'Cesca

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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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Service is super slow , i used open table so they would be ready and expecting us .
Food is average at best took forever to get appetizers ..... absolutely not a place to go back to

NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Mediocre food. Animated, nice service.
We had to move tables mid-meal which was strange-though turned out to be fine as there was a ‘celebrity’ party coming in which was fun...

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food not as good as it used to be

SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal, very nice ambiance. Appreciate they read comments and acted on them. Burrata and calamari was superb.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our primary server was the worst waiter we have had in years

P
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

What a disappointment. Slow, inattentive service. Terrible food (surprise! We even had the evenings
specials! Awful!) And expensive on top of this. Stay away.

EM
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice on the UWS. Adequate room between tables, great food, service, and ambience, and you can have a conversation without having to scream.

l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best "deals" ever. TravelZoo voucher 3-course dinner with wine. Great value for great food in a quiet setting. What more could you want?

BM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to 'Cesca a couple of times and were very pleased on both occasions. On our most recent visit, the food was excellent. The salads were perfectly dressed (the arugula and fennel salad was a real winner), and the lobster risotto was delicious, with large chunks of lobster. All of the portions were generous, the service was excellent, and the meal was perfectly timed. We look forward to going back.

AR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very comfortable restaurant with excellent food. I told the host that we were celebrating my brother’s birthday. For dessert, they brought it with a Roman candle sparkler, which seemed like a fire hazard but was spectacular. It was much appreciated. I will definitely return.

LC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

It was our first time at this restaurant and we were all disappointed. The only reason I didn't say anything at the time is because my friends did not want me to do so. Another table near us complained to the manager and then walked out and left their dinners on the table after it took so long to serve them. It took a very long time for us to be served as well, even after we said we were going to a show. Everyone's food was very salty and for the prices, we expected a decent meal. Definitely not recommended.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great drinks. !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They quite literally ran out of every appetizer on the menu by 6PM on a Sunday- not even a soup of the day available. The manager was kind enough to comp our entree... after waiting an hour for it.

g
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Unpleasant dining experience. Understaffed and poorly equipped to deal with the crowds they book. After 25 minutes past our reservation time in the designated wait area (which also doubled as the waitstaff flight path to the bar dining area), we waited another 25 before being acknowledged at our table. Eventually the busboy arrived with the manna of cold, store bought seeded italian bread. A half hour later we received our appetizers minus one which had been forgotten. The fried cauliflower was good but the other apps were inconsistent. Beet salad was haphazardly presented with some slices thin as orange sections and others the size of golf balls. It was a full hour more before the entrees and sides arrived. My mushroom ravioli in truffle cream was bland ravioli in butter sauce with no hint of truffle. Creamed spinach arrived lukewarm in a pool of cold cream sauce. A dessert of apple cake was no better than Entenmann's with ice cream from a tub. Our bill was absurdly high for the quality of food and service and contained the cost of a dish we never ordered. I commend the waitstaff for trying.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food and ambiance at Cesca is always great. However this time the service was terrible. First, though we made a bar reservation on open table the restaurant would not honor it. The Hostess said that the bar is first come first serve despite the fact that open table has the option to make a bar reservation. She said that they can’t remove that option from the open table settings. If that’s true there should be some other way to let patrons know. We had to wait quite awhile for something to open. Also that evening service was extremely slow. It took forever for our courses to arrive. It was very busy and the staff seemed overwhelmed.

z
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Redecorations have removed upholstered banquets & chairs resulting in an increase in noise level. Could not hear friend sitting across from me. Service was only OK. Too bad since food is good although has gotten pricey.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good, but portions were smaller than anticipated. Value was good for mid-town NYC prices.

s
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine list and service. Hope to get back soon, since am a DC resident.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant time. Love this place!

R
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We always enjoy the food at Cesca, but on this visit, we walked in after 10 pm and were a bit disappointed. Clearly the kitchen was closing - while the preparation was very good, some of the dishes were lukewarm and we felt that the waiter was hovering, waiting for us to finish. If they do not want people to come in at this hour, they shouldn't make reservations available.

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Cesca is a friendly family-orientated restaurant. The food is Ok but the atmosphere is terrific. The service is fast, very friendly and professional. It is aalwways fun to have diner at Cesca's.

m
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Just regret that they use AC on a day when outside temperature is 62. Dined with my coat on even after they reduced the flow of fresh air

P
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First time here and pleasantly impressed. We were doing dinner before an event at the Beacon Theater, and the location couldn’t have been better. We had the pasta bolognese and the Branzino filet. Both excellent. Our server was very nice but occasionally hard to find when things got busy.

