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
We went to Esca after theater and had an amazing meal with perfect service. We started off with delicious cocktails and a small bruscetta type appetizer with compliments from the chef. My cocktail was a martini with gin, chartreuse, cherry and citrus. So good, I ordered two! We ordered the crudo tasting menu as an appetizer and it was perfect, we got oysters, shrimp, bay scallops, fluke, hamachi and one other . . . I highly recommend the Polipo (grilled octopus) appetizer! Honestly, we were full after the complimentary appetizer and the crudo, two apps and bread, but we still had dinner entrees coming. The Maccheroni alla Chitarra was delicious and rich, but we had to take most of it home and then couldn't even consider dessert which looked delicious and I now regret. We want to go back and do a light meal of cocktails (yummy with a perfect amount of punch), selection of crudos (I think it's what they're known for most), 1 appetizer and 1 dessert. It's a great location close to the theaters, but not in the main tourist area which is nice to get away from after. The staff takes full care of their customers. Our server was in training apparently and did a wonderful job. She will be a great addition to the professional Esca staff. Will definitely be back.
Service great. Food very good.
Though Bronzino for Two was disappointing- just one filet each on the plate. We were shown the fish before slicing but it was an opaque bubble on a plate so could not see anything.
The raw apps were solid. Grilled octopus was good.
The gelato blew me away.
The inside of restaurant was not cozy feeling- we were very close to rhe door unfortunately. Music too loud.
Food was top notch. Monkfish liver was divine. Service was amazing. Only complaint is the bathroom and it's location. Other than that it's a must dine.
Superb. I would definitely go again and again. Kudos!
The dinner was made EXCEPTIONAL by our waitperson Joseph S.!
He was extremely knowledgeable with the menu and the wine list and had a very friendly and approachable demeanor.
Ask to sit in Joseph’s section when you book a reservation.
I was here two weeks prior, and did not have good wait service; although the buspersons are exceptional.
It is amazing what an experienced, knowledgeable, and talented waitperson can do to facilitate a great dining experience! Thank you Joseph S.!
Razor clams in bacon w/green apples were delicious as was the bread. We would have liked mussels and shrimp; limited menu. My husband ordered gnocchi in red sauce, nothing to write home about. Calamari was swimming in brown smoky-flavored oil. My scallops were very good, however. Dessert was creative and delicious.
We went after a show arriving at 9:45 for a 9:30
Reservation and the hostess couldn't have been nicer. It was late and everyone was a little tired after the holiday push, but were very accommodating.
The sommelier guided us to a very good wine in a the price range I requested and the food was delicious, Nantucket scallop and arktic char crudi
were excellent and w nice portion size.
Had the crabmeat pasta and lobster pasta again terrific.
We had a little desert and an amaro to cap off a great evening.
Thank you Esca staff
Waiter Joe was lovely and Ruth too.
We eat there frequently. Three people all terribly dissatisfied. Mushrooms were not all portobello. Fusilli dish was not fusilli it was a cavatappi which we pointed out to waiter. Sea food in fusilli dish was sparse to say the leader. Lobster dish had trrrible sauce . The pasta was ill prepared. Waiter lied on two occasions as we pointed out the problems. We even showed him pictures on our phone of what fusilli and cavatspi look like.. munk fish was small portion and over cooked. It’s Christmas week and I surmise the regular chef was off. It was dec 22
Fabulous meal with my husband and 2 children. Great contrast of the Classic Italian atmosphere with a great play list of R & B. Celebrity siting of Tony Bennett.
Always great food and service
Perfect for pre theatre dinner
an incredible menu, if I could I would have eaten everything on it! definitely is worth coming back and exploring the rest of the menu. try the burrata - it's out of this world with the osetra caviar, and scallops with the citrus slices is sure to amaze. I've dined with a friend from Italy who's accustomed to a great Italian food and even for her it was a gourmand experience. a huge plus was that the manager was a Naples native so she could even chat in Italian. the service was very good and discreet as well.
I have loved this restaurant for years but the scallops were over cooked, the Dover sole had a heavy crust, the plates were not even slightly warm. Salads and gelato were delicious as was the special salted cod. David Pasternack was there so he’s either not paying attention or his taste has changed. We will try again, but very disappointing. It feels like what happened in his restaurant in Chelsea and that was a great opportunity that failed.
