Acme
Acme

Acme

  • 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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Acme reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (29)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (24)special occasion (20)late-night find (17)romantic (16)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Huh? Anchovie,Cauliflower &Eggplant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    That pretty much somes up this place. Went there for our anniversary and we had the $38 Johnny Cakes with pork shoulder that included condiments such as the above. The result? I've had better $2 carnitas tacos. Appetizers include culinary fiascos such as foie gras with langoustine and smoked fish tacos. Underwhelming to just gross. The insanity continues to the dessert menu which includes a chantily mushroom tart, chocolate with sunchokes and beet granita. LOL. Place tries way to be hard to be "different" and ends up being, at best, "meh". Service was great...no complaints there whatsoever. Hype is heavy for this place...don't fall for it...you can do better.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had to wait 40 min past reservation time to be seated
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be better
    BrazilianFoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Last year, in March I went to NY and visited sereval restaurants and at ACME I had the best experience for the whole week. The food was awasome. This week I've decided to visit it again, waiting for the same experience, but in fact I was kind of desapointed because the food It was not as good as used to be one year ago.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good ambiance but...
    Mar01
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very polite waaiters and service in the restaurant , nice ambiance and average food . When we left we had to wait for a car to pick us. , and had lawsy episode with the doorman who wanted us to leave the premises asap in very bad manners .
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  • Great experience
    Dine4luv
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fantastic restaurant, all about sharing and enjoying the most delicious food experience. Great service, very friendly. And the desserts. And the lamb/oyster tartar! And the desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So creative!
    msuff
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of the most creative meals I have ever eaten! Loved all of the combinations, from the foie gras starter to the "Crabby Jacks!" Great options for non-meat eaters, too. Incredibly fresh flavors, and a very helpful waiter contributed to our memorable experience. The fresh strawberries stuffed with frozen creme fraiche helped too...!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting menu
    Jimboblondon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a fantastic meal here. Really inventive flavour combinations and each course was a delightful surprise. We would really recommend it for anyone looking for an interesting dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anna
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Creative food with scandinavian accent, relatively small plates for the price but the experience is worth it. Good for a date and dinner with friends. Cool-elegant crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scattergun
    Read56
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This restaurant is now a Scandinavian inspired restaurant trying to take it's theme from Noma. Well I have never been to Noma and think they haven't either. The ingredients are of a good quality but the dishes they conjure up are not making the best of them. The mackerel empanadas were ok but not outstanding. Best dish was chanterelles and sweet corn with egg. Very good indeed. The shredded pork with various condiments was acceptable but spoilt by bits of gristle. Poor kitchen skills. The pork ribs were somewhat salty and uninspiring. The concept is interesting but the kitchen lacks the skills to present the ingredients at their best.
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  • FOC1
    FOC1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Acme is not a New Orleans restaurant LOL. The chef founded the #1 restaurant in the world. Hate to spoil the ending... But HELO... Go now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy, great ambiance
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food is great, sharable, communal - a great spot for a group. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    Loni101VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    ACME was terrific. Food was wonderful. Very eclectic menu. Refreshing. Healthy. Would definitely go back. Took my 23 year old daughter and two friends. We all loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anaskuVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I don't think we got the full experience of Acme because we were seated right at the entrance. The main dining room seemed much more dynamic, relaxed and enjoyable. As it was, I felt off in a corner and a bit awkward which made the slight negatives of the experience more pronounced - slow service and share plates of yummy food but small portions. That being said, the restaurant is gorgeous. The food was very good but I wasn't dying over it. Very good for a healthier night out with girlfriends!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Incredible
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First visit here and was for my sisters birthday celebrations. Loved it! The vibe is cool, staff are super attentive and the food was delicious. We had fish skins, fish tacos (my favourite), mushroom and corn and the pork crepes - delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for veggie lovers
    carmenreyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had a fun dinner here with a group of 5. Food was great - tons of veggie options which I loved. Price point is high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely delightful
    kofty
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect - but Acme surpassed even my wildest expectations. Following the excellent guidance from the staff, we selected a mix of dishes, and every single one blew our mind. The Pearl Barley - better than most risottos I've had. The Monkfish, wrapped in cabbage - amazing. The Foie Gras & Langoustines - delicious. We shared, as suggested, and every single dish surprised us with freshness and selection of ingredients as well as taste. Let's not forget about the desserts - one came with a sweet chanterelle cream, and it was as surprising as delicious. So were the stuffed strawberries - what an idea! I'll be back on my next visit to NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    karinVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Me and my husband loved the 4 dishes we had - 3 starters and one entree. They all come in portions that are good to share. Don't miss the starters! All the menu has combinations that you probably never had before (like the delicious lamb and oyster tartare) and the chef's imagination seems endless. We were only disappointed with the deserts: we had three of them and they were only ok, nothing special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it was
    Jules
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had initially gone to Acme when it opened. The food was good, the waiter was knowledgable and friendly. Now, it's like a night club, that I don't feel cool enough to go to. Everything was about the scene, and the food seemed like it was an afterthought. We actually got up and left after our drinks. I wanted a place that cared for me, not a place where I had to vie for service.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Having eaten at many of the city's top restaurant we had to try Acme due to its affiliation to NOMA (chef use to work there). We read some reviews which were very average, but most people who write these reviews go to places like Acme twice a year and expect the moon and the stars for a hundred and fifty dollars. The decor on the inside was what we call "edgy". We did the tasting menu. The food was innovative, with unusual ingredients that worked well together. The highlights was the goat cheese yogurt with beat nitroginized beets and hard rye bread crumble. The food was good - the only thing where they fell a little short for us was the service. The service was attentive, but very poor when it came to explaining the good.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Overpriced for the quality and quantity...unimpressed.
