Starting Today, Aquavit Will Let You Eat Your Weight in Herring

It's high season for hot herring love, and now Aquavit is joining Russ & Daughters and the Grand Central Oyster Bar in the festivities.

The restaurant kicks off its two-week Herring Festival today with -- what else? -- a herring smorgasbord.The festival coincides with Midsommer, a Swedish holiday celebrating the longest day of the year and an unparalleled occasion for herring consumption.

At Aquavit, the fish will be presented in numerous guises and served alongside various staples of Scandanavian cuisine in the Bistro, and the smorgasbord will be available for $28 during lunch and $38 during dinner. Note that the festival takes place only during the weekdays; presumably the weekends are given over to de-brining the kitchen. The full roster of herring preparations and other festive offerings follows below.

Rhubarb-Chervil Herring Skånsk Mustard Herring Creamy Horseradish Herring Citrus Dill Herring Matjes Herring Pickled Ramp Herring Black Currant Herring Herring Tart Tomato & Aquavit Herring Glassblower Herring Rullmops Herring Gentlemen's Delight Gravlax With Hovmästar Sauce Hot Smoked Trout Heirloom Tomato Salad Scandinavian Cheeses and Breads Swedish Meatballs Caesar Salad With White Anchovies Cedar Smoked Ham With Pickles Janssons Temptation Jordgubbstårta (Swedish Strawberry Cake) Swedish Cookies

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