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Anyone been to Aquavit (very) recently?

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Anyone been to Aquavit (very) recently?

sgordon | Sep 23, 2011 11:20 AM

Hit Aquavit for the first time in awhile back in early Summer - and while the food was very good, (mostly) excellent in fact, I couldn't get past that it felt a little high-priced for what we were served. Granted, we added a split course that turned out to be fairly pricey and had a few cocktails, so the $$$s added up.

That said, I was looking for a place to take my mother (she's coming to town on Oct 1st) and most of the high-end places are booked up already as it's a Saturday night. She'd wanted to go back to Falai as we'd had a spectacular meal last time she was here - but, well, R.I.P. that underrated gem... second choice was Babbo - but, y'know, Babbo on a Saturday night, good luck with THAT...

Of what was still available on Opentable (and after the futile exercise of checking if Babbo happened to have an opening or cancellation) I was going back and forth between Ai Fiori (which I haven't been to yet) to stay with the Italian theme or possibly giving Aquavit another shot. I decided to look over the menu and noticed that they're no longer doing a standard three-course, but instead a four-course prix fixe - and they didn't raise the price! Looks like it's set up as two apps - one cold / one hot - entree & dessert. That pretty much made my decision, since for four courses I can see it being well worth the price.

I'm just curious - since I don't recall there being any mention of this in the usual places (Grub Street, NYT, Eater, etc) - when they did this and if anyone's been since the change? How are the course sizes? Are the entrees scaled down, so it's more like three apps, or one app & two half-entrees? Also, any new dishes particular standouts?

Hopefully this new format is still in effect come October...

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Aquavit
65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Ai Fiori
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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