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Acqua - Upper West Side

253 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (5)
  • Casual (4)
  • Bar Seating (3)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM.
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Phone number
(212) 222-2752
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Davide Pupillo
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Cross street
95th St.
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Parking details
Street Parking and two Parking Garage on 95th Street
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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.
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Special events & promotions
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 253 People Are Saying
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larryk (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Favorite go-to neighborhood Italian. Great service from waiter Sammy. Perfect pizza from wood fired oven. Plus everything else is tasty and great value.

vipfelderino (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

We always love dining at Acqua. Looks like they may have changed hands or hired a new chef, but everything was still very high quality -- our friends at Paleo-friendly, my husband had calamari and orechiette with broccoli rabe and sausage and I had my usual fried artichokes and quattro stagione pizza. Yum!

vipJENNIFER101 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Overrated and overcrowded . Almost impossible to hear over the crowds with children. Extremely gross restroom.
Food was decent but indifferent service and restaurant was so cold I had to eat in my coat.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Very friendly atmosphere. Feels like a place that everyone knows you try name. Good food, reasonable prices.

vipTudaisey (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Very casual and the food is pretty reliable. The pizza is always good. The acoustics are just so so cause even with not that many people it can get pretty noisy and makes it hard to hear what your dinner companion is saying

vipihatenicknames (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

We are not often in this neighborhood. But we had tickets to Symphony Space. This restaurant was excellent for pre-show dinner. The food is fresh; there is a wide selection; decent wines and wood-burning oven pizza. Prices were good. I would go again when I am in the area.

vipsarei (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Great value. Fabulous waiter. We recommend this restaurant highly.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Good food. Good Service.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

We ate at Acqua before a performance at Symphony Space and it was perfect for that. The food is good and a nice selection of wines. Service was a little looked like the waiter was very overworked and he did a good job whenever we were able to get his attention. It was also very noisy with bad acoustics so difficult to hear what others in our party were saying. It's not a restaurant I would go out of my way for but it's a very nice neighborhood place and perfect for a good meal before a performance at Symphony Space.

vipDedeB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious authentic Italian food and friendly attentive service. I had the amazing lasagna - it was to die for! My friend had linguine with clams which she said was very good. Fresh bread and tasty olive oil. We each had a glass of wine. Finished the meal off with the tiramisu - super light and fresh! If you are on the upper west side, you have to eat here. Will be back very soon!

vipTess (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2017

Acqua was the perfect place for a leisurely lunch with a friend. We were able to have a long conversation without having to raise our voices and without feeling rushed. The service was outstanding: knowledgeable, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The menu offers a nice variety of dishes. The food was very good. Overall a very positive experience. I'll be coming back.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

We ended up not eating here. It is a bad sign when the wine list does not include the name of the vineyard. Just the region. No service after we were seated. Food looked like it would be airport quality.

Not good if you are even 20% foodie

vipKatriel (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 1, 2017

When Acqua first opened, I was a neighborhood regular--that is, until the quality of the food took a downward turn. Had not been for quite a few years, but my dining companions chose the restaurant...alas, it was worse than I remembered. The staff was welcoming & attentive; too bad they didn't have better cuisine to set before us. My friends seemed content with their salad and pizza (looked "standard issue" to me); my salmon was impossibly fishy and fatty, served with a few soggy pieces of zucchini and four chunks of tired, pasty roasted potatoes. I took a few bites of the salmon and, not wanting to embarrass my friends, I had the rest "to go." On my way home, I dropped the whole thing in the garbage around the corner. Never more, never more.

viplallvla (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

We love going to this restaurant. We find it consistently good and fresh.

vipvalentine (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

Authentic Italian food!!!!