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We arrived at 10pm on a Saturday and were promptly given a lovely table. The restaurant was half empty. The waiter was on top of us and kept pressuring us to order. And only showed us the a la carte menu. We had to ask for the dinner menu. The food was excellent. I had “Berkshire Pork Porterhouse”. Cooked to perfection. My companion had striped bass which was very well prepared. I would go there for an early dinner but they should not offer 10pm reservations.

SP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience4

About 10th time here but not in two years. Pretty restaurant . Very good food. Wine list very reasonable

K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very expensive with a captive audience around the corner from the Beacon Theater. However disappointing service because our server was distracted and barely acknowledged our existence. Considering the $$$$ on this restaurant, they should have better waitstaff all around.

DG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

On a Friday night at 9:00pm they were already out of the first two entrees we ordered. Reordered two different simple pastas and they were dropped on the table without any offer of grated cheese or pepper. However, it did not matter since the dishes were tasteless and overcooked. Left them virtually untouched and they offered to wrap them to go. Really?
I paid $142.72 without tip for inedible food and a couple of cocktails. In Manhattan we have many choices of restaurants. I assure you I will not be back to Cesca, nor will I recommend it to a friend.

RW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I guess it used to be good. Should have known when it was easy to get a 7:15 Friday night reservation the day before. Food was ok - though better values exist in the UWS. Service was awful - slow, forgot items we ordered. Maybe it was just one bad waiter. Clearly seems to be a restaurant on its last legs

A
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional.
The portion sizes were above average...we ended up leaving some of the food behind because we were going to the Beacon or we would have taken home the leftovers.
Restaurant size is very misleading till you see the back of the place.
Absolutely will return again

W
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

At first, we were a table without any servers. After about 20 minutes, we finally hailed down someone to get us water and a drink order. After that, it was smooth sailing with great service, food and drinks. Would definitely come back. Just right for pre-theater at the Beacon.

BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a pleasant surprise. Even though I live close by, I had never dined here before. Very nice room, good variety on the menu, excellent service, good food.

N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and we loved it and so did our guests from California. The food was very good and I have to make a special note of how very very good the service was! We will go back.

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Had not been to the restaurant in some time. I am a big fan of stuffed pasta and ordered the ravioli. It was very bland and totally tasteless. No seasoning at all and nothing to recommend it. The beet salad was also not to my liking, but is more of a personal preference. I like my beet salad to be mostly beets not mostly greens. This one had a few beets, but was mostly arugula.

OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

They were way understaffed.
The Manager was aware and bought us our drinks which was nice but hopefully they don’t let that happen again.
The food is great!

CD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here on a busy night, but the food and service were still excellent. Halibut was delicious and fresh. Our service team was excellent, pacing dinner perfectly. We have eaten here before and enjoyed it.

AM
New York Area
204 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

There were some interesting menu changes since my last visit, and overall I thought the dinner was excellent. The scallops, which have been on the menu for years, were as sweet and perfectly done as ever, and a special appetizer of rolled stuffed eggplant was outstanding. My friend thought the octopus appetizer was outstanding, and praised his main course as well.

OF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was there with two out of town guests. The waiter was unpleasant and my guests commented on their "New York experience". Not the kind I would recommended for them.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Chaos! I've dined here many times, food has been good and service decent. However yesterday was a disaster. First entree I ordered, a menu staple Amatriciana, I could not have as they did not have the sauce. Second entree I ordered, clams a la vongole -- have also enjoyed before -- was absolutely tasteless and the majority of clam shells were empty; one bite and I sent it back. Third entree was tasty, but was barely warm so the cheese congealed on top of the ravioli. I was so disappointed as I looked forward to dining here. I will give them credit as they did the right thing by not charging for my meal, and my companion enjoyed his meal, but I am now hesitant to return. In addition, the restaurant was packed and there were not enough staff to keep things moving smoothly -- long wait for both service and food. It's also incredibly noisy, and you need to shout to converse just adding to the chaos. They did offer us no charge coffee and dessert, but we just wanted to be out of there at this point and declined. Truly a very disappointing outing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Many dishes arrived cold and some items were poorly prepared. Had to send back simple pasta dish as no sauce. Waiter informed us it was the second time that evening the dish had been returned. Ordered bolognese pasta dish and a another red sauce pasta dish and we’re informed 20 minutes later that they had run out of red sauce. This happened on a Saturday night at 7:00! Very surprising for an Italian restaurant. Was birthday dinner so all around a huge disappointment.

LH
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the wine was lovely. I would definitely go back.