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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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(212) 564-7272
Business Casual Dress Code Major Credit Cards
Lunch Mon-Sat: 12pm-2:30pm Dinner Mon: 5pm-10:30pm Tue-Sat: 5pm-11:30pm Sun: 4:30pm-10:30pm
Lunch, Dinner
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 Teddy R on 03/29/2010

    Esca means "salt," right?

    Salty bean appetizer, salty bread, salty frito misto, I guess to cover up the fact that it lacked a fresh seafood flavor. Two people had the halibut, nice, but then poaching, braising or roasting fish ain't rocket science. When will I learn to order the easier to prepare offerings. Well, I like to go out to eat to have something that is a little labor intensive that I would not bother with at home. And I really hate looking for the guy with the breadbasket, but then I didn't have to; I had already had my daily quota of salt with that tiny bean appy. Put the darn breadbasket on the table, don't make people look for the guy who just put bread on the next table. And, oh yeah, leave the little bread plates, I needed mine for the pits from the salty olives. Mr. Mayor, I commend you on trying to have the salt reduced in restaurants, you will have an uphill battle, even at the high-end.

  • Esca

    Posted by Sweettooth329 on 02/01/2010

    Great Seafood!

    Esca has a great atmosphere to take a date, very friendly service, and amazing seafood. We tried the “Crudo” (meaning raw) tasting and it was really interesting. My favorite dish by far was the sea urchin and crab meat guitar pasta (Maccheroni alla Chittara)… delicious!! Their desserts were average but everything else was worth the price.

  • Esca

    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.

  • Esca

    Posted by THIS PLACE SUCKS on 11/24/2009

    i cant believe i paid money for this place

    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.

  • Esca

    Posted by alan on 10/05/2009

    gone downhill, wont go back

    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!

  • Esca

    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

  • Esca

    Posted by anonymous on 08/31/2009

    The perfect ending to a perfect day

    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.

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