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Cesca

Enoteca & Trattoria
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  • Italian, Wine Bar
  • 164 W 75th St, New York NY10024 40.7805061 -73.9802
  • (At Amsterdam Ave)
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  • (212) 787-6300
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User Ratings (Based on 46 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 binchois on 01/21/2007

    Surprisingly delicious

    We had eaten at 'Cesca soon after it opened and, as big fans of Ouest, were modestly disappointed. But we returned last week (a year post-Valenti, I think) and were bowled over by the consistent excellence of the food. We had several of the succulent appetizers (parmesan fritters, buffalo mozzarella, arancini, salume) and four superb main courses: rib-eye (among the best steaks I've eaten), lamb chops (back to succulent), tuna (silken and delicious), and a seafood stew (perhaps not quite spicy enough). The only letdown was a mediocre risotto. We also had wonderful wines -- the choice is excellent, if hardly inexpensive. I wish that the bar scene was less obnoxiously loud, since that's where you have to wait to be seated for your serious meal. All in all, the best Italian food we've had in the city for a long while. (For what it's worth, we spend a fair amount of time in Italy.)

  • Cesca

    Posted by Mizago on 01/08/2007

    Below average

    I think I missed the boat on Cesca. It was probably great once. Now it's riding a wave of reputation. If they don't turn things around soon, I don't think it will last. I've been twice now. On my first visit, the food was decent, but really nothing special. The service was very poor, intermittent and unattentive. My wife and I failed to see why it was so popular. On my second visit, I was equally disappointed. Again, the food really didn't stand up beyond that of an average Italian place. Our server was completely disconnected and irritable. She ended up leaving mid-meal to be replaced with another waitress. I rarely write bad reviews, but I feel like there are places in NY that better deserve your business.

  • Cesca

    Posted by Solid on 01/08/2007

    Yummo!

    Thought the food was delicious, very solid. Enjoyed all the dishes, especially the tuna. Place is nice, but trendy and loud, so be prepared... definitely worth it, though!

  • Cesca

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2007

    Love it!

    I am UWSider and love to frequent Cesca! The wine list outstanding and the food is so well priced! You can splurge for the expensive bottle because the entrees are so cheap! The cheese platter was excellent and the service was impeccable. One of our favorites.

  • Cesca

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2006

    Mediocre at best

    My girl friend and I had heard good things about this place, but in the end were both disappointed. Like most restaurants in NYC we sat practically on the laps of the people next to us, who seemed oblivous to the fact that their fairly raunchy conversation was clearly audible to the people around them. Although this wasnt the fault of the restaurant in anyway, it clearly didnt help with our perception of the atmosphere. The food was disappointing, my gnocchi and sausage dish was very bland, and the gnocchi was flavorless and chewy. There are so many better options available for the price, even on the UWS. This place's name recognition seems like the only thing it has going for it.

  • Cesca

    Posted by UWSider on 08/10/2006

    Mediocre

    The escarole salad seemingly had been pre-made and was refrigerated before hand. The escarole was over-chilled and slightly wilted. The pasta dish was smothered in a salty tomato puree. All in all the food is very mediocre.

  • Cesca

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2006

    Could be better...

    We ordered the fried cheese and prosciutto fritters, mushrooms w/ polenta and goat cheese, duck ravioli w/ sage and brown sugar, and yellow tail tuna. The first two plates don't create any expectation for the subsequent dishes - the first was too salty, the second lacked flavor. The ravioli was a pleasant surprise, and tuna was fresh and mouthwatering, but missed a side dish to complete the plate. The veggies were not that exciting.

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