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Acqua Restaurant NYC

4.3
4.3
609 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Menu

Insalate

  • Acqua$17.00

    Baby kale, asparagus, olives, oranges, hearts of palm, shaved grana padano, raisins, balsamic dressing

    • Mista$13.00

      Mâche, baby arugula, romaine, frisee, radish, radicchio, red vinegar dressing

      • Zucchini Vermicelli$14.00

        Spiralized zucchini, cherry tomatoes, avocado dressing, basil leaves

        • Pomodoro$15.00

          Mixed tomatoes, avocado, red onions, cilantro, lemon dressing

          • Burrata$22.00

            Burrata, grilled bell peppers, steamed spinach, confit tomatoes and anchovy sauce

            • Come a Capri$20.00

              Mozzarella, beef steak tomatoes, basil oregano, mixed greens

              Antipasti

              • Charcuterie for Two$25.00

                Prosciutto di Parma, coppa, mortadella, taleggio, grana padano, gorgonzola, figue jam, olive paté

                • Eggplant Parmigiana$19.00

                  Oven baked eggplant, tomato sauce, mozzarella, grated grana padano

                  • Bruschetta$16.00

                    Eight mini bruschettas with olive paté, artichoke puree, diced tomatoes

                    Handcrafted Pasta

                    gluten free pasta is available upon request

                    • Spaghettoni con I'Astice$31.00

                      Half of 1.5 lb lobster in a shell topped with spaghettoni in lobster bisque-tomato sauce

                      • Spaghetti Pomodoro$19.00

                        Homemade spaghetti with fresh cherry tomatoes

                        • Lasagna Bolognese$21.00

                          Traditional meat ragu Bolognese, bechamel sauce, grana padano

                          • Tagliolini Neri ai Frutti di Mare$28.00

                            Squid ink pasta with mixed seafood

                            • Ravioli del Giorno$19.00

                              Daily homemade ravioli

                              • Gnocchi del Giorno$19.00

                                Daily homemade gnocchi

                                • Fettuccine ai Funghi$24.00

                                  Homemade fettuccine with mixed seasonal mushrooms, parsley

                                  • Linguine alle Vongole$25.00

                                    Cockle clams, white wine sauce, parsley

                                    Fish and Seafood

                                    We receive fresh seafood daily. Items from our menu are subject to availability

                                    • Zuppa di Pesce$26.00

                                      Our signature seafood stew served with toasted homebaked bread

                                      • Tartare di Tonno*$20.00

                                        Tuna tartare with capers, scallion, avocado

                                        • Chilled Seafood Plate*$22.00

                                          White shrimp served with light yogurt sauce and horseradish sauce, fresh lemon, on ice

                                          • Branzino al Pesto di Basilico$24.00

                                            Branzino fillet, cous cous, crispy butter and shallots with traditional basil pesto

                                            • Salmone con Bietola$24.00

                                              Salmon fillet, sautéed chard, garlic, saffron

                                              • Pollo con Polenta$24.00

                                                Panseared chicken with mix mushrooms and red wine sauce, served with soft creamy polenta

                                                • Calamari Ripieni$23.00

                                                  Oven-baked calamari, stuffed with crab meat, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant served with mixed greens

                                                  • Sea Scallops$26.00

                                                    Pan seared sea scallops on green lentils

                                                    • Oysters*

                                                      Ask your server about today's selection and price

                                                      • 6pcs$18.00
                                                      • 12pcs$34.00

                                                    Meat

                                                    • Pollo ai Funghi$24.00

                                                      Pan roasted chicken breast with mushroom sauce served with soft creamy polenta

                                                      • Bistecca al Caffè$34.00

                                                        8oz NY prime steak, coffee flavored cimiciurri sauce, served with mix greens

                                                        • Agnello$38.00

                                                          Lamb chops scottadito, soft creamy polenta, sauteed spinach, bacon jam

                                                          Pizze

                                                          Gluten free add $2.50

                                                          • Margherita$14.00

                                                            Tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil

                                                            • Bianca Prosciutto$19.00

                                                              Mozzarella, prosciutto, baby arugula

                                                              • Diavola$17.00

                                                                Italian salamino, arugula, mozzarella, tomato sauce

                                                                • Capricciosa$18.00

                                                                  Tomatoes, mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms, Italian imported ham and black olives

                                                                  • Tartufata$20.00

                                                                    Mozzarella, seasonal mushrooms, truffle sauce, grana padano

                                                                    Sides

                                                                    • Truffled Sweet Potato Fries$10.00

                                                                      • Sautéed Spinach$8.00

                                                                        • Roasted Vegetables$10.00

                                                                          • Soft Creamy Polenta$9.00

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                                                                            What 609 people are saying

                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                            4.3
                                                                            4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                                            • 4.3Food
                                                                            • 4.3Service
                                                                            • 4.3Ambience
                                                                            • 4.2Value

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                                                                              Ameals

                                                                              New England

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on March 9, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Loved the fish pesto dish and small but cozy vibe. Will definitely go again.

                                                                            2. RM

                                                                              RalphM

                                                                              Denver

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              Service was great as was the food. A bit noisy so maybe consider means of softening sound.