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  • acme southern and cajun food?!
    DavidB
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is very good but it's more on the Scandinavian end. The restaurant should market it self as a southern-Scandinavian food rather than southern and cajun. Also the name is quite odd. I know it has a good meaning but doesn't sound nice for a restaurant at this level. The food was great and very creative. Ambiance and bar really good. Downstairs bar also very good. Service was not that great, also not everyone would like the chef menu due to the raw food as well as the amount of seafood items, not an issue for me but for my wife. I asked the waiter if I could order the menu only for me and he told me no and no exceptions. Got very frustrated with that. Restaurant should better accommodate customers requests.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • raw food trend is not for everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    When you leave a restaurant thinking that the drinks were better than the food something is wrong. Not that meals were bad but not even one was remarkable. I had the $75 7- dish menu. Great ambiance though.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • Romantic Dinner at Acme
    GourmetGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I had a fabulous dinner at Acme when we were in New York on business last week. The food was great and we even saw the chef in the restaurant which was such an added bonus. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and felt very romantic and the food was both delicious as well as interesting and creative. My husband really enjoyed the evening and so did I.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really bad bouncers
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    i went there for a dinner with a friend. we had a reservation and were seated promptly. dinner and drinks were great--no issues with that. after our dinner we went downstairs to the bar. it was quite empty, but we still stayed and ordered a few drinks. i then stepped out, because my sister was visiting town for a few days and wanted to greet her. with her, we tried to get back in, but the extremely rude bouncer in the front told me he can only let one of us in. i told him i dined there and that it's empty inside. he didn't look me in the eye and just shouted at me that he is doing his job by not allowing us to get it. i couldn't say goodbye to my friends inside the bar and had to leave immediately. what a horrible experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible food and service
    Javo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Acme offers a terrible service and not worthy expensive food. Wouldn´t reccomend, neither going back. There´s so many options, to not receive good service and food, as you paid. Terrible the bouncer to get in to the " fkn club"
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  • Innovation equals delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Finally tried Acme after all of last year's hype and criticism. I had no idea what to expect and was more than pleasantly surprised by their innovative menu. We were four people, all fairly adventurous eaters and shared what seemed to be half of the menu. To my surprise, the foie gras with (uncooked) langoustine was the clear favorite. Totally unique dish that was fresh and balanced. The spare ribs were delicious (and gluten free!) as was the pulled pork and Johnny cakes which came with a variety of most interesting accoutrements/ban chan to be rolled up into mushu or Korean BBQ style wraps. Drinks were fantastic and in entice as well. Our one misfire was the dessert called oak and something - a bit too far fetched and oddly savory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting, Creative, Overpriced
    RhymingRita
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We did find some of the flavor profiles a bit sketchy, and the prices were inflated to the point of being a bit silly. The foie gras and langoustine appetizer was an interesting idea that just tastes - interesting. Not pleasureable, not satisfying, just interesting. A dozen oysters were plump, fresh, and without a single spec of sand or grit. Allso ordered the "Johnnycakes" which is really just pulled pork, interesting condiments, and a corn crepe to wrap. Appetizing and entertaining - but $38? Seriously? And a fish entry by the $3 oz that can only be ordered in 12 or 19 oz sizes because the smaller sizes "sell out"? Cocktails are, of course, also overpriced. At these prices I expected to be flown to the moon - not even close.
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  • Fantastic evening eating in the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Perfection ... Great food, great service :)my Best meal i nyc to date
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    Tiia
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The restaurant has great atmosphere. We took the July tasting with 9 courses with matching wines (5 different wines). They were some good tastes like smoked fish tacos and the braised pork, excellent choices. Some other weren't that special but they were okay. The wines matched the food well. We just hoped some more information from the wines. Little explanations about the wines would be nice. Maybe you could bring the bottle to the table when bringing new wines that the customer could see the bottle too. Anyway the service is great and friendly. Good place to visit in NYC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad
    unhappycustomer
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Way too overpriced, and the food was not half as good as I was expecting it to be.
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  • Silly food
    HstudVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
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  • pretty but underwhelming
    foodlover22
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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!
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    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Amazing flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 342 reviews are from the Acme reviews archive.
  • Amazing
    SadFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Vickylevy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very nice atmosphere, nice people, food ok, open until late and nice drinks
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    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Loved It
    PerfectVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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  • Special treatment, laid back
    bigcatboot
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Evolving
    marcus
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish We Had More Time
    NoelT
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate