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ACQUA restaurant

21 Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038

Located in the historic district of South Street Seaport, on the corner of Peck Slip and Water Street, Acqua is an Italian restaurant serving up a new and unexpected interpretation of Southern Italian coastal cuisine. Acqua celebrates the power of the sea and the freshness of its products by importing more than half of its fish directly from the Mediterranean Sea.
We offer an extensive Raw Bar menu, seafood antipasti, primi and Chef Giuseppe’s famous hand-made pasta. The menu also includes composed fish dishes, whole fish preparations and a selection of meat and side dishes to round out the extensive offerings. A bright, open, warm atmosphere welcomes you inside the restaurant and takes you straight to Margellina in Naples.

What do you love about your neighborhood?
The South Street Seaport is home to some of the city’s oldest architecture and has thrived for centuries as a dynamic commercial hub. Though it has undergone major changes in the last few years, the Seaport maintains its industrial charm.

Old Seaport New York is a unique, lively community that’s rich in history mixed with trendy amenities and openhearted residents.

In terms of dining, shopping and entertainment, the Seaport has everything you’d want in a two-block stretch.

How have real estate pressures impacted your business in the last 10 years?
Rents are increasing all over New York City. The restaurant business has never been easy, with slim margins, long hours, and increasing costs of food and labor.

High rent is a major factor. During the off-season, we struggle to make ends meet. The rent is very high, and that cost is paired with utilities, taxes, and other required expenses, making a small business difficult to sustain.

What do you expect the impact(s) of the Love Your Local grant funding to be on your business?
This grant will help ACQUA remain in the South Street Seaport neighborhood despite changes in local real estate conditions. We are committed to retaining and increasing jobs, helping to ensure the continued availability of locally valued goods and services, and preserving retail diversity. We are planning to improve all business processes, provide improved customer service, and increase the restaurant’s efficiency.

Phone: 212-349-4433