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Aquavit

65 E. 55th St. (Park & Madison Aves.) Send to Phone
212-307-7311 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
This Midtown restaurant takes its inspiration from Sweden and creates a smorgasbord of Scandinavian specialties.

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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
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Aquavit, New York, NY

Aquavit Restaurant Review

: Even years after chef Marcus Samuelsson departed from this upscale Scandinavian restaurant, he’s still associated with it. But chef Emma Bengtsson, who came on in mid-2014, might change that. Once the executive pastry chef at Aquavit, Bengtsson expertly pairs seemingly incongruent flavors --- venison and vanilla, for example --- to create harmony on the plate. Start with the lobster salad, which is really chunks of buttery crustacean on delicate kale chips, or the shrimp skagen, a mixture of shrimp and dill mayo gracing pieces of rye bread. Entrées are even better, with the hearty and traditional Swedish meatballs complemented by mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce. Roasted salmon presents the crispy blackened skin atop, giving way to a juicy and flavorful piece of fish. Desserts, as expected, are also topnotch, with the molten chocolate cake littered with roasted hazelnuts being the best of the bunch. Among the cocktails, consider the Midtown Martini blending cucumber aquavit and dry vermouth. The wine list has some unusual (a Riesling from Michigan) and affordable options.
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