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Posted by SYBIKER1 on 09/14/2010
Agree with some reviewers that the portions were small and wish they would have a bread basket - as the bread was very good. Had summer salad - fresh veggies - companion had diver scallops - real nice. Main meal of black bass -very tasty-but wish there was more. Companion Black squid spaghetti - sort of too tomatoey. Desserts of cheesecake - very yummy. Service was very good - not overwhelming hovering - or too opinionated.
Posted by jackie on 07/27/2010
Wow this place is expensive. I couldn't enjoy the meal at these prices. Sides were around $20.
Posted by hank on 07/01/2010
This is easily one of the most expensive places in the city despite being two blocks removed from the back of Port Authority. There is a scaffolding now which does not add to the dated appearance. The staff thought they were important (a trend at Batali places) and the food was run of the mill small portion Italian, which is basically an oxymoron. Salads are near $20 and a side of asparagus is $15. Just too much for what you get in terms of food, decor and service.
Posted by anonymous on 05/27/2010
i went there with my wife for pre-theater lunch on a weekday. my wife had crudo for appetizer, i don't remember what she had for main course, but the curdo is really nice, it's the dish with 3 kinds of raw fish, so fresh and delicious. i had spaghetti for main course, this is probably one of the best pastas i have had in my life, it's the spaghetti with a one pound lobster, and tomato sauce and chilies, which is so good, and the price is not too expensive, worth trying. i had a espresso machiato (with grappa) after the main course, must try to keep you awake if you are going for a broadway show after lunch.
Posted by Anon on 05/22/2010
Service was eh. Food was eh. Tuna was stringy. Pasta with scallops contained one scallop sliced into four pieces and the "herb pesto" was more like pea soup. Not worth the money...very disappointing.
Posted by SneakyStump4444 on 05/16/2010
Was way intrigued by visiting this place, primarily by the notion that Esca's specialty was Italian style sushi. Had a four or five of the small plates -- raw orange marlin, razor clams, plus calamari, squid ink pasta with flecks of some forgettable whitefish.Totally underwhelming. Atmosphere was terribly stuff, which I can live with if the food delivers, but food was only merely good -- not great. Wish I had gone back to the Spotted Pig.
Posted by anonymous on 04/16/2010
$18 for a fava bean salad, come on! $18 for (1) scallop, are you joking! $23 for a pasta with lemon, enough! $32 for chicken with olives, wow! $35 for skate wing, nice to be mario! Go to 4 star le bernardin it's cheaper and better.