'Cesca

4.2
3066 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
An original pioneer of the casual upscale dining scene on the Upper West Side since 2003, Cesca is proud to offer you the best culinary experience featuring contemporary farm-to-table Italian-American cuisine that explodes with flavor and freshness. Housemade pastas, poultry, steaks, seafood, wood-burning oven, artisanal cocktails and an Award Winning wine-list, all complementing this upscale cosmopolitan establishment.
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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 4:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 4:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at Cesca numerous times and always with the same impression; great food good professional service with a good value for the price. In fact, most times ( specially when ordering the Berkshire pork chop) we take a significant portion back home. We will be there again, and soon.

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TW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good option before Lincoln Center. The service was lovely and the food good. A solid overall experience.

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KW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good EVERYTHING! It was close to the theater and they were able to seat us upon our arrival.

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JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We were entertaining friends visiting from Atlanta visiting to celebrate our wedding the night before and we were embarrassed by the lack of service. Very disappointed.

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KB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed.
In the past I loved dining at Cesca. It warm and inviting with exceptional food. Unfortunately that was not the case when my husband and I went for Valentines Day. The food was just OK, servers were attentive but lacked flair, the whole restaurant had been redecorated and the warmth and charm were gone!! There was bad pop music playing. The food was tasty but heavy, and I missed the Italian home cooking feeling that used to be so good at this place. My reaction was “Meh”, not the special place I remember going to and certainly not worth what we paid for our prix fixe special dinner. Sorry to give a bad review for a restaurant I used to love going to. It has changed for the worse.

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l
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This special occasion (Valentine's Day) dinner was almost perfect. The food was delicious, service professional, friendly and non-obtrusive. The restaurant has a new, delightful ambience. The only slight negative is how noisy it gets when the dining room is full.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the 4-course meal for $85 per person (Valentine's Day). The food was delicious! They served a complimentary champagne glass and served us a plate of extra dessert to accommodate for the food arriving late (I didn't even realize it was coming late). The only reason I wouldn't recommend Cesca is due to the price.

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SH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, but the biggest concern was that there was no notification when booking on Open Table that all they offered on Valentine's Day dinner was a very expensive 4-course prix fixe menu, which was more food than either of us cared to eat. Service was also a bit slow, even though the restaurant wasn't completely full at the time.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Thank you for a beautiful Valentine's Day dinner.

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EK
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Your manager (from Naples?) was sensational, made me and my guests feel like we were regulars, although we were not: But we probably will become regulars thanks to your high level hospitality and delicious food.
One tiny thing about your survey? I could not figure out if sound level (it was wonderfully quiet where we were) is BETTER with a larger rectangle, or if it should have been the smaller one for LOWER sound!
Thanks, Eugene Kohn

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d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Portions were small and prices high.
Place was quiet yet they tried to seat us next to the serving station.
Was recommended by a friend and unfortunately disappointed.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The charm is still very evident in the details.
The server was attentive to our needs.
The halibut was delicate and tasty at the same time.
Thourhly enjoyable even though we had to wait to be seated as per
our 8PM reservation.

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n
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Back room has zero ambience. Energetic noise level. Food was delicious albeit a bit pricey. Good for groups.

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GL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SUPERB FOOD & SERVICE!!!!!! .... act quickly, it does get crowded (AS IT SHOULD!!!)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

They are extremely overbooked. Not a very pleasant experience.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The ambiance was awful. There are too many tables packed together and there are too few bathrooms for the restaurant. The line for the bathrrom was endless and went far into the restaurant and was distracting to having a pleasant meal. Also portion size was small for the price.
The service however was pleasant and accomodating.
We have been there several times before and this was disappointing. The renovation has cramped the restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very very slow service. Waited over an hour for main course. Wait staff indifferent.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was so slow. Arrived promptly for 5:30 reservation. Service was so slow, we left befor our deserts came out. Despite telling our server we had 7PM tickets to a show, we had to get up and leave. Barely an apology.

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MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great.... tuna was cold and disappointed

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A
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy our dinners with friends at this lovely restaurant.

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SC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service was good. Atmosphere is a little dated. you made the bar too bright!

