'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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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We were the only people in the restaurant (we were a group of 5) yet it took an hour for our omelettes to come out and once they did, they were cold and each order was wrong. The waitress was very apologetic. Not sure why the kitchen had such difficulty.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was good but worth the money. One person in our party ordered scallops and was given 4 for dinner; I know scallops are never a large potion, but 4???? Noise was awful although no worse than many establishments.

MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a truly lovely evening at Cesca. Alejo, our server, was friendly and attentive, and the whole team there worked seamlessly together. We all enjoyed our dinner and it was nice to eat out in New York and be able to hear each other speak. The music was just a bit too loud at one point and a bit trendy and not what one would expect from an Italian restaurant, but they turned it down after a few moments. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be back!

s
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Despite the multiple Xmas parties the food and service were really good

n
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

the entrees were winners - dont have high expectations for the appetizers
well chosen wine list that is affordable
staff seemed indifferent to service
all said I would go back for the entrees

MZ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place to have dinner.We would recommend highly

SS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

They were overwhelmed with a 80% full Resturaunt we had to leave for a 7:00 show at the beacon theater one block away without being served our entrees. Had drinks and salad only even though we arrived and was seated at 5:15. We will not return anytime there is a show. On a very positive note The owner or manager did not charge us when we asked the waiter for the check.

s
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by Luis. Wonderful dinner.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible experience. We had a 5:15 PM reservation before a 7:00 PM concert across the street. We couldn't get a waiter to take our order until after 6:00 and weren't served until almost 6:40! The restaurant wasn't even totally full.

KC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The service from our server, Tiara, was non existent. She took our order & we never saw her again until I had to flag her down for the check.
The food was good

KO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Maitre'D that greeted us was rude. initial service was slow - but the waitress that waited on us later on during the meal was very professional and very helpful in getting us our food so we can enjoy it and still make the show we were going to on time

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was very slow. Food was cold when it finally arrived.

SS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have enjoyed 'Cesca for many year. Was there this time celebrating my niece and her fiancé engagement. A good neighborhood place for special occasions.

W
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Packed in tables to close together.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was lukewarm at best

FM
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Still very good after all these years!

T
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were excited upon walking into Cesca as it had a great ambiance with great lighting and pretty Christmas trees set up. Our waitress was nice and attentive when she could be but was busy with all of the tables in the house as it seemed the other waiter was not working. Our food was unfortunately served cold and brought by this different waiter who ran off as we were asking for condiments, things forgotten from our order, etc and did not even turn around when it was apparent he could hear us. Our waitress returned about 5 minutes later to check on us and we informed her the food was cold and certain added items were missing (fried egg and truffle fries). She took the plate with the cold food so we each had to eat at different times. As we were waiting for the new plate, the owner of the restaurant came and sat two tables down from us with the exact plate we had just sent back for being cold and raved about how good it was to the table next to her. She did not even touch the food for the first 10 minutes it was there. We thought this was some of the worst customer service we had ever seen - especially when she did not even stop by our table to see how we were doing and almost seemed to gloat she had the same dish- it was crazy! The same thing ended up happening to the table beside us and they had to return one of their plates too. The horrible customer service truly is a shame because the food was actually tasty once it was served warm!

E
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

Y
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've enjoyed a number of great meals here and this time was no exception. Very nice menu, terrific and reasonably priced wine selection. I will certainly be back.

NY
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I have been a Cesca fan for years but this most recent visit did not meet my expectations. The food was sub-par, the pasta dishes we ordered were just mediocre. Hopefully it was just an off night.

AS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow!! I had the Caesar Lacinato salad appetizer Paranza fried shrimp calamari which was excellent!! and main dish Agnello all’s Scottadito grilled lamb chops that were so delicious and tasty! Best I have ever eaten. Had Cabernet 2 glasses that was perfect with the lamb chops!! My experience was exquisite and I am very impressed! Will come back again for sure!! Cesca and crew thank you for a beautiful night of delicious food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! I had the best dinning experience with my friends and family! I had the branzino and the fried cauliflower which were both delicious! The ambiance was great and our waiter on point! I am definitely coming back soon

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Very engaging management. I'll be back.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous from the minute we walked in until we walked out! 6 of us had a variety of food and drinks. All were wonderful. We can't wait to go back.

