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Esca is a Southern Italian Seafood Restaurant created by Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich & David Pasternack. Esca showcases the style & sensibility of Italian coastal cooking. Dave went to Italy & 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 & delicious way. In Italy that means the local catch, but 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 & 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 & then a Mediterranean Branzino cooked in sea salt. Esca is the best of Italian coastal cooking with access to the world’s greatest fish.
New York, NY 10036
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Subway to 42nd Street - Times Square
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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).
Esca Ratings and Reviews
Food was delicious, but expensive for the smaller quantity. $75 for a sea bass for two people, without any included side dishes.
Service was EXCELLENT. Wine recommendation was right on the spot for the meal we chose.
We arrived at 5:30 PM, the place was empty, but noisy even then. Could not hear my guest, even while looking directly at her.
Staff was very helpful in guiding us through the menu and offering a few great suggestions. Everyone was friendly and my wife commented on the comfortable feeling she had with the restaurant. Food was excellent. We will definitely recommend Esca to any friends visiting New York.
Great spot! 5 star compared with regular NY restaurants.Price is less than 50% over any small junk in chinatown wich is amazing for europeans like us! Beats Jean-George's. The crudo section is amazing. Fish is great as well as pasta. Didn't taste meat!Next time in NY it will be a mandatory dinning! Actually the restaurant deserves itself a trip to NY!
If you're looking for excellent fish and seafood, dine at Esca's. Crudo, Appetizers, Pastas and Main Course offer a diverse selection of fish and seafood. The crudo offerings are extensive. Skipjack was amazing!
The wine list is Italian and offers wines from about every region of Italy. Your sure to find a pairing for your selection and if not, the sommelier(at least the one who helped us) was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful without the snob factor. We were actually thankful they were out of the wine we intended to have because he suggested another(and did not "sell up"!) that was a new delightful find for us that was perfect with our Pasta tuna bolognese. Hospitality and service...high marks!
My husband and I were both delighted by the fresh and light flavors of all the fish. In addition the crudo flight was exquisite and impressive. The spaghetti dishes were simple and flavorful. I'd go back again and again. The service was refreshing and attentive without being stalker-like.
Food was outstanding. My froend and I tried the fresh clams and oysters, pasta and different fish entrees. All were outstanding - fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection.
The service was a little disorganized. We got a lot of attention when we were first seated, then everyone disappeared -from our table - for a while. Fortunately, we weren't in a rush.
i hoped for better. decor was blah. you can tell this used to be a nice/fun place and that management has let it go. the food was really good and full of flavor, just do not ask for any special requests. if you are just going for good food and a decent wine list, this is your spot; if you care about ambiance and awakening all of your senses, dont bother. so many other places have all of the above and are not even as pricey.
Some superb dishes - including the Polipo (octopus), Spaghetti Negri and salt-crust branzino - but others were less successful (Zuppa de Pesce was underseasoned and had only a few small pieces of fish and shellfish). Very pricey, especially given the small portions - we left not totally full despite having had 3+ courses. Desserts were a high point.
The Open Table reservation stated that I needed to call the day prior to my reservation to confirm, and, as I was about to do so, Esca phoned me. Due to "senior memory", I was impressed that they took the initiative. At that point, they asked me if I had theatre tickets, which I did. When we arrived, they reconfirmed that we would be going to the theatre, and adjusted their service accordingly. The food was outstanding, as the food has been in any restaurant I've frequented that has Mario Batali's name attached to it. I have nothing but praise for the kitchen and the service.
Whenever we visit NYC and go to the theater, we make sure to seat in Esca. The seafood-centric menu is the most creative we've seen in many cities, and the choices are too numerous to mention. You can order multi-course meals, chef's special raw fish items, whole fish, tasting menus, light pastas with unusual sauces, and fabulous desserts. The service is very professional and not too intrusive; the staff is very familiar with the menu, and happy to make suggestions or talk about ingredients and combinations. This is not an inexpensive meal, but you leave believing you've had a very special evening, and tasted some of the most fresh, creative food being served today.
very high quality fish if you stay with crudo and grilled fish dishes. loud room and inexperienced wait staff, along with poor quality frito misto and completely overcooked vegetables (with very few vegetables on the menu at all) dropped the rating considerably.
Place is incredible, i'm not the type of person that writes restaurant reviews. I own a seafood company, this is the best seafood i've ever had the pleasure of eating. The server was perfect, I made sure that he knew we were not the stuffy, arrogant, foody types and that we were there to enjoy and spend good money.
I really enjoyed my dinner and Esca. I had spaghetti and lobster which was wonderful and my husband had a seafood stew
which he loved.We ordered vegetables from the table and were a little disappointed but maybe we just chose wrong. The dessert was
a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It was caramel ice cream with pralines doused in hot espresso. It may not sound like anything special, but it was truly wonderful. And I loved the service. The whole restaurant has a friendly feel, and we talked to some people near us, which we rarely do in city restaurants. Also, the small bar had many diners and seemed like a lot of fun.
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