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C
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week and had a great meal. Lovely place, wonderful atmosphere. Service was disappointing; our waiter was totally not engaged, never asked if we were enjoying dinner, never asked if we wanted coffee with dessert, etc. Too bad. Otherwise, very good!

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

'Cesca feels very much like a place that stays in business from the pre-show dinner crowd at Beacon Theatre. Accordingly, they have a guaranteed customer base and don't particularly seem concerned with cultivating repeat business. I, for one, will not be returning after my latest experience there.

Apparently several servers called in sick and there was almost no coverage - managers were pitching in to take orders but they were way out over their skis. It took us over 40 minutes to get our entree, and we had to leave before dessert came to make our show.

The front space was loud and cramped, and we were not allowed to sit in the rear dining room despite multiple empty tables.

Perhaps different circumstances would lend to a positive experience here, but that was not the case on the night we visited. I would advise calling in advance to ask if they are fully staffed before committing to eating here for dinner - at the prices they charge, the service should be excellent, not Fawlty Towers-esque.

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AW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

'Cesca is a fantastic addition to the UWS. We loved beautiful ambiance and decor -- it enhanced every aspect of our experience. The salmon dish was perfectly prepared and paired with a delicious white wine. My husband enjoyed every bite of his ossobucco, it literally fell off the bone. We shared the most amazing chocolate mousse and can't wait for our next visit!

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AL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good wines 🍷🍷🍷

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I very often bring friends to C'esca. The menu is wide and varied. The staff are terrific. There is a new manager, Antonio, and he is super friendly. The bar scene looks like fun but I am always asking for a quiet table when I reserve and I get that.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Sat us at back table unnecessarily. Service not as expected. Food has gone downhill.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious and we loved our waitress, I wish I remembered her name, but she was so attentive. Her poise added to the ambiance of the elegant restaurant. Loved it.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cozy & elegant with fresh choices
Everyone enjoyed

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good. The waiter shamed us for not wanting a $150 bottle of wine. In general, it was overpriced for the menu. Our waiter was terrible. The management seemed much better but we won’t be returning.

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P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is my 4th visit to Cesca since it was renovated. It’s very attractive and a very good place, but AGAIN I have to say that the EXIT SIGN AND THE OPEN ENTRANCE TO THE back, which I assume is the kitchen
is hideous. At Gennaros they have a partition covering this area. You might want to think of that or curtains.

We were brought a pathetic little basket of bread, 2 little torn pieces, and when we said something to the waiter, I think he realized he was dealing with serious eaters, because he brought back a generous warm portion of bread.
The food was very good, the service was great, except for dessert when you got so busy, that we waited 30 minutes for this tiny little dessert.

You were very accommodating about gluten free diet...this made my husband very happy.
I hope you continue this way, because we only live 6 blocks away and would like to come regularly.

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YZ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has a good selection of prefix lunch menu for restaurant week '19. We were seated in a nice and quiet corner. The waiter/waitress were knowlegable about the food/wine suggestions. My friend and I were offered free wine taste of a rosé , a white and a red while we couldn't make a decision. We each eventually picked a glass of wine after the free tasting. I enjoyed my first experience there and I will come here again.

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n
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

High end neighborhood place. Good energy and excellent food.

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g
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We returned here after several years - always enjoyed the food.
The food remains good, but we dealt with disinterested wait staff, which we had to summon several times to get attention. Very disappointing...

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h
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

There was an error on the bill which was corrected but the fish dish was very dry

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and excellent service. Very enjoyable.

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M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, service and ambience were all terrific! We’ll be back.

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p
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a terrific RW menu. The service was outstanding. It was really pleasant not crowded or noisy. I guess that’s what u get on an early Monday dinner. We loved the ravioli and the cheesecake desert was terrific.

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S
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a busy Sunday night with many diners partaking in the restaurant week dinner. The service was a bit slower than usual with the manager helping in taking our orders. The food was delicious so it made up for any slowness. The dining room is very nice and all in all we enjoyed our dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was fabulous! The food was superb and service was stellar. Always have a wonderful experience here.

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