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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What Insiders Are Saying
Year after year, Esca remains in the conversation of the NYC elite. It’s always jam packed, mostly with the business and commuter crowd.
Outstanding. Food. Service. It was amazing. Will definitely go back.
Very disappointing, does not match the description on its web site. That pasta was over cooked and too salty.
Esca was warm and welcoming with superb service as always. Branzino was cooked to perfection!! Linguini Vongole very flavorful but could benefit from a little less salt (and I’m a ”salt-a-holic!”). Otherwise a thoroughly delightful dinner.
We were there celebrating our anniversary and the dessert we ordered said Happy Birthday. We laughed about it but easy thing to get right - or don’t do it at all.
It seemed a bit too expensive for what we had but maybe that’s just New York pricing.
Absolutely delicious meal, but we almost fainted when we received our $400 bill for just 2 people....and we didn’t even leave stuffed!
Was so pleased with the wonderful attentive wait staff...timely meal suggestions and delicious results...plan a return visit again this month
Everything was absolutely beautiful. My partner and I had multiple course and split everything. Presentation was on point. The monkfish liver was divine. The uni pasta was silky. If this restaurant were situated back home in New Orleans, I would dine here again (or apply for a chef position). Wonderful service members.
NYC lacks high quality fish restaurants, Esca is at the top of the list, coupled with superb service and excellent wine choices, my Sunday night visit was a tad disappointing, mundane choices and not enough locally sourced choices, it was Sunday, ... everything well prepared, excellent for sharing .. a few crude, shared appetizers, pasta and fish .. $85 a person w/ tip
Overall excellent restaurant! Would go again. Pros: Excellent cuisine, excellent wine pairing, great menu. The octopus appetizer, the raw fish selection, and the black squid ink pasta were outstanding. The pre-theater menu was a bargain for fine cuisine like this. Close to Times Square. Cons: Very tight seating, loud, not romantic. We had a great experience.
The tables were too close resulting in having the waitresses back and elbows in our faces when serving the other table. And the serving was too slow. We got the main course after one and a half hour.
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We started with an excellent bottle of pinot noir, suggested by the very knowledgeable sommelier. Then we ordered the grilled octopus which was very good, then split the macaroni with sea urchin and crabmeat, which was also tasty and the macaroni was cooked to perfection, al dente. We should have stopped there. The zuppa di pesce (dinner size) had too many flavors going on, and was very fishy. The shark which I ordered medium well, was unremarkable. We did not stay for dessert. The staff is very friendly and professional. I would go back, for wine and small plates, and of course for the excellent pasta.
This is one of my favorite pre-theatre, post theatre restaurants. Unfortunately, on my last visit, my wife’s dish smelled and tasted terrible. My wife wasn’t sure if it was the preparation or if the fish, Golden Spotted Bass, was a strong flavored fish. I tasted the fish and the dish was inedible. The matre’ d’ quickly replaced the dish with a calamari dish that we got instead was very good. I would say the other dishes were good or very good. I don’t know what the issue was the one entree?
Had never heard of it before, but my friends will! Wonderful for pre-show or anytime. Food and service outstanding. Interesting food options.
Eh...fish lacked flavor. Verdura salad was combo room temp and cold vegetables smothered in overpowering seasoning. we had to track down a waiter for some bread. My water glass was never refilled. Biscotti served with check tasted like they were old and refrigerated. Macaroon was dry. Disappointed. I heard this used to be good.
Great ambiance and wine/cocktail list. Service is great. The food was ok, definitely a bit overpriced. The Zuppa de Pesce was so fishy I couldn’t even eat it. Definitely get the crudo - best thing on the menu.
We were a party of five. Quality was very uneven. Some dishes were fine, but others ranged from mediocre to downright foul. The mussels in my Zuppa di Pesce had a nasty scent you could smell across the table. Had to ask the waiter to take it away (still cost me $35). Plenty of other great Italian/Seafood places nearby.
Everything was wonderful from the minute we walked in until we left. The service was outstanding. Our server Ararat was excellent! Our dinner was amazing! This was our first time & we will definitely be back.
Esca has been a great surprise! We had an excellent dinner on New Year's Eve and we would go back any time we traveled again to NY. I booked the restaurant because reviews were good and it was conveniently located close to Time Square, but expectations were relatively modest as I had already experience of Italian restaurants highly rated but quite disappointing at the prove of facts.
