ACME

Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
ACME ACME in New York's NoHo is a trendy Scandinavian restaurant with an exclusive downstairs lounge. Get hip and fancy in NYC with Party Earth. New York United States 40.727333 -73.9939558
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ACME - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review Held over from the venue’s previous incarnation, a sign out front promises “authentic southern and Cajun cookin’,” but the trendy gals and hip locavores at ACME won’t find gumbo on the restaurant’s avant-garde Nordic menu... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    4, 6: Bleecker Street / Lafayette Street; B, D, F, M: Broadway-Lafayette Street / Houston Street

  • Phone:

    212-203-2121

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: M–Th 6–11pm, F 6pm–midnight, Sa 11:30am–2:30pm, 6pm–midnight, Su 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–11pm

    Lounge: Tu–Sa 7pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth ACME Review

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ACME in New York's NoHo is a trendy Scandinavian restaurant with an exclusive downstairs lounge. Get hip and fancy in NYC with Party Earth.

Held over from the venue’s previous incarnation, a sign out front promises “authentic southern and Cajun cookin’,” but the trendy gals and hip locavores at ACME won’t find gumbo on the restaurant’s avant-garde Nordic menu, nor is there a trace of Louisiana in the chilled-out but über-exclusive downstairs lounge.

Well-connected patrons pass through a small vestibule before entering the expansive dining hall – a space that stays perpetually loud and full given ACME’s limited dining hours – joining the fashion editors and successful SoHo artists at the round vintage bistro tables scattered about the room.

A long mirrored bar dominates one side, providing a spot for socialites to wait for a table and gossip over crafted cocktails like the Upstate Affair (green apples, celery juice, vodka, and dandelion), while foodie couples feast on haute cuisine such as duck in a jar or a pearl barley and scallop dish lathered in faux sea foam.

Savvy scenesters bypass the restaurant entirely, instead descending a staircase near the entrance that gives way to a dark mirrored hallway and hidden bar, where a handful of privileged guests can mingle and dance to 70s-era rock and 80s pop.

Dinner meets its daytime rival during weekend brunch, but any visit to ACME combines the vibe of a cocktail bar with unique fare usually reserved for fine restaurants, making it an ideal retreat for people who take their food as seriously as their style.

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Tip from Adriana:

Don’t overlook weekend brunch, which also draws a big crowd but tends to be a more relaxed time to try the fabulous food. If you can eat only one bite of their signature Danish donuts, you have the most amazing willpower!

  • Crowd

    Creative professionals, stylish scenesters, fashionistas, hip foodies, couples on dates, trendy types looking for an exclusive but chill lounge, the chic, and the hipster-chic, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Dance, 70s rock, and 80s pop in the lounge downstairs.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of reinvented Scandinavian cuisine includes chicken and eggs, pearl barley and clams, and beer and bread porridge.

    Weekend brunch 11:30am–2:30pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $8–$21, snacks $10–$18, entrées $24–$34. Beer $9–$14, wine $11–$16/glass or $36–$150+, cocktails $12–$13+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Glamorous but low key: skinny jeans, tailored shirts, leather jackets, vintage wear, trendy designer dresses, expensive handbags.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday through Saturday nights for the toughest door but biggest party downstairs, or early in the evening with reservations in hand to try the food.

  • Close By

    The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery) offers a nostalgic but glamorous old hotel atmosphere and caters to a similar crowd.

