which was lovely. we didn’t give charming sommelier much to do, but he was always ready to help. each course plating was more beautiful and creative, tasty, and perfect than the last and very hard to rate value ...as it is not easy to rate taste and beauty in a monetarily....if one can afford it, it is certainly great value.

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vipFratfank
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Some of the most extraordinary food I have had in the last year. Incredibly creative. Waitstaff also outstanding.

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Angelica
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful wine pairing selection.
Great service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Aquavit celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. I felt the caviar taste was lost when combined with potatoes and nuts. Love everything else especially the duck with the ultimate crispy skin!!!

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vipDavidL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The sommelier was very helpful in picking two half bottles - both ended up better than expected. The food was superb. Covid had discourage us from going to fine restaurants. The meal reminded us that fine dining in NYC is a real draw to the city.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfect in every way. Superb service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Birthday, great experience

JL
JoshL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

There food is delicious overall, but I will say the wagyu beef main dish was good, not great like so many of their other dishes. Everything else we have tried is absolutely incredible and service is fantastic.

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vipGuifred
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was terrific. great recommendations on wine, food was terrific.

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NicholasR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Emma Bengtsson is absolutely deserving of the 2 Michelin stars. Our waiter Charles was superlative and made our experience memorable. The Arctic Bird's Nest dessert is a work of art both for the eyes and palate.

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lola
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always excellent - they were very "careful" with COVID preparations - happy to go there

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vipNYCfoodie
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding - truly amazingly wonderful

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vipMichna
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food from the oysters to the dessert. Bread especially good, but also herring, tartare and of course aquavit!

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vipTastingNY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful 2 star Michelin restaurant. All their seafood items I’ve tried have been exceptional. You cannot go wrong. The waiters are superb, particularly James. Love the quiet and intimate ambiance.

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vipKris
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food and service were good. Very good in fact. But nothing about this place screams a Michelin star, much less two stars.

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AlexandraR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing, drinks are amazing. Everything was fall flavors and all worked so perfectly. Was a great date night dinner.

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vipJohnY
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Impeccable service, especially during these time! Food was very good, but a bit on the heavy side with a lot of heavy cream & butter base.

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vipNabz
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Service of this restaurant is the best part. Came for lunch, unfortunately didn't get to try its tasting menu. Fish was freshest, steak was perfect

JJ
JenniferJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic! Whenever we have a very special occasion, we know Aquavit will fit the bill!

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vipvindetable44
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Acquavit delivers up to its reputation. Perfect ingredients, incredibly fresh vegetables and make each dish memorable. Superb service helps the experience.

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vipRalphH
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. Very friendly service.

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vipLuvfood
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I had high hopes for this famous eatery. The flights of aquavit were fun! Service was excellent. The food was well paced and we were made to feel both welcome and relaxed. The outdoor dining space was quite nice and not on the sidewalk!

Alas the food... the good news was the schnitzel was very good indeed. The meatballs were tasty, but now I have a greater appreciation for IKEA, where they are about the same! It was the starter salmon that tasted off- and raw fish should be impeccable. Not really off in a horrible was, but still a bit icky.

For such a famous place, I was disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Wonderful food as always. Clearly a more casual setting and service outside, adapted to the COVID-19 circumstances.
Bathrooms need to be better attended to. Always look a bit messy.

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vipHime
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Smorgasbord was very good. Nicely presented. That was more than enough of three of us as appetizer.

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Sam1937
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great overall experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved this place. Came here to celebrate my birthday with friends in Mid 2020. Food is simply amazing, really refreshing and has lots of flavors.The outdoor seating tables also look really nice and high quality, not like other Michelin restaurants that uses metal tables.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service. They were so kind. Food was amazing. We will def go back. It was lunch and right before the drama happening with the virus so we were like only people there. But it was a great place and highly recommend. Drinks and food were awesome. The dessert (the bird egg one). So good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wished the food was better. Service was excellent. The wagyu with the black truffle supplement was cooked to perfection!

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CarolO
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aquavit is our favorite restaurant to visit when we’re in New York. We were excited to experience the recent remodel, and we weren’t disappointed. It is a great dining experience!

FAQs

Aquavit offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 307-7311.

Aquavit is rated 5 stars by 1986 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.