It’s Herring Time in Midtown

Aquavit celebrates herring with a summer festival that had to be skipped last year because of the pandemic.

By Florence Fabricant

The season for fresh herring fillets is upon us, and after a pandemic pause last year, Aquavit in Midtown Manhattan has resumed its annual festival of the herrings, this year shipped directly from the Gulf of St. Lawrence and treated to assorted cures and seasonings. Start chilling that bottle of aquavit because this year there are herring kits to go for a festival at home. The package contains fresh herring in seven flavors — including ramp, mustard and spiced — with garnishes, sour cream, cheese, potatoes and crisp bread crackers. The kit is sold on Fridays and Saturdays through July 31 for pickup; limited delivery within a two-mile radius of the restaurant is $5.

Aquavit Herring Festival, $65 per person, and herring kit for two, $125,

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