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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

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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'Cesca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (23)
Cozy (23)
Business Meals (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

Excellent service during our pre-show dinner. Good food, but a bit loud.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

First time here for a birthday, loved the ambiance of Cesca, the food was delicious.
Will return next time we are in New York City.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food and service, but very noised and poor decoration.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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

One of the few places with top quality food and not too much noise

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food and food variety.. very much recommend and really great to even have a beer on the bar

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

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!

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

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This was a terrible experience, staff rude, service was non existent, food artived cold and tasteless. I would never go back or recommend.

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

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

'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!

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great place, amazing food, super service. Had an awesome time watching the game at the bar and the hostess was very good about seating us near the TV. This place might be my new favorite... great vibe.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Place was 5 stars across the board. Food, drinks, service all stellar.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Enjoyed our meal, food was excellent, service good. Price was rather high but worth it because food was very good. Noisy, though. My friend and I will go elsewhere for our next reunion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food, wine and atmosphere. Options for everyone! Will be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I had a diner here prior to going to see Kevin James at the Beacon. Everything was superb. Both my wife and I had Branzino. It was excellent. The same goes for appetizers and deserts. We will definitely be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Perfect place for dinner before a show at the Beacon Theater. Cesca has a very varied menu, excellent food and attentive service. This restaurant will not disappoint!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food, on point.
Drinks, great.
Music, thumbs up.
5-stars across the board.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had a great experience at 'Cesca last night. Enjoyed drinks at the bar, food was superb - top notch. Scallops 110%, linguini with clams on point, steak, kale salad, and the tiramisu. Will be back soon for more.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Elvis has left the building...
After a fantastic experience at 'Cesca.
Food, atmosphere, desserts, drinks...all top notch.
Will be back soon to enjoy this place again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with beautiful decor and scrumptious food, excellent service. One of my favorites in NYC. Highly recommend for a special evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Nice place. Larger inside than it looks from the street. Food was memorable. Got quite noisy on Saturday evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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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