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Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2008
Arrived at 7PM and informed the hostess of a 9PM show we had to be at and she seated us right away in the garden. Apprtizers was a crudo (too much rock salt and very small) and the lobster pasta which was great. We had the baked snapper for 2 (AMAZING) and 3 veggies that they offered (mushrooms, beets and a kale mix). Everything was very fresh and flavorful and we had an amazing flawless waiter. A great place to feel like you are not in NYC.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/28/2008
I dined at Esca prior to the theater on April 24, 2008. We ordered the cavatelli pasta and it was delicious although for the price, 2 oz of pasta was outrageous. We also ordered the Pompano which was either overmarinated or not fresh. It was mealy and tastless. the wine list is good the service at best was fair. I would not recommend nor return to this restaurant. I have been in the culinary side of hospitality for over 25 years. I am qualified to critique restaurants and overall left feeling dissatisfied. Basically, a ripoff taking advantage of New Yorkers!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2008
Dinner for 4 last night seated pleasantly and early for an 8:15 reservation. We were handed a wine list but no menus and after about 10 minutes had to flag down a waitperson to order drinks from the bar. Finally, we were brought menus and one of the staff (whom I later found out is one of the floor managers) turned her attention to us. Dishes were described with enthusiasm, wine discussed with decent authority and advice. Ordered some of the wonderful raw fish appetizers, two pastas and two fish entrees. The whole wheat pasta with sardines, walnuts and fennel (Bigoli) was superb and the fish dishes were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Portions are not generous but adequate. We promptly consulted then on deserts, ordered two and coffees and that is where the fun stopped. After a rather long wait for these items, which were ultimately very good, we were completely ignored for the balance of the meal except for incessant visits by the busboy pouring water. After finally flagging down the floor manager for the check twiice, I found her sitting at the bar eating her dinner. When we did get the check it was delivered with an attitude. True, while we were waiting, I was asked by someone if I wanted more coffee but I wasn't expecting to be charged another $3.50 for it! Come on, with a check of $325 for four (before tip) is that necessary? Basically, a really nice dinner ended with a thud because of poor service. There are too many other places to get wonderful food in this town to put up with that.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2008
I dined at Esca for the Restuarant week lunch and it was exceptional! The seafood was amazingly fresh and flavorful. The black fin tuna was amazing and the mackerel was superb., The service was knolwedgeable, attentive and friendly. Respoding to the reviewer below (who claimed discrimination), I saw many tables of women-only diners & they were treated as well as any other patrons. If, in fact, you were "discriminated" against for ordering too little, that is not discrimination based upon gender but based upon a resturant's need to fill its tables with paying customers. Your presumption, Reviewer, that this is a policy against women says more about your perceptions about gender than those of the restaurant.
Posted by Midtown West Local on 01/21/2008
My colleague and I (both of us are female) had 8pm reservations for a Sunday night. When we ordered, we were told that it wasn't enough - there is an "unwritten" minimum order policy that we didn't meet. The manager couldn't even produce this so-called policy and we were asked to leave even though our bill would have been over $100 for the two of us. Obviously, women diners are not cost-effective to the owners of ESCA.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 01/09/2008
My lunch guest, a former New Yorker who returns often to the city, was very excited to be going to Esca, which recently received great reviews in New York Magazine's "Eating Out" issue. I still can't figure out where all the raves come from. Our squid appetizer, stuffed with fregola and with a very nice sauce (sun-dried tomatoes, a little hint of chili) was very nice, but one smallish squid seemed a little chintzy at the price. The real problem was the fritto misto: not particularly light, not particularly flavorful, and there was no sign of the advertised crispy skate moroever, and the green aioli sauce that accompanied the dish had no discernible taste at all. The service, however, was excellent: our waiter was welcoming and enthusiastic throughout the meal. The atmosphere is pleasant, although not spectacular.
Posted by Ricky on 01/03/2008
We had an overall lovely experience at Esca while my mother was in town visiting. Thankfully, all of us are seafood lovers and quite adventurous with raw seafood. I'd suggest it if you love seafood, but don't go if you don't. appreciate it. The ricotta gnocchi was GREAT too!