                                                                            3. MC

                                                                              MaryC

                                                                              Caribbean

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Excellent food, great atmosphere! Ambiance is beautiful and servers were very nice

                                                                            4. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                              Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Wonderful way to start our Valentines celebration !! Even accommodated two more friends on a busy day!!

                                                                            5. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Acqua is my new favorite restaurant! The food is excellent and the staff is extremely accommodating. Also a very comfortable romantic setting makes it a keeper in my book!

                                                                            6. TS

                                                                              ThomasS

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Everything excellent beginning to end!

                                                                            7. PC

                                                                              PCNYC

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                              Was average. Would have preferred to order from the regular menu and not just brunch

                                                                            8. v

                                                                              vanessad

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              I have dined here a few times and I must say it has always be a great place! The food has always been delicious especially the home made pasta. The lasagna, the squid ink pasta, and the ravioli are so good.

                                                                            9. TK

                                                                              TK719

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              321 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              321 reviews

                                                                              Dined on January 6, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              I had an outstanding lunch at Acqua. The pear salad, branzino and mashed potatoes were all delicious. The service was great and the prices most reasonable.

                                                                            10. LE

                                                                              LisaE

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Perfect New Years Eve dinner! Delicious food, nice staff!

                                                                            11. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on December 29, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Amazing service! I’m vegan and the wait staff was super accommodating and pointed out 3 items that were vegan/could be made vegan. The ambiance was lovely. Would definitely recommend

                                                                            12. JB

                                                                              JohnB

                                                                              Los Angeles

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              Dined on December 18, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Just Delicious! Pasta, Pasta, Pasta - house made, fresh and prepared to perfection

                                                                            13. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on December 17, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We had a wonderful time!

                                                                            14. MJ

                                                                              MJSENAT

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              46 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              46 reviews

                                                                              Dined on December 12, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Thank you for a great experience

                                                                            15. HA

                                                                              HenryA

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                              Dined on December 10, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              I'd passed by Acqua during a random couple of hours in the Seaport neighborhood, and made a mental note to check it out. When we were making plans with another couple for dinner, we decided to try this as a new place. What a great find! It's intimate and homey, the service is extremely friendly and efficient, the prices are quite reasonable, and the food is delicious! The only downside is that it was a rainy evening, so we couldn't enjoy the bonus of the lovely waterfront location. Our friends loved it, too, and we're looking forward to coming back soon!

                                                                            16. l

                                                                              lovenycfood

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              Dined on November 13, 2019

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                              Food was very tasty and good variety on the menu.

                                                                            17. RD

                                                                              RDJ55

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on November 9, 2019

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                              Food is good but they need to update their website menu to match the restaurant menu. You look at that and then when you get to the restaurant they don't have it.

                                                                            18. ED

                                                                              ElodieD

                                                                              London

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 28, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Very good italien restaurant near NY East port : fresh and tasty !

                                                                            19. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              1.0

                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 27, 2019

                                                                              overall1food1service4ambience2

                                                                              Restaurant is very noisy for such a small space- the place wasn’t full and it was super loud. Caprese appetizer is good but I also ordered a special pasta of the day-pasta with calamari and green pea sauce, and that was absolutely horrible. Pasta was chewy and not hot. Should have eaten next door at Bellini.

                                                                            20. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Anchorage

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 27, 2019

                                                                              overall3food3service1ambience3

                                                                              Food was good, but came out cold. Service was slow and poor. Was disappointed.

                                                                            21. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Orlando

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 18, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Loved dining at Acqua. Food is excellent and home made, great presentation of food, service is prompt and the staff is very friendly and engaging.

                                                                            22. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 21, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                              Awesome food, great location.

                                                                            23. HA

                                                                              HelenA

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              3.0

                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 21, 2019

                                                                              overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                                              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.

                                                                            24. ME

                                                                              MichaelE

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 14, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                              Favorite neighborhood place

                                                                            25. HC

                                                                              HerbC

                                                                              Las Vegas

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 6, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              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.

                                                                            26. AE

                                                                              AnthonyE

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 5, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                            27. RD

                                                                              RDJ55

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 31, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                            28. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 29, 2019

                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                              If you want to eat real Italian food come here.

                                                                            29. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Cleveland

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on August 28, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              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!

                                                                            30. GC

                                                                              GeneC

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 25, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                            31. AS

                                                                              AgeS

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 24, 2019

                                                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                              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.

                                                                            32. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              25 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              25 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 24, 2019

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                              Great experience very friendly staff, foos was delicious!

                                                                            33. MC

                                                                              MChernow

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              27 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              4.0

                                                                              27 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 18, 2019

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                            34. JH

                                                                              JessicaH

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on August 14, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              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.

                                                                            35. ES

                                                                              ErnestoS

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 12, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              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.

                                                                            36. SD

                                                                              SarahD

                                                                              Dallas

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              1.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on August 2, 2019

                                                                              overall1food3service2ambience1

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

                                                                            37. GC

                                                                              GerriC

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on August 2, 2019

                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                            38. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 27, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                            39. JC

                                                                              JC27

                                                                              Denver

                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 21, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Always great!

                                                                            40. JJ

                                                                              JulieJF

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              Dined on July 9, 2019

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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                                                                            Acqua Restaurant NYC is rated 4.3 stars by 609 OpenTable diners

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