ACME User Reviews

Average rating:
I like it
Steffi B. Aug 7, 2013
Great place.
I've never made it to the restaurant here so I can't give you a review on that, however, the downstairs bar is special enough to warrant a review of its own.
Efterpi Z. Jun 8, 2013
On my first visit here I wondered around the upstairs bar, looking a little lost amongst the tables of diners, and a little surprised that my partner in crime was uncharacteristically late and also that this was his favourite NY drinking spot. I walked downstairs to see if there was something I was missing, only to be greeted by a dark corridor with doors that looked like they possibly lead to bathrooms and then back upstairs before finally deciding that there is no shame in asking one of the hosts where this mysterious other bar might be found, even if it might mean admitting I am not a native New Yorker. Turns out you have to walk downstairs, all the way to the end and open the last door, which doesn't even have a proper handle, in order to find yourself in a secret tucked away bar and in another era. As soon as I opened the door and stepped into the speakeasy vibe I understood my friend's fascination with the place. Even though these tucked away bars are popping up all over the place at the moment, there is still something great about stepping into a place that feels so hidden in a busy city like NY and that can transport you to another time. Upon stepping inside and I also realised that my friend was not late as I previously thought and was waiting for me looking and laughing at my hopeless inability to open a door at the end of a dark corridor. The cocktails here are great, and you can also get nibbles downstairs. There is a bit of dancing, however for me this bar is all about just pulling a stool up to the bar, dressed in a trench coat and fedora and drinking a great whisky and chatting the night away whilst feeling like you are in a 1930's movie.
Acme restaurant with Danish gourmet star chef
Cecilia B. Mar 30, 2013
Since i am a native dane like The very Star Chef himself ,Mads Refslund at ACME, i will of course be delighted to review this wonderful restaurant and open the eyes of Americans , to Scandinavian food for thought, i have learned by now that Americans have a thing for Scandinavian . By now, you know that Mads Refslund, co-founder of the world famous restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, is at the helm of this very chic NoHo bistro. His Nordic style of cooking along with the hip bar and basement, has attracted everyone from A-list celebrities and foodies to hipsters and locals to ACME ever since the opening, and reservations are hard to come by. Even if much of the press behind the restaurant has been about Mads’ involvement in the startup of Noma, this review won’t mention the “World’s Best Restaurant” again. Because Mads Refslund has much more to offer than just a good story. And even if ACME is much more of a bistro than he has ever worked at before, anyone who sits down at one of the tables at this restaurant will reap the benefits of being in the hands of one of the most talented chefs in the world. The food at ACME is not Nordic. It is local. But there is evidence of Mads’ geographic and cultural background in almost every dish. Anyone who has ever been to the Nordic region will taste hints of the archipelago, of the fields, the mountains and coasts of the North throughout the meal. And the combinations are gutsy, sometimes even provocative. There are no obvious crowd pleasing bistro dishes served at ACME, and while some might be put off by the lack of burgers, steak frites and crème brûlées here – this food writer applauds a chef with the integrity to stick to his style of cooking no matter what. And luckily for ACME, they have such a chef in Mads Refslund. He might just have created 2013 most interesting bistro menu. His sweet shrimp and bison tartare, served with bitter lettuce and green almonds looks great and tastes of wilderness and open plains. The foie gras with raw langoustine and white walnuts is a take on one of chef Refslund’s signature dishes, and it never fails to surprise. The farmer’s eggs, whipped with cauliflower and parmiggiano, are fun, and a wonder of creaminess. The salmon confit, served in a jar with shaved fennel, is a successful Nordic take on ceviche. Heirloom tomatoes, served with marinated water melon and seasonal herbs, are sensational in all their simplicity. Throughout, the dishes impress with unexpected combinations that usually work perfectly. It is certainly not fine dining, and it doesn’t have those ambitions – but it is both creative, fun and delicious.
Some really great dishes, Nouvelle Cuisine
Nicole H. Dec 8, 2012
The biggest disappointment about Acme was the hostess. My party arrived on time for our reservation, and yet we still waited about 2 hours to be seated. It was ridiculous, but we were in good spirits and passed some time in the underground lounge. We had to order quickly since the kitchen was taking last call by the time we were seated. We ended up with some great selections, which goes to show that just about everything on the menu is tasty. I can't say anything was extraordinary or memorable, but definitely delicious and well executed. We were the last diners that night and didn't feel pressured to pick up and leave. I'd recommend you try it, but don't let that hostess push you aside.
ACME Revamped
Jaclyn W. Dec 7, 2012
I went right after they reopened and redid the old Acme. My partner in crime and I were trying to settle on a place between our neighborhoods: east and west village. We settled on ACME originally to just get cocktails before choosing a dinner place, but after we got there and saw what patrons were ordering, we wanted more than just a bar stool. After waiting about an hour, they finally sat us at a table and it was totally worth the wait. My friend sampled more of the cocktails than I did. I stuck to one which I cannot recall the name at the moment, but it had brown sugar and tequila in it, so I was a happy girl. Acme has two levels: the bar downstairs, which is actually a ton of fun to hang out in at night and the upstairs for dining. it is a good space for maybe a creative, holiday office party or a late20s-early30s birthday party. The menu for dinner is intriguing. They have such random combinations, but somehow it works. We split a bunch of different things among which we tried celery soup and goose with lobster. If the food items are not your thing, definitely come here for the downstairs bar. Try a Wednesday around midnight. You'll be very pleased to find some of the interesting characters lurking in the murky, speakeasy-feel light downstairs.
Amazing food!
Cera C. Dec 1, 2012
My roommate and I went for brunch this summer and it was absolutely amazing. ACME is in a great location and has truly interesting food. We absolutely adored everything we ordered and it definitely cured our hangovers... The benedict and arctic char were definitely our favorite dishes! Enjoy!
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