Arco Cafe

4.7
275 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Authentic
Arco Cafe presents the flavors of the Italian region of Sardinia in an atmosphere of family hospitality. Lovers of Italian food will find familiar dishes and discover new tastes. Brother & sister Daniele & Francesca invite you to visit the Mediterranean in New York City.
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4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very good neighborhood italian restaurant. They were knowledgable about their wines. Good portions and very good desert selections. Prices are very reasonable.

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Z
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellently food made to order

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s
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were there for lunch, which is an excellent value! I highly recommend the kale salad. The house wine is good. The pasta of the day was scrumptious. Will definitely be returning regularly!😀

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PF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

All the food is good but the best things are the Sardinian dishes. My favorite is the octopus and calamari stew.

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Francesca has a wonderful place that is welcoming AND the food is superb!!!

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LD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Enjoyable UWS dining, Sardinian fare a welcome change from typical Italian. A bit noisy and lacking good temp control.

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MW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great find on the UWS! Delicious fish and pasta, feels cozy and homemade.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I've been walking past Arco's modest storefront for a while but was never really tempted to go inside. However, I recently needed to book a large party somewhere close and based on feedback and ratings, decided to give it a go. I am so glad we did! The food was amazing, the staff welcoming and helpful, and the atmosphere was cozy and light. Every single person in our party said how much they enjoyed it and would be back. I felt like I was back on the Amalfi coast. My husband and I have made it our new joint in the neighborhood. So glad we found it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable.

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t
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I did not enjoy the food very much. The salad special was boring. The gnocchi gratinati were not gratinati but covered with mozzarella. Gratinati are with grated cheese and baked. I am sure the Chef knows this.

I will not go back unless they prepare this dish the correct way.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the only Sardinian restaurants in NYC. Great food mostly Italian with unique Sardinian specialties. Friendly staff

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best place in the neighborhood!

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SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can’t go wrong with this cozy, family run Sardinian style restaurant. We love the appetizers and fresh made pasta dishes. Great wine too...

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Family owned. Exemplifies "neighborhood favorite". Sardinian food is so interesting and delicious. Staff is attentive and friendly.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very warm and friendly place with good food and wine. Our friends from out-of-town
loved it.

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d
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A friend recommended Arco Cafe and I was not disappointed! Everything was wonderful, from the appetizers to dessert.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant. Delicious food, great service, wonderful neighborhood ambience!

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IS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We absolutely love this neighborhood joint! The pasta is delicious and authentically Sardinian, the waitstaff is super friendly and gracious. And it's a great value for everyday dining.

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GH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Food and Service were amazing as always.

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I
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent value. Home made pasta. Sicilian experience true and true.

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KB
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The dishes we ordered were average tasting and small in size.
Overall it was a disappointing experience other than excellent service.

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S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely Sardinian restaurant for lunch or dinner. Good value, delicious food, interesting menu, lovely wait staff.

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CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great find! We went for brunch and the food was fantastic!

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Decent gluten free options for my wife who has celiac disease. However, some of the dishes were a bit bland. We dined here before a Broadway show and the service was slow. I had prix fixe meal of eggplant parmigiana with a cesar salad and dessert for $41, but didn't get the dessert because we had to run to the show.

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CM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice dinner at a good price. A great place to meet friends for dinner.

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GH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were EXCELLENT, as always. Since morning to the Upper Westside, this has been our “go to” restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Arrived at 5 - before the specials were posted but our meals were delish!! Definitely going back!!

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely neighborhood Sardinian restaurant. Everything suggested to us from wine to appetizers and main courses were great. Recommended.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Please try the housemade pasta dishes. It is hard to find pasta that good and that fresh. I could not stop eating it!

I found the place very romantic!

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GH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As excellent as always. I have never had a bad meal at Arco and the service is always amazing.

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JM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great neighbourhood bistro for lunch. Quiet meetup for friends. The homemade pasta was wonderful and the prix-fix menu was very reasonable. Best of all, we had wonderful, attentive service and free bonus drinks in celebration of a birthday.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly and excellent food. We had delicious fish.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Reservation system was non existent. Waited 30+min from reserved time

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great experience, although understaffed for the evening

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DF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very easy place to like-friendly staff, good food with a slightly Sardinian twist, warm appearance. It was pretty franticonValentines Day, but that’s to be expected ina population place that clearly appealed to a lot of regulars. Felt sorry for the singer, who had a good voice but was hard to hear above the din of the patrons and the acoustics of an old tin ceiling.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Great decoration and overall feel of the spot. Fun Italian themed works all over the wall and the tables were spaced appropriately so you never felt cramped. Food has good, but nothing to write home about. The best feature of every dish was the actual ingredients themselves rather then their preparation. The prosciutto was without a doubt the best part of the meal, very high quality with a classic strong flavor elevated an overall sound dish.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

As always Arco is a pleasant and economical spot for lunch. The food is fresh and well prepared. If you love pasta, theirs is home made, not out of a box. The minestrone is full of vegetables so you needn't feel guilty eating out. The service is always pleasant and obliging. The prix fixe lunch is a great bargain. Only complaint...last time there was a baby who occasionally fussed a bit.
Have recommended it to friends and will continue to do so.

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c
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food we ordered 6 different meals and they were all unique and delicious!

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UW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a true neighborhood gem. Arco's homemade pasta is first-class, the meat and fish dishes are always excellent, and the place has an unpretentious friendliness that is as comforting as the food. The wine list has provided consistently good reds and whites. And Arco is authentic--real-deal Sardinian cuisine, delivered with charm and at very reasonable prices.

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s
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

I must be honest. It was my first time there and I had a very mixed experience. A new friend recommended the place and I was looking forward to trying it. The place is very casual. It was a weird beginning in that they required my Amex card to hold the OpenTable reservation and I had only done that a very few times with high-end restaurants on busy days. They said I would pay a penalty if I didn't call in time to cancel - but they didn't give the details of those possible charges and when exactly they would be incurred. Also weird. I knew I wouldn't be canceling, so I didn't worry. My friend's gnocchi was good - though I didn't try it. My other friend had an omelette and deemed it okay. The potatoes on the side looked like they were half-way between home fries and mashed potatoes. My chicken rollatini or whatever (chicken rolled up with spinach and cheese and mushrooms) was mediocre at best. And it's hard to do, but the mashed potatoes pretty much sucked. When I tried to get the second waitress to put lots of pepper on the potatoes to make up for the tastelessness of them, after a few requests for more pepper as she was dispensing it, I asked if she could just leave it so I could add more later, and she said no. Also so weird. There apparently were no pepper dispensers to leave on the table. Hmm. My friend liked his chocolate cake. I tried the olive oil cake - not so great. My friend liked it better and she ate the whole piece (it was her order). As it filled up for a Sunday brunch, it got louder and I realized the acoustics weren't great. Oh well. The wine was reasonably priced and good. One waitress - our main one - was quite sweet and accommodating. I did notice, even though it wasn't busy when we first got there at noon, it took us almost 40 min. to get our meal. But we were talking and didn't notice or care that much. Sadly, even though my neighborhood sucks for good restaurants, this is not one I will be going back to. I was so hopeful!

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