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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

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Private Dining

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'Cesca Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (39)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Special Occasion (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Cozy (18)
Romantic (18)
Business Meals (18)
Casual (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Authentic (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Healthy (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Organic (6)
People Watching (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great Beer (3)
Tapas (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 21 hours ago

Enjoyed our usual meal...Cauliflower Fritti, Veal Chop, Branzino with spinach and roasted tomatoes, cheesecake and royal chocolate log. The atmosphere is quite alive now. The restaurant is brighter, more bodies on the floor to serve, food has extra flavor, drinks overflowing. Quite an improvement from previous management.

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·Dined 21 hours ago

Waiting for our table was the worst part of the evening. The service, food, drinks and dessert were all wonderful! The noise factor is a bit difficult when the venue is full making it a bit hard to have an intimate conversation yet still...very enjoyable!

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·Dined 21 hours ago

You must ask for the specials... Their menu is delicious, but tonight the blend of flavors in the fish special was truly magnificent.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Another fun date night in the book! The wait for a table was a bit longer than we expected but we enjoyed the buzz of the bar area. Our waitress was informative and quick to serve which was a nice change. Our food was delivered promptly. My husband enjoyed his steak tagliatelle and I couldn't get enough of the mushroom ravioli. Large portions equals left overs for breakfast! Thanks Cesca!

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·Dined 2 days ago

I heard there was a new chef so of course I needed to come and see for myself. Am I glad I did! His food is delectable and my party and I were all pleased with our selections. It was rather crowded, overcrowded if you ask me, but the service was very attentive to all their tables. I enjoyed watching all the activity in the open kitchen. Waiting for a table was the worst part. If you decide to visit, you MUST try the scallops with truffle oil. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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·Dined 2 days ago

When the wife is craving Italian you run. This place had a fantastic menu full of classic favorites with a spin. The server was quite informative giving us the scoop on the new owners and all the changes. Place was just as good as we remembered, if not better. She wants to come again, we come again.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Stopped in for a quick bite and the place was very, very busy! The decor was seasonal and festive. The food was absolute perfection. The Salmon was cooked just the way I like it and my wife enjoyed her Steak. Service was attentive, desserts were delicious. Wine list, excessive for those who enjoy them.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

my favorite neighborhood spot, the food is always great and so is the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

I always have good meals at this place. The quality of food and service are pleasant.
I find it very friendly and modern Italian. Good value.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been to this restaurant many times and have generally been pleased. However, on this occasion, everything went wrong, starting with a delayed table, followed by slow and inconsistent service. (we could not order 9 oysters but had to order either 6 or 12; Moscato desert wine was not available and the substitute proposed was undrinkable)

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·Dined 2 days ago

The veal Milanese was out if this world. Service was very good. Hostess was a rockstar and handled some tough guests and a lousy situation like a champ. I own restaurants and could rock my door any time. Well done, sorry I didn't get your name. Curly hair early 20s. Well done

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We all liked the food. Appetizers to desserts were all delicious. Great wine selections. Only downside was our waiter had to be hunted down several times.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Due to snow they were short handed but not a big problem. Service was a little stressed but they were very professional and the food was excellent !

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Loved every bite! It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Food, service, drinks, dessert, all PERFECT!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Place was wall-to-wall packed. Food still top notch. Service ok but I'm sure it was because of how busy they were. New face in the kitchen must be the new chef. He was cranking it out. Good stuff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wine list selection was outrageous! Food was delicious - especially the days special. The place was extremely busy for a Saturday night. We sat almost immediately and had great service, just slow, but good. Would recommend for sure!

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·Dined 3 days ago

One bartender while we waited for table. Couldn't handle beacon crowd. Otherwise food good, service decent, and I would go back

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Second time here in a couple of ny trips. Great food, not too creative but then again one comes fornthe sinplicity of the cuisine and the freshness of the ingredients. Had a wonderful halibut. Great wine selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Busy Friday night. Crowded neighborhood place that gets crowds before & after Beacon Theater shows. Burrata with tomatoes was good. Tagliatelle w/ bolognese was woefully under seasoned/no salt. Spinach ravioli just missed - again, under seasoned and a bit bland. Slowish service was understandable because it was a given on a crowded Friday that the kitchen was in the weeds and the wait staff were stretched. Overall a 5 out of 10.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We have been big fans of Cesca for awhile now, but were very disappointed last night. We had to wait over an hour past our reservation time before being seated. One of us ordered the steak medium rare and it came back well-done. We sent it back and then it came back rare. The tagliatelle Bolognese and the duck were good. I likely will not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Place was really busy so we had to wait for our table, but well worth it! Everything was perfect, including the proposal. This has been our spot since the beginning of us and through every transition, it just keeps getting better. New owners visited our table with "fireworks" and complimentary champagne. Truly beautiful night in a fantastic place.

