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Year after year, Esca remains in the conversation of the NYC elite. It’s always jam packed, mostly with the business and commuter crowd.

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About Esca

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.

402 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:

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

Dinner:

Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
9th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 564-7272

Website:
http://www.esca-nyc.com/

Public Transit:
Subway to 42nd Street - Times Square

Executive Chef:
David Pasternack

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

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Details
Sun 9:30PM - 11:15PM

Mon - Sat 10:00PM - 11:15PM

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).

Esca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (70)
Fit for Foodies (61)
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Creative Cuisine (40)
Notable Wine List (37)
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Romantic (30)
Authentic (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Business Meals (25)
Tasting Menu (24)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Local Ingredients (17)
Cozy (16)
Healthy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Casual (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Seasonal (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Fun (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
People Watching (6)
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Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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Disabled Access (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2011

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2011

Esca has not been as good as it was. It is a great location but the food was only so-so and the service was pretty poor. For what they charge for lunch (It was almost $300 for lunch), the food needs to be suburb and the service attentive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2011

Certainly lived up to its reputation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on March 11, 2011

Best Branzino ever. Fabulous food at reasonable prices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2011

Total overall experience was outstanding. Food was so fresh and service was incredible and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2011

I don't know why I waited so long before dining at Esca. We opted for the tasting menu and had several truly remarkable dishes. The linguine with mahogany clams was so good that I still dream about it. Their crudi rivals the best sushi or cervice anywhere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 7, 2011

Caring, attentive staff. Recommend: Caprese salad. Delicious pasta prepared perfectly every time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2011

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 6, 2011

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Esca last time we were in New York City. The food and service exceeded my high expectations. My compliments to the chef.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2011

Maitre D/Waiter/Sommelier/dishwasher one man 3 or 4 jobs was annoying. If I wasn't with 2 people I would have walked out or punched him in the face. Was in a suit then in a white kitchen shirt later in the night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 5, 2011

Superb food and outstanding service, as always. Esca is always accomodating in terms of dietary restrictions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2011

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2011

We can never get enough of Esca!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2011

Very loud environment, service a bit on the slow side. Food is awesome.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2011

I went there for the branzino al sale... and it was super!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2011

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 27, 2011

Michelin Star dining in a casual and rustic environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2011

An excellent combination of menu selection, service and ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2011

Our waiter Bert was very knowledgeable and witty. Attentive w/o being overly solicitous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2011

Excellent crispy fish and raw bar in neighborhood setting

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2011

This was a atmosphere for lively conversation with excellect food and wine served by a knowledgeable, attentive staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2011

Wonderful food, ambiance and service but be prepared to spend $$$

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 23, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 22, 2011

I was in NYC and a friend suggested that I give this a try. Unbelievable! I had the chef's special tasting menu and each course was better than the last. The wine pairings were perfect. Service was impeccable. I will be back the next time I am in NYC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2011

Great service and food was exceptional. We enjoy the tasting menu with paired wines

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2011

The tasting menu was very enjoyable, the waiter was very helpful and everything was presented beautifully. A great night, but definitely save for a special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2011

I was taking a few friends out for dinner and we had a fabulous time. Several of us are wine enthusiasts, not necessarily experts, and the guidance from the sommelier was much appreciated.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2011

The Tuna Meatballs were outstanding.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2011

Normally my absolute favorite NYC dining establishment, however we were very disappointed with the service , so much so that we may not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2011

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2011

Nice restaurant, bright and airy feel. Great cocktails at the bar. Food was OK, although not exactly memorable, no big desire to return. Service was excellent. I've heard many great reviews, so we may have just stumbled on a off day in the kitchen.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2011

great food. Friendly from the moment I walked in, from hanging our coats, until the time we left.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2011

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.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 17, 2011

Great for Italian seafood. Good Italian wine list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2011

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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