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Posted by Anonymous on 03/25/2010
The pastries are very good but the sandwiches and salads are not so good.
Posted by Yummers on 03/07/2010
An update on AQ from a regular: back to the top! After two visits - for breakfast and dinner - I can definitely say that AQ is back and better than ever! I first discovered AQ back in January of 2009, and fell in love with it because of the amazing quality of the food. They have some of the best coffee in town and their pastries are unique and absolutely, hands-down, the best danishes I have ever eaten. This is the place to go if you value food quality and flavor. For almost a year, AQ had had a dry spell. They made some bad business decisions - they cut the quality of the food and got rid of some of the customer favorites such as the potato bread and the Orfillar ("Slap-in-the-Face"). I was upset because it had been such an amazing diamond in the rough of healthy and tasty food before. Their image really suffered and the place was no longer representative of Marcus Samuelsson's high standards. BUT, in the last few months, AQ Kafe really wised up and rose to the occasion! My first tip-off was when I went to breakfast with my cousin a few weeks ago and noticed the "Slap-in-the-Face" pastry was back, and that the food tasted back the way it used to when I fell in love with it. I hoped it wasn't just a fluke. Last night I went back and saw that AQ had a great selection of specials. This was not pattern behavior, so I asked the waitress whether the restaurant was under new management or something. She remarked that they did have a new manager who realized the past errors and brought back the original recipes and quality, and chose to cut their budget in other ways than the food quality. BRAVO, AQ! It's back to Samuelsson's vision, and I can safely say that it's one of the very best values for your money in town, and THE PLACE for Swedish food. Swedish meatballs were $12 and the pickled herring was $9, which was plenty for me and my husband. We were even too stuffed for one of those yummy desserts. That's okay - we can go back for breakfast in the morning. I'm definitely going back to being a regular now. Some of my AQ favorites: baked eggs , Swedish pancakes, most of the pastries and desserts. The lingonberry danish, apple danish and Orfillar are some of the best danishes ever. The Sarah Bernhardt- at first it looks like an unassuming cookie, but watch out - it's an amazing duo of decadent chocolate mousse and marzipan. Yum!
Posted by upperwestsider on 04/15/2009
AQ is a nice addition to the neighborhood. They have excellent danishes and muffins-- especially the lingonberry varieties. The service is very good at both the counter and the tables. The regular coffee and the espresso drinks were both pretty good-- better than at similar places. Sandwiches vary in quality-- the meatball sandwich and the gravlax sandwich were the best ones that I tried. Earlier in the year they had a delicious potato bread at the counter but they haven't offered that lately. They need to bring back the potato bread! Also, for some reason they had a sign outside that says there was a breakfast special that included a bread basket, but the wait staff wasn't actually suppose to include a bread basket--management should either change the sign or throw in the bread basket.
Posted by scandi on 04/08/2009
being from norway, i appreciated the smorgasbord and pastries. our service was not too bad, but the resentment radiating from the woman next to us was hard to bear. she was there when we got there, and still had not received her sandwich (presumably ordered prior to our arrival) nearly 40 minutes later and after 5 or more reminders to the wait staff. she left without a meal. that's a bad visit. hopefully they can get their service up to speed, because i would hate to lose a good swedish waffle spot!
Posted by anon on 03/29/2009
The food was good--even if the Smorgasbord plate portions were as stingy as they were tasty. I love herring, but will I ever go back? No. The service was, well, not to be believed. In an almost empty restaurant, I was not allowed to leave my jacket on the seat of a chair at an empty table. There was no place to hang it, and if I draped it over the back of mine, it would have trailed on the floor. Even worse, when ordering dessert, I was told that "because it's a weekend, we are sold out of most choices, so why don't you go and look at what's left?" Really? Why is that? Because you are too lazy to recite the remaining choices? And wouldn't you think that the weekend would be the time not to run out of dessert by Saturday afternoon? As I said, why go back?
Posted by Food Luvah on 02/21/2009
The swedish meatballs are way too salty. All of the food we had was oversalted. The service was slow too and not all that friendly. Sweets are also way overpriced.
Posted by bereli on 02/03/2009
In NYC, there are certain services a restaurant MUST provide (in order to make money): 1) Delivery (at least in business area) 2) Full menu available to take out and 3) TAKE AN ORDER OVER A PHONE! this place doesn't have anything of the above.