G
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

This is that rare high-class restaurant where the food is actually the best thing about the experience. There are some really extraordinary things on the menu--notably the bistecca pork chop. Salad also excellent. On the other hand, the service, while perfectly adequate, is a little off-handed and with an attitude that would make more sense in a place that felt more like a family outing than a dress-up evening. And ditto for the surroundings, which are okay but not particularly stylish. Still, I'd rather have the food be the best thing than the surroundings or the service.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I don’t think I would go back again.

a
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

On any normal night, Cesca is one of the safer "go to" places on the upper west side for quality food at not ridiculous, but not cheap, prices. Their duck is usually great and they know how to make pasta and steak . . all in all, a good place to dine.

That said, this review is specifically about the Thanksgiving meal which was, unfortunately, mediocre. Part of the disappointment came before the meal even started. When we made the reservation a few weeks ago, we asked about the Thanksgiving menu and were told it would be a modified menu with some of the items from the regular menu, along with some Thanksgiving-specific options. Since we're not HUGE turkey eaters, that would be great. Two days before Thanksgiving, we walked over to, again, check on the menu options and were told there would probably be 10 entrees or so, that it would not be a fixed price meal, and that dessert would not be included, although offered. (This was asked because we decided to have ice cream and pie back at the apartment after dinner.) Lastly, on the way to the dinner, one of our party checked the web site and the Thanksgiving menu and was excited to see some of the items offered.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were handed the single-page Thanksgiving special meal. No appetizers offered . . everyone got THE soup, THE kale salad, a choice of one of three entrees, and a choice of one of three desserts. That's it. Nothing else from the menu, no other options . . not the things on the web site. It was disappointing, again, before we even started the meal. (Made more so by actually walking over two days prior to ask about these specific things.)

The soup was was fine . . the kale salad was, well, a whole lot of kale with a tiny bit of topping and dressing; the turkey was nothing special -- the carrots in the carrot/brussel sprout accompaniment, were cold -- and the dessert, again, nothing special. We never got the coffee we ordered.

All in all, a very "just ok" meal ... shame.

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We made a reservation weeks in advance for the prix fixe Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving menu was posted online and our decision was made based on this. When we arrived at Cesca, were seated and presented with the menus, they were a very abridged version of what was online. Long story short, we left. When you omit posted entree options such as steak and scallops and leave only rigatoni or turkey (without any reduction in price and without prior notice) it's either a scam or horrible planning. Either way we wanted no part of it. Thank you Cesca for making this a Thanksgiving we won't soon forget.

PP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was bland. Pork had no flavor despite being a nice cut. Pasta sauce was tasteless. Caesar salad had an odd taste and wasn’t made with romaine.

DK
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

My friend and I each ordered a different ravioli dish. Neither was good. The appetizer was fine and the desserts were very good. I wouldn’t go back and try this place again because I didn’t like the entrees. The server was very good and was well versed in the menu.

NB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was not good . Took our waitress over 15 minutes to finally take our drink orders which I got myself at the bar.
We ordered the fried cauliflower which came pretty quick and was delicious.
Then again I wanted to order another drink but our waitress was no where to be found.
I had to get the attention of the bartender who made us a second round and had it delivered to us.
Then we received our dinner order the lobster ravioli for my wife and the tagliatelle with bolognese sauce for myself.
I found the ravioli to be fishy and the bolognese was extremely bland

PR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointed. Seated at a table without a table cloth, and very negligent service from beginning to end. Unlike any prior visit. Food was fine.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was great. Needs a new chef. Good menu bad execution.

CT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous place with amazing food (I recommend the salmon) and top-notch service. We were at Cesca on a busy Sunday night, but our server (Yarda) never missed a beat. We can't wait to go back. Don't miss your chance to dine out at this incredible UWS treasure.

LK
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We recently went to Cesca for lunch/brunch. While dinner there has been amazing in the past, menu was limited at lunch/brunch and kitchen inflexible on gluten free items. Service was also painfully slow.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love 'Cesca! Being big fans of the Beacon Theater, we have made 'Cesca our favorite pre and post theater venue. We love the variety of choices on their menu, their drinks are always overflowing and the service is wonderful! We are especially fond of their floor manager, Meghan. Each visit is always memorable and thoroughly enjoyable. You must try the pork chop and mushroom ravioli!

PD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Cesca. Our shared appetizer was excellent and we both loved our large portions of pasta. Finally, the homemade cheesecake and brownie desserts were top notch. All in all we had a first rate dinning experience and will return to Cesca when we are next in New York City.

TM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Poor service waiter never came over to ask about the food and food came out warm not hot. Manager came over with check and never ask how was service.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Cesca! Would recommend it and would like to go back.

NT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at the bar- so glad Cedca is in our neighborhood