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About 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.

718 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

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.

Cross Street:
95th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 222-2752

Website:
http://www.acquanyc.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking and two Parking Garage on 95th Street

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.

Executive Chef:
Davide Pupillo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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.

Acqua - NYC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

3.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Comfort Food (5)
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Bar Seating (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Seasonal (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 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

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food. Good Service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·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 spotty...it 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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 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

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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Authentic Italian food!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Disappointing place to eat before the show. Service was spotty, started OK but fell off as the restaurant got busier. The food came out cold and in three stages. It was at least 10 minutes from the time the first dish was served until the the last one was on the table. The pizza was good, sorry to say it is the only item I can recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Friendly , knowledgeable and helpful staff. Food is amazing. Homemade pasta dishes, fried artichokes and tiramisu for dessert. Super!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

This was the perfect place for a group of friends getting together for dinner on a weeknight. We ordered 6 appetizers to share and all were excellent! Artichokes melted in my mouth, caprese salad made with super fresh bufala mozzarella, flavorful tomatoes and aromatic basil, perfectly cooked fried calamari, fried mozzarella that reminded me of childhood, the arugula fennel salad with lemon olive oil dressing and my favorite, the meatballs - to die for. Very nice selection of wines and the bartender makes an excellent vodka martini. Next, we ordered a couple of wood fired pizzas - super thin crust - just delicious! Also highly recommend the lasagna. We finished the night off with strong espresso, creamy and light tiramisu and limoncello. Excellent, attentive service. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Acqua did not disappoint. Will be back again very very soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Romantic, Disabled Access, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Favorite spot in all of NYC! Amazing every time! The food is perfection and I love it more and more each time I sit down to eat!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Love the calamari! Very reasonable drink prices. Great staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

First time there for us after a performance at Symphony Space. The menu selection was varied and interesting. The food was delicious and nicely served by friendly staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Fun to sit outside. Nice staff. Have pizza.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

casual, good food, friendly service and inexpensive - will go again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food was good but the portions were small. The waitress was friendly but somehow did not pick up on requests which had to be consistently repeated.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This was fine for a family dinner, but the food was a bit uneven. The pizza was terrific.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Wonderful time, service and food. definitely will be returning soon.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great place with authentic Italian food! Thank you, Max!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Food is always good and the service is quick. Love to sit outside with our little poodle.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Acqua is a great neighborhood gem and one of my daughter's favorite spots. Simple, yet comfortable décor, with a nice menu that caters to pasta lovers, but has good meat and fish alternatives. Pizza is excellent. Their lasagna is delicious and recently I enjoyed a seafood pasta that was among the best I have had at higher end restaurants. If you want a relaxing Italian meal with great service, this is a place to consider.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Always enjoy this place. The host/manager is very charming. The food comes out quickly and it is always delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Acqua is a good Italian restaurant. Unfortunately NYC is home to many great Italian restaurants. We found the service to be great but unfortunately the food didn't grab us. I would recommend Acqua if you are in the neighborhood but not for a special destination.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Acqua is a very nice neighborhood restaurant with good food and wine and a friendly staff. It is small and relatively quiet allowing for a good conversation.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Excellent Italian food... cooked by a real Italian chef... pasta was superb and is home made. Very impressed by the service and the food... really first rate. The manager/owner came by to check if we were happy... and our friend who lived in Italy at one time, raved about the food. Then we learned the chef was from Italy as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Homemade pastas are a standout

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on March 26, 2017

An amazing restaurant w/ a great family like staff

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We always dine at Acqua prior to a performance at Symphony Space - short one-block walk. We are from the Village but prefer to dine near the performance venue. The service is great - very attentive staff. The food is basic Italian, prepared and presented nicely and a vegetable substitution for my pasta was allowed. Pizzas are a great to curb one's appetite while enjoying a glass of wine - the wait staff gave us a perfectly-timed break before the entree arrived. The atmosphere is inviting and neighborhood regulars are evident. We will return again for sure.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was mediocre...lamb chops and pizza. Choose the latter if you go. Good, attentive service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Great brick oven pizza. Fried artichokes. Everything is always good and service is always friendly.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The food was just ok. The steak was good. The chicken marsala was not. The service was way too fast. From the moment we sat down, we felt like they were rushing to get us out of there even though the place was half empty.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Great food and ambiance and great friendly service all around!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The meatballs appetizer was amazing and the bronzino entree was delicious!

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

After show at Symphony Space. Convenient , Very nice, salad & pasta yummy, good bread & olive oil. excellent service, a step above typical neighborhood place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Always lovely. Food is good. All wait staff are lovely. Great location if you live in the neighborhood. Exactly what a neighborhood restaurant should be. We brought friends who live out in the Hampton's--they understood exactly what we liked about it. Friendly, nice staff; good food. Who wants anything else for a simple "let's go out and eat with friends" place? We've been going there since it was Mimi's Macaroni (long time ago). The menu changes--always for the better--the latest incarnation is the best--always pleasant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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