Acqua - NYC
Acqua - NYC

Acqua - NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sebastianoitaliano.com/acqua.html
  • Phone: 2122222752
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Sebastiano Cappitta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: Come for a romantic dinner to celebrate Valentine's day with your very special one and enjoy our Special Valentine's menu with a glass of champagne and dessert.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 95th St.
  • Public Transit: Acqua is located at 718 Amsterdam Avenue, at 95th Street. To reach the restaurant by subway, take the 1, 2, 3, C, or B train to 96th Street and walk to Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and two Parking Garage on 95th Street
A word from Acqua - NYC
Acqua serves simple, fresh Italian food in a comfortable, neighborhood setting. Our menu includes classic antipasti, paste, and secondi, as well as light, thin-crust pizzas from our traditional wood-burning oven. We offer daily specials—many of them seafood, as our name suggests—and an intriguing selection of Italian wines by the glass and bottle. Our friendly staff welcomes parties of all sizes, from a romantic dinner for two to a casual family meal to a festive large gathering. We hope you will join us soon.
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Acqua - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (14)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (6)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)romantic (4)special occasion (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Very good food and friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was very good, fresh and tasty and service superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good restaurant.
    Peanuts
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great service. Food delicious as usual and our table mates were impressed. It's always nice to get compliments from first time foodies from the East side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful local!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were looking for restaurants close to a conference on 96th CPW - This proved to be a gem. Thank you to the wait staff for adding to our table reservation and serving us quickly with delicious offerings. A FIND!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Enjoyable
    vc225
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We met some close friends for an quick after work dinner and the quality of the food and service was excellent. Biggest plus was the noise level. You can actually have a conversation here without shouting. That is very important for us. Excellent desert selection and reasonably priced. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acqua, again
    AltbVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Acqua is a consistently good restaurant. The food is consistently up to, or above par. What made my last visit even moe pleasing was the absence of noise; a slow night and eating outside.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If you have a ticket from Symphony Space, you get a free glass of wine with dinner! :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    Nana
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Was disappointed with the food. Service was great. Sweet server!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food is good and worth trying but the service is inconsistent. If the restaurant is crowded, expect a long wait for food and disorganized process for bringing out the courses. Some dishes came too early, others too late. They need a better process for handling busy nights.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Kickedout
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Amazing food, amazing atmosphere. Everything was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 130 reviews are from the Acqua - NYC reviews archive.
  • lightfoot
    lightfootVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Respectable Italian fare. Chef cares about presentation. Fish portions can be small though, but very flavorful
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TWO THUMBS WAY UP!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    EVERYTHING about Acqua is absolutely fantastic. I took my mother, who was visiting NYC for her first time, to Acqua for a late dinner. Upon arrival, the owner/manager greeted us with a warm Italian welcome. We were promptly seated and each offered a celebratory glass of Prosecco (because it was my mom's first time in the city). We ordered a bottle of wine, which was excellent (especially at a $40 price point), we had the calamari for an appetizer and two pastas as our entrées. Everything came out at the ideal pace. The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were a good size. Our server, Sammy, was excellent. He was attentive and kind and had a great attitude. The atmosphere was chic, welcoming and relaxed. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • babyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. The noise level was unbearable, my husband and I had to yell at each other across the table to hear each other. The food was terrible, our table was in a direct line to the kitchen and restrooms, they had no other table available, said they were reserved, we had a reservation as well. I would never, never go back to that place again. They had 2 large parties that took over most of the restaurant, so only had 2 or 3 tables for other patrons, they should have closed the restaurant to outsiders.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to go!
    Zimmi
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great location, great food, great service! What more can I say! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened to the Branzino?
    marydancer
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This has been my "Go To" Italian restaurant. I was very disappointed with the Branzino, which I've ordered 3 times in the past. Previously, a thick (about 1" high), moist piece of fish was served. Tonight it was barely 1/4" thick and very dry. Don't know what's happened there….
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Nice Spot
    Phil
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I like it. The food was good & the atmosphere was vibrant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Good.
    djl91
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I have been eating at Acqua for at least 10 years and I have never been served a bad meal or even anything I thought was lazily prepared. The food is distinctly Southern Mediterranean and they do fish as well as anyone. There have been many times when I visited Acqua 4 times in a month because I found the food to be better (and cheaper) than any other place in the neighborhood. Go and see for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant near Symphony Space
    StafVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We enjoyed a very nice meal with our family. They have a nice looking brick oven, although we didn't have pizza this night. We enjoyed our meal very much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect place for lunch. Prix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Perfect place for lunch. Prix fix menu and perfectly acceptable house wine for $5 by the glass! Wood fire oven not only used for cooking but gives it great ambiance. I had delicious calamari, my partner had an interesting salad. Definitely plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Neighborhood Spot
    dwgmontclair
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Nice small neighborhood spot convenient to Symphony Space. Six of us ate there prior to a concert. The food was good, not great. The staff was welcoming and the service was prompt and friendly. I wouldn't call it a fine dining experience, but as a place to go with friends and have a good meal at reasonable prices without feeling rushed it was perfect.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Symphony Space.
