Cesca
Cesca

Cesca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cescanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127876300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Wednesday : 5:00-10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00-11:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5:00-9:30pm
    Happy Hour Monday-Friday: 5:00-7:00pm
    Kid's Menu
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Craig Wallens
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our catering team can prepare and serve a sit down lunch, dinner or a grand buffet for 40 guests or entertain 60 guests for a cocktail party-all done expertly in your home or at Cesca. Price is based on day of the week and season.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a couple of options:
    ‘The Wine Table’ & Our ‘Private Dining Room’. Our Private Dining room accomodates up to 22ppl & our Wine Table accommodates up to 10 people. For any party over 12 ppl a Special Tasting Menu must be arranged.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Whiteman 2127876300x
  • Special Events: Next to Beacon Theatre

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Amsterdam
  • Public Transit: 1,9,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking lot available on 75th between Amsterdam and Broadway.
A word from Cesca
An original pioneer of the casual upscale dining scene on the Upper West Side since 2003. Chef Craig Wallens’ contemporary farm-to-table Italian-American cuisine ‘explodes with flavor and freshness’. ‘Cesca features hand crafted pastas, wood-burning oven, artisanal cocktails and an Award Winning wine-list, all complementing this warm rustic environment
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Cesca reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (140)fit for foodies (114)special occasion (85)good for groups (54)notable wine list (47)romantic (43)vibrant bar scene (39)great for brunch (17)hot spot (13)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fun in the Hood
    Fit4foorVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cesca is a place that I intend to frequent often. It is a short walk from my apt and the food is innovative Italian. The only comment that I could give is one that I heard from others on the party, the food was too salty. I loved it. The noise level was just right, vibrant, but able to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Dpmd
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I always choose cesca for special occasions. The ambience is just right, the food great and the service impeccable. My family and I love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • napoleon
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    very good...would return. do not like to write long reviews...would not do this again...it spoils the dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent with one exception
    peacetoallVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoy Cesca and all the food with one exception recently was excellent- octopus, polenta, fusilli, scallops, etc. The one exception was the rib eye for 2, which was way too fatty. We understand that rib eye can be a fatty cut, but there was more fat than meat and it really should not have been served, especially for that price at that nice a restaurant. However, we will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic restaurant
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Although I have lived on the UWS for almost 12 years and have past this restaurant numerous times, it is only recently that we started to dine here and have been VERY HAPPY doing so. The service is OUTSTANDING and food preparation/presentation is WONDERFUL. We will continue to dine here for various occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch at a great price
    Jordana24
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our Brunch especially at the 50% off special price. The tuna sandwich was very tasty and filling. My husband enjoyed his waffle. Service could have been a little better and more attentive....I think that the waiters were overworked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • worst brunch ever
    hellbent
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Poor service. Staff/Management totally unprepared for brunch service. Absurd prices -- toast $7??!!! and it's not even toasted. And we waited for everything -- toast, butter, jam (all brought separately)...cold eggs, no condiments available. Easily the worst brunch experience on the upper west side. And the Mgr did not care and didn't support his staff...who needed help - NO knowledge of menu. It was a disaster.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did someone say Brunch?
    Cla261
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was excellent and our server was beyond wonderful! This was out first time at brunch as we usually come in for dinner. We will be back. Love the cherry chocolate chip scones!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DougDVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was super-busy at 9:00 on a Saturday night; the normally excellent service, while still friendly, was a bit off. We never received our bread, despite several promises from the rather stressed waiter, and there were abnormally long wait times between courses. But the food, as always, was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    Poolers
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    great looking place, very warm, and roomy tables. The bread is divine but if you don't like rosemary, i don't, I wish I'd had another option.I asked for one but the bread they brought wasn't very good. drinks are great and generous, portions great, zuccini blossom appetizer magnificent,, my pasta was so salty it was inedible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cesca
    chloe51VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was good although somewhat limited menu. Also special for Saturday night was not available at 6:00 pm and no replacement was offered not really acceptable in my opinion
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian on UWS
    KSaxVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great meal & service. fresh Italian food. more upscale than other UWS Italian restaurants. great for celebration or date night. highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theflatman4
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    a great restaurant to relax, dine & have great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice and cozy place
    CescasfamilyfromBrasil
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was the second time we went there. This time we took my son's grand parents, their last name is Cesca, nice coincidence. Wonderfull place, we got the duck and carbonara pasta, so testy and the service is the best. Thanks erevryone, we got nice time in there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NoisyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was excellent, why were we rushed through dinner?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended.
