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About 'Cesca

An original pioneer of the casual upscale dining scene on the Upper West Side since 2003, 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 warm rustic environment.

164 W. 75th St.
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant Hours:
Sunday: 5:00-9:30 PM
Monday: 5:00-10:00 PM
Tuesday: 5:00-10:00 PM
Wednesday: 5:00-10:00 PM
Thursday: 5:00-11:00 PM
Friday: 5:00-11:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00-11:00 PM

Happy Hour (Bar only):
Sunday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Cross Street:
Amsterdam

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 787-6300

Website:
http://www.cescanyc.com/

Catering:
Our catering team can prepare and serve a sit down lunch, dinner or a grand buffet for 40 guests or entertain 60 guests for a cocktail party-all done expertly in your home or at Cesca. Price is based on day of the week and season.

Parking Details:
Parking lot available on 75th between Amsterdam and Broadway.

Public Transit:
1,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Next to Beacon Theatre

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Dine with us this Thanksgiving as we offer a special menu compiled by our very own Executive Chef. Reservations available from noon until 9pm with a three course meal including flavors of the season.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Join us this Christmas as we present a Feast of Seven Fishes, the classic Italian tradition. Our Executive Chef is excited to share his favorite recipes with you!

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Private Dining

At Cesca we have a wide variety of options for large groups. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your next special occasion a memorable one!

'Cesca Ratings and Reviews

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4
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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for a Date (23)
Cozy (23)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Romantic (16)
Casual (15)
Authentic (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Healthy (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Organic (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Live Sports (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 7 hours ago

Gotta love a good cut of meat. This Pork Porterhouse thing they have is amazing. It was seasoned well and had a great char. The open kitchen let me keep an eye on things and we were served relatively quickly. Service was good, quick. Food was a home run.

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·Dined 7 hours ago

Quick dinner with the boys turned into an A+ review. Steaks were moist and juicy, martinis were chilled and dirty, cheesecake was served by a beautiful brunette. Most definitely will come back.

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·Dined 7 hours ago

Yasssss! Finally a good Italian restaurant! This place has the taste of Italy with the modern flare of Manhattan. The food is... To. Die. For. Their happy hour is pretty impressive too! Service was ok, they were super busy.

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·Dined a day ago

Great food! Service was a little slow because they were so busy, but they were still attentive. The bar was very busy and seemed like a lot of fun with all the activity.

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

This place is a real find for the UWS. While there you must try their homemade pastas! They are cooked to perfection. We enjoyed the mushroom ravioli and steak that we were served. The service was sometimes slow but this can be expected as this places has been busy every visit! Drinks and dessert were delish!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Damn! This place is on fire! It was so busy we couldn't believe it! We had to wait for our table but the bar was a great place to hang out! Good music, good drinks! When we sat the waiter was there within a few minutes and gave us the specials - there's definitely something going on in the kitchen because there were so many to choose from! The food was out of this world! We can't wait to go back and will probably be there for Thanksgiving! Good job 'Cesca!

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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was great! We had to wait a few minutes at the bar, even with a reservation but it was ok! The bartender has a heavy hand making the drinks that much more enjoyable. The appetizers were delivered quickly and were devoured almost immediately which was ok too - our food was not far behind! The pasta was al dente and absolutely amazing! We couldn't get enough! Mushroom Ravioli, Bolognese, Linguini with Clams all perfect. Tiramisu totally set us over the edge - it was great! Service was good. We go back again!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Can you say Mushrooms? This was an absolutely fantastic experience. The mushroom soup was out of this world and the perfect start to our meal. Kudos to the chef! The halibut and steak were cooked perfectly and could not be seasoned any better. The dessert selection was delicious - we enjoyed the panna cotta and royal chocolate log. This was truly a fine dining experience. You must try if you're on the UWS!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Have been eating here since it opened, and it has undergone an unwelcome change. From not being able to get coat checks despite being already seated and asking three times (until one of us actually went to the coat closet), to changes in waitstaff mid meal, to an item being forgotten from our order, to the bread basket staying on our table until the very end, to LOUD music added to the increased number of patrons creating a din making it impossible to speak to one's table mate without shouting, finally, to totally undistinguished food, bland and lacking in imagination and flavor. This used to be a place where grown ups could go for decent, if not remarkable, food and have a pleasant evening. The atmosphere has become assaultive due to the noise, crowding, and staff seeming to run around, not quite knowing what they are doing.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

