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Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2014
The health code status for this restaurant was pending and that should have been enough to scare us off this restaurant. The fish ( skate and monkfish) arrived overcooked, dry and oversalted. We waited for more than 45 minute for our entrees. The waiter said that one of our fish orders came back undercooked and he sent it back to the kitchen to "Flash". Our food arrived 15 minutes after that on very hot plates ( our food was kept heated in the kitchen) . No wonder it was dried out.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/10/2014
Went last Sat before theatre. Could not have been better! Excellent food, the sommelier was unbelievably helpful picking out a different kind of wine than we are accustomed to. Can't think of anything that could have enhanced the dining experience more!
Posted by Ruthann on 12/08/2013
Overpriced for what you get. Salad contained old greens. Not crisp at all. Explained to waitress but just received an apology and denial. Crudo certainly wasn't that special. Four raw scallops and sorry salad for $37.00 just too much. Will not recommend.
Posted by anonymus on 11/15/2013
just very mediocre
Posted by LJ on 08/31/2013
Here are the salient bits. It's expensive--very expensive--which wouldn't be a problem if the place weren't so solidly average. "Welcome to Esca," says a man in an ill-fitting suit. Welcome, that is, to a profoundly unstylish and boring dining room with out-of-place music. Fine. How's the food? Decidedly mediocre. The famed crudo? Meh. And at $30.00 for six tiny pieces it should be more than meh. Grilled octopus? Again, fine, but I've had similar at middle-of-the-road tapas joints at half the cost. Vegetable sides? Did these come from a can? And why is the kale I ordered actually collard greens? "We're famous for the branzino." That's odd, because it's nothing special, and at over $70.00 for two people, it should probably be the tastiest branzino on earth. "Would you like dessert?" Yes, and an espresso for me and a cappuccino for her. I would, though, not like the espresso to come out first, followed by the dessert 5 minutes later, followed by the cappuccino 4 minutes after that. Kind of messes up the course, you know? But oh well. And the sommelier? Who is this person? After completing her kindergarten checklist she recommends a bottle a full $20.00 more than the price ceiling ($90.00) she requested and I supplied. Her suit: also ill-fitting. Bottom line: way too much money for a bland, mediocre, ordinary seafood place passing itself off as extraordinary for theatre-going out-of-towners. I thought Pasternack was some sort of fish whisperer? Methinks he long ago stopped paying attention to the goings-on at Esca.
Posted by Christonyc on 01/06/2012
Service was very good- but I was really unhappy with my entree. Pasta was undercooked. I sent back dinner to have an even worse replacement. I had always wanted to try this restaurant- having lived in Hells Kitchen for many years-I'll never go back
Posted by familyfoodie on 06/26/2011
Had a family meal at Esca this week, and it was very disappointing. I love the Batali/Bastianich restaurants, and think that Babbo is the best place in NYC, but my first Esca experience was lacking. The waiter or the kitchen forgot multiple items of of our meal and took an unusually long time to deliver them when we finally asked about them. The menu is interesting and original, but relatively expensive, and of the 4 things i tasted, only two of them were particularly good. All in all, i was just expecting a better dinner/experience from a team that usually hits on all cylinders.