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Acme Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://acmenyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 203-2121
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 6pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 6pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway & Lafayette
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Acme
Acme serves locally-sourced, seasonal New American Fare with Nordic accents in a casual bistro setting.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Perfection ... Great food, great service :)my Best meal i nyc to date"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Way too overpriced, and the food was not half as good as I was expecting it to be."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food combos didn't work. The oysters with pine was horrible. The cauliflower was good but sloppily presented, the Johnny cakes ingredients were all over the place. The other items we had were just nothing to get excited about.The drinks were really good and so was the service."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • " At first glance it's a beautiful space with a well dressed and vibrant crowd. Our table was in a terrible location but to their credit they did move us once another opened up (without us asking). The cocktail we had while waiting was light and fresh and delicious. That's when the fun stopped. Grilled oysters (5) were ok but small and overpriced. 'green' strawberries (aka unripened) sounded interesting, but it was largely without flavour and just a creamy pleasant dish with no pop. 'Grilled' lettuce salad was - again - small and overpriced and I've made it better at home on my bbq. The final dish - the chicken - was absolutely delicious but we had stopped caring by then. Overall nice place for a drink but much better to be found out there!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food was delicious--the intensity and the mix of flavors was amazing. In spite of the room being quite lively, sitting at a large table in the back there were only a few times that we could not hear everyone in our group. The experience was such that even our doubting Thomas was won over and spoke of a return visit."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I rarely have a dining experience where every dish selected is enjoyable, but such was the case eating at Acme. Our group had the lamb & oyster tartar, crispy salmon skins, chicken & eggs, johnny cakes, artichokes, and fries, and there was not a single dish that any member of our group had problems with. The flavors were perfectly balanced and the food was so fresh! Our waiter was personable and gave great advice on portions (we ate family-style). The ambience was elegant without the overly dim lighting some restaurants feel they need to create "atmosphere". I definitely plan on eating here again!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very nice atmosphere, nice people, food ok, open until late and nice drinks"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My friends and I were really impressed with Acme. Each person who works there that we encountered was courteous, charming and helpful. The food was outstanding. We especially loved the mackerel tarts and brown eggs. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Strange. This Nordic-tinged menu uses local ingredients in odd combinations. It's interesting, not bad, but probably not worth all the hype the Acme has generated. The menu is small. Service is relaxed and friendly. The old Acme -- which served a very different cuisine -- is still recognizable after modest renovations."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I felt comfortable, at ease, and very satisfied while dining at Acme. It's been on my list for quite some time, and my expectations were reasonably matched. Happy to report that the food was outstanding (esp. cauliflower with brie and black truffle). I'd highly recommend based on food alone. However, it was the general sense of ease and comfort that would really pull me back. We never felt rushed, and surely maxed out our time at Acme."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I have eaten at Acme several times, and have liked it better in the past. It seems that although the food still has a Scandinavian feel, the bitter flavors and the flavor contrasts are being muted to conform more to popular taste. We had the tasting menu ($75) which covered many of the small dishes on the menu, and it left an overall weak impression. We tried the wine pairings ($45) which made an effort to match this not very wine friendly food, with mixed success. Probably worth another try."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had a pre-theater ("Here Lies Love") dinner at ACME and wish we had more time to savor the wonderful dishes. Unusual and inspired menu delivered. Looking forward to returning and making the meal the event."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We got the tasting menu with wine pairings. Never were the wines explained to us more than "this is a Riesling," for example, and we were not at all informed for how many courses each wine selection was to last. At one point, a waiter "topped off"our glasses without any forewarning. He poured in a different wine than we were drinking without realizing it and never amended it himself. That in and of itself is understandable, perhaps, but overall, the poor attention to any detail or ability to care for the diners overshadowed what were a few interesting food preparations (raw foie gras and langoustines; radishes with oyster mayo; raw lamb and oysters). We left thoroughly disappointed."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Fantastic food and service very friendly, we ate at Noma Copenhagen, recognizable dishes in iTS own way"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Had brunch for two at Acme on Saturday 4/26. Very quiet at 11 AM. The steak tartare was the best I've ever eaten. Egg dishes were creative. Portions were scaled perfectly. Our server was outstanding--she indulged me with a lengthy conversation about mezcal and made a beautifully balanced mezcal margarita."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Nice little downtown spot for a lunch/brunch on Saturday before heading to theatre. Enjoyed lamb sandwich. There are no outdoor tables, however."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were received and shown to the lively bar, 'cause we arrived a little early. Nice reception(ist) :-) At the table it was a challenge to comprehend the way the meal was going to be "organized". But the waiter gave us very good advice, and we created a great menu-plan for the evening. And we had quite many surprising - in the positive way - experiences in tasting the different courses. It was great! It was tasteful, it was new, it was original. I never had radishes in an emulsion of oyster and parsley. The Californian white wine was great. And the Cognac and Grappa were only found slightly guilty in the hangover next morning. All in all: Mums!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My wife and I were having a very good dinner which was booked At 10:00 pm, then a couple of frinds arrived from a different restaurant to see us and held us finish our last wine bootle ($135). My friend called me saying that the dorrman wasn't letting him in (what's the purpose of a doorman in a restaurant?). To end the story, I went to the door and be advised that they were not taking more people in the restaurant and started to look to his phone, while the bodyguard was pushing my friend from the door - very nice!!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner here. Friendly staff, great food, and good service made the experience very pleasurable."