Arco Cafe

4.6
262 reviews
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$30 and under
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Arco Cafe presents the flavors of the Italian region of Sardinia in an atmosphere of family hospitality. Lovers of Italian food will find familiar dishes and discover new tastes. Brother & sister Daniele & Francesca invite you to visit the Mediterranean in New York City.
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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family owned. Exemplifies "neighborhood favorite". Sardinian food is so interesting and delicious. Staff is attentive and friendly.

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TM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very warm and friendly place with good food and wine. Our friends from out-of-town
loved it.

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d
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend recommended Arco Cafe and I was not disappointed! Everything was wonderful, from the appetizers to dessert.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant. Delicious food, great service, wonderful neighborhood ambience!

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IS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We absolutely love this neighborhood joint! The pasta is delicious and authentically Sardinian, the waitstaff is super friendly and gracious. And it's a great value for everyday dining.

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GH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and Service were amazing as always.

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I
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent value. Home made pasta. Sicilian experience true and true.

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KB
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The dishes we ordered were average tasting and small in size.
Overall it was a disappointing experience other than excellent service.

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S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sardinian restaurant for lunch or dinner. Good value, delicious food, interesting menu, lovely wait staff.

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CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great find! We went for brunch and the food was fantastic!

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent gluten free options for my wife who has celiac disease. However, some of the dishes were a bit bland. We dined here before a Broadway show and the service was slow. I had prix fixe meal of eggplant parmigiana with a cesar salad and dessert for $41, but didn't get the dessert because we had to run to the show.

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CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice dinner at a good price. A great place to meet friends for dinner.

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GH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were EXCELLENT, as always. Since morning to the Upper Westside, this has been our “go to” restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Arrived at 5 - before the specials were posted but our meals were delish!! Definitely going back!!

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely neighborhood Sardinian restaurant. Everything suggested to us from wine to appetizers and main courses were great. Recommended.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please try the housemade pasta dishes. It is hard to find pasta that good and that fresh. I could not stop eating it!

I found the place very romantic!

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GH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As excellent as always. I have never had a bad meal at Arco and the service is always amazing.

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JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighbourhood bistro for lunch. Quiet meetup for friends. The homemade pasta was wonderful and the prix-fix menu was very reasonable. Best of all, we had wonderful, attentive service and free bonus drinks in celebration of a birthday.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and excellent food. We had delicious fish.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Reservation system was non existent. Waited 30+min from reserved time

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience, although understaffed for the evening

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DF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very easy place to like-friendly staff, good food with a slightly Sardinian twist, warm appearance. It was pretty franticonValentines Day, but that’s to be expected ina population place that clearly appealed to a lot of regulars. Felt sorry for the singer, who had a good voice but was hard to hear above the din of the patrons and the acoustics of an old tin ceiling.

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ND
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great decoration and overall feel of the spot. Fun Italian themed works all over the wall and the tables were spaced appropriately so you never felt cramped. Food has good, but nothing to write home about. The best feature of every dish was the actual ingredients themselves rather then their preparation. The prosciutto was without a doubt the best part of the meal, very high quality with a classic strong flavor elevated an overall sound dish.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As always Arco is a pleasant and economical spot for lunch. The food is fresh and well prepared. If you love pasta, theirs is home made, not out of a box. The minestrone is full of vegetables so you needn't feel guilty eating out. The service is always pleasant and obliging. The prix fixe lunch is a great bargain. Only complaint...last time there was a baby who occasionally fussed a bit.
Have recommended it to friends and will continue to do so.

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c
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food we ordered 6 different meals and they were all unique and delicious!

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UW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a true neighborhood gem. Arco's homemade pasta is first-class, the meat and fish dishes are always excellent, and the place has an unpretentious friendliness that is as comforting as the food. The wine list has provided consistently good reds and whites. And Arco is authentic--real-deal Sardinian cuisine, delivered with charm and at very reasonable prices.

