'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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4.1
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3.9
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4.1
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food!

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection; very generous portions. Attentive service.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with a friend to Cesca and we had dinner, staff was attentive and efficient love the cozy sexy ambience!! and food was delicious. had great Cabernet and we had thee chocolate mouse and vanilla ice cream for dessert which was exceptional. Highly recommend this jewel on upper west side. Always great quality. Thanks Cesca.

f
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, lovely atmosphere, huge servings, excellent value.

p
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We used to dine often here when we lived in the neighborhood. We moved out of state 11 years ago. We we’re meeting friends and decided to give it a try with pleasant memories. It did not disappoint!!
Met the new owner who graciously thanked us for coming. Good time and good food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Loved the food ,loved the ambiance the service was excellent ... excellent Sauvignon blanc from new Zeland

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third time dinning at Cesca
This time I brought my family and they were so happy I picked this place
food was Delicious , the service exceptional even though our waiter seemed to be overwhelmed with many tables he still managed to check up on us to make sure we were doing fine to me that just means a lot ..
Our food came out on perfect timing we enjoyed the juicy pork porter house and the lovely mushroom ravioli And the bolognese pasta . If you’re looking for quality cesca is the place to go

T
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very quiet room for a late lunch for 2 . Only one other table was occupied. First there was a mix up with menus - we were each given different ones. Finally straightened it out and ordered . We had the baby kale Caesar which was good and freshly brewed delish lemon ice teas. It then took 3 times to get the salmon cooked as we had ordered it. Everyone was accommodating but seemed not to understand. My companion was very disappointed as she had eaten there many times and gave it a high recommendation. I was only happy that I had not planned to return to the office as the meal took over 2 hours.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding food and service! especially enjoyed the salmon and the scallops! highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience.
I am glad that we came to Cesca.
Great energy and amazing food.
Great drinks and service.
We will definitely be back soon.
Thanks so much guys!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience we had. Highly recommend the lamp chops and the tiramisu! Can’t wait to go back and taste whatever else Cesca has to offer

DC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesca never disappoints me...everything was beautiful...Excellent dining experience...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food ! amazing team ! And an amazing place ! well i’ll comeback for sure.

I’m travelling solo this time but it’s the perfect spot for a couple really sophisticated and cosy i love it and i’ll comeback with my gf can’t wait to test everything on the menue and some more italian whine 👌

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m so happy We didn’t go for what the reviews say about this restaurant the food is delicious the service perfect what else can U possibly ask for .
We were 4 people on a quiet Tuesday night and we were on a brief business meeting , our waiter was very professional he noticed we were talking a lot and he never interrupted us ,he took our order and always kept an eye on us .. my colleagues were very happy we ordered lamb chops which by the way were cooked to perfection
My other colleagues ordered the Branzino and the pasta with clams everything was perfect ..I guess we have a new spot

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal.

DC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Dinner...Amazing Cocktails...Impeccable service...

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I first got it into Cesca I was very thrilled by the smell I knew at once I was expecting great food. My girl and I were sat at the back room which it was packed another good signal that I did the right choice of going there... David took care of us He was very nice and with a great sense of humor... We ordered a bottle of Nebbiolo (outstanding) then we went hard on food: Caesar Lancinato salad, tortelli ai fungi to share, Becky had the Salmon and I had the bistecca...everything was delicious, well cooked, well presented and very filling.. we couldn’t be more satisfied but in our way out the manager kindly gave us some cookies for the road.. that definitely stole our hearts... you know that full belly happy heart... I highly recommend this NYC landmark .

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ate and drank at the bar. Bartender suggested great wine the new color scheme os also a positiy

DC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience...Cesca is top notch

R
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! Before setting foot inside this well-loved Italian institution in the Upper West Side, know that you should save room for their desserts—imagine tiramisu or a scoop of their daily sorbet. This is an important starting point, because there are a number of other wonderful dishes vying for your attention along the way. Regional specialties include the iconic bucatini all’amatriciana, made with guanciale—the authentic way(I’d know, I’m from Rome!!). Many also come here for the incredible wine list, which includes everything from Hewitt Vineyard’s prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon to Planeta’s award-winning Cometa. Service is professional yet charming, and the elegant décor inspires dressing up for dinner. Ultimately, Cesca proves to be a dining staple in New York City. It was a pleasure to visit!

DC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SV
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
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
7 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