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65 E. 55th St., nr. Madison Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-307-7311 | www.aquavit.org
HOURSDining room: Mon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-10:30pm, Sat.: 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun.: 12:00pm-10:30pm; Bistro: Mon.-Sat.: 12:00pm-10:30pm, Sun.: 5:30pm-10:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSNecessary for dining room; recommended for bistro
YEAR OPENED1987 (relocated in 2005)
PRICE (APPETIZERS; ENTRÉES; FOUR-COURSE PRIX FIXE DINNER)USD 11-15; USD 21-29; USD 89
FAMOUS PLATESNordic smorgasbord; gravlax; glassblower herring
DRINKS AND WINEAquavit (Scandinavian spirit); cocktails; wine
# OF SEATS120
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M); Lexington Ave.-53rd St. (E, M); 51st St. (6)
This stylish Scandinavian restaurant boasts a sleek, modernist interior that jibes with its updates on traditional cuisine. The front of the restaurant is the more informal bistro (perfect for a drink and quick bite) while the simple yet elegant dining room in the back hosts refined crowds savoring the delectable Nordic cuisine. Co-owner and chef Marcus Samuelsson brings Nordic cuisine to life with his elegant preparations and presentations.
Lots of business types and ladies who lunch.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
A sheath dress with heels and subtle yet tasteful jewelry.
GO HERE WITH
Coworkers; a date; family
WHY WE LIKE IT
The creative, modern take on traditional cuisine, bringing unexpected sophistication to herring and Swedish meatballs, the creative drinks at the bar, and the hip bistro in front.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
The hours for the bistro and restaurant itself are different, so check the website to make sure that the locale you prefer is open and serving when you intend to dine. Each menu option comes with a wine suggestion, which is helpful for those who are less familiar with Nordic cuisine. The dining room serves a prix-fixe menu only.
Lever House (New York); Providence (Los Angeles)
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