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
Esca is one of our favorite dining spots. Everything about it is a homage to seafood of various types and preparations . The service is impeccable but not ingratiating. And the staff made us feel special on the occasion of our wedding anniversary.
We were on a tight schedule and while we sat for a little longer than we should have before our waitress came to the table, when she did, everything worked out.
Food is always delicious. We had a great meal and made it to the theater on time.
Bad day for Esca disappointed with my fish dish on this visit
We went to this restaurant post-theatre. We waited 20 mins to get a cocktail after we ordered and the restaurant was not full. My husband had the Fish Stew and it was awful, it tasted as terrible as its aroma. My son had the lobster and spaghetti, it was pricey ($32) if I'm not mistaken. My daughter and I hate forgettable entrees. We will not be going back
Loved it. Tight fit w tables but wonderful. Smelt delicious. Seafood soup and Hake Devine. Olive oil cake delectable.
Best seafood restaurant we have been to in America.
Risotto stuffed squid was quite tasty but squid was over cooked and tough. Fried seafood platter was very uninteresting: basically a plate of calamari without much taste and no sauce. Fish soups (starter and main) were tasty without being exceptional. Got stung for a $33 glass of Chardonnay. I know, I should have asked...
Overall, just meh for the price.
Always excellent across the board. Perfect for pre-theater also!
Had the best dinner ! Best food, service etc! Loved it!
I went on Valentine's Day, the place was cozy. The staff was awesome, I personally think the best part of the restaurant was how the staff treats you. The only thing I think they could improve a little more is with the food because it tasted good but it didn't have a hook.
Fabulous evening. Valentine’s Day dining at Esca was sophisticated, relaxed and memorable. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and set the spirit of the day. Never felt rushed and everything was perfect - from the incredible whole wheat and Italian breads to the wonderfully prepared orata. Delicious oysters and the most magnificent chocolate dessert. Think we enjoyed ourselves? The adjectives speak for themselves. Highly recommended!
We travel on business every week, and dine out all the time, however, we were very disappointed in this dining experience. Nearly all of the staff, from the hostess to the sommelier were pretentious and short on attention. Despite a great table, in a quiet room next to the wine storage, we did not feel welcome -- and in fact, felt like we were a bother to the entire staff.
The waiter was okay, but never came back to check on us and his follow through with our comments about the food and service was much too casual. Management never stopped by our table to follow up.
The John Dory fish we had was briefly presented table side by a food runner, then whisked off to be prepared elsewhere. Upon return we immediately noticed it reeked of fish smell. However, because the staff simply dropped it off and ran away, we could not immediately respond. We ate a portion, but became concerned about it being bad. When my colleague complained to the waiter (after calling him over) the waiter acted very surprised, did not say a word, and took his plate away.
The food "runners" dropped off the food and ran off every time, with little or no communication at all. When I indicate "dropped off" I truly mean nearly dropping the plate in front of my colleague and handing me my plate over the table, in lieu of coming around the table and placing my plate in front of me. Quite a surprise for this level of a restaurant.
The sommelier also briefly presented the unopened wine bottle from across the table, then rushed off and opened it elsewhere. Upon return he had indicated that he seasoned the glasses after opening. As a wine enthusiast, while I understand some restaurants have different approaches, I would have expected him to communicate this beforehand. I would have much preferred that the wine was presented and opened with cork table side. Further, after he poured the two glasses, he again, ran off with the wine bottle. I had to ask one of the staff persons to have it returned to the table.
Great food, great service! Really enjoyed the entire experience!
Food is really good but the service is slow and not polite.
Waited for 15 mins the menu, waiters were all the time running, and wait btw plates too long
The assistant waiters / waitress were eating all the time while working...
We tried the prix fix menu before going to a show. The menu was quite limited - the gnocchi was very good, bust the fried seafood was disappointing...could have gotten that level of seafood at a fast food place. We also had the wine parings...wine was good and the server knowledgeable. However, we had to order an extra serving of wine because the servings were so puny. Esca wasn't bad, but not sure it was good enough to go back...lots of other choices.