Acqua Restaurant NYC

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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in the historic district of South Street Seaport, ACQUA is an Italian restaurant serving Southern Italian coastal cuisine. Acqua celebrates the power of the sea and the freshness of its products by importing fresh seafood directly from the Mediterranean Sea.
We offer an extensive Raw Bar menu, seafood antipasti, primi and famous hand-made pasta. A bright, open, warm atmosphere welcomes you inside the restaurant and takes you straight to Margellina in Naples.
With big windows, old wooden floors, simple furnishing and vintage wooden tables and chairs, Acqua is the perfect place for enjoying authentic Italian food and premium wines.
The wine list features a premium selection of red and white wines from every region of Italy. Outstanding cuisine, warm service, and phenomenal wine programs – all in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome food, great location.

HA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The menu was expansive and the food was very good. Unfortunately, the service was terrible. It took a very long time to get our main course and one dish came out a full fifteen minutes after the other people were served. No one came over to see how we were doing and/or apologize for the wait. I expect a great deal more from any restaurant, but particularly one in this price range.

ME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Favorite neighborhood place

HC
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service. It was our first time trying this restaurant, but my wife and I discussed it after word and we will most certainly come back.

AE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is excellent. They have a great variety of beef, chicken, pasta and seafood. I highly recommend this restaurant.

RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice atmosphere. Order from them but glad that I went to see the restaurant in person. Will definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

If you want to eat real Italian food come here.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua is our new favorite nyc restaurant! Great food, great wine, great service. Highly recommend the squid ink spaghetti and the seafood stew. We can’t wait to come back next time we’re in the city!

GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Brunch! Recommend the Waffles! Service was excellent, pleasant and accommodating.

AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A group of us were going to a concert at Pier 17 and wanted to grab a bite beforehand. Knowing the area would be slammed, I reserved the only table I could get a reservation for. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, they knew we had limited time and helped us get in and out so we weren’t late.
The oyster were tasty and cleaned very well. I had the scallops, which were cooked perfectly, however the bed of lentils were ok & didn’t really look that appetizing. Wine was great.
Inside restaurant looked like it needed so updates, as well as the bathroom, which was a tiny unisex stall for the entire restaurant.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience very friendly staff, foos was delicious!

MC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an early brunch. Food and service were very good. Would return.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot! Loved the style of the restaurant and the staff was very attentive and accommodating. The food was very delicious! Will definitely come back.

ES
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua is a unique spot at South Street Seaport. The service is professional, efficient, and friendly. The food is outstanding - the seafood is fresh, and the pastas are cooked to al dente perfection. Good wine list, excellent cocktails, and a slew of tasty after dinner drinks and digestives. Highly recommended.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Horrible acoustics. Not able to carry a conversation. Waiter inattentive. Got salad two seconds after ordered, before drinks. Food ok.

GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food. Attentive wait staff. Small & quaint restaurant in a nice location in NYC.

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, drinks were good, food was good. Was a great date night spot.

JC
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

JJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua is a wonderful restaurant featuring seafood, fresh pastas, and pizza. Great food, wonderful cocktails, good wine list.

VD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent eggplant parm, and gluten free! Many choices are noted as gf. Service was very good. We’ll return, particularly since we live nearby.
One thing I noticed on the check was the suggested tip amount calculations were based on the total including tax, not the food,drink alone. I pointed this out to the manager who said it was the system. I told him that was a setting that he could control. I’ve noticed this in other restaurants, but the majority get it right.

PB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lack of toilets let down this restaurant fortunately we were not sitting by the queue waiting to go to the toilets.

VV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service!

P
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place in a great part of NYC

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My diet is vegan/gluten free I also have allergies to garlic. I had pasta, greens and salad. My meal was perfect and wholesome. They also have a great selection of wines. I had a great time with my best friend catching up on life & enjoying great food & ambiance. The service was amazing, very accomodating. The restaurant is clean, cozy feeling yet spacious we sat by the large windows with fresh flowers on a vase nicely placed on the window sill next to us. Had a wonderful time can't wait to go back!

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It's a pretty space, but the acoustics are terrible, even with the place half to two-thirds full. Maybe sitting at bar would be better, which would be a shame since the leather dining chairs are actually comfortable. Service was excellent, the food itself somewhat uneven and under seasoned. Overall, if in the area, it's fine, but don't go out of your way.

TH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too loud inside, but delightful outside. The staff was all terrific. Food was delicious. Go for the tiramisu-skip the chocolate mousse.

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this Italian restaurant. Good food ( bruschetta! Pizza tartufata! ) . Very nice team and manager!
Nice location.

A
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing remarkable about our dining experience at Aqua. Not somewhere I will return to.

CZ
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the menu and the location. My dinner was delicious. It was a beautiful day and the staff were all present, in the moment, courteous and skilled.

KS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

With a plethora of restaurants in New York City, I feel like this restaurant could up their game by speedier service, a more attentive staff, and more importantly having the food be of good quality.

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I’m mixed about out experience. We had a reservation and were kept waiting 30 minutes. There were tables available but they told us to wait at the bar - actually suggested we eat there instead. The owner/manager told us to order a drink on the house while we waited. I don’t drink but encouraged my son to do so. He actually wanted to leave because he felt we were being treated badly but relented and ordered one. After waiting 30 minutes and seeing several large parties leave i finally had to remind the manager that we were there and still waiting. As we left the bar area to go to our table the bar tender charged my son $15 for his drink. One he did not even wNr to order and never would have had a free drink not been offered. The food was excellent and our waiter was sweet but the restaurant is very loud and The Who incident with the wait, the drink and generally being treated as inconsequential patrons ruined the experience.

PB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expensive for what it was.
Very noisy - difficult to hear each other.

MC
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good and interesting combinations. Noise was very difficult.

B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua feels like a Michelin-graded restaurant. From the freshly baked bread (divine) to the fresh pasta (Linguine con Vongole shaved with bottarga) and the gorgeous presentations, it's our favorite Italian restaurant in the city. Maximo, its chef, is ever present. The waitstaff have a very good sense of humor. It's fun getting there by ferry because it's just a :10 minute walk on those beautiful cobblestones from the pier.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very romantic, good food and excellent service. I only wish the restaurant faced the river. The food is a bit on the pricey side.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and awesome ambiance. Authentic Italian food.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in the seaport area we had a lovely meal in the sunshine great service loved it

TW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our server was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Kept our teenage guest entertained. We will definitely be going back.

HC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Gluten free pizza and pasta options are great. But wish they served gluten free bread in the bread basket.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here for brunch, have lived in financial district for 2 years and this has never popped up as a place to go - I wish I had known about this sooner!
Brunch unlimited cocktails is $17 and it’s a classy place! Service was amazing, the waiters/waitresses couldn’t do enough. Food was good - could probably do with more brunch options but the food was solid.
Will definately come back again!

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