Eating Through the Downturn at AQ Kafe
Midtown mainstay Aquavit constantly makes the lists of New York's best restaurants, and the Tokyo and Stockholm branches have quite a following as well. But while Aquavit has played to the expense account set with upscale versions of Swedish favorites like salt-baked fennel and hot-smoked trout, that $84 prix fix dinner menu isn't looking quite so enticing anymore.
So Aquavit's little sister, AQ Kafé comes along just in time. The casual lunch spot, which opened earlier this month, adapts Aquavit's menu for a much more frugal, on-the-go crowd, offering under-$10 specialties like Swedish meatball sandwiches and beef goulash soup.
Check out AQ Kafe--and the rest of our economic downturn eateries--on our Recession Restaurants Map.
[Photo: Midtown Lunch]