From $75 to $150
Aquavit
65 E. 55th St., New York 10022 Driving directions
MICHELIN Guide 2018
Scandinavian

MICHELIN Guide

No detail goes unnoticed at this sleek beauty, where black-suited servers in waiting line the dining room, which is intimate without being crowded. The overall design of Aquavit is clean and contemporary—with dark floors, wood tabletops, and high-backed leather chairs. Courses arrive in equally beautiful, but minimalist, dishware like wood boxes, slate platters, and glazed earthenware. The kitchen does many things well, but what makes it one of the more unique in the city is the chef’s ability to take bold Scandinavian flavors like dill, lingonberry, smoke or brine, and soften them into balanced, whimsical and elegant dishes. Take for example, a sheet of raw Colorado Wagyu draped over pickled leeks and carefully strewn with pumpernickel croutons. Then delicately cooked and deliciously crisp Dover sole is plated with crisp apple, parsnip, and excellently seasoned pork cheek ragù for a veritable study in harmonious flavors. Finally, opt for the namesake aquavit, offered in house-made flavors like anise-caraway-fennel or fig-cardamom, to team with such treats as a "nest" of honey tuile threads cradling three small "eggs" composed of white chocolate and frozen goat cheese. Pure bliss, indeed. - MICHELIN guide inspectors
  • Two MICHELIN Stars : Excellent cooking, worth a detour! The personality and talent of the chef and their team is evident in the expertly crafted dishes, which are refined, inspired and sometimes original.
  • Very good standard. Our best addresses. Excellent wine list.

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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A particularly interesting wine list
  • Private dining rooms

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