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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 uesider on 06/29/2007

    Fabulous food and nice atmosphere!

    I went to Cesca tonight to celebrate my mom's birthday, and we had an excellent time all around! I had the impression from other reviews that it would be noisy and trendy... I was very pleased with the fact that it was not noisy at all, had a wonderful atmosphere and even better food. We were on an expense account, so went all out and sampled a bunch of appetizers and pasta (the orecchiette with house made pork sausage was a winner) and had an incredible bottle of wine (a $60 bottle that the waitress recommended over the $100 bottle we had picked out... can't complain about that!) My tuna with eggplant caponata was outstanding. Everyone truly enjoyed their meals. The warm chocolate cake with gelato is a MUST- one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. The service was very prompt but our waitress was a bit sour-faced (as I noticed most of them to be.) Overall Cesca is definitely a new fave and I can't wait to recommend it to others!

  • Cesca

    Posted by Nick on 06/03/2007

    Awesome

    The food here is fabulous! I highly recommend going there if you haven't yet. Try the cheese plate and the procuitto fritters. Oh, and the chocolate cake!

  • 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.

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