Acqua Restaurant NYC

4.5
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606 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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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
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 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!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything excellent beginning to end!

PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

v
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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.

TK
New York Area
81 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.

LE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 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

JB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time!

HA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 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!

l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very tasty and good variety on the menu.

RD
New York Area
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.

ED
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
10 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.

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

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

OT
Orlando
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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Awesome food, great location.

HA
New York Area
20 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.

ME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Favorite neighborhood place

HC
Las Vegas
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.

AE
Philadelphia
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.

RD
New York Area
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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

If you want to eat real Italian food come here.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 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!

GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AS
New York Area
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.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience very friendly staff, foos was delicious!

MC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

JH
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.

ES
New York Area
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.

OT
Dallas
1 review
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.

GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JC
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

JJ
New York Area
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.

VD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service!

P
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place in a great part of NYC