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s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I must be honest. It was my first time there and I had a very mixed experience. A new friend recommended the place and I was looking forward to trying it. The place is very casual. It was a weird beginning in that they required my Amex card to hold the OpenTable reservation and I had only done that a very few times with high-end restaurants on busy days. They said I would pay a penalty if I didn't call in time to cancel - but they didn't give the details of those possible charges and when exactly they would be incurred. Also weird. I knew I wouldn't be canceling, so I didn't worry. My friend's gnocchi was good - though I didn't try it. My other friend had an omelette and deemed it okay. The potatoes on the side looked like they were half-way between home fries and mashed potatoes. My chicken rollatini or whatever (chicken rolled up with spinach and cheese and mushrooms) was mediocre at best. And it's hard to do, but the mashed potatoes pretty much sucked. When I tried to get the second waitress to put lots of pepper on the potatoes to make up for the tastelessness of them, after a few requests for more pepper as she was dispensing it, I asked if she could just leave it so I could add more later, and she said no. Also so weird. There apparently were no pepper dispensers to leave on the table. Hmm. My friend liked his chocolate cake. I tried the olive oil cake - not so great. My friend liked it better and she ate the whole piece (it was her order). As it filled up for a Sunday brunch, it got louder and I realized the acoustics weren't great. Oh well. The wine was reasonably priced and good. One waitress - our main one - was quite sweet and accommodating. I did notice, even though it wasn't busy when we first got there at noon, it took us almost 40 min. to get our meal. But we were talking and didn't notice or care that much. Sadly, even though my neighborhood sucks for good restaurants, this is not one I will be going back to. I was so hopeful!

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Small and friendly with very good, homey Italian food, well prepared.

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ID
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I was looking for a Sardinian restaurant and this is it. The only one I found in Manhattan.
The food is good. I loved the music paper bread This is a small unassuming local place. I was puzzled by their requirement to guarantee a reservation with a credit card.
Nervy.

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BB
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, based on only one visit I admit, this is a very good New York neighborhood restaurant featuring Sicilian-style Italian cooking. I had one dish that was spectacular (the baby octopus appetizer) and one of the pasta dishes which was good, but no more than that. The desserts were as expected and delicious. The place is not large, it is warm and welcoming, and the staff is attentive and very pleasant. There is a full bar, and the wines are largely Italian, some excellent. I would definitely return and try other dishes. A truly obese person would not fit in one of the truly compact bathrooms.

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C
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice neighborhood Italian/Sardinian - excellent pasta and salads with a cozy, casual atmosphere. Very good service as well.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect New Year’s Eve choice.

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B
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are Sicilian. I am Sicilian by heritage. I can cook. They are so much better than I am. The nicest service. The most splendid food. All of it. And a lovely neighborhood ambiance as well. Isola on Columbus and 109 is very very good, also Sicilian . Arch sets a new standard.
Oh, did I mention that the entire staff is remarkably nice. What a lovely place.

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WS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Charming, small, brick wall, small bar, attentive service, restaurant-made pasta, unusual dishes, very good prices.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious but could have been served hotter. My friend and I both had pasta dishes which were really good.

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, it could be hotter, consistently warm. Quiet, peaceful place.

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DG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is authentic and delicious! And I know my pasta! The wine list needs to be expanded and the ambiance could use a little tweaking, but I would absolutely go back. They also should not require a credit card number to hold a reservation. I almost decided not to go there because of that policy..... and the place was not full on a thursday night so there is no reason for it, at least on a weekday.

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C
New York Area
502 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Arco. It's a pleasant place. The antipasto for $19 fed 4 with ample portions all around. Branzino was very good, especially the pile of broccoli rabe it was sitting on. Great wine by the glass.

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fish and sautéed vegetables were a great option for gluten-free, paleo diner with our group. House wine was a nice addition.

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NY
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The menu includes excellent pastas and fish dishes. The environment is warm and cozy.

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