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Esca

4.2
4699 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.
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Private dining
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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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Pasternack
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Cross street
9th Avenue
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Public transit
Subway to 42nd Street - Times Square
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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What 4699 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAliYu (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Bad day for Esca disappointed with my fish dish on this visit

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DonnaK 
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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Leftylynn5645 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Loved it. Tight fit w tables but wonderful. Smelt delicious. Seafood soup and Hake Devine. Olive oil cake delectable.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Best seafood restaurant we have been to in America.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Always excellent across the board. Perfect for pre-theater also!

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PaulaD (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Had the best dinner ! Best food, service etc! Loved it!

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HectorH (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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