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Italian Sardinian Specialties in New York - Arco Cafe, New York, NY

Arco Cafe

4.9
4.9
431 Reviews
$30 and under
Regional Italian (Sardinia)
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Regional Italian (Sardinia), Mediterranean, Organic
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (646) 781-9080
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Emmanuel Tecuni
  • Neighborhood
    Upper West Side
  • Cross street
    103
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Take the 1 train to 103rd Street, or the M7 or M11 buses.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 431 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

430 Reviews
  1. UWSider

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is wonderful--and unusual. Where else can you get pistachio pesto? (Fantastic, by the way.) Everyone at my table of five was enthusiastic about their meal. And you always get a warm, personal welcome here. A gem of a place.

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  2. Olive

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just the right place to go for feel good food. Just the right place to go with a friend for low key dinner.

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  3. Beth

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Go here for the pasta. It's all fresh, in savory and interesting Sardinian dishes I have not tasted at every other Italian restaurants in NYC. Served in a friendly, casual atmosphere. I plan to return . . . many times.

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  4. NYfoodtoeat

    New York City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate at 5:30on a weekday. So it was quiet good food. Wide range of pastas. Not gourmet but tasty food in a comfy neighborhood place

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  5. Bentley

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food, as alway,s was grest. The main problem is the noise level which makes conversation difficult when the restaurant is full.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful homemade pastas and foccacia. It made me homesick for Italy!

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  7. maven

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    ARCO is a small, charming authentic neighborhood restaurant with home made pasta and wonderful food and good feelings all around.

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  8. ThomasH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant is a wonderful discovery. Delicious, authentic food, wonderful team, and a terrific value for your money. All in all a great evening.

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  9. LindyS

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had delicious fresh pasta, promptly served. The serving size was generous, but not too much; just enough for both my friend and me to thoroughly enjoy our meals (spaghetti with black pepper & pecorino Romano, alisanzas with pancetta, egg yolks & pecorino Romano) and not walk out feeling that we'd overeaten. On previous visits, I've also had the casarecce in vodka sauce and the ricotta cavatelli - also wonderful. If you're not in the mood for pasta, there's a nice selection of classic seafood and meat dishes, and salads. There's also a good selection of wines to choose from. The restaurant itself has a warm, cozy feel, and the acoustics made it possible to have a conversation in a normal voice - it'd be a nice place for a date night. Definitely recommend!

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  10. Evergreen

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Arco Cafe is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant and feels that way. Specializing in Sardinian cuisine, their handmade pastas are very special. Their seafood fantastic and salads wonderful. Service is friendly and professional and I see the same staff members which is always a good sign! Many thanks.

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  11. NYfoodtoeat

    New York City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very comfortable neighborhood place. Food is tasty with lots of interesting kinds of pasta. Not gourmet but nourishing and good. I'm happy to go back

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  12. patbx

    New York City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a great experience. The food was delicious and the service was good. Will continue to return for great Italian food

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  13. MartyL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Homemade pasta. Creative menu. Family owned. An Upper West Side gem.

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  14. JoelL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A neighborhood gem but worth seeking out from anywhere in the city. This cozy Sardinian restaurant is consistently wonderful and feels like you’re at a family restaurant. Homemade pastas and delicious chicken, seafood etc. The Sardinian wines are great and reasonably priced too! Love this spot!

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  15. Caren

    New York City

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Home made pasta is wonderful. Loved the fried article and the mussels.

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  16. ChristineA

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arco is the neighborhood gem. It's food is simple and delicious. The staff and owners are attentive, happy. The drinks are perfect. Very clean. Arco never disappoints with great value, service and atmosphere. Good for families, romantic dinners and dinners with friends.

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  17. LindaP

    New York City

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Family run, neighborhood gem with great food and cozy vibe. It's our go-to favorite.

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  18. kaa1

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Freshly made. Homemade pasta. Background music is nice and LOW so you can actually talk!!!

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  19. Josephp

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fabulous, service was great--very accommodating and friendly. Will definitely be back again!

