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Posted by igglesfan on 12/10/2009
Sorry to all of those that had bad reviews, but my wife and I had a fantastic meal here. I started off with Tuna Meatballs and then opted for a gamebird pasta. Both were wonderful. Wife had sashimi and seafood stew which she also enjoyed. Had a nice bottle of wine and some incredible desserts. Great atmosphere, service was decent, amazing food we will be back.
Posted by THIS PLACE SUCKS on 11/24/2009
i will never go back to this place. Never have i ever paid $550 for 4 people and had the most disappointed meal of my life. High price for small portions.. Service was just dumb, it was a monday!. we ordered a 4 a course meal. the first 2 came out 10mins apart from each other. the next one didn't come out till 30mins later and we had to complain about it. then it seemed like they rushed the 4th plate ou. How does a seafood restaurant screw up stripe sea bass????? 2 things i thought was good here. Baby octopus and the sea urchin crab-meat (which i would paid again for) pasta. everything just sucked. over seasoned, under seasoned, unbalance, over cooked.. bad choice.
Posted by alan on 10/05/2009
I have been to this place a few times, and was very excited to be returning. I over ordered as always so that my parents could experience everything. The crudo (though expensive) came and was delicious but for there things went downhill rapidly. The food took a long time to come, then was cold and some parts overcooked. When I politely reminded the waiter that we were in a hurry as i had done when booking and when seated he looked at me like I was crazy as there was no problem with the timing (40mins between each course). All in all a very average disappointing overpriced experience, a shame as the menu has been well designed and the food used to be well executed!
Posted by mm on 09/13/2009
the best in town, during my 2 week trip in New York i went twice, but wanted to go again. I recommend the soup, chicken and gelato
Posted by anonymous on 08/31/2009
After having been blown away by Phantom of the Opera, what a way to end our day by having our first visit/dinner at Esca. The food was superb and the service by a young college student was great. The only negative was the louder than necessary music. I will return.
Posted by wallatom on 08/01/2009
We usually love dinner at Esca, and chose to try restaurant week lunch. We had very nice antipasti, though the crudo plate had two (!) pieces of tuna. I complained and was told to order another plate if I wanted. The fish course was sold out, and replaced by tuna (we were not told this), and finally by the time our order was being served, it had morphed into shark. My wife complained that she did not care for shark, but was basically blown off by the waiter ("don't worry, you'll like it"). By the end of lunch, we had had a fairly nice lunch, but spent a lot more than we bargained for, and felt like the poor cousins who tried to come in for a free lunch.
Posted by Jon Simplicio on 06/10/2009
Our party of 5 was really rushed on June 5, 2009 and that was good as it discouraged us from ordering any more poorly prepared food. The goal at ESCA is TABLE TURNOVER - because the food is substandard. The seafood frito misto had to be saturated with lemon juice to kill the taste of UNFRESH fish. The squash blossoms filled with cheese were served flattened and virtually unrecognizable, oily and nearly tasteless (quite an achievement). Fortunately my guests had received very small portions of food - but at large prices.The person who heads the kitchen really isn't qualified to be a short order chef at any fast food place. Horrible, horrible, horrible.