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Acqua - Upper West Side

4.3
254 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: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

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

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Come for a romantic dinner to celebrate Valentine's day with your very special one and enjoy our Special Valentine's menu with a glass of champagne and dessert.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 254 People Are Saying
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4.3
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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

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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3.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Good food. Good Service.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious authentic Italian food and friendly attentive service. I had the amazing lasagna - it was to die for! My friend had linguine with clams which she said was very good. Fresh bread and tasty olive oil. We each had a glass of wine. Finished the meal off with the tiramisu - super light and fresh! If you are on the upper west side, you have to eat here. Will be back very soon!

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Acqua was the perfect place for a leisurely lunch with a friend. We were able to have a long conversation without having to raise our voices and without feeling rushed. The service was outstanding: knowledgeable, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The menu offers a nice variety of dishes. The food was very good. Overall a very positive experience. I'll be coming back.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2017

We ended up not eating here. It is a bad sign when the wine list does not include the name of the vineyard. Just the region. No service after we were seated. Food looked like it would be airport quality.

Not good if you are even 20% foodie

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2.0Dined on August 1, 2017

When Acqua first opened, I was a neighborhood regular--that is, until the quality of the food took a downward turn. Had not been for quite a few years, but my dining companions chose the restaurant...alas, it was worse than I remembered. The staff was welcoming & attentive; too bad they didn't have better cuisine to set before us. My friends seemed content with their salad and pizza (looked "standard issue" to me); my salmon was impossibly fishy and fatty, served with a few soggy pieces of zucchini and four chunks of tired, pasty roasted potatoes. I took a few bites of the salmon and, not wanting to embarrass my friends, I had the rest "to go." On my way home, I dropped the whole thing in the garbage around the corner. Never more, never more.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

We love going to this restaurant. We find it consistently good and fresh.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Authentic Italian food!!!!

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Disappointing place to eat before the show. Service was spotty, started OK but fell off as the restaurant got busier. The food came out cold and in three stages. It was at least 10 minutes from the time the first dish was served until the the last one was on the table. The pizza was good, sorry to say it is the only item I can recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Friendly , knowledgeable and helpful staff. Food is amazing. Homemade pasta dishes, fried artichokes and tiramisu for dessert. Super!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

This was the perfect place for a group of friends getting together for dinner on a weeknight. We ordered 6 appetizers to share and all were excellent! Artichokes melted in my mouth, caprese salad made with super fresh bufala mozzarella, flavorful tomatoes and aromatic basil, perfectly cooked fried calamari, fried mozzarella that reminded me of childhood, the arugula fennel salad with lemon olive oil dressing and my favorite, the meatballs - to die for. Very nice selection of wines and the bartender makes an excellent vodka martini. Next, we ordered a couple of wood fired pizzas - super thin crust - just delicious! Also highly recommend the lasagna. We finished the night off with strong espresso, creamy and light tiramisu and limoncello. Excellent, attentive service. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Acqua did not disappoint. Will be back again very very soon.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2017

Favorite spot in all of NYC! Amazing every time! The food is perfection and I love it more and more each time I sit down to eat!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Love the calamari! Very reasonable drink prices. Great staff.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2017

First time there for us after a performance at Symphony Space. The menu selection was varied and interesting. The food was delicious and nicely served by friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Fun to sit outside. Nice staff. Have pizza.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2017

casual, good food, friendly service and inexpensive - will go again

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2017

The food was good but the portions were small. The waitress was friendly but somehow did not pick up on requests which had to be consistently repeated.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2017

This was fine for a family dinner, but the food was a bit uneven. The pizza was terrific.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2017

Wonderful time, service and food. definitely will be returning soon.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Great place with authentic Italian food! Thank you, Max!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Food is always good and the service is quick. Love to sit outside with our little poodle.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Acqua is a great neighborhood gem and one of my daughter's favorite spots. Simple, yet comfortable décor, with a nice menu that caters to pasta lovers, but has good meat and fish alternatives. Pizza is excellent. Their lasagna is delicious and recently I enjoyed a seafood pasta that was among the best I have had at higher end restaurants. If you want a relaxing Italian meal with great service, this is a place to consider.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Always enjoy this place. The host/manager is very charming. The food comes out quickly and it is always delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Acqua is a good Italian restaurant. Unfortunately NYC is home to many great Italian restaurants. We found the service to be great but unfortunately the food didn't grab us. I would recommend Acqua if you are in the neighborhood but not for a special destination.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2017

Acqua is a very nice neighborhood restaurant with good food and wine and a friendly staff. It is small and relatively quiet allowing for a good conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Excellent Italian food... cooked by a real Italian chef... pasta was superb and is home made. Very impressed by the service and the food... really first rate. The manager/owner came by to check if we were happy... and our friend who lived in Italy at one time, raved about the food. Then we learned the chef was from Italy as well.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

Homemade pastas are a standout

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

An amazing restaurant w/ a great family like staff

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

We always dine at Acqua prior to a performance at Symphony Space - short one-block walk. We are from the Village but prefer to dine near the performance venue. The service is great - very attentive staff. The food is basic Italian, prepared and presented nicely and a vegetable substitution for my pasta was allowed. Pizzas are a great to curb one's appetite while enjoying a glass of wine - the wait staff gave us a perfectly-timed break before the entree arrived. The atmosphere is inviting and neighborhood regulars are evident. We will return again for sure.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was mediocre...lamb chops and pizza. Choose the latter if you go. Good, attentive service.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Great brick oven pizza. Fried artichokes. Everything is always good and service is always friendly.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2017

The food was just ok. The steak was good. The chicken marsala was not. The service was way too fast. From the moment we sat down, we felt like they were rushing to get us out of there even though the place was half empty.

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