It was very loud. Service and food must have been off tonight- 4 tables around me had something wrong. We ordered the mushroom soup special - that was good. Then we ordered the clam linguine. . It had no flavor at all. Noodles were al dente but The pepper was overpowering and there was no flavor. After dinner we ordered a cheesecake. That was pretty good. We asked for an amaretto sour. They were out of amaretto and then they were out of the port we selected. Grade: B

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

First impressions were terrific. Loved the bar, the music, the ambience. Classic NY in a contemporary setting. The hard liquor drinks were excellent. But my wine was confusing. I ordered a glass of the only chardonnay on the wine list. It tasted like Sauvignon Blanc. But the bartender said no, it was chardonnay. Oddly (ahem) when I ordered another glass at dinner, it tasted completely different. Like chardonnay.
The bar menu grilled shrimp and calamari appetizer was tasty.
The dining room is large, with tables well-spaced and even some booths. Elegant.
Their website says they have a prix fixe theatre menu -- but apparently they stopped doing that. We were dismayed as 'Cesca is very expensive otherwise.
The mushroom soup and the mixed greens salad were both delicious.
But then, the entrees. Our guest sent his Pork Porterhouse back, saying it was like cardboard. A 2nd one was brought to the table and was better. I had linguine with clams. Terrible. First of all, it wasn't linguine but a thick spaghetti - like bigoli. Secondly, it was very overcooked. Thirdly, there was no discernible sauce on it. So it was thick, tasteless, mushy and slimy.
Now - I had asked that the pepperoncini be removed. Perhaps the pepperoncini is in the sauce? So they simply didn't put any other sauce on the pasta? I don't know. All I do know is that I literally couldn't eat it. Instead, after dinner, I ordered the appetizer artisanal cheeses. Another ghastly mistake. Two were overly spicy, one was inedible. I made do with the 4th.
My husband's NY steak was, he said, very good. So were his sides: mushrooms and spinach. I had half his spinach and agree.
The bill, for 3 people, came to $240 before tip. Only 3 drinks and no dessert except for my cheese plate. I don't mind expensive restaurants, but when I pay that much I expect the food to be great.
Bottom line: we might stop in another time for a drink. But we'll never have dinner there again.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food at this place has really taken a turn for the better. The plate presentation and flavors are wonderful! We enjoyed our fish (salmon and Bronzino) and the salad were quite refreshing (Kale and Beet salads), cappuccino and earl grey tea was the perfect pairing with the pumpkin cannoli and cheesecake. The bottle of white suggested enhanced the dinner. All in all a fantastic experience.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great place to go on a date. We weren't rushed, the staff was courteous and cautious. They timed their table visits well and were quick with their visits. Had amazing warm bread with evoo to dip, steak and ravioli after the butternut squash soup and finished it off with a panna cotta and apple crisp. All top notch. The upper west side finally has a decent spot to eat!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Yes, yes, yes! FINALLY fine Italian dining done right. The new look and improved kitchen are amazing. The service, drinks and food - top, top, top! You must try the scallops! Holy, holy... The list of wines could take you a while unless you know what you're looking for. Martinis are the way to go! Crisp, cool and refreshing! And dessert? Chocolate lovers dream - Royal log. OMG and then some.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I love New York! The beautiful Beacon Hotel referred us to this wonderful restaurant. The food was delicious! We were so happy with the referral we couldn't wait to thank our Concierge! You must visit the beautiful 'Cesca!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Was celebrating a birthday. Put that in the notes and called the day of to remind them to bring a dessert with a candle and they still didn’t. Ordered drinks which came after our appetizers. Also ordered a bottle of wine which came after our main meal. Overall was not great service. Wouldn’t do another dinner here anytime soon.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Place has great steak and fish selection. Very fresh. Cooked to perfection. Enjoyed the med rare with a nice char from their grill. I was watching them. Not much of a sweet tooth at all but their tiramisu was very good. Service was good overall for being very busy.

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·Dined 4 days ago

What a magnificent restaurant on the UWS! My husband and I enjoyed our meals and were pleased with the attentive and courteous service. It was quite amusing watching the whose who dine around us. Everyone seemed to be very happy and enjoying their food. We will gladly visit again soon. Our new UWS spot.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Went on a Thursday night at 8 and the place was packed. Noise level acceptable but the service was slow and inattentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

