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Cesca

Enoteca & Trattoria
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  • Italian, Wine Bar
  • 164 W 75th St, New York NY10024 40.7802763 -73.9798894
  • (At Amsterdam Ave)
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  • (212) 787-6300
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User Ratings (Based on 48 reviews)

3.465
Food 3.7 Value 2.9
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 787-6300
Fax:
fax
(212) 787-1081
Website:
www.cescanyc.com
Place Order:
Order From Cesca for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC Happy Hour Daily: 5pm-7pm
Hours:
Dinner Sun-Wed: 5pm-10pm Thu-Sat: 5pm-11pm Brunch Sun: 11:30am-3pm
Serves:
Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Trendy, Pre/Post Theater, Happy Hour, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
30.00

User Reviews

  • Cesca

    Posted by elena on 07/06/2008

    Excellent food and reasonable price

    I got tempted to try this restaurant based on positive reviews and an offer from American Express Dish. We had tickets to Lincoln Center and though the restaurant is about 10 blocks away, we dared to try it out for a pre-theater meal. The food was great! I actually chose their 3 course prix fixe ($31) and my husband went for 2 courses a la carte. For starters, I loved their bread basket-that's the one clear advantage an Italian restaurant has over sushi! for appetizers, we had gazpacho soup and a buffalo mozzarella special salad i chose salmon as my main course and my husband got the special risotto with mushrooms and steak. both dishes were delicious and the portion sizes were quite generous. my 3 course was chocolate cake - quite tasty! our waiter was very cordial and helpful - the service was paced to get us to the show on time. we enjoyed the meal and would definitely return next time we're in the neighborhood.

  • Cesca

    Posted by PAR on 04/22/2008

    So close, but please try harder!!

    This is a neighborhood restaurant that could be amazing if they just got the basics right. Weekly specials are often sold out before 8pm., and this should be a red flag to the chef to order more...please! This is why people are coming to your restaurant The Pollo di Milanese is quite good, but again sells out quickly...how do you run out of chicken? I personally would like to see more inventive pastas and risottos. What happened to your Butternut Squash ravioli? It was one of the best, but I guess the season changed and you responded with a watery goat cheese ravioli. The Brodo di Pollo and Brussel Sprouts are always good, but are not enough for a meal. You start off so well with the delicious chickpea and eggplant crostini, but why not serve the goat cheese warm on the arugula salad? There are so many little things that keep this being my neighborhood fav. It's a shame because you are in an ideal location, have a good bar and delicious wines.

  • Cesca

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/12/2007

    very good food, not a good value

    pasta, meat and fish dishes that my dining companions and i have tried have been excellent. appetizer selection is a lot of fun. very expensive though. lovely ambience.

  • Cesca

    Posted by WestSideNewlywed on 09/13/2007

    Excellent Menu, Great UWS Dinner

    I went to Cesca for dinner on a Wednesday evening. When we arrived at 6:30pm, the bar area was full and the restaurant mostly empty. When we left around 8pm, both the bar and the restaurant were full and lively. The decor is simple and dark--chocolate brown fabric, deep wood furniture, dark walls. The menu is very extensive, with an array of "starters" for the table--olives (a HUGE bowl for $9), fritters, etc; and then a lengthy list of first through third course selections + dessert. Our server was warm and attentive, as were the other staff who brought bread, water, cleared plates, etc. We both began with the mozzarella and tomato salad, which was fresh and taste. I had the seasonal vegetable platter as an entree and it was AMAZING--lightly but deliciously seasoned. My companion had the dover sole, a chef's special, and it was excellent as well. Highly recommend!

  • Cesca

    Posted by JB on 09/02/2007

    Not recommended

    We were taking friends out for a celebratory dinner, and wanted a special experience. What we got was a rude bartender, who told us he'd "tell the waitress" when we went to the bar and attempted to order a drink. The food was completely overpriced. Basically $25 for a plate of pasta and overcooked fish. Bill for 4 was almost $400 with tip.

  • Cesca

    Posted by A guest on 08/11/2007

    Never again. Too many better restaurants

    I was seated in a cramped booth with 2 friends, the bread was cold and hard. I ordered mussels expecting to get a mussels fork but had to use a regular one, and the toasted bread in the dish was burned so the whole dish had burnt overtones. My friends had the scallop entree for $35.00. I asked if I could substitue the cauliflower and was told that they could remove it for me. This was a birthday dinner and I didn't want to complain. The music was really nice though & non obtrusive (early evening) good eating music!

  • Cesca

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2007

    delicious, quiet and reliable

    Had excellent service and the food was lovely. I brought some out of towners here, and one, a retired opera singer, just about fainted over the Dover Sole special (it was the real thing). I had a terrific soup starter,and went for the spaghetti pomodoro, just something light and it was perfect, not heavy and full of flavor. We also had a lovely Brunello di Rosso; the wine list had a great selection of Italian wines. It feels like a nice restaurant, not downtown "clubby" at all, and it was quiet and you could actually have a conversation. It may be a bit quiet for people who prefer more of a "scene", but if you just want a lovely Italian meal with friends without the noise and pretension, this is a good choice. Be aware - this place is not cheap. But you do get what you pay for here.

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