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "The ambience was familiar, great for people watching. The star of the experience was the food. The ingredients were all listed on the menu, but the preparation was mind-altering experience. From the delicate egg custard served in a basket of hay to the freeze-dryer dessert. Everything was so delicate, elegant, and unique. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went down for a weekend in the city. Our experience at ACME left nothing to be desired."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Some of the most interesting food in the country right now, and it's just flat-out delicious. Very friendly service, great music playing...what's not to like? Okay, a little loud and busy but it's worth it for the food alone, which is easily two Michelin star quality."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the innovative cuisine at Acme. While limited, due to food allergies, the chef and staff did a great job helping me to navigate through the menu. The dishes were all beautifully presented and flavors were extraordinary. We cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Made reservations for an early Saturday brunch, expecting to be packed. Instead, it was very tranquil which was perfect! Food was good, especially the pastry basket. Delish! The baked egg was ok, will definitely go back to try other dishes. Wish there was an outdoor spot though."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "At first glance at the menu, I was really struggling with what I would have - nothing was jumping out at me. After a useful discussion with the waitress about how some of the dishes were prepared we settled on the chicken and egg and jonny cakes with a few starters and vegetables. Everything was absolutely delicious, the boiled egg starter was so unusual, light and tasty. This place has the look and feel of quite a few places downtown but the originality of the menu sets it apart. My one complaint is it's pretty expensive."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "In my recent trip to NY, I dined at several Michelin starred restaurants such as Le Bernardin, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, JungSik, Marea, Jean Georges, etc. And, ACME was one of my favourite dining experiences! We had a tasting menu with wine pairing, and it was outstanding. Very interesting and unique flavour combinations and techniques. Service was really friendly, attentive and professional. Our sommelier was very knowledgeable and pairing was outstanding. After disappointing lunch tastings at Le Bernardin and Marea, ACME was a hidden gem. For the price, service and quality of food, I would highly recommend ACME. They definitely deserve a Michelin star or two!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "After making reservations about a month in advance, it was disappointing to be led to a table right next to the door on a chilly evening. Since we asked if there were any other tables open, we were seated downstairs in the bar area. The downstairs section seems to be a great place to grab a drink with small tables and a full length bar with stools. However, it's not a great spot to enjoy your meal since the service was exceedingly slow, and our table received very little attention. The food was also not as up to par as I had imagined/hoped, though it was still good. I'd recommend this as a spot for a drink, rather than a meal however."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The French press coffee was hot and outstanding, served with brown sugar cubes and steamed milk. Also excellent was the pastry basket, bread pudding griddle cake, bone marrow butter, and duck fat French Fries. Very yummy, though kinda pricey if you're ordering cocktails."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Acme was an excellent space for my friend's 30th. We were a group of six. Our server was excellent: well informed about the dining and beverage menus, ably guiding our selections throughout the meal. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I've been wanting to go here for a while and was pleased to have the occasion. The look of the restaurant is pleasant and with every dish it is obvious that a great deal of attention goes into every aspect of the food and service as well. I was surprised how subtle the flavors were and wish the server had given us a little more assistance. Nevertheless, it was a delight to be there last night."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The Fish was very good, but the Rib-Eye-Steak was very bad and expansive (104$ for the medium size)"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Have eaten here a number of times. All three trips have been good. Seasonal menu is small but varied. Attentive staff."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I spend a lot of time in Barcelona and have had lots of opportunities to try unexpected flavor combinations, but the Scandinavian twist was new to me. When I come to NYC, I always seek out something novel, and Acme delivered. We opted for an assortment of small plates so that we could try as many dishes as possible, and we enjoyed all of them. The country toast and smoked fish tacos were probably my favorites. The atmosphere is convivial, and the place gives up a hip vibe without being pretentious. At 44, I was probably the oldest customer in the room, but I didn't feel out of place or "too old." The service was great. I appreciated the chance to try the wine before committing."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Eggs will never be the same after tasting the farmer's eggs! I loved the idea of sharing the plates and the warm ambience. Cod tart and lamb and oyster plates were outstanding. I would definitely return to try more dishes and order farmers eggs again and again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The brunch selections are outstanding. Try the Country Toast with a drink to start and my Fried duck eggs were out of this world. Happy that this incredible spot is in my neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Service was terrible. Food below average, definitely not worth the price. Doorman and staff generally were extremely rude."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was beyond any expectations I had and the service extremely professional. This is a 5-star restaurant at low prices. A true Gem. We loved particularly the fish (raw as well as prepared). Very subtle mix of interesting herbs and tastes. The only reason I gave it a 4 star is because of the noise level. It is hard to converse because the music is so loud (even on a Tuesday evening)."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "It was my second time at acme, and first for my friends. I was excited to introduce them to the restaurant and we had an amazing dinner. Unlike my first time the staff who waited us was awkward and indifferent. Even walked away while one of us was trying to order a drink! Despite impeccable food, our dining experience was inevitably effected. It was an unfortunate experience."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This old diner has happy - if dim - memories of fun times at the original Cajun/Creole-inspired Acme of the 90s so was delightfully impressed that the casual space is now casually refined and mature with delicious grown up inventive Danish-inspired seasonal food and very attractive skilled waiters. Start with a martini and indulge in the tasting menu."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The only negative comes from my experience with the bartender before getting seated. He incessantly flirted with the young group of women at the bar and paid very little attention to the rest of the bar patrons."
    Dined on 3/1/2014