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'Cesca

4.4
2914 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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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
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:30 pm–7:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 787-6300
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Amsterdam
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Parking details
Parking lot available on 75th between Amsterdam and Broadway.
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Public transit
1,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.
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Special events & promotions
Next to Beacon Theatre
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

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What 2914 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic service, delicious food, crisp drinks. Always a pleasure. Always happy to come back for more.

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ChristianaLove (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious. The music was great! We even got up to dance a couple of times! The service was very good - thank you Ceasar! Bravo 'Cesca!

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vipDelicious (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our foursome loved our food
the Branzino was delicious and the baby octopus pasta was tasty
the waiter helped is choose a wine from Northern Italy
The brussel sprouts and broccoli rab were superb

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MilagroGonz (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Love the new menu items. Everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Service was great. Nice reception. Amazing drinks.

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EthelBofUWS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The ambiance is wonderful. The music is much more modern than I remember. The food is outstanding. We enjoyed our wine bottle(s) as well as every bite. Thank you to the waiter who sang beautifully as well!

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MartinG52 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Another wonderful evening spent with the staff at 'cesca. The open kitchen made for a wonderful show of plates - both new and old dishes. All spectacular!

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BenR1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great night out. Service was on point. Food was a home run. Thanks to the bartender for the heavy pour!

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MichaelGreico (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Always a great time when we stop by. Food just keeps getting better and better. Must try their new seafood additions. You won't be sorry!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Was about time for a great place in the hood, well done menu, great cocktail choices, warm service.

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GinaGibstein (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This is a reliably good Italian restaurant. Great pastas and friendly service, spacious dining room and front bar area, warm décor and good prices.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent place to eat. Food is delicious, fresh and presented very well. The service is great! This is a neighborhood Gem!

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TGunn (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Thank you to the team at 'Cesca for serving up a perfect celebration. The food was delicious - we had the choice of the special menu as well as their standard menu. The entire family left happy, satisfied and full!

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BentleyG73 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

What a great dining experience! The wine list is extensive. Everything was amazing from the service to the ambience to the food. There was a party happening in my mouth from the salad to dessert.

I noticed a few larger tables and thought it would be fun to go with a group of friends.

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BrentHdng (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great meal. Party of 7 at 7:00 pm. Perfect service -- all the apps and meals were on the money. My group loved it. Super wine list too! Highly recommend.

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UWSresident (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Very disappointing. Lights too bright. TV at bar too distracting. Kids on Ipads. This used to be a sophisticated place. Chicken parm special was presented awfully -- a big blob of scalding hot chicken and pasta on a hot plate. I have a feeling that the server heated in microwave. NOT good. Server was inexperienced. We ordered a drink and asked her to bring the drinks, THEN take our order, but she persisted in asking us to order. Unfortunate, as I would like to have a place like this be a go to regularly. I took my friend from California (who just moved to the UWS and asked to try a local place), and I was embarrassed by my choice. I have lived in the area for 20 years and should know better!

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Foodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great restaurant with very warm personal service and attention. Had a wonderful birthday celebration here.

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MaureenBoborino (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We went to Cesca to celebrate our anniversary. Our experience could not have been better. We had a delicious dinner with wonderful service and enjoyed everything. Our server was so nice and did everything to make our dinner extra nice.
Thank you also goes to Dimitri, one of the managers who helped make our evening special!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food and wine - love sitting at the bar but it fills up pretty quickly with regulars! Apparently the Sunday special is a must-try. Useful servers with helpful opinions on the menu ... asked for some input on apps / light fish and was not disappointed ....

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KevinDey (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Terrific local gem. Very nice ambience, good for families / kids earlier in the evening or for couples later on. The menu is traditional but creative, with good seafood and pasta dishes, and a mixture of tasty appetizers. Also a nice touch that you can buy cheeses and meats from the counter upfront. The wine list is great and the service is always friendly and helpful.

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ElizabethNY (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The food was superb, the drinks were delicious and the service was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Had to a bzns dinner and a friend of mine recommended me Cesca! I am so glad I discover this gem! Great place, great food, great ambiance

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FrancisWH (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent dining, delicious food and beverages, attentive staff, and beautiful ambiance. A favorite for fine dining.

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StanleyHubby (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I have been enjoying the fine dining experience at 'Cesca since it opened several years ago. It remains an oasis of civilization and haute cuisine on the Upper West Side, at a time when many of the better restaurants in Manhattan have otherwise moved downtown. We are so thankful to have it in our neighborhood.
The food is superb, notably the perfectly rendered pastas, and the service is polite, gracious and accommodating from the hostesses at the front of the restaurant to the waiters, busboys, wine stewards, etc.
And to boot, they have really attractive menu. Not to mention...they're offering a brunch menu in the very near future!
So, all in all, a great dining experience accross the board.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed a delicious dinner here with two other friends. Our table was lovely and the service is truly impeccable. Our waiter was helpful as was the sommelier, who recommended two exquisite wines for out table. I had the octopus appetizer and my husband had the scallops. Both were beyond delicious, as was the rest of the meal. I enjoyed the Bronzino. Loved it. Loved everything about the meal. Hope to go again.

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LucyThom77 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Cuisine and service are lovely. Enjoyed a delicious dinner of fresh, tender tagliatelle bolognese, scrumptious dessert and good conversation.

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ClaireS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants! Food, service and ambience are fabulous. The pasta is extraordinary and this time, so was the fish. Calamari and chocolate dessert were scrumptious.

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BethWinter (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was exceptional and service was extraordinary. We would highly recommend the restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

It was a great food and excellent service. We enjoy very much the choice of wine we had done with the help of the waiter!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days 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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MaryMary (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

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