ESCA’s intimate and elegant dining room offers a lovely, quiet experience amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City’s Theatre District. All menus are based on fresh, seasonal ingredients (in other words, whatever Chef Dave Pasternack catches that morning).View Private Dining Details
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Sun 9:30PM - 11:15PM
Mon - Sat 10:00PM - 11:15PM
Year after year, Esca remains in the conversation of the NYC elite. It’s always jam packed, mostly with the business and commuter crowd.
Still great. It had been a while since we've eaten there and I was concerned that with all the Batalli stuff going on . . . Nope, it's still great. Wonderful fish of every sort. Had a great waiter. The quality is unsurpassed. The interior maybe a little tired, but for great seafood in NYC there isn't a better spot.
Second year in a row we went for our anniversary tho this time there were six of us. Beautiful night and we ate outside. Spectacular evening, great waiter, wonderful food. Love this place!
Food is beyond underwhelming.
Service is exceptional. Thanks Anthony!
The food and service are so great that we have become regulars.
Not worth the cost. Flounder was undercooked
Excellent restaurant....highly recommend....you won't be disappointed....extensive wine list...
Nice pre-theatre dinner place with a great selection of dishes and excellent wine list.
We were visiting NYC with friends who had been at Esca before. I had the fish stew (cioppino), which was not described to me as cioppino, but something thicker. Didn't like the flavors or the consistency. We ordered a nice wine, which was left across the room between our glasses being refilled by the sommelier. However, at the end of our meal, well after we had emptied our glasses, I had to ask if the bottle still had wine in it (it did). No apologies from the wait staff. On the whole the service was fair at best; not what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.
Disappointing. No ambiance, indifferent service, small portions for the money. Calamari saved what was otherwise an overhyped restaurant. Dry bread and a bowl full of olives in very tired oil.Very loud noise level and inappropriate background music.
Music was like musicac or a top forty station and did not add anything to the ambience. Service was rushed even though we told them no theater to get to. Food was good and wine service indifferent. Brazing was very good
Terrible service. They don’t treat you like customers. One of our guests had a dietary restrictions which they said would be absolutely OK to accommodate. First, they bring the wrong order. Next, the right order doesn’t come through until almost every other guest is done with the meal. The worst - the manager tries to justify the delay. And all along they had no concern for the guest who was sitting there hungry. Overrated and overpriced for the food and service.
Order the sashimi!
Went to Esca after Theater Matinee. Service was attentive and accommodating, food and wine were both incredible! It was a bit pricey for frequent patronage but we would if we could. One of the best in NYC!!!
Food was bland and very over priced - even in Manhattan perspective. Service was fair.
Delicious food. Surprisingly good!
The Best Branzino Baked in Salt!
The Best Linguine with Clams!
Super Wine Selection !
Great Food along with Attentive Staff in warm setting... Esca delivers consistency throughout the years!
Great Sommelier. Crudo tasting is a must. Great pastas. Standards remain high. Worth it!
Best pre-theatre dining we have had in many years. Great food and the service was spot on.....not rushed and completed with time to spare for curtain.
2 zuchini blossoms for $19!!
Mushy pan fried flounder probably had been frozen for $38!!
Waitress tried to push $23 GLASS of wine!!
Best Italian in NY by quite a distance.
Pasta sauces unique.
Out side table was nice.
Peter is excellent and Nico is great front of house.
Food is pricey, small portions, tasty.
Disappointing food for the price. The smallish entree of ravioli was not warm.
We love Esca. We have been here for our anniversary every year for five years, and we also bring out of town visitors here. And celebrate career milestones. The menu is full of perfect pairings of complementary foods, some of which are surprising. We love the tasting menu on its own and with the wine pairings option, too. Everything is expertly plated and delicious!!!!
Enjoyed our visit but in particular the staff were amazing...all of them. They made our visit very pleasant!!
A number of years ago, my wife and I had one of our best meals at Esca. We were disappointed that the experience was not repeated last Saturday night. We were seated in a very crowded area, where waiters continually asked us to move our seats so they could serve our table or others, and our chairs were bumped into by staff and patrons. The restaurant is way too crowded.
The crudo was fresh and tasty, and the zucchini blossoms were very good. The soft shells were small and very average. The halibut and the pasta dishes were all good.
Had the environment not been so challenging, we would likely have enjoyed the meal much more.
Food and service were good, but they really should renovate. The place is cramped, the bar is very cramped and people like to eat there, the bathrooms are insufficient and have very tight access, and because it's so cramped it was very difficult to hear my friend at the table even though she was sitting right across from me at a table for two.
The food was good but the service was really slow. I went on a Sunday night at 7pm so I don't think that's a super busy time. I loved the gnocchi and burrata that I got, but my friend thought the fish was pretty good.
Not as great as last time. Not sure what happened but food was meh and for the price I expected awesome, especially after our first dinner here was amazing!
Excellent fish, an excellent sardine and anchovy appetizer, attentive service, and we easily made curtain time for the show.
We dined here before a Saturday night Broadway show and selected the fixed price 3 course meal ($59 pp, but everyone in the party has to choose that option). With just two of us, not a problem. I had insalata misto, market fish of the day (mackerel that night), and gelato for desert (3 small scoops: chocolate hazelnut, lemon poppy, and earl gray -- all delicious). She had cruzo (chef's choice), gnocchi, and gelato. The portion sizes were perfect, the food was delicious, and service was excellent.
The food and service were absolutely wonderful! We sat outside on a beautiful summery day. It was very relaxed, not rushed at all. I would definitely go back for the spaghetti with lobster alone. Very authentic Italian seafood. Great spot before a Broadway show.
Came for pre-theater dinner at 6, showtime 8. Plenty of time, right? Hostess, waiter and server ALL asked what time our show was, and we told them. Drinks and a couple of appetizers arrived quickly, but after waiting a half hour for the only entree I ordered and I love (pasta with briny clams) we told the waiter and he apologized. Finally gave up, hungry and asked for check. Then the pasta showed up, but we refused it and left. Last time we try that.
The prix-fix dinner was a disappointment as the Fried Seafood was not very good. We simply made a mistake and should have ordered alacarte. We've had the same server on multiple occasions and he is excellent but gave us bad advice. It remains a favorite choice for us pre-theater because of location.
The crudo is the best Ive ever had. In fact, its so good, that I don't eat it anywhere else. The pasta dishes are delicious, and the wine is excellent. Service is good all around. Patirck, our waiter was terrific. We'll be back, as we usually are when we are in NYC.
Even better than it was 10 years ago. I've gone to this restaurant ~half dozen times over the past 10+ years. It is still going strong, and I think the food is actually improving from what was an already high level.
Read reviews & looked @ menu before selecting 2 celebrate my anniversary. Very disappointed with ambience. Food was not that great. My glass of wine was the best thing I had there. Would not go for a special occasion because of the table set up.