Aquavit – NYC
Where to begin? Honestly… It was one of the best dining experiences of my life. When you go in expecting great and walk out having experienced excellence you walk away happy.
First of… Aquavit was the initial creation of Marcus Samuelson, although he is no longer the full time chef there, he still holds interests there and the caliber of cuisine as seen in the book “Aquavit” penned by him still hold true. I would say this… take everything you know about Americanized Scandinavian cuisine and throw it out the window. This is the real deal and then some. No herring out of a can here.
Our Tasting Menu consisted of the following –
MATJES HERRING roasted yellow beets, quail egg, red onion, sour cream, brown butter
BROWN BUTTER POACHED BROOK TROUT sea urchin, English pea, lemon pearl sago
HAY-SMOKED SWEETBREADS parsnip purée, fava beans, grilled bread, apple cider
HALIBUT CONFIT ängamat terrine, braised octopus, warm plum-tomato vinaigrette
LAMB FROM VALHALLA FARM mustard greens, artichoke barigoule, garlic scapes
RAW MILK CARAWAY ALPINE CHEESE cloudberry and raisin chutney, pistachios
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY BAR amaretto foam, toasted almond ice cream
If any of these sound a little more “out there” than your tastes would allow you to try… let me say this. My wife (who can be a picky eater) also had the tasting menu along with me and she loved every thing we had. We went there for the first night of our honeymoon. When I booked the dinner months ago, they simply asked if we were celebrating anything – I did mention that it was our honeymoon. We stopped in for an Aquavit at the bar to be greeted with a celebratory White Cranberry Aquavit.
They also had two glasses of campaign waiting at our table for us and followed our tasting menu with another signature desert. The staff was extremely friendly and went above and beyond to make our experience a positive one.
Final review 10 out of 10 stars.
-Tony Brueski | email@example.com