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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, Seafood, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Wed 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–11:30 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:30 pm–7:30 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 your guests or entertain guests for a cocktail party - all done expertly in your home or at 'Cesca. Pricing available upon request.

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/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Next to Beacon Theatre

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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (52)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Special Occasion (39)
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Good for a Date (38)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for Groups (28)
Bar Seating (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Casual (21)
Romantic (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Cozy (19)
Business Meals (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Authentic (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Healthy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Seasonal (8)
People Watching (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Live Sports (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great Beer (3)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 15 hours ago

The most DIVINE Italian food - really, there's no better meal to be found anywhere in Italy. The chef is extravagantly talented, and his food is served by an incredibly lovely, friendly and customer-focused team. The menu is well-priced, the room is lovely and warm. UWS diners are very fortunate indeed...

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 (New York Area)·Dined 15 hours ago

Just loved it. Warm service, fabulous food. Recently redecorated and it's the perfect mix of chic and comfortable. A total find.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 15 hours ago

Great Service and food! We have lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years and 'Cesca was and always will be a personal favorite.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 15 hours ago

The cocktails were fantastic, the wine selection was lovely.....the food was superb! Every dish! The Branzino was to die for. We had a group of 6....everyone loved the experience. What a gem. Live in Bed Stuy and would easily trek back for another meal. Outstanding!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 15 hours ago

Fantastic "New" Restaurant
Awesome food and service
Beautiful interior
Great Value

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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

From the moment we arrived, all aspects of the evening were excellent. Entry staff was immediately attentive; wait staff did all tasks promptly and professional l y.
Food is superb.
This was our second time at 'Cesca: we'll return when we next visit New York.

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·Dined 2 days ago

If you need to escape from your daily routine visit cesca.. few hours are more than enough... Fresh food and great cocktails, ambiance is energetic and service top notch

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·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding place, highly recommended. My only little complain is that I had to wait 10’ for the table but the manager bought us champagne which actually made it better because we enjoyed stayed at the lounge for a little bit -

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

What a fantastic experience. From the moment we entered we were greeted with smiles and escorted to our table once we surrendered our coats. The service was slow to start but efficient. The food was cooked and seasoned perfectly for us all to enjoy from the salad and seafood appetizers to the fish and steaks for entrees and the delicious selection of desserts including a warm chocolate cake. We are excited to return and look forward to their upcoming Brunch and Bubbles (?) at the end of the month.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

as always, 5-stars! fast and friendly service. delicious food and beverages. always a pleasure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Great atmosphere, good music, delicious food and fun new drink menu. The food only gets better with every visit. You must try the Bronzino!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful venue to enjoy an upscale dining experience. Fantastic new fish additions to the menu including a seafood platter. Yum! The steak was cooked and seasoned perfectly and our sides only enhanced the flavors. Love it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely and romantic location for dinner. My spouse and I enjoyed our dinner selections and the service provided by Ian and Ceasar. Their friendly demeanor and quick table side service was appreciated. Our food was delivered in suitable time and spaced appropriately. We were, as always, pleased and plan on attending again soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Have eaten at cesca numerous times. Always leaving with a good feeling. This visit was disappointing...salad greens wilted. Duck not crispy- teaspoon of vegetables unedible, scallops not fresh.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

While the food was good the service was subpar. The staff was friendly but there was no communication (we had 3 different people ask if we wanted water). The food was a little expensive for the quality but it was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Not one wait staff approached me and my guest for 45-60 mins. Everyone else had their drinks taken and food served and left before we could grab someone and say please help us. Way too noisy, too many birthday songs and they got our drink order wrong as well. The waiter that did finally help us was nice but it was too late. Big disappointment and embarrassing too. I've been there in the past but unsure I'll be returning in the future.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Another 5-Star dining experience at ITA 101. I originally made a reservation for 2, but my husband changed it to 7 and invited some family members to join us for my birthday. I'm so glad he did because we all had such a wonderful time enjoying all of the flavorful dishes that were prepared for us! Between all of us, I don't think there were too many items on the menu that we did not order. We ordered from all courses on the menu, and they were all truly delicious. A flavorful dining experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great value. Delicious food, featuring homemade pasta, unique ingredient combinations. Nice atmosphere. This was my second visit, and will definitely return. There was a full house on a Thursday night!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This was my second time eating at 'Cesca....both visits were outstanding....friendly waiters/servers, comfortable atmosphere and over the top food! I can't wait to go back!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

It was everything we had hoped for....excellent food. The homemade pastas were perfect!
Choices were varied and delectable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

As usual, we had a great dining experience. Please forgive me mom, but the pasta fagioli was the best I ever had. I had duck was phenomenal. The duck was cooked just right, moist and tender which can be difficult to do. My wife had a chicken dish served with broccoli rabe and potatoes which was also exceptional. This is authentic Italian cuisine. Bravo, 'Cesca remains my favorite restaurant!

