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
143 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)hot spot (63)neighborhood gem (43)vibrant bar scene (42)special occasion (36)good for groups (33)romantic (32)late-night find (26)notable wine list (17)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Unusual but delicious menu!
    LahuVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where is Michelin Stars?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food, great ambiance
    nygirl
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating a birthday
    halfpint
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Fish was very good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neo-nordic
    alawrencenyc
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    LauraB
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Have eaten here a number of times. All three trips have been good. Seasonal menu is small but varied. Attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Unique Flavors
    fromPA
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review brunch at Acme
    ellie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service was terrible. Food
    AnimalSpiritsVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Service was terrible. Food below average, definitely not worth the price. Doorman and staff generally were extremely rude.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious, unforgettable dinner
    angete
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!
    123anin123
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, indifferent service
    nycdiner1VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The only negative comes from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acme: apex of dining
    MrsLouisWinston
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    MarkNYC
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Perfect for out of town guests that want a trendy NYC restaurant scene and great food. Also perfect for everyday dining. Great vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and fun!
    ilovefoodVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Love this place! I forgot our server's name but he was super friendly, attentive, and helpful, and offered to take us to the bar downstairs (through the usually difficult bouncer at the stairs) after our dinner. Will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Nordic???
    workdowntownVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Food was interesting and good. Would go back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative and Creative
    lunchVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    A lot of restaurants are doing the same thing with food style. Acme is innovative and creative without being experimental if that makes sense. Each dish is cooked perfectly, presented well and doesn't feel like a science project. I had nearly everything on the menu and can say it was all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Six Stars For Mads Refslund
    Gastronauten
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Nordic Cuisine meets New York ambiance in a new and fantastic way. The oysters are a hit. Mads Refslund has a magic touch in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, Interesting Food
    cwnyc
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a prix fixe menu, which was really great. The service was a little slow and the music a little weird, but the experience was great overall. They also have some really interesting cocktails which are worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nordic goodness
    Xavi
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Went there with my girlfriend and enjoyed the ambiance Very vibrant bar scene. The dishes were quite original, with great ingredients Really like the chestnut soup, as well as the foie gras and the porridge desset was sublime
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The menu provided both food and cocktails with flavors that you would typically not combine together. Ambiance was lovely, as was the service. The staff was pleasant, helpful, knew about the food when asked specific questions and provided detailed feedback. Only con was the loud girls next to us. Otherwise, a plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To see and be seen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great place to see hot people, Food is not so good, they tried to hard to be original but the end result is not that good. They knew it was my b.day without me telling them and they brought me a cake with a candle. Even the coat girl congratulated me....nice touch!!! The bar downstairs is super cool!! Loved it. I would give them 3 of 5 stars on food and 5 stars on ambience and service. Will definitely come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Cmac
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    We ordered the scallops and country toast to share as a starter, and then shared the chicken and eggs and seabass to follow, all of which were beautifully balanced and absolutely delicious. We were left waiting slightly too long between courses but the quality of the food more than made up for that. For dessert we shared the oak and pine, which unfortunately tasted of neither in my opinion, so I wasn't that impressed by it, but it was fine. Also, the port I ordered with my dessert hadn't been decanted and was full of sediment so that was slightly disappointing. Overall a great experience though, I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the chicken
    BC13VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Whereas chicken is typically the most boring thing on the menu, at Acme it's the star. Every dish has been delicious, every time I've been - but the chicken and eggs is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, memorable experience
    Emily
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Acme is a gem of a place in the Bowery neighborhood - featuring unique, memorable food and outstanding service. The Nordic-style food is unlike anything I've had before. Highly recommend Acme!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance, Even Better Food
    nycmiadg
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Went with a group of girlfriends for brunch over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant was not very busy, ambiance was great. Food and service were quick, efficient and helpful. Would definitely recommend this restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wasn't expecting the asian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I wasn't expecting the asian version of the Johnny cakes with braised pork, and assorted condiments (7!). it took over the whole table and was excessive. the server suggested smearing a little of every condiment on the cake before eating it...which seemed like a mess of different flavor combinations. Good but needs to be simplified. Fish taco delicious, although the presentation was bizarre. Two little appetizer tacos came in a massive green topiary metal basket that dwarfed them in scale. One of us was vegan (and vegetarian in a pinch). Server hardly offered solutions. Rather just eliminated meat/dairy from existing dishes, which left the dishes bare and unappetizing. We had to complain before they made an effort...it was embarrassing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oaky Pine
    MagglesVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    My friends and I split a few desserts and the oak ice cream with pine sounded interesting, but we weren't sure how that would translate on our tongues. Turned out to be amazing. Delicious and inventive. Excellent choice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time here and it's
    jmb8431
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Second time here and it's one of my new favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried Egg brunch item was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Fried Egg brunch item was delicious! The Spruce & Pine dessert is very interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fives stars
    Karen
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This was the best restaurant that I have ever been too and I eat out A LOT. It was perfect. The room temperature was perfect. The waitstaff was not intrusive yet they remained attentive. The food was interesting and appetizing. Most of all, I was worried that the portions would leave us hungry based on other reviews however all four of us left satisfied. Great job. I dreamed of the Oak and Pine Ice Cream dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food - Rubbish Service
    PartyOfDanes
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We would definitely come again for the food, but a bit more courtesy and attentivenes to guests are required.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnny cakes were fantastic
    HHellerVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Everything we had was great but the Johnny cakes with all the choices of toppings were unusual and fastastic.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    MayaVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Was seated at a table near the front door instead of the main dining room as that was the only table available even though we had a reservation. Dishes were pricey for small portions and although they sounded interesting on the menu, flavors fell short. Our server had a great attitude to her credit, but so-so food and ambience made for a not so great experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting menu
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The tasting menu is a deal! It highlights many of the top dishes (turnips, scallops, foie gras with langoustine) with several good dishes not on the menu. Be forewarned the menu changes daily. I had a wonderful duck entree with pear and endive, which paired nicely with a pear and endive salad. As many have noted, the seating can be tight, but then you can see what else comes out of the kitchen.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting food, fun night out
    Skov
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    A place with a unique menu, a fun yet unobtrusive buzz about you, and awesome staff. Definitely worth visiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.