I was so wrong! The quite modest outside look hides a really nice and cozy restaurant. Staff were very friendly and competent and the menu has some delicacies than I can imagine difficult to find in other places. We had an excellent crudo of Swordfish and the burrata as starters, followed by delicious spaghetti with Lobster. The sauce was really tasty, the spaghetti perfectly "al dente" and the lobster was mouth watering! I can say this was one of the best spaghetti with lobster I have ever had, and I am Italian (by the way) from a sea region: believe when I say, I know what I am talking about!!. We enjoyed very much also the perfectly cooked branzino al sale accompanied by red beet with mustard, grilled fennel and potatoes, all extremely good (I usually do not like red beet). We did not order wine but had an excellent Prosecco that we had ordered to accompany the starter and fell in love with.
We finished our dinner with a trio of home made sorbet and a glass of excellent (home produced) limoncello. I can only recommend it.
Food was not fresh but they changed to accommodate. Tastes were v simple and bland for the big $
Get the branzino!
Get the Crudo! It’s fantastic.
The wine list is also impressive.
Fantastic service, best we had in NY, and that’s saying something.
Esca was very disappointing. The food was mediocre at best, and the prices were too high. We had a salad appetizer that was terrible. The portions were small. In fact, I thought my full portion of fish was a half portion. The service was ok, but it seemed like the whole enterprise existed to get as much money out of customers for as little effort as possible. It's a shame: I went years ago and loved it.
Service was excellent. However, the food was forgettable and unimpressive at best. I've dined at amazing restaurants across the globe, and unfortunately this is not one of them. Hopefully they will update the menu and kitchen to reach their potential.
One of the best Itailian seafood restaurants I’ve ever been to. The Crudo was absolutely fantastic. Great wine selection and beautiful desserts. Can not wait to go back!
Absolutely wonderful dinner, as usual! This time, especially impressive handling our table of 8 people. Options for a vegetarian and a gluten-free diner, and delicious Italian flavors for all. The squid-ink pasta was divine, as was the ravioli. Every taste of crudo, particularly the steelhead salmon and the Spanish mackeral, was melt-in-your mouth heavenly. And, did I mention they have the Best Bread? Olive oil with a hint of spice, and an olive oil cake that was sublime - what more can you ask. Patient and knowledgeable staff kept everything on track, and the 6 people who had never been there before left vowing to come back for more. You should do this for yourself in the New Year!
Imaginative combinations of ingredients, simply delicious food!
Very good for high quality, Mediterranean-style seafood & Italian fare. Don't look for red meat or huge portions here! This place often gets two $, but appetizers are typically $15 - $20, and entrees are $20 - $40.
Esca is our special occasion place! Expensive but fabulous and worth the splurge once in a while.
This is my new favorite theater district restaurant and I will be frequenting it!! Waiter Anthony was knowledgeable and helpful (albeit he would not serve my date the fish head as I requested!)
Crudo and fish were exquisite, Chef Dave was awesome & the homemade limoncello to die for!
Although I have had many lovely meals at Esca, this last one was a disappointment, not because of the food, which was very good, but because of the service, which was very bad. I don't think I will be back.
Unusual, but delicious menu, beautiful presentation and a fabulous waiter.
Was 5-star in almost all respects, especially service, which was solicitous without being fawning.
Food also was almost 5-star, especially appetizers, pasta, and olive oil, but fell slightly short with too much salt on crudo and fish entree being lukewarm. Clearly a top-rung establishment and worth a trip, but still probably get more bang for the buck at less flashy places, such as Union Square Cafe.
Use to be one of the top restaurants with a wait line to get in. Now it’s half empty. Food mediocre. Service average. Hurry and get this restaurant back to first class before it goes out of business.
Service was exceptional. Disappointed that they ran out of the dish we specifically went for.
Really only appeals to squid lovers. Even the spaghetti has squid ink! Not a good choice for beef or fowl dishes
Great food and service. We sat by the kitchen and it was very busy and noisy and felt a bit cramped
Always an excellent experience, the food, the wine, the service! And especially loved the sommelier’s pick for our tables- always a joy to consult with her.