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New York City Restaurants

Aquavit and Aquavit Café

  • 65 E. 55th St. Map It
  • Midtown East
  • Scandinavian

Updated 02/25/2014

Fodor's Review

Celebrity chef and co-owner Marcus Samuelsson may no longer be in the kitchen here, but you'd never know it from the impeccable cuisine and service at this fine-dining restaurant and upscale café, now in the hands of able executive chef Marcus Jenmark. The elegant atmosphere features warm woods and modern decor from a Scandinavian design team. Dishes can be ordered à la carte or you can opt for the $95 five-course dinner. Standout dishes include foie gras paired with

liquorice, lamb and sweet potato, and, for dessert, smoked vanilla creme brulee. Head to the sumptuous bar area to sample housemade aquavit.

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65 E. 55th St., between Madison and Park Aves., New York, New York, 10022-3219, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch Sat.; closed Sun.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 02/25/2014


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Aquavit and Aquavit Café Review

We showed up for the Smörgåsbord on a whim, and though the servers were all helpful, the food wasn't as fun as we had hoped...out of the herring selections, only one impressed (and barely). Salmon here did not challenge its stereotype of being boring any more than at supposedly-less-illustrious restaurants. Desserts were the least interesting. Wonder what this place was like w/ Samuelsson in the kitchen?

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