First Look: The New AQ Kafe
The new AQ Kafe opened today on Broadway btw. 58th Street and Central Park, and as promised they were giving out free coffee to anybody willing to wait in the line and order it from the cashier. I didn’t feel like waiting for coffee (free food, now that would have been a different story) but I did take a look at the menu.
The menu was posted awhile back (without prices) and as expected everything is more expensive than it was at the original location. Old favorites make a return, like the gravlax club (although it’s now $12) and the smorgasbord (which is now $13), but there are 3 sandwiches all for under $10 which sound pretty great to me- like the meatball on a potato roll with lingonberries. And for those who were worried that the “Nordic Cuban” is gone, it’s not- they’re just calling it a “Ham & Cheese” sandwich now.
Links to the menu, plus your first look inside, after the jump…
One of the big additions to the old space… a bakery up front, with breads, pastries and other goodies.
They also have assorted AQ Kafe products, like preserves and honey.
Unfortunately, unlike the original- the seating is for eating in only, with service (which requires a tip, and increases the cost of lunch), but unlike places like Le Pain Quotidien, the order in menu is not more expensive than the take out menu. It’s the same price no matter where you order your food.
All in all they’ve done a real nice job, and the menu looks great. If the food is just as good as the original, I think they’re going to do gang busters in this location. Sure, it’s a little on the expensive side- but not so much that it would be ruled out as a good Midtown Lunch. Full food report to come soon. Early adopters feel free to comment below.