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ACQUA MAKES A SPLASH

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The latest addition to the list of Brooklyn’s "finer diners" is Acqua.

Opened in Downtown Brooklyn in late April by Nando Ghorchian, who owns the Caffe Buon Gusto restaurants in Brooklyn Heights and Manhattan, Acqua ("water" in Italian), offers diner fare and more esoteric Italian diner dishes in a chic setting.

The room sports expansive windows, exposed brick walls and blond-wood floors; but Ghorchian hasn’t forgotten to give his space a dose of greasy spoon nostalgia with comfortable, blue-leather booths.

Those looking for a meat fix can enjoy a cheeseburger (or veal, turkey or chicken burger) and a glass of wine from the mostly Italian wine list.

Since the manic depressive weather seems to have transformed into sunny blue skies, the clientele can also sit outside on the spacious wood deck and feast on grilled salmon over a bed of arugula with nicoise olives; or cod with porcini mushroom broth and sauteed spinach.

Can’t decide on low-brow or upscale dining? Banish all thoughts of yourself in a bathing suit and order the hot fudge sundae.

Acqua (111 Court St. between State and Schermorhorn streets) accepts Visa and MasterCard. Acqua serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 7 am to 10 pm. Entrees: $7.95-$15.95. For reservations, call (718) 858-1277.

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