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·Dined 4 days ago

New chef brings great additions to the fantastic menu. Stellar wine selection. Very energetic place, lots of new faces.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great Italian food on the UWS. The wait staff was good, drinks flowing and the vibe was friendly. Would share with others.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I mean come on...this place is amazing! The food is so good - authentic Italian food with a new flair. The music was so chill and the waiter was super cool.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Multo benne 'Cesca! The food was out of this world - so authentic and fresh. The new menu items are great and the food and service were spot on!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was fantastic, fish was fresh and seasoned perfectly. Atmosphere was great. Service was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

All about this place. Everything was super! The service was quick, the food was delicious and the vibe was perfect for a cold wednesday night with friends. Can't beat good food so close to home!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Why fix something that isn't broken? The restaurant has always had a subtle feel to it; tables had tablecloths; wall colors were subtle and elegant. Lights were dim, sort of sultry.
NOT ANYMORE. From entering at the host station - bright white walls abound along with bright white lights. Open kitchen feels the same and is terrific., the dining room, not so much. Too much feeling of dead space which creates cold atmosphere.
Food was terrific; Service OK;I had come here fairly often but I'm not so sure about bringing guests if the decor remains the same.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food, atmosphere and service. Great job 'Cesca! They've changed their look and their vibe, but it's still so good!

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Place has gone under a complete turn over...for the better! The food, atmosphere and service was great! Definitely a great place to visit when you're on the upper west side.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

'Cesca is great. The new look, the holiday vibe, the music, food, drinks, service and dessert - all awesome!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Five stars all the way, with the exception of the extremely rude woman sitting near us this place was AMAZING! The service, food and desserts were so, so yummy!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was really good. Service was good too. Drinks, dessert, all good! It's definitely worth a try if you're in the area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Walked in five minutes before our reservation and the place was packed! Waited a few minutes for our table but it was all good. The bartender was quick, we were seated soon after, we ate the most delicious food and even took some home! Great portions, great service, great atmosphere, great food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This is NOT the ‘Cesca that we used to know. The menu selection has decreased significantly and the food was not up to the standard that they set with high prices. We shared appetizers consisting of the burrata, kale Caesar salad, salmon tartar and fritto misto. The salmon tartar was a replacement for tuna tartar - it had no taste. The fritto misto was over-fried. The burrata and Caesar salad were acceptable. There were five main courses ordered. The duck was over-cooked - gray all the way through. The pasta with shrimp had absolutely no taste. Linguini with clam sauce, as well as papardella with bolognese sauce were acceptable. The mushroom ravioli tasted OK, but was lacking sufficient sauce.

Watch out for the wines - our $50 bottle of red from Sicily can be purchased retail for $8 - what a rip off.

The wait service has a lot to be desired. Too many people with mixed messages. The only guy that truly seemed to be on top of his job was the bus-boy.

So, all-in-all, a very disappointing meal, considering what we used to get under previous management as well as the high prices.

Diners beware - you can do much better elsewhere in the neighborhood.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

There are much better italian restaurants on the UWS.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been dining at Cesca for many years. The food was excellent. But the ambiance has completely changed. It was very disappointing. The new management added a lot more tables and the restaurant was crowded and very noisy! It used to be more quiet dining and sophisticated. I also missed the previous waiters!

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Was disappointed that it lacked the Christmas feeling.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Just a wonderful experience at 'Cesca. Our server was very sweet and attentive. Our food was cooked to perfection. The bottle of suggested wine was delicious. Bravo!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

For an Italian, I would think I know good Italian food and let me tell you, this place has it! They've got the food, the atmosphere, the drinks, the panna cotta and the models! It was like watching a runway. The boys and I had fun. Great night.

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