Was disappointed. My husband and I did the tasting menu and the food just wasn’t as great as we expected our tab was around $300 which we thought was pricy for what it was. In addition it was not packed and the service was a bit strange. They had plenty of staff working but between each course we had to wait 30 mins. We were there forever! Disappointing!
Wonderful. A little loud for older people. But overall amazing. Service excellent.
The service was attentive and helpful and the food was delightful. Each ingredient in each dish played together in an amazing way. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
Super pricey and food was bizarre. If your a major foodie then you might enjoy it but it was the worst food at the highest price that we had while on New York. 2 glasses of wine was $46. Entrees come with no sides.
Delicious; fabulous service. One of my very favorite restaurants in the New York.
The food was fantastic wine steward most helpful with great wine suggestions great music great service.
Excellent food, good variety of seafood options, outstanding service. Fish soup was amazing.
It was absolutely freezing. The service was terrible even though there were less than a dozen tables. It took three requests to get a Diet Coke. I was given the wrong menu and it took ten minutes to get it replaced. I used to be a fan. Now I'm not going back.
All 5 dishes were great. Reasonable wine prices. Attentive service. Left happy customers.
Decided to eat here based on proximity to theater. Food overall was ok not great. Service was excellent but tables are very close together and it is very loud.
Service was extremely good and asked about time limitations. All three entrees were excellent. We would make a return visit for sure.
I've loved Esca for years and it never disappoints! Delicious crudo, amazing wine list and the greatest past and grilled fish! The service is impeccable.
I wish I loved it. We were seated next to the tiny bar and it was as noisy as could be. One woman in particular was so loud a waiter was putting his finger in his ears.
My friends dinner was outstanding she said. I had the burrata with caviar. It was ok, kind of bland. My dinner was the linguine with clams. The linguine was great. The waitress warned me its salty and it really is only the first bite that really tastes REALLY salty. Unfort the clams were way overcooked. I never got my second drink until I was almost done with dinner. They did, however comp it. So its worth a try but make sure you dont sit near the bar. They play very weird music too.
Have been to Esca many times over the years and the food is always outstanding. Noticed this time that the noise level has increased and the service started slow. One tip - it’s important to get drinks in hand quickly. If you do guests will be much more forgiving of slow service or other shortcomings. That said, the fare was terrific, especially the crudo tasting dish.
Another wonderful dinner at Esca. The array of beautiful fish and shellfish was fabulous. I thought the restaurant would have a candle and a birthday slice of cake but they did not. Note: prepare your own. Nevertheless the food is fabulous and we loved every bite.
Food was delicious and service was excellent. We were seated right away. Lovely, lively and fun dinner.
Great great seafood !! Unique prep and arrangements.
Fresh and seafood you would not normally order. We had heard the noise level was high but found a corner table for 4.
Can't wait to go back
I was very disappointed in ESCA. We'd thought with both Mario Batali and Lydia Bastianich backing it that it should be lovely. We ordered the seafood platter as we love seafood. This was just a mix of fried mishmash that you couldn't tell what you were eating, it all tasted alike and not at all good. I'd thought this was poor diner food. It desperately needed something to perk it up, the green, who knows what it was we weren't told, cup of something tasted nasty. I could accept the disappointing food IF the staff wasn't so creepy. The managers and bus boys hovered over everyone waiting for someone to just put their fork down so they could scoop up their dish. Talk about wanting to 'turn tables', sad. The tables were all bunched up with no decent path to the restrooms and when we finally wound our way around, they were on one side of the kitchen/storage area and we had to single file along a set of chairs stored there. Again, not a nice ambiance, not good food, and creepy service.
Best branzino ever! Everything was delicious, they were attentive to the fact that we had theater tix.
Wonderful food. Sardines especially worth eating along with the branzino.
Food was delicious!!! The Som was awesome! He introduced me to something I have never had and I loved it.
Strong fishy smell when entering. We were so crammed in my daughter couldn't get out. She needed to use rest room and didn't want to make other tables get up to let her out. We rushed thru dinner, no dessert. Cold bread and mediocre food. Other Batalli restaurants are much better. Pricey and not worth it.
Uncaring wait staff, and sub par entrees made for a disappointing evening
Too noisy for us. Mixed sea food platter had too much breading.next time we will stick to the appetisers.tuna was very good.waiter knowledgeable and recommended a nice white wine from sicily.dessert of the day very good
Service was rushed and we were served the same course twice. A lot of the details were incorrect or overlooked