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Soho Seafood Standby Aquagrill Closes After 24 Years

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The restaurant was consistently considered one of the top seafood destinations in the city

The blue storefront of Aquagrill restaurant
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Upmarket Soho destination Aquagrill — which for decades was touted as one of the city’s top seafood spots — has permanently closed. The spacious restaurant, at the corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue, had initially closed temporarily due to the COVID-19-related shutdown, but decided to permanently close this week as a result of the “adverse effects of COVID-19 on dining out,” says co-owner Jennifer Marshall.

The couple opened the restaurant in 1996, and quickly established a reputation for serving top-notch seafood dishes including fish tartares, truffle mushroom-crusted cod, and its bouillabaisse. In subsequent years, the restaurant frequently placed in various NYC guides including Zagat’s 50 best restaurants in the city and won an award from Wine Spectator for its wine list. While the restaurant wasn’t quite as trendy in recent years, it continued to be a reliable downtown Manhattan spot.