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  20. TanyaW42

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true neighborhood gem! The food is always amazing, and the service, ambiance, and drinks are great!

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  21. carynk

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been eating at Arco cafe since it opened. The food is consistently delicious and the staff attentive. The ambiance is intimate and low key, welcoming to families and couples. The pasta dishes are always homemade, fresh and delicious. Francesca and Danielle, the brother and sister team behind Arco are always accommodating and friendly. I had a small dinner party for my husband’s birthday last January, and the service and food was amazing.

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  22. MichaelO

    West Palm Beach

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive and casual staff helped make Arco another perfect evening. Food was delicious and they are flexible to allow you to create your own pasta dish with their homemade, fresh pasta with your favorite ingredients- OUTSTANDING! Arco is always a winner.

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  23. DonnaP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome food! Hot, fresh and wonderful service. Consistently great!

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  24. anon

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    love the unusual food and the service. On a Sat nite was just too noisy, tho we came early and sat in the back corner. a NY problem!

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  25. Sandralee

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely lunch with some old friends. The lunch special is a great deal ($21. for an app and an entree) and the food was delicious. They really showcase the fresh flavors of the food without having to cover it up with garlic or truffle oil.

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  26. DawnT

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious unusual food, attentive service but noise level intermittently very loud. It seems to be from the ventilating system and when it’s activated it’s hard to hear your dining companions. Highly recommended.

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  27. Gbhh

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was great. Wasn't loud there, and food and service as great as usual

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  28. Randall

    New York City

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    ARCO is a terrific local Italian restaurant with a great assortment of regional Italian pasta types they make every day in the restaurant. I just love having fresh pasta and now can enjoy it right here in the neighborhood! BRAVO!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first visit here was delicious. I can’t wait to go back.

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  30. linnielou

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Dinner was outstanding as usual. Always a great experience.

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  31. csgg

    Atlanta Metro

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, well prepared, not over priced. Weight staff was helpful and efficient. We ate at the bar and enjoyed our meal. One complaint: we reserved a tape bowl through open table app and the only available tables were outside. We assumed outdoor dining was heated, or at least sheltered, but it is neither. Fortunately, we found seats at the bar. Great little restaurant on the upper West side.

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  32. NNNN

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorites in the neighborhood. Quality food and great value. I'll keep coming back frequently

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  33. cordonbleu

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely neighborhood restaurant with good Italian food.

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  34. JeffB

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arco Cafe is a gem for lovers of Sardinian food. All pasta is fresh made and delicous.

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  35. NYfoodtoeat

    New York City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Informal neighborhood restaurant with good food and comfortable atmosphere and excellent service. Abuzz with people on a Friday evening. The lunch is a great deal

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  36. larryk

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite local Sardinian Italian restaurant, the food and service are always A+. Francesca, the owner, runs the front, taking orders, making drinks, keeping all things running smoothly. Fresh homemade pastas and a variety of sauces you can mix and match. Plus delicious meat, chicken and fish dishes. Sorry we’re moving away but we’ll be back! Ciao

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  37. DianeM

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Took a friend there for a birthday dinner. We enjoyed the experience but unfortunately it's a little expensive for us to be regulars. I loved the pasta shapes, nice not to have a choice of just ziti and spaghetti, so kudos for the terrific homemade pasta.

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  38. SusanR

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just love this restaurant. The food is reasonably priced and so, so tasty. Highly recommended.

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  39. CCNYC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best pasta you could get here or Italy. Wonderful ambience and service

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  40. Oren

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This Sardinian restaurant has character. The food is terrific (and definitely not your standard Italian), the service super efficient, and the value excellent. I particularly appreciate the moderately priced wine list.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Arco Cafe using the Order Online button. Arco Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Arco Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 781-9080.

Arco Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 431 OpenTable diners.

Arco Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Arco Cafe

886 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    103
  • Neighborhood
    Upper West Side
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Regional Italian (Sardinia), Mediterranean, Organic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Take the 1 train to 103rd Street, or the M7 or M11 buses.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Emmanuel Tecuni
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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