'Cesca

4.3
2893 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
An original pioneer of the casual upscale dining scene on the Upper West Side since 2003, featuring contemporary farm-to-table Italian-American cuisine that explodes with flavor and freshness. Housemade pastas, poultry, steaks, seafood, wood-burