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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.
New York, NY 10024
Italian, American, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
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
$31 to $50
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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 lot available on 75th between Amsterdam and Broadway.
1,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.
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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'Cesca Ratings and Reviews
We had an 8:15 rez for 3 and arrived on time. We were sent to the bar to wait for about 10 min, and then led to a round table for six. We said no thanks and returned to the bar to eat, which was awkward for three, but better than the too-big table. The bartender kept saying, "Don't worry! I will take care of you!" but the service was very slow, our martinis arrived with olives when we'd asked for twists, and my salmon had an odd metallic taste. I sent it back and wasn't charged, but the whole experience was very negative. No one was paying attention, not the cooks, not the hostess, not the bartender. I've had fine experiences dining at 'Cesca, and this was a Sat night, so perhaps that was the problem, but we won't be going back on any night of the week.
The food drinks and service were all great as usual when dining at Cesca. The renovation of the interior was disappointing. Without the banquette seating and velvet curtains and the addition of more tables, the dining room is now very loud. Next time we'll eat at the bar.
The food was delicious but the service was a disaster. Not sure if there is too much seating for what they could handle but there was a frenetic pace among the waitstaff and everyone's food seemed to be delayed. There were multiple managers running around trying to keep people happy and the waiters were running from table to table. We waited an hour to get our food despite telling them we were in a rush. They did bring us a complimentary cocktail and appetizer while we were waiting but it didn't feel like a relaxing fine dining experience.
Cesca has changed. We were enticed in by a free bottle of birthday prosecco, which was very generous. Most of the food is still of excellent quality, and the octopus appetizer is more generous than it used to be. But they have fewer homemade pastas than before (we especially missed the one with sausage), and the bolognese pasta was just boring, not enough sauce and not enough flavor. They have completely rearranged the dining room, and now there are many more tables that are much closer together, which makes it much noisier and less romantic. Most important, the service on the night we went was not very good, probably because the wait staff is now overworked (same number of waitstaff, more tables?). We had to ask three times just to get tap water at the table; our prosecco was placed off in a shared cooler stand, that we had to walk over and get and pour for ourselves after the first time, because no one came by to fill our glasses; and the service was very slow all the way through (although friendly, so we really don’t blame our waiter). This used to be one of our favorite places, but we will now think twice about going back.
After god-knows how many years, ‘cesca remains an UWS gem. The orzo and bolognese were both very good, although the latter was slightly over-cooked. Our server appeared to be new as there was a lot he didn’t know and details like clearing were missed. Still, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a great place to have in the neighborhood.
UNBELIEVEABLE! 'Cesca was out of this world last night. There must have been something in the water - I have NEVER seen this place so busy! Our reservation heeded a 20m wait but the bar had a great vibe and was lots of fun. The music was cool, the atmosphere...all great. Dinner was a home run. Steak, salmon, artichokes, beet salad, butternut squash soup (they should keep this on the menu all the time), mushroom ravioli - all delicious! And OMG they have pumpkin cannoli - Yaaaasssss! 110% on point!
Our waiter must’ve been new because the table next to us got so much better service. Bread basket with oil...we got a plate with 4 small cuts of bread, no oil. He was not attentive. Also, I ordered the special bronzino filet. It was awful ~ 2 pieces of fish over steamed spinach and 2 slices of tomato. The dish was so plain & tasted so fishy. Sent it back & got spinach ravioli which was just ok. The best part of the meal was the artichoke appetizer. We like to try different foods and restaurants in the city, but this is not recommended. We chose it for closeness to Beacon Theater.
Restaurant was very busy which was not unexpected (we have been therefore before) but the kitchen was clearly overwhelmed. After 90 minutes and no entrees served asked a manager for help. Several other tables appears to be waiting as well. Eventually 4 of 5 entrees served and than we waited for the last one. When I mentioned to a manager on our way out that the wait was extremely long so much so we didn’t consider desserts she said they very busy especially with walk ins. I suggested that if you can’t handle the large flow perhaps they shouldn’t seat so many patrons. I doubt that will change. If you are willing to wait almost 2 hours for your entrees I guess this is for you.
When we arrived on time the seating took a long time because the host was too busy to speak to us. Our appetizer was served to the table next to us when we ordered way before them but they ordered the same thing and the person that delivered it had no idea it was ours. Our main meal was pork chops and they were so hard and over cooked we couldn’t eat them. The meal was also overpriced for a pork chop and a bit of arugula greens. The restaurant used to be good but now it’s changed.
Interesting menu items, daily specials, delicious food--great preparation and presentation, lovely decor and music . . . above all, top-notch server and/or restaurant training--left bread basket and dipping oil on table during entree and kept water glasses filled through dessert. Most restaurants don't do either, which is annoying.
