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Date
Tue, 1/23
Time
8:00 PM
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Esca

4.1
4650 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Esca is a Southern Italian Seafood Restaurant created by Joseph Bastianich & David Pasternack. Esca showcases the style and sensibility of Italian coastal cooking. Dave went to Italy and saw firsthand what they were talking about. After years of cooking French food, Dave had finally found the food he had always wanted to cook: the best fish available, prepared in a simple and delicious way. In Italy, that means the local catch. In New York, that means the best fish of the Pacific, Mediterranean & our own backyard.

At Esca, you can eat the most sought-after Pacific Ocean delicacies along side fluke that Dave caught on his day off. The menu changes daily and is driven by the fish markets of the world & the farms of Dave’s friends. Esca is the place where you can have stunning raw fish, an incredible bowl of pasta and then a Mediterranean Branzino cooked in sea salt. Esca is the best of Italian coastal cooking with access to the world’s greatest fish.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Dinner:

Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm to 10pm
Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 564-7272
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Sun 9:30PM - 11:15PM
Mon - Sat 10:00PM - 11:15PM

What 4650 People Are Saying
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

The food was surprisingly excellent! On the spicy side. Super nice Manager. Red wine should be served colder. The olive oil cake was delicious. Would definitely go back to try the tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

It was good

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vipArnieM (Tampa)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service with interesting menu. Great seafood. My wife and I shared four courses. I liked that they asked each after each course if it was okay to clear the table. I hate restaurants that grab a plate almost as soon as one person finishes.

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NLKing84 (Las Vegas)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

the restaurant was fantastic, one of my favourites in the city

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0
Dined on January 16, 2018

Yes, it is still possible to pay over $200,-- for a simple lunch (appetizer & pasta) for three people with only one glas of wine and bottled water in NYC and you leave the table with a bad feeling - too expensive and less than mediocre food at best. My crudo tasting: Initially no flexibilty to change out an item ("the chef usually doesn't do that"), for no real reason - it is raw fish, so what is the matter in replacing one type of fish with another one (other than food margin!). And when the crudo came, I noticed they were all drowned in olive oil - all three of them. Strange way in preparing crudo and praising themselves being best crudo in town at the same time. This preparation was simply awful. The pasta (maccharoni chitarra) was even worse, greasy, oily sauce, just a very, very few bits of lump crab meat, no taste of sea urchin at all, as the oily sauce killed everything - for $32,-- a plate you would expect world class pasta. That was definitely not the case. I was really, really disappointed, when charging such premium prices (which I am generally ok with, as I like to enjoy a lot of top notch michelin star restaurants in NYC), the dishes should be premium - period.

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JonathanG (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 16, 2018

The staff at ESCA's is extremely attentive and professional. The bartender Robert is friendly and provides excellent service. The fish dishes are extremely fresh and well prepared. The baby octopus is one of the best octopus dishes I have experienced. Our party of three shared a few appetizers and a second course of pasta and than each had our own main courses. We didn't leave any room for desert so can't comment on that. Looking forward to many more evenings dining at ESCA.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

The quality of the fish was not as good as it usually is. The fish I got was very fishy and my 1st dish needed salt. I have been trying ESCA a few times and this was not up to par. Maybe it was a off night not really sure what happened

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Wayne (Las Vegas)
3.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Upon arrival we seated promptly.
We reviewed the menu ordered wine and dinner. We expected the wine shortly we waited more then 20 minutes
The meal arrived within 5 minutes there after
We ordered the Flounder for two which was very good but a small portion
Also ordered grilled vegetables that were uneatable due to being extremely over salted
Server never inquired as to why they were uneaten
Final bill was over $300.00
For a small portion of fish and vegetables
Would not go back

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vipJoel (San Francisco)
1.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

I have eaten several times before at Esca and always thought very highly of it. On this occasion there were 5 of us for dinner. Not one of us had a good meal. Service was very good, but the quality of the food was no better than pub food, and it was all over-salted. My tiny appetizer was meh, I ate only a small portion of my entrée, the side of steamed broccoli was boiled to sogginess like grandma used to do, and I left feeling hungry. The consequence of the poor quality was that the meal was also terribly over-priced. Also, there was a pervasive stale fish smell in the restaurant. I want to say that I will go back because it was just one bad experience, but it was so bad that I cannot bring myself to return.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

always reliable and great- you will never be embarrassed hosting guests
One of the best fish restaurants in the city
Service was superb
You can feel the touch of Lydia!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Dinner:

Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm to 10pm
Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Cross street
9th Avenue
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(212) 564-7272
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Public transit
Subway to 42nd Street - Times Square
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Executive chef
David Pasternack
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Private Dining

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).

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