    Joe68foodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Upon our daughter's recommendation, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Cesca's Restaurant. My wife had the seared NY trout, and I had the braised pork for entrees. Preceded by the prosciutto and mozzarella fritters, while drinking a bottle of fine cabernet sauvignon, the meal was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night dinner
    NYCFoodieCouple
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We arrived on time at 8:30. The restaurant was about 70% full. The maitre d' could be friendlier since she was very clinical without a smile. The lighting and the ambiance was good. Whether you sit on a chair or the banquette, the seats were too low for us (5'7" and 5'10"). While the food came out without any problems, the waiter was a bit too casual for our taste. While this is a restaurant in NYC, a waiter welcoming us to the table "Hey, how are you guys doing" is more of an Olive Garden greeting rather than a restaurant of this caliber. The waiter was also not attentive, and when the waiter finally came around to ask for an additional wine, we were done with the main course. Waiters should be trainer more thoroughly for professionalism.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food was outstanding
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was outstanding, but service was even better. Our waitress was attentive, but not too much so. She gave us sound recommendations and looked out for our every need.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood jewel
    KathrynVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants on the UWS.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely meal
    Steve
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Above average food - good duck! - and excellent service. The whole place is very professionally run.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • good to have in the neighborhood
    ETKAVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nice food, pleasant service--enjoyable evening. Noise level gets a bit loud--not a place to have a conversation over dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely, quiet dinner
    Solange
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Met with an old friend - food was wonderful and our waiter was delightful! We could carry on a conversation without straining. Pricey so it will not be a weekly visit but I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always enjoyable. Food excellent. Restaurant is set up nicely so that the tables are not crowded and conversation is possible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, classy restaurant
    tresbon1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent for a romantic dinner, drinking/eating at the bar, and a special occasion. Have eaten there three times in the last year. A bit pricey but you're paying for good food, terrific service and a sense of elegance on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Always feel I'm getting 'my money's worth'. First timers have always been impressed with the quality and preparation of the food and the wait staff. The bar is a great place to meet and hang out. Very mixed crowd, age wise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointing. Used to love it.
    75eats
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Service was woefully slow, orders were wrong. Food just so-so.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not eat the Rib eye for two
    Lucky
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Overall experience was good because of attentive service, but food was lacking. The aged rib eye for two didn't taste anything like aged and the sweet sour marinated was too pungent. Pasta was not al dente. Overall in this at $60 per person, without desserts, we shouldn't have expected much. The noise level was energetic but we were able to converse. Good for casual celebration, easy to book.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    ST13
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    some of the best italian food i have had in a long time in the city. everything was was very tasty and not overcomplicated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    For me uneven. When they are good they are very, very good. Squash blossoms and chocolate molten cake the best I've ever tasted. Duck not juicy. And, expensive
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cesca is Delicious
    RichKoNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Amazing food that has a new and fresh twist on Italian staples. I highly recommend. Service was amazing and be sure to try the fresh grapefruit-infused vodka!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jacqueline
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I actually thought about calling the gm bc I took a client to impress, and it was horrible. I thought Amanda freitag set a standard as exec chef, he had to send back the salmon which was solo on plate, burned, out of mozzarella at 730 pm, waiter was awful, ( just a side note, average age was 80, which was a bit odd) and bc I managed china grill yrs ago, I would have comped the coffees bc it was so bad. I felt embarrassed I chose this, I think I'd been 2-3x, but never again. I have no idea where to go upper west, lived here for ys, everything has gone so down hill, yet expensive. Needless to say, no business will be done w this client.