We went to 'Cesca before a show at the Beacon Theater. The food was very good and the atmosphere appealing. Our entrees were delicious, I had scallops and my husband had bolognese. Our server, Bess, remained very attentive even when the restaurant filled up and was crazy busy. The only thing we didn't like was the grilled calamari appetizer, which was very rubbery. A little pricey, but we would definitely go back.
We ate at 'Cesca a few years ago and had a good experience and we were anxious to return. This time around was much different. We had two waiters, neither of which seemed to be on the same page about who was in charge of our table. The service was poor. My pre dinner cocktail didn't arrive until our meal was served, our appetizer was hardly edible, we had to ask repeatedly for more water, and my fish entree was served lukewarm and tasted awful. I have never written a negative review but we were extremely disappointed in our experience. We won't be returning.
Restaurant was running so efficiently, inspite of being a busy Thursday night. Waitstaff was informative and friendly, and respectful of our 7pm Beacon Theatre show. Menu was easy to understand. Food was high quality, cooked to perfection, with elegant presentation. Owner was in the house to oversee service and to greet customers.
'Cesca is making a comeback? WOW! Love the new clean look and brighter colors. Staff was great and very attentive. Food has gotten much better since the new ownership. For a Wednesday night the place was PACKED and the music was very cool. If you haven't gone, you need to! 5-stars all the way!
We used to love this restaurant. But on this visit, they seemed to be badly understaffed. We had to loudly flag down servers for every step of the meal — ordering drinks, ordering food, receiving the food, getting the check, etc. Three out of four of us got our appetizers first, and the fourth came much later. It was the same with the main courses, one of which was only kind of similar to what was ordered. About 30 minutes later, this incorrect main course was — suddenly and without warning — swapped out for the correct dish. Unfortunately, both were almost inedible. Looking around the room, it was clear that we were not the only table where the service was falling apart. Everyone seemed annoyed. Ultimately, they comped some, but not nearly enough, of the meal. But it was too little, too late.
When we arrived, they were not able to honor the time of our reservation. They said all their tables were taken and we were asked to wait. Normally, this wouldn't have been a problem, but we waited for 30 minutes and still hadn't been seated. Then we decided to eat in the bar area which was not ideal as this was a business dinner and the bar area and the sound level was not conducive to a private conversation. Then when our pasta dishes arrived, they were cold...and not a little cold...a LOT cold. It was as though they had just been taken out of the refrigerator. Overall a very disappointing meal.
The food was delicious as always but our waiter was not attentive which surprised me as usually the service there is excellent. Once he took our order he disappeared, one dish was sent back and he was clueless to the fact that a manager was involved in the matter.
I’ve been going to Cesca for years. I’ve always loved the food, ambience, decor and service there. This is the first time since they’ve opened that I found it mediocre on all levels.
The restaurant has been painted bright white with little to no artwork, the lighting is brighter and the seating less comfortable and inviting. I’m fact when we cane in for our reservation the maitre d attempted to sit us at a table in the front window next to the bar. We had a reservation! I asked to sit us inside the restaurant, which they did, seating is next to the kitchen. There was a table for 3 squeezed between us and the corner which they also tried to seat several parties at, they too refused the table.
The meal was mediocre, my chicken was dryy friends salmon well done after having asked for medium rare. She was given another dinner and not charged for it. That was very nice, but all in all it wasn’t a good experience. I don’t think we’ll be back anytime soon. I’m so sorry to say. We really loved Cesca.
Super surprised when we walked in the door. Large crowd for a Wednesday night. They were offering a wine tasting and were hosting a whole bunch of birthdays. Food was amazing, drinks were great, service was fantastic. Def stopping by there again, manager said they do tastings quite often. It was really great!
Food was uneven. Salmon was excellent; Pasta with Shrinp - the shrimp were dry, over cooked, and tasteless. Waiter was snippy and unfriendly -- perhaps annoyed because we didn't run up a huge tab. Almost no vegetarian choices on the menu. Noise level uncomfortable for quiet conversation. Given the above and the prices I probably won't come back.
I am so depressed that the new management has taken away almost all that we have relied upon from Cesca. The warm lighting and wood walls: GONE. The service: Almost comical how inefficient and inattentive the few servers are. The veteran servers and bus people are solid but they seem to be incapable of keeping up since they are so under staffed! Kitchen has not changed so no complaints in the quality of the food. The managers claim that the banquettes will return. I hope so since the room feels stark! We have been regular customers since the first week. We have weathered thru all the chang
Great experience. Had to wait a bit for a table but totally worth it. Food, service and drinks were all 100%. Best part was the sparklers they used to sing happy birthday to my daughter on the most delicious dessert ever! She (and we) can't wait to go back!
Cesca is a neighborhood restaurant friendly to families with a good raw bar, broad menu, and good food for the most part. I don't recommend the veal milanaise which was the special that day but was way too dry but my companion had the roast chicken which was excellent.
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