'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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4.0
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3.9
service
4.1
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3.6
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful and elegant place, very good food, good energy, I will definitely come back!

DC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience...Cesca is top notch

R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Been going to 'Cesca for years. Almost always have a very good dining experience. Went there this past Friday night however, which happened to be Valentine's Day. We specifically inquired before hand whether the regular a la carte menu would be available and were told that it would. That was not the case however and the menu was only prix fixe at $85 per person. The manager did graciously acknowledge the restaurant's mistake and accommodated us as best they were able, although the food choices were very limited. We will return as the food is always good and the wait staff always professional and pleasant, but our recent experience was far less than ideal.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The owner was the most awful
Human being. We called the night before and told on Valentine’s Day we didn’t have to have the prize fixed menu which we didn’t want as there were nicer items on the regular menu. When we got there we were told that wasn’t true they made a mistake. Then the entree item I chose from the menu they said they were out of at 7pm. When the owner came over she said I could have the steak and when I said I was generally confused and why was I told they were out. She was very nasty even though she was saying we could have what we want her manner was deplorable.

DC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent...Great food, superb service...Will be back for sure

SV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing dinner at Cesca with my two friends. It was my first time dining there, but it will not be my last! The food was prepared to perfection, and the service was fantastic! My waitress was both, friendly and helpful and very experienced in hospitality industry! She took great care of us! The interior is beautiful, and you can actually have conversation without screaming. If you are looking for exquisite Italian food, in a beautiful setting, with an extremely professional staff, then Cesca is the place you are looking for! Thank you Cesca!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience
our waiter Louis was very professional he went above and beyond to make sure our experience at cesca was unforgettable We started with the burrata and coliflower then I had the lamb chops and my wife had the bisteca with truffle fries. Our glasses of water always full bread was on the table the moment we ordered our food we didn’t even have to say anything our waiter he orchestrated every thing to perfection I can’t wait to go back ooooh and don’t forget to try the lovely tiramisu best in town

BE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Over-hyped, overpriced, decent food. Service was spotty and the room seemed understaffed and under-supervised this past Sunday evening at around 7:30 pm. But most of the problems center around the relationship between a) food/service and b) price. They are way, way out of line. Will I recommend this restaurant to my friends? No. Will we return? Probably not, but if we did it would be without enthusiasm.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

A meal at 'Cesca is a bundle of contradictions. The restaurant is really pretty, and really cozy. I have only been there for brunch, but the food is delicious.

The service really leaves a lot to be desired. The wait staff, although friendly enough, are very confused and disorganized, forgetting requests and bringing the wrong orders too.

Nevertheless, I would return because the location, ambiance, and quality of the food are worth it.

JP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Bar service was not the greatest but we survived lol. The table service was outstanding and the food was fabulous. Highly recommended!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Poor service and extremely over priced. Food was fine, but not worth the price and our waiter completely forgot about us on multiple occasions.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we didn't go by what was on Yelp, fantastic dinner!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were having dinner at Cesca before seeing Seinfeld at the Beacon. As such, we were on a tight timeframe. The wait staff paid no attention to that. The food was delicious, but it was hard work getting ourselves fit it in time for the show.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I like Cesca very much. I always enjoy coming to the restaurant. Staff is always very respectful and pleasant and accommodating.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat at 7:30 for a 9:30 show at the beacon (across the street). No entrees made it out. We left without dinner. There were 4-5 other tables in same situation. I normally give busy restaurants a lot of latitude. But come on!! How can that many tables not get food. Part of the issue was it took 20 min for a waiter to come to our table. Huge Bummer. Popcorn at the beacon saved the night.....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Terrible service. We sat for our reservation at 7:15 and didn’t receive our main course till after 9pm! We had 9:30 tickets to a show at the Beacon and left without finishing our main course. Extremely disappointing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had an awful experience and will never go back. I’ve dined with ‘Cesca multiple times before and had a phenomenal experience. However, tonight was very different. I found a hair in my food during the first course, and our entire main course was cold. We brought this to our waiter and the manages’ attention. In turn, they offered free dessert. This was an unacceptable consolation because the food was inedible. They tried to remake our order in a matter of 30 seconds. It was cold and inedible for a second time. I told the managers that free dessert would not suffice and we will not be paying for the food and going elsewhere for dinner. This was part of a 30th birthday present that I had planned months in advance. I’m sincerely disappointed with the service, food and how our situation was handled. We will never go back and warn others against dining here.

PS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service & excellent and authentic food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So many better places on UWS. It felt like entire dinner came from Chef Boy Are Dee can... service was so stretched saw them last then 5 times over 2 hours.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good

CL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointing especially for the price. Food was very delayed and then several dishes came out cold. Used to really enjoy Cesca but unlikely I will go back.

AG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I would recommend but caution to not let the wait staff rush you through your dinner. I had my meal whisked out from under me with food on my plate just because my husband had left to use the restroom for 5 minutes and I didn't continue eating while he was gone. A polite "Are you finished?" was never asked. The food was great but we felt very rushed.

PS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The appetizers were huge, I could have made a meal out of the grilled octopus app.
My steak was cooked to perfection and the accompanying truffle fries were fantastic.
Don't skip dessert, order the cheesecake!