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  • Underwhelmed
    nblex
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Party of five. Chose this restaurant because of its location and seemingly strong reviews, which noted it was quiet and good for conversation. Not so. No options for shared appetizers for the table. Individual servings only. We were unattended by our waiter for long periods. Wine and water glasses needed refilling. Acoustics and noise level made conversations difficult. Food arrived warm, not hot. Trout and scallops were good, pasta - so so. Had to chase down server for coffee and water refills. We would have stayed longer when dining room emptied out and we could finally hear but were asked to leave because restaurant was closing. Seemed early and unceremonious. Prices seemed high for this level of quality and service.
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  • Food excellent but the service...
    fooddecorYESserviceNO
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have lived on the upper west side for a very long time and had never gone here. The food was very good in all respects-not heavy, very fresh, truly quite good. The service, however, was lackluster at best, with the waiter actually refusing to answer a question about the portion sizes. Toward the end of the meal, he asked if I wanted more coffee and then never brought it. The prices are not cheap, but they are also not super expensive for a restaurant right near Lincoln Center. The decor is very nice, natural wood and stone--all attractively warm & solid. The host staff was very good--friendly and remembered to come get us at the bar with a smile. All-in-all I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Illy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved that we didn't have to wait to be seated. Appetizers were amazing especially the prosciutto and Parmesan fritters. The lamb bolognese was spectacular.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven and overpriced
    Gorgeous
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We celebrated a birthday here. Very attractive place. Food was so uneven. Calamari was like shoe leather. Meat and cheese plate was disappointing and small. Fried mushroom thing was pretty good. Dinner was wildly uneven. One swordfish was good. One was dry and tasteless after it was ordered "moist". Duck was terrible for one guest and ok for another. Pasta bolognese style was good. Other pasta ravioli was "meh". Only raves were french fries and brussels veg. And these were all a la carte. Who serves a piece of $29 fish on an empty plate?? UGH. No one came to ask how the food was. Waitress disappeared and replaced by someone else. Sorry, we will not return. What happened to this place??
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  • special neighborhood dining
    new2nycVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Five of us had a very good dinner at this attractive,Italian restaurant in the Upper west side. The food was well prepared,though I thought the menu somewhat limited .I had grilled salmon which was terrific,as was the buffalo mozzarella special, and the swordfish was also very good.Mixed reviews about the Sat night shrimp scampi special.We only ordered one dessert, but that was a winner.Warm,rich chocolate with vanilla ice cream. I would return to this restaurant.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent experience
    princetongirl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have been hesitant to go recently because of some of the negative reviews, and after going, we don't get those reviews. The food was outstanding. We had the Escarole Salad, Asparagus & Hen Of the Woods Mushroom Fritto, Grilled Octopus, and my personal favorite appetizer- the three grain salad. For entrees, we had the duck, veal and eggplant parm. Everything was delicious. The service was also very nice. We look forward to going again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    Darwin28
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our first time dining at 'Cesca was a pleasurable experience. The food was wonderful and unique in style, the waitstaff pkentiful and very much on top of things (our waitress (Lauren G.) was a wonderful server), and the entire experience was enjoyable. We'll definitiely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a great experience at Cesca. We went before a show at the Beacon Theatre. The bar was lively, the staff was attentive and fun. My martini was just "ok", but the ambiance was lovely. Dinner was great food and the wine list was good. Our waitress was amazing. Offered good suggestions andmwas mindful to ensure we had a wat meal and got to the show on time. Would go back even without a show to attend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • early quick bite
    karen
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were there quite early 6:00pm had just three appetizers. They were good. Service very good. But since it was nearly empty we had no trouble hearing the waiter's chit chat.................
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    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great neighborhood spot
    consumingVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My girlfriend and I recently discovered this place and love it. It's stylish but inviting, good for a night out but still cozy, romantic and energetic. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and the food is great. The pastas are great, and what's awesome is they come in smaller portions so you can eat them as a first or middle course if you're hungry. Also recommend the hand pulled mozzarella and the duck.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic