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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