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Aquavit and Aquavit Café

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Aquavit and Aquavit Café 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 65 E. 55th St., between Madison and Park Aves., Midtown East, New York, NY, 10022-3219 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/307–7311
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  • Subway: E, M to 5th Ave./53rd St
  • Location: Midtown East

    Restaurant Details

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

    by downer, 5/2/11

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