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Posted by Joe Bonafide on 11/09/2003
I went ot Esca's with my wife and another couple. We found the place nice but nothing too fancy. We ordered a bottle of wine and two appetizers. The wine was moderately priced and the appetizers were very over priced. We ordered Crab Ravioli cost $25.00 and homemade pasta cost $22.50. There were six raviolis on the plate. They were not very big either. The pasta plate was enough to share one spoonful for each person. We continued dinner with another bottle of wine and the entree's came out. I ordered Black Bass and the portions were so small that I needed to get something to eat on the way home. All the portions served to us that night were small. All told the bill came out $300.00 and we mentioned to the waiter about the portions, all he said was he was sorry. Not as sorry as we were. Warning, if you go to Esca's, eat something before you get there. Don't forget to bring alot of money with you.
Posted by Elena on 08/31/2003
If you like fish, this is the place to go! This restaurant serves southern Italian cuisine, and their specialty is beautiful fish in every style, including crudi (raw fish, Italian style). There is garden seating available, which I highly recommend; the interior has absolutely no ambiance and is very small. Prices are moderate: average main course $28. There is an extensive wine list, and every kind of fish imaginable is prepared here. This is truly the best fish I have ever eaten--tender, flavorful and cooked in an elegant oil. I recommend you stick with their wonderful fish, and skip the side dishes and dessert, which were not so exceptional. The service was good, but not excellent; however, the waiter was initially huffy with me when my guest was only 5 minutes late, threatening to make me move! Although the atmosphere was lacking, I could definitely recommend a trip to Esca for the fish alone!
Posted by Christina from the STL on 08/25/2003
This was absolutely the best restuarant I have ever been to. The food and the service were excellent. Not to mention our waiter was HOT! My girls and I were in NYC for 4th of July and had a wonderful time at this restaurant. If you love seafood then this is the place for you. It is expensive but worth every penny.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2003
I had the best lunch of my life at Esca in New York!! It was absolutely fabulous. The service was impeccable - even during a busy lunch hour and the food.......I can't even begin to tell you.