Acqua - Upper West Side

3.9
284 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:15AM - 4:00 PM.

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00 PM - 10:30PM, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 10:30PM.
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Phone number
(212) 222-2752
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Davide Pupillo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
95th St.
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Parking details
Street Parking and two Parking Garage on 95th Street
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.7
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience! Great food, service and price.

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f
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again, a great dining experience in one of our favorite neighborhood spots. Friendly, efficient service, everything came as ordered. Nice wine selection by the glass. The pizzas from the wood fired coal oven are really spectacular. Great choice of other entrees and pastas, too.

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d
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good casual place and good value. We had limited time and the staff was very responsive to our needs. No complaints!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Bellow expectations! Food was “ok”, nothing special. Service was really bad. Not recommended.

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EJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is consistently good—not wildly creative but good. The service was poor and the noise level high—it was a Saturday night, unusually crowded—and there appeared to be only one waiter handling all of the tables. First time I had that experience. Suggests you are better off there on week nights.

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Bad service, ok food, too many people in a small space.

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PP
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid neighborhood Italian! Almost wish the ambiance was fancier...

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant has gone down hill. We have been there a dozen times over the past few years. The food is now mediocre and the service is poor — borderline rude even. Don’t waste your time and money there anymore. Too bad...

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u
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was bad. If you're going to sell the restaurant as Italian, which it is not, try getting the ingredients right.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was surprised that the restaurant was pretty empty for Saturday dinner. There was a decent number at the bar, but only 1 table occupied. (Perhaps that shows the average-ness of this place ) The menu options were decent, and the buffalo mozzarella caprese was nice. But the mains were lacking something special. My friend indicated her salmon could have used an accompanying sauce, and my marinara seemed a bit too watered down. Overall, the meal filled us up, but I wouldn't go back specifically.

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v
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was quick and easy and very tasty. The soup comes in a large bowl; we thought at the price it would have been a cup. Nice surprise.
Definitely a good place for a good tasty meal

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M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great brick oven pizza. I live a few blocks from here therefore it’s very convenient.

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HD
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good quality for price. Nice thin crust authentic pizzas. Friendly service & warm ambiance. Not too noisy when we were there. Thanks.

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SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The pizzas and ravioli’s were fabulous!! I would definitely go there again.

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T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great local place. Good for pre-show before events at Symphony Space.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed in this local favorite. Food comes out so quickly, service is impeccable and food is delish!

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Fun neighborhood place! Great outdoor eating and delicious pizza and pasta! I would return with my family for a casual,
Lively dinner.

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RN
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good neighborhood place for simple authentic Italian. Good food and good service. We’ll be back.

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TF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious - portions were generous. Our service was very attentive without being annoying. Prices are reasonable. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing! Staff was attentive, food came out fast and the ambiance was top notch!

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G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined early - 5:00. Only three other tables were seated while we were there. Nice and quiet - easy to converse (even the background music was low!). Nice staff, good food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has phenomenal food . My boyfriend (who is Italian American and extremely picky) and I were blown away by the food. Highly highly recommend their pizzas, lasagna, and spinach fettuccine.

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l
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite place to have lunch. The food is fresh and delicious.

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f
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I have reviewed Acqua before and we have always loved it. This time around, both our artichoke appetizers and my homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli were WAY too salty. Someone had a heavy hand with the shaker that night and it wasn't pleasant.

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V
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went there for Sunday brunch. Friendly staff. Sat inside while the doors were open to the patio outside; relaxing atmosphere. Limited menu, but the food was scrumptious.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Acqua twice, and both times the food was excellent and the staff friendly and attentive. Will definitely return!

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service is always friendly and efficient. It's a fine neighborhood restaurant and a good value especially if you're bringing the whole family. Salads and pizzas are always a good bet as are things like lasagna and simple pasta dishes. The wine list is limited, but all selections are good quality and reasonably priced. Reliable!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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k
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Ordered rigatoni and got spaghetti. I was pressed for time so I just ate it. Calamari was very tough.

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f
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been frequenting Acqua since we moved to the neighborhood 11 years ago, but this visit was the best one ever. Everything we ordered was top notch... fried artichokes perfectly crispy, lasagna flavor blends and textures were inspired and my pizza was to die for. New chef? New owners? Not sure because the personality of the place was the same friendly, relaxed vibe as ever, but the food was a step up from something that was already great!

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P
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant with great homemade food. The styaff is always welcoming and makes you feel at home. We go there regularly.

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l
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite go-to neighborhood Italian. Great service from waiter Sammy. Perfect pizza from wood fired oven. Plus everything else is tasty and great value.

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f
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always love dining at Acqua. Looks like they may have changed hands or hired a new chef, but everything was still very high quality -- our friends at Paleo-friendly, my husband had calamari and orechiette with broccoli rabe and sausage and I had my usual fried artichokes and quattro stagione pizza. Yum!

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JE
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

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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GB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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i
New York Area
223 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and service. Great value. Fabulous waiter. We recommend this restaurant highly.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food. Good Service.

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OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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