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·Dined 3 days ago

I Live at upper west side.. We always get together at midtown.. this time I was running out of time so I told my friends to meet up at cesca for a cocktail before we decide where to dine.. we end up staying here as the ambiance was so invited fun and energetic ! Excellent food choices well prepared and superb service ! We felt that we were vacation somewhere in the Mediterranean ... That’s our new hot spot !
Make sure you have a reservation, the place is packed

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

What a shame...should be so much better than it actually is considering the prices. The waiter doesn't so much as describe the specials, as merely state what it is and say "its great and you will love it". Servers rush you to order, and then you wait. They deliver the wrong food and then replaces the entrée with an unremarkable Bolognese resembling Chef Boyardee. Why can't the UWS have great food and service ? NEVER to return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic overall experience ! You ought to try their baked Bronzino!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The pasta is incredible. We had 3 pasta dishes and each one more amazing than the previous. We love ‘Cesca because the food is always spectacular and the atmosphere is relaxed, not too stuffy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

GREAT experience! We arrived a little early and we got our table right away. The wait staff helped us with recomendations based on what we felt like eating and drinking. All their recommendations where correct. Highly recommend the place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Our experience was fantastic. The restaurant was beautiful and the service was beyond exceptional. The food was fabulous. We have dined all over the world and it was definitely in our top favorite restaurants for dining.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Such a beautiful place! Great location! The most delicious menu! I enjoyed the tuna, octopus and sea bass for my entree. Loved it!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great wines & Cocktails wonderful service at the bar and the best and freshest pasta you’ll ever have!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Very high quality hand made pastas. Impressive menu with plenty of seafood options that are extremely fresh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

‘Cesca is a stunning restaurant with truly amazing food and an impressive wine list! The service is some of the best you will experience in the city and just steps from the Beacon Theater. Make a reservation, you’ll be glad you did!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Once we arrived there was nobody at the reception.... after 15 minutes we could sit down and nobody csme to attend us !! After our claim they said that the only menu available was the Valentines menu at 85 $ per person ( 4 courses) and most of the options where not available anymore.... the managet was alteady dining and again they told us to be hurry because the kitchen was closing .... at this point we stand up and left the restaurant .... obviously hungry.... by the way .... it was raining and we had to wait for a taxi to find other place .... wet

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

By all means, the best sustainable farm to table restaurant on the upper west side. We absolutely love everything about ‘Cesca! The new GM is super chill. He’s done some good stuff, but the owners have really outdone themselves with the reno and menu change on this place. It’s 110% amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. We have been going here for the last year. The owner and employees always greet you with a smile. The food is great and it's cozy and quaint. A+ in my book.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

This is my third visit and I always say...”I can’t wait to come back!” This place is top notch! The food, the service, the decor, all amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Always amazing! Tonight was no exception. Delicious meal, exceptional service, a great glass of wine and dessert. My go to restaurant! Love this place!

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·Dined 4 days ago

So disappointed that the Cesca we came to enjoy no longer exists. Am i aged out? I don't think so. After dinning there last night on Valentine's Day it's no longer on our list and it really wasnt about the food, well it wasn't as good as always... watery Bolognese, half over and half under cooked steak... it was about the atmosphere and service. We used to enjoy the "warm" feeling room, table cloths, banquets and top notch service. Last nights experiance changed it all. No longer is the room warm and cozy as the new owners seem to feel a need to "brighten" the room and add a disco music soundtrack! The service was mediocre at best...when you have to continually ask for round one of a four course Prix Fixe dinner you know it's going to be trouble. Round one came out with round two. Had to get the attention of servers for drink re-fills, including water and also needed to get the servers attention for the proper eating utensils. What was once a smooth enjoyable great NY dinning experinece turned into a dissapointing evening as we watched "new management/ownership" unsuccessfully try and match what once was. Too many other great UWS options to make a return visit under these circumstances.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent. Valentine's Day price fix dinner. It was terrific. Lots of choices and the food and service were great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to Cesca for a Valentine’s Day dinner. I was told on the telephone that I could order off the menu and was not limited to the price fixe. The tune changed when we arrived and they gave us a hard time. I had to order the price fixe and they offered my husband, a vegan, a pasta marinara option but at least did not charge him the price fixe.

What concerned me the most was the quality of the food. It just was not that good. The pasta dish was bland and my salmon was just average though exceptional in the past.

It was not just a matter of a busy night at the restaurant. I learned from a neighbor the same night chatting after the dinner that there is a new chef and my neighbor did not like the food either, and said that he would never return despite Cesca having been his favorite restaurant in the past. Mine too. What a disappointment. They also appear to be modernizing the restaurant and it has lost its cozy touch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We were promptly seated as per our reservation. Nice Valentine’s Day ambiance. Didn’t know, but probably shouldn’t have been surprised that there was a price fixed menu of $85 which seemed a little high. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. They made one understandable mistake bringing the wrong entree to one person due to 2 entrees having very similar names. Apologized and made up with a free bottle of wine. Will be back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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