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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 Upper West Side Foodie on 10/10/2004

    Really Like 'Cesca

    We've had dinner three times at 'Cesca since it opened and are never disappointed. The food is delicious, particularly the delicious appetizers. (I had to be forcefully restrained from making a meal of them.) The waiter service was decent. The wine service was truly excellent. The room is lovely and warm, and the open kitchen is interesting. They had a nice private dining room, and a fun looking "chef's table" that I may try next week. It's great to have some new really good restaurants on the Upper West Side that are good by any standard (not just as neighborhood hotspots). I noticed some bad reviews below, and I'm surprised it's the same restaurant about which the reviewers below are speaking. Everything seemed to work so well at 'Cesca when we were there that it doesn't even seem like things would ever be uneven.

  • Cesca

    Posted by neighborhood regular on 06/10/2004

    Expect a wait, but worth it

    Cesca is not typical to the West Side as it is packed every night and reservations are hard to come by. That initself should tell how great the food, decor and staff are, but tasting confirms. Country Italian with fresh ingredients seem to lead the menu. If ther is something that you desire that is not on the menu, ask, and if the ingredients are in the kitchen, you will have it on your plate. Strictly Italian wine list, feels like Tuscany. For those who are expecting a pasta and red sauce menu, you may not be as imaginative as this restaurant- try Olive Garden!!!

  • Cesca

    Posted by Very Disappointed on 04/24/2004

    Two strikes and you're out

    Two months ago when I dined at 'Cesca, I thought it may have been an off night---it wasn't! Tonight was a study in boring and uninteresting flavors. The roasted oysters tasted like tepid clams, the pork and the lamb shanks were flavorless and gelatinous. Most of the four entrees cried for a dash of spice. The decor of 'Cesca looks like the food--it needs something. We had a nice waiter but the Maitre'd had the manners of of a toad. He removed the coffee and dessert plates before all our parties were through--without asking to do so. It was obvious that they wanted our table after 90 minutes. To add further insult the check was presented without our request. Serious diners will not put up with this Tom! You may have the hype now but it won't last.

  • Cesca

    Posted by SL on 03/23/2004

    Delicious food in fine rustic setting

    Delicious food, good service, pricey but worth it,. It's not as expensive as other fine dining establishments and I think the food really speaks for itself. Tripe is amazing.

  • Cesca

    Posted by F.G. on 01/21/2004

    Tom does it right!

    The back room is a bit pricey, but you have to expect to pay a little more for the quality given. The flavors all explode in every dish. The pork & lamb shanks meat falls off the bone with a taste that melts in your mouth and that pleasantly lingers. Sauce scmausch, the natural juices from Valenti's food enhances every dish. One review said the gnocchi was gummy? Not from my plate! The pillows were light and airy and the ragu was brilliant. The wines are presented well with a fair price. You can find a very complimentary wine at high and low prices. The front of the house has the best small plates of any italian restaurant in New York. Rice balls are a delight, parmagaina fritters are from heaven, the faro salad satisfying, the Cubano panini is a testament to Valenti's ability to serve the best pork dishes pf any chef in New York with his homemade pickles YUM and I just want to go back to try the little meatballs & Sunday Gravy!

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