What a fabulous experience. Stumbled upon this little gem before our show at the Beacon. WOW, WOW, WOW! Delicious food, fantastic service, great vibe. Worth the trip uptown!! You must try the Fritti! The fish was DELICIOUS and the Tagliatelle was a home run! Cheesecake was creamy and cold - just the way it should be! Love love love you 'Cesca!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Came in with my buddy for a quick bite. Beer selection was superb. Bar vibe was great - it was packed. The apps we ordered were really good - the oysters were cold and fresh. The butternut squash soup hit the spot. Steaks and pasta left us full but there was room for dessert and that was a score. Service good, waitress cute and attentive.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Right on! My girlfriend thinks I'm a genius for finding this place! It's been around for years but something cool has happened. The place is more hip, yet still offers the same menu that favors Italian flavor...and it's all good! The music was great, the service was spectacular and the food was stellar. Steak + Oysters = AMAZING. You don't want to miss this place if you're on the Upper West.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place to visit when you're on the upper west side. Generous portions, delicious food, wonderful service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was a complete disaster. Ignored for far too long once seated. Waiter would disappear for very long intervals. At times, the dinning room has no staff visible to help customers. Ordered a bottle of wine that never arrived. When we asked for bill, the waiter realized he forgot and asked if we wanted it then. Food was good but service detracted horribly from the experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Somewhat disappointed this time. Service was so-so. Had to flag someone down for water. Martini was not chilled at all, I needed to add ice cubes. Brussels sprouts were pathetically small and super fried. Salads are boring and my wild salmon was underwhelming with little flavor.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Enjoyed our meals. Service was great. Would visit again when on the UWS. You should make a reservation for sure - the place calls for it as it was very busy for a Monday night. Real find on 75th and Amsterdam.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Place was mobbed for a Monday night which was a nice surprise. The bar had a good vibe and the drinks were great. Sat after about 10 minutes wait and service was attentive and quick. Kale salad, NY Strip steak with brunt brussel and the cheesecake. All satisfying and delicious.
Partner enjoyed the soup, halibut and royal chocolate log (interesting story). Fine dining on the upper west side, 5-stars.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My friend and I split the calamari, I thought it should have been crispier. My friend that a marinara sauce would have been better than the little bit of Olive oil and herbs. I had the halibut, good portion and cooked to perfection. My friend had the linguine with clams. He was disappointed in the amount of clams and their size. So I gave him a third of my halibut. Bread was kind of eh. So overall oK but won’t go back before the Dylan concert.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Knock-out meal at what is my new favorite UWS eatery. Oysters on the half shell, amazing beer selection, out of this world steak. I can only speak for myself - she said her halibut and beet salad was delicious. The dessert - holy cannoli!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Such a beautiful place to enjoy a special moment with my mommy. She LOVED the ambiance and service. She couldn't stop raving about the food and how delicious it was. She loved flirting with the service staff - she's still got it at 83! It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Cheers to 'Cesca!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Place is clean with a new look. New chef brings attention to food that seems to please. We enjoyed our dishes - you need to try the veal chop! Desserts were perfect and the coffee was reminiscent of a cafe in Italy. Heavy pour on the drinks didn't hurt either! Service was very attentive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

They were out of literally everything we ordered.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pre-theater dining, beet salad and trout just okay, veggies way overcooked...reminiscent of Ponderosa. Very disappointed overall especially since we were looking forward to Cesca for quite a while. Not worth the expenditure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Flirting with success. This place was a score for my blind date! The bar had a great vibe so we enjoyed getting to know each other over some delicious drinks. Drinks led to dinner and that was superb! This place spares no expense with its quality of food. We shared a dessert and it was perfect - light and fluffy tiramisu. Coming back with friends to enjoy this little spot again soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Superb wine selection. Great service. It was a bit noisy for my date and I - the place was very busy but what do you expect on a Saturday night? Albeit, we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 course meals. Soups, salads, entrees and desserts all delivered in a steady stream and perfectly cooked and plated. This is a great find if you're on the upper west. Good date night spot.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Perfect place for a first date. Food was amazing - must try the duck! Skin was crispy and delicious. Service was pretty good especially because they were super busy. Had a stellar bottle of wine too! If we are still together next year this would be a great place to have an anniversary dinner! LOL Will be back again soon...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Typically one of our favorite restaurants. Staff and kitchen strained under the capacity crowd at 7 on a Saturday evening. They were sold out of certain dishes, waiter was harried, food was blander than usual.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fun night out with a college friend resulted in an amazing dinner - food was delicious - must try the ravioli and chocolate log. Bartender made some whiskey mixer that was perfect for the sudden change in weather. Place was max capacity, music was good, service was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Pre show dinner, it was recommend by a friend. Enjoyed it very much, pasta tasted great, apps were well prepared as was a cheese/meat app plate. Service was on point, fast and friendly. Open kitchen great bar. Great for show at Beacon just down the block.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Horrendous service. Stick to the bar where the bartender is attentive and sweet.

Tags: Happy Hour
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