DG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Arrived for our 7:00 pm reservation to find the restaurant half empty on a Restaurant Week Friday night. Haven’t been here for quite a while and soon realized why the popularity of this nice spot has changed. I asked to check our coats and the response of the check in team was surprise stating many just put coat on back of seat. When did this place become a coffee shop? The service level was unprofessional with waiters and busboys stumbling on each other, wine lists that were out of date and food that was average and unmemorable.
Come on team, pick up your game. The west side needs a quality restaurant like this used to be,

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant week. I ordered the beet salad and the salmon. The beet salad was tasteless. It was big hunks of beets and it was just fair the salmon was tasty but it sitting on vegetables that were overcooked and oily. I think it was celery but it was just bland. The waiters we’re good Attentive. And I believe the manager or owner came to the table and thanked me for coming which was a really nice touch. The disappointment was the food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Clanging silverware in the background, long wait to get a cocktail, mediocre food...won’t be returning. Probably ok for a drink in the front bar. The back room is a downer.

j
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Clam sauce with pasta had no flavor, few small, small clams. Fennel salad was good. But because my main dish was so below mediocre , I would NEVER go back for the food.

GJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lunch time and very quiet with few people present—have heard very busy at dinner. Service was quick and pleasant with excellent Italian food. Would recommend highly. Was a prix fix lunch and just the right amount.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday of my wife.

SA
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful dining experience. Spectacular value in the City for a leisurely lunch.

C
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had a very bad experience. We had been to this restaurant many times for post-theater drinks and food. We had booked a 9:45 reservation and arrived at 9:54. At that point we were told that the kitchen was closed because there had been a special event that night and all the staff has left. Not only was there no apology that there would be no food service, but we were rudely criticized for being 10 minutes late, as if that was "why the kitchen was closed and what did we expect for being late," The person in charge that evening should not be in the hospitality business!! We were able to have a drink at the bar and the server was very nice. Management seems to have a severe problem if they could not notify us in advance that the kitchen was closing early.

LN
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Disappointing! Much anticipated dinner with friends was marred by terrible service from the start. No one offered to take our coats, so we had to sit on them. The waiter consistently forgot everything, was rude when we requested more bread, and spent most of his time trying to intimidate a new server whom he tediously introduced to us with embarrassing jokes. He insisted the wine we selected was not available until he (finally—this took several minutes) understood that we wanted a bottle and not one glass). The starter burrata was hard and bland rather than creamy, and when we requested olive oil in an effort to add some taste, the waiter brought it only after removing the starters. That was partly because the main dishes arrived before we’d finished the burrata and an order of cauliflower—“the kitchen is fast tonight!” announced the waiter as the starters we were in the process of eating were removed! Spaghetti with clams was poor: the clams were already out of their shells (empty shells left in the pasta), they were sour tasting and gritty, while the pasta lacked sauce of any kind. The other pastas were better, but not especially good. Our order of dessert seemed to annoy the waiter, and we need not have bothered, since the walnut cake tasted like old fruitcake and the tiramisu was just okay.

JC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from the hello at the door. Pretty place with a noise level that feels vm like your in a humming place but you can have a conversation Food is reliably and universally excellent with a strong wine list to match.

E
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter, David, is an exceptional human being. Knowledgeable and make you feel well taken care of.

OT
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a very nice upscale setting!

SA
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A glass of wine and an appetizer or entree at the bar is perfect for us. Not too much food. Not too much hassle. The bartenders are consistently friendly and helpful. This is definitely our favorite neighborhood "go-to" place. It's great too to take out of town guests for a lovely sit down dinner (only wish the dining room was a bit quieter so we could hear each other talking.)

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

For the second time in a few weeks, we had dinner at Cesca with another couple. Both times the food was excellent. Both times, we had the same waiter, and he did not provide good service. He got items wrong, and was inattentive. Additionally, we had sparking water, and several staff filled our glasses with regular water, which we had to stop them as they had some sparking water in them.

The next time I have dinner at Cesca, I will ask to be reseated if I am at this waiter's station.

ME
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First time dining at Cesca in many years. Sat at a table in the bar area round 8:30 during the recent saturday blizzard. was surprisingly but pleasantly somewhat empty despite saturday night primetime.
Service was okay--our waiter was funny, but a little disinterested. Restaurant was out of lobster ravioli, which my husband had planned on having---evidently they are discontinuing it tho still on menu.
Also did not have the sancerre by the glass listed on menu. Other than that, food was good, tho for $36 I think should receive more than a couple of smallish pieces of branzino, with no sides or accompaniment.
Enjoyed our evening but not sure would rush back as felt kind of pricey for what was served.

BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place, short walk to Lincoln Center. Service was very good and the place is nice and quiet. Food was good but not great.

I
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late Thursday dinner with one guest arriving just before closing. Pleasant helpful staff. Very good mixed drinks. Outstanding lamb chops with roasted artichokes. Very enjoyable special pasta. Guests liked tiramisu and chocolate mousse. Have also had a good lunch and earlier dinner at ‘Cesca.
Highly recommend.