    Nancy
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Neighborhood gem. Food delicious and good value. Close to 1,2,3 subway. Nice spot to meet neighborhood friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Symphony Space
    snoopsister
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A simple Italian, neighborhood trattoria. The service was very slow. The menu is limited but there are enough choices for any taste. Stick to the simpler things. The pastas are good. The wine choices are fine with a moderate (not skimpy) pour and desserts are the usual. If you are in the Broadway and 95th street area, this place is certainly an option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, reasonable prices
    Becky
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The food was good. Waitstaff was friendly but not terribly efficient. A couple of mistakes in the order were made but corrected. Unfortunately, the only table that was available for our group of 7 was underneath the air conditioning and heating vents and we were subjected to extreme heat and then cold during the entire meal. I don't know if we had been seated elsewhere would we have been subjected to the same conditions. I will ask next time I make a reservation. The restaurant is worth returning to as the food was good, reasonably priced and in a good location for parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Italian
    UpperWestSiderVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Nice antipasto, excellent mushroom pappardelle, undistinguished clam linguine. Service friendly but very slow. Pleasant place if you're in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    Jules
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food was decent--nothing spectacular, but good enough. The service was very poor. Our muscled waiter was more interested in texting and flirting with female customers to pay attention to the couple in the corner. In fact, we had just ordered our entrees and wanted a glass of wine...tried to flag his attention for a good five minutes, before the busboy noticed. The waiter sauntered over phone in hand and asked, "check?". Um, why would we want the check after just ordering dinner? Pay attention.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise as it had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Pleasant surprise as it had been picked for convenience to Symphony Space. Nice choices, friendly and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    marydancer
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Love the branzino and the mushroom tagliatelle. Consistently good food. Service good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Solid Choice
    WhatDoIKnowVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The food is decent and there is a quality ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    so2muchVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    The branzino is absolutely Devine. I haven't been able to order anything else!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mostly good, but mixed
    susiQ
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Lovely food, nice portions, but disorganized and with wait staff who NEVER look up. You can't get their attention when you need something. When asked to bring menus, the waiter brought one for 4 of us with no explanation. When asked for water he brought one glass, never asked to see who else wanted besides the person who actually asked....... basic stuff like that. Otherwise, everyone was nice, just not too swift on the service details...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Plain old GOOD !!!
    PokeVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Nothing fancy, but so delicious. Really wonderful pizzas straight from the wood burning fire. Excellent fried artichokes and beautiful salads. The price is right and it's such good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a large group
    RebeccaNJVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Went on a recent Saturday night with a group of 11 people. The staff was incredibly nice and handled all of our special requests beautifully. They were also very considerate of other diners by placing our group off to the side. The food was excellent. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not waste your time or money
    AllyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    The half empty restaurant should have been the first clue. We were served the wrong appetizer. The veal was inedible, couldn't be cut with a knife-we sent it back. The manager never came over to inquire about anything!
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  • poor service
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    At a time that the restaurant was slow, the service was slow, had to hound for the food, AND, it came incorrectly !!! This is a surprise as it never happened before and I hope does not happen again !!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a gem
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    pleasant, quiet, initimate sopt...just right to be in the moment with another friend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent find
    Shelley
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We found this restaurant through Open Table while spending a weekend in the city. We had chicken Marsala and Linguini with seafood. It was a great meal and the only slow part of our service was getting the check. Needless to say we did not feel rushed. we will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighborhood find
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    It is one of the most inexpensive, unassuming restaurants on the UWS...good food, good character, & kind service... a hidden treasure !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Night to Salivate
    ItalianLover
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Service was spectacular & the ambiance great for a date or just a fun night out with friends. Very good food at a reasonable price point. Can't go wrong with their own brick oven thin crust pizza, delicious pastas, or sensational entree choices. This restaurant is a staple of mine. They are very accommodating and kind about dietary restrictions as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday evening
    rfhbday
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Acqua on a Tuesday evening confirmed my idea that it was a neighborhood-focused place. This is a place to sit and talk or watch the world go by on a warm nyc evening. In true Italian style the waiter let us take as much time as we wanted to order. The next table over was friendly folks from the neighborhood. When the staff found it was my birthday they found ways to make it a memorable, beautiful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acqua on the corner
    Brooklyn57
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We've been to Acqua three times, one with a large party, one with a smaller group, and this week with another couple. We've found our place. The staff are real people. The food is delicious. The decor is lovely and modern. Breezes come in through the open doors. It is not air cooled, but has overhead fans. It is a touch of Europe on the UWS. Prices are reasonable for the care given to the food. Wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch too
    BartonKeyesVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    I've been here many times but never for lunch. It turns out that while they have an extensive menu the prix fixe is a particularly good deal at lunch time; I especially recommend the chicken toscana. At lunch on a weekday there was hardly anyone here so this would be a good place for a casual business meeting, as this was (easy to hear the people you're with).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate