Will AQ Kafe Spell the End for FIKA Swedish Espresso Bar?


Zagat Buzz has more intel on the second outpost of AQ Cafe, on Broadway between 58th St. and Columbus Circle. “The sign outside spells the restaurant’s name as “Kafé” (rather than original’s “cafe”), and the otherwise similar menu presents one glaring omission: the popular Nordic Cuban sandwich.” The glaring omission we noticed on the menu? The prices. Does not bode well, considering the original AQ Cafe on Park Ave. btw. 37+38th is already teetering on the edge of being outside the Midtown Lunch price range.

We’re also wondering what this will mean for FIKA Swedish Espresso bar, our current Scandinavian fave in the northern reaches of Midtown. It doesn’t get mentioned too often on the site, and is a little pricey, but they deserve credit for serving swedish meatballs in sandwich form (an item also on the AQ Kafe menu.) Walked by today and they were pretty packed, but it will be interesting to see how they fare once the M. Samuelsson train rolls north.


  • Why do you sometimes use “we” and sometimes use “I”? I like it when you use “I” –more personal, and also funnier. I like it when you talk about yourself as a guy who will eat anything and loves a good deal –it’s a very appealing “voice” for a blog.

  • Little known fact:

    Zach has multiple personalities only one knows about the others.

  • hee hee! that was funny. Maybe Zach thinking of the royal we.

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