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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 47 reviews)

3.445
Food 3.6 Value 2.8
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(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 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.

  • Cesca

    Posted by Horace on 07/21/2006

    Just OK

    I think Cesca was just so so. The fritto misto was different but disappointing. Our party of 3 all ordered fish entrees, and, while all were good, nothing was great. It is a comfortable, pretty place.

  • Cesca

    Posted by Geoffrey on 05/15/2006

    Well Seasoned

    The staff was very friendly. The food was superb. The check was just right. However there a man who constantly kept walking in circles around the place (pretty weird).

  • Cesca

    Posted by foodguy on 03/30/2006

    Great B'Day Dinner

    I took my girlfriend to Cesca for her birthday, as we are both fans of Ouest. Cesca is even better! The fritto misto app was delicious and could have fed six. The braised short rib was cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is excellent, as is the service. This place is really a step above of all other Italian restaurants on the UWS. Though it is expensive, I didn't once feel that it wasn't worth it.

  • Cesca

    Posted by Dr. B on 02/26/2006

    Top Notch!

    This was actually my second visit to Cesca. Having dined there soon after is opened, I noticed a "semi-private" section near the rear of the dining room. In hosting a dinner party for 10 in honor of a special anniversary, I thought that the venue might be ideal. I must say having read some of the negative reviews of the service at Cesca , I was somewhat apprehensive about how our experience might unfold. I can say, emphatically, that is indeed most positive! Our table was ready as we arrived. Having selected several bottles of wine from the winelist (which I asked to be faxed to me) I found our waiter to be congenial, knowledgable, and professional! The cuisine was well above par and not unreasonably priced for for an establishment of this calibre. Who could ask for more? The only negatives (and they were relatively minor) were the very slow coat check and the heat -- the section where we sat was very hot. All-in-all, though, and being a rather experienced (and somewhat critical) restaurant-goer, I felt that some of the negative reviews on this page were not at all consistent with our own experience. We were very pleasantly surprised!

  • Cesca

    Posted by roger on 02/21/2006

    Some good, some not so good

    My wife and I are frequent diners in NYC as we live in NJ and have been to many very good NYC restaurants. We walked in 5 minutes early and waited in the bar area for 5 mintues till our table was ready. The bar was packed with people drinking and eating and you could barely hear anything with all the noise which is a problem there and in the dining room. We were promptly seated and presented with menus and the wine list. The wine list has bottles from 24 to 500 dollars, a good selection. The menu in my opinion is very small for an italian restaurant. I am not a seafood eater and more than half the menu is seafood. We had the parmesan fritters and the mushroom with polenta for appetizer. The fritters are nothing to write home about, but the mushroom polenta was excellent. If you think some flour mixed with parmesan and pancetta is a great thing then by all means get them, they were just ordinary for us. After our appetizer plates sat on the table for 5 minutes (unacceptable for a restaurant of this calibur) they were finally cleared by the buss man. Our waitress got sat a table of 9 who was ordering individual cocktails for all 9 people so they took up all her time. Our entrees arrived with a good spacing between the apps, which I like. I ordered the braised lamb shank which was very good. My wife got the pasta with asparagus and pancetta, which she liked but I did not care for because the asparagus were cooked in the wood fired oven and they tasted like the smoked wood, and that flavor transferred to the whole dish.

  • Cesca

    Posted by FG on 02/03/2006

    Now that you're gone..

    We used to love 'Cesca. Now I don't want to be too harsh, but when we dined has gone & opened her own restaurant in Brooklyn, but there were some other subtle changes we noticed. The front door staff were less aware of things, the restrooms were a little sloppy, and the elimination of some favorite dishes were more prominent. No more stromboli, no more Cuban panini, no pork shank (we were told it has become a special)....the parm cheese fritters were overcooked and tasted off, the gemmeli pasta was a bit tough & gluey and the we saw the waiter once, when he took the order...a waitress later brought us our check. No one ever checked with us if we were enjoying our meal (& in the past it wasn't necesary). We now know that Elvis has left the building.

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