Cesca
Cesca

Cesca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cescanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127876300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun.-Tues : 5-10 pm
    Wed. & Thurs.: 5-11pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5-11:30pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5-10pm
    Happy Hour Monday-Friday: 5-7pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30-3PM
  • 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
237 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (142)fit for foodies (111)special occasion (81)good for groups (55)notable wine list (45)vibrant bar scene (43)romantic (41)hot spot (25)great for brunch (15)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere were fine, but we found it was too noisy for comfortable conversation. Once the lively crowd started to thin out, it was pleasant. We would recommend to those who don't mind the buzz.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Three of us dined there before a show at the Beacon. Service was attentive but unrushed, and we all enjoyed our meal. Great gelato. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarlenedcVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Allman Brothers music playing all evening in tribute to the Allman Brothers concert at the Beacon, set up the crowd many of who were dining before the concert.. The beet salad was luscious to look at and a treat for a starter. The eggplant parmigiano was served in a round baking dish and was crispy and light, every bite delicious. The meal was far better than the concert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noisy crowds/food fine/service xlnt
    urbicoastalVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    4 for dinner on a Tuesday. Could hardly talk. This is one of the few UWS white tablecloth places. TUNA crostini appetizer good sized, okay on flavor but not memorable and quite mushy texture. Sautéed squid app quite good. Dining partners lamb shank looked and smelled good but absolutely nothing came with it... Odd for the price and given the sauce. Papperdelle nice not memorable tho good flavor. Fish entree was good. .. Best of the lot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent New Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    First of all, the food was delicious and appropriately portioned. Next, the waitstaff was courteous, professional and quick. In addition, the ambiance was warm and friendly. Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yeah Food, Boo Service
    Poor
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I LOVE this place! It's right around the corner from my apartment and the food is always delicious! The only problem was the service. It took forever for our waiter to even acknowledge our presence, then service was spotty to say the least. I would definitely eat here again but if they seat me in that waiters section, I will ask to be moved!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We chose 'Cesca because of it's vicinity to the Beacon Theatre and were very pleased with the choice. The wait staff was excellent. We were running late due to traffic and they did everything they could to expidite our dinners so we would make the show at the Beacon Theatre on time. The food was excellent and if I didn't live so far away, it would be on my list of places to dine more frequently. Will definitely return next time we are in the city and will highly recommend it to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theater dinner
    Jani
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The service was top notch and the ambiance pleasant though we would have liked to have windows. The food was good, not great, and the menu limited. Pricey.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went in for a 9pm reservation on a Saturday night after an early show nearby. Even though the restaurant was crowded, we were seated right away. We were all looking for a quick meal on the lighter side - and this was easy to accomplish. Service was great - order taken quickly and the food arrived in reasonable time. Each dish was really good. Crowd noise was noticeable, but we were still able to have a civil conversation. A perfect fit for us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but factory-like
    impressedVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was very good with big flavors. I felt like i was in a factory. The food seemed stamped out, vs. presented with love. Despite that, there was obviously an awareness of flavor and great ingredients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An All-Round Gem
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I really liked the layout of the restaurant, the food and the service. The restaurant is much bigger than one would expect as the bar area is on the smaller size but the dining area is fairly vast. The tables are not cluttered and the can cater for a small or large party. The food choices were varied and the food was delicious. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food is always good here. One person at our table had the trout and it was excellent. Pasta dishes are very good, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Becky
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We enjoyed every moment here. The service was strikingly competent and confident. We don't eat full meals and told the server. She split or spinach pasta and served our duck on a lovely platter giving both of us separate plates. Both dishes were prefect. The tables are roomy. There isn't that side by side crowded feeling. We have already recommended this restaurant to several New Yorkers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cesca
    heyjudeVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Interesting combinations of Excellent food beautifully presented can't compensate for the horrendous noise level. We could not hear each other speak at a table for four. If that isn't bad enough, they blast some music out. At my request, they did turn it off, but back it came 20 minutes later. Instead of serving martinis well-chilled in icy cold glasses, they serve theirs warm, in glass mini carafes set into stainless steel contraptions lined with ice. This elaborate, pretentious offering produces deadly awful drinks. 3 out of 4 had gin and vodka martinis. All dreadful. Won't be returning cz of noise and drinks. Too bad. Great food! Bread basket third rate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Service
    SUWSVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    As always the food was top notch but the service was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!!
    foodjunkie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    this is the second time I have been to the restaurant and it's just as delicious as the first time! the service (especially Stephanie) is impeccable, the food is outstanding, the atmosphere is very desirable. I love everything about this place and can not wait to return ahain, the time between my first visit and second was only two weeks apart so you could only imagine how tasty it was for me to drive into the city again just to dine here...this place is top notch, I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    the food was absolutely scrumptious, but the noise level was pretty overwhelming.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Wait to Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Of all the restaurants we ate at last week Cesca was our favorite. Upon our return yours will be our first stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pre Beacon Meal
    MusignyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Aside from the obnoxious host who could've ruined our evening, this place is a winner. Good food and service in an area that is otherwise limited to bars, pizza and bistros. Pretty close to fine dining just off broadway and 74th. Great pre concert venue with a fairly stiff tariff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely but loud restaurant.
    Kleine
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The noise level in the bar table area was more than energetic it was too loud and uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Brunch
    Bruncher
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Have always enjoyed dinner here, but brunch was a major disappointment. Very few non-breakfast items and we were there for lunch. We had two servers who had no idea what the other was doing. Salad was very salty, very heavy on the vinegar and when we ordered bread, it was white toast. It's an Italian restaurant, no Italian bread? Spaghetti with a very ordinary red sauce was way under-cooked. Felt really bad about the experience and missed a couple of my favorites which I think they could put on the lunch menu, like the roast chicken or the Frito Misto. Felt even worse when the check for this miserable meal came to almost $80 (with just one glass of wine).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not just a neighborhood gem
    SlueVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We live in another part of town but make it point to come here. Food is delicious. Recommend the duck and fritters. Great wine list with very reasonable price range. Never feel rushed; service has always been impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deecee
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Almost everything is really yummy. It is low key but elegant.p
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forgot how much we loved this place
    McCityMom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We hadn't been to this place in a while and forgot how much we loved this place. Great food - fresh pasta, great appetizers to share with a larger party. A professional (and in our case humorous) wait staff. A perfect spot to celebrate an occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We love this restaurant and consider it a neighborhood gem. Sometimes the quality of the food varies and I wish that wasn't the case. But I keep coming back and working my way through the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just right
    NatinaP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Sat in a cushy booth in the lively bar area and enjoyed a delicious meal and a great dining experience. The restaurant itself was very pretty as well but chose being in a booth adjacent to the bar area because we were there at 6 before a show at the Beacon and the bar area was more lively at that hour. Restaurant area filled up nicely. Cocktails were delicious (old fashioned with muddled fig and orange and grapefruit-vodka cosmo-yum). Servers gave us time to enjoy our drink before ordering at our request, thank you. Cauliflower fritters are a must. Hubby had tuna, I had carbonara, both were very good. Dessert of vanilla gelato with a shot of espresso on top was a great finish to a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit
    Themusicmaven
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I returned after five years. It is still a lovely place with a nice ambience. The menu is varied but not large. Prices are a bit steep for what you get. I had a calamari dish appetizer that has 6 pieces for $15, not good. It tasted ok. My main course was the veal chop at $44. While it was large and basically tender, the topping was AWFUL. Some type of chewy chicory and other veggie. I hardly ate it. My guests all had similar experiences. Some of the dishes were OK, others disappointing, especially for the price. The dessert we shared was excellent, a chocolate molten cake. Service was a bit uneven with a change of waiters? in the last half hour. If I return it would require different choices of food,resulting in a better experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good but...
    carolynVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I like this restaurant very much but they haven't been trying any new dishes and if you go there frequently it becomes boring if you really like to taste good food. I think the chef needs to be experimenting a little more or they will lose people to all the restaurants opening in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TheDish
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent ambience and food. We have eaten here on just about every trip to New York for over 15 yrs and have never been disappointed. A favourite destination for the whole family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rindaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A lovely neighborhood restaurant with excellent service staff. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the friendly waitstaff tries to please each customer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre
    ZathomeVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    the experienced was mixed but started badly with poor (actually just lack of) service. After being seated we were left alone for at least 10 minutes with nobody taking drink or any other orders. After that service just became confused: two people brought over the same bottle of wine for approval. The food was the best part of the experience - octopus appetizer and swordfish main were quite good. the special of the day - porchetta - was slightly overcooked - which is enough to make pork a little tough and not juicy. probably will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Preshow Dining
    CmddVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If you are going to a show at The Beacon Cesca is the perfect place to dine! We told them we were going to a show. We had apps, main courses & desserts in 1 1/2 hrs. The food, the wine & service were excellent!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Keeper
    BlondieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great spot for dinner before show at Beacon Theater. Decor is a bit dated but food and service make up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable meal
    GothamDuoVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was very good. The slow roasted duck fell off the bone and was very tasty. Waiter was very efficient -- even warning us before we even opened the menus that the appetizer and entree might come out on the heels of each other but that it probably won't happen. Our meals came out timing wise perfect and taste wise great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food,slow late in the evening
    zach
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was incredible! Server was nice, but she left before we were finished with our meal, and then the service dipped. It took 10 minutes to find someone for our check. Almost like the staff checks out late into the evening. We're still paying customers. .....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Cesca
    Foodie29VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My first time and it was love at first sight. I love the place. Elegant but comfortable. Excellent pasta, wonderful pinot noir by the glass. Friendly and efficient service. Nice table, nice booth, nice dining area in back, great bar out front. It's my place in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At long last, Cesca again!
    YumolaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Ever since a friend of mine took me to Cesca for my birthday years ago, I've wanted to go back there. When I saw on Open Table that Cesca had mixed reviews, I was hesitant at first, but decided to go anyway! Well, let me tell you. Do not hesitate! It was fantastic! Our request for an intimate table was honored. The waiter was perfect and the food amazing! My friend had the scallops, and I don't even like scollops, or so I thought. They were fabulous! I had the swordfish which was succulent! I don't even remember what else we had, but it was all great! I haven't had time to write this till now and it's been a month, but it's a tribute to how great this restaurant is that I still felt compelled to write it after a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good and Very Reliable
    Bjp0298
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've dined here several times before and always enjoy everything about Cesca. The food, ambiance and service are all very good or excellent. It is not overpriced, and is someplace that you can actually have a conversation with your dining companions. Our twentysomething daughters enjoy it as much as their parents do. The wine list is reasonably priced and provides fair value (there is also a reserve wine list for those looking for a special bottle.) All in all, a terrific place whether for a good dinner or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure
    FoodObsessedVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Amazing service with an excellent wine list. The food is vibrant and scrumptious. We'll be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.