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  • Italian, Seafood, Local/Organic
  • 402 W 43rd St, New York NY10036 40.7594776 -73.9930707
  • (At 9th Ave)
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  • (212) 564-7272
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User Ratings (Based on 91 reviews)

3.255
Food 3.5 Value 2.7
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 564-7272
Website:
www.esca-nyc.com
Notes:
Business Casual Dress Code Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Lunch Mon-Sat: 12pm-2:30pm Dinner Mon: 5pm-10:30pm Tue-Sat: 5pm-11:30pm Sun: 4:30pm-10:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Group Dining, Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Trendy, Pre/Post Theater, Raw Bar, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Esca

    Posted by Stella on 06/23/2005

    An awesome meal!

    Our service and food was awesome at Esca. The menu had a huge selection of food that are not in your everyday restaurant. We enjoyed every bit of the evening and will highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Esca

    Posted by Kathy and husband on 06/18/2005

    Fishy

    My husband and I go often to New York. Like a previous reviewer mentioned, we are fans of Mario and have often wanted to go to Esca. We went, a party of four, and were disappointed : Too Fussy/Pretentious really hit the mark, we couldn't agree more. The chef is being let down by the front end. Our waiter, didn't really know much about the menu he was suppose to present to us, he was frankly awkward and inexperienced, and unable to describe the food preparation or the items on the menu. What he resorted to was reading his notes, and assuming that we found that satisfactory. That said: The food was good, not wonderful. The wine sommelier, was arrogant and dissmissive, and not much help in the end. Fortunately, we could make sense of the Italian wine list, but those without experience of Italian grape varietals, would be at the mercy of this fellow: you just might end up paying for an expensive bottle of wine (in order to make the restaurant look good). We are quite use to the smell of good cooking coupled with a certain atmosphere that good food engenders: if the food is wonderful, the restaurant comes alive with the sounds of happy eaters. I would say that at Esca, the food did not inspire that kind of a relishing response from its' patrons. Too bad. I think we'll probably pass on it in the future. They may have been looking down their noses at us, to try to bolster their own reptutations, never a good idea when there is some really wonderful food out there just waiting to be discovered. I would say this is an old fashioned restaurant, that is not quite able to keep up: the food should stand on its' own.

  • Esca

    Posted by Jenna Italia on 03/23/2005

    Trendy Atmosphere..Great Food

    I have dined at Esca on several occassions. The food is absolutely mouth watering. The service is exceptional. It is very rare that the staff remembers the wine preference of a guest. My favorite appetizer at Esca is the Ruby Shrimp. This is a seasonal delight. Although it is a little pricey, it is definitely worth it!

  • Esca

    Posted by Bill Makeman on 03/10/2005

    Mario who?

    After eating at Babbo, I figured I would try Esca. Huge disappoinment. The food was eh and the service was poor. The waiter was rude and not the slightest bit accommodating.

  • Esca

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2005

    Get the wahoo

    We walked in off the street on a busy Thursday night, with a theater curtain looming. We were immediately and graciously seated, and made the curtain with no sweat. The food was fabulous. The wahoo was world class. If I could always find fish this good, I would give up red meat.

  • Esca

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/17/2004

    I'll try it again

    The food very good overall. exceptions: the sardines that were oily and smelly as well as the sicilian zupa that did not meet my expectations. The broth was kind of light and gave you the feeling that was not fresh. I could not eat it. Service was good but not what you expect when you pay so much money. Last but not least the sommelier. The worst one I've ever seen in my 40 years of dining out. I am willing to try it again and give them another chance because I am a big fan of Mario.

  • Esca

    Posted by FreqVisitor on 12/06/2004

    Too Fussy/Pretentious

    First off, the good. Service was very good, in that it was timely and efficient. And, we liked the atmosphere... But, I thought the whole experience to be too fussy. I am used to fine dining (I love Jean George, and per se) but this place was pretentious just to be pretentious. "Sir, we recommend that you order either a hot or cold appetizer, a salad, a pasta to share and...." I know how to order off of a menu! The chef would like you to have this amuse of white bean and smoked eel (I kid you not) bruschetta. The food tasted oily and just so-so fresh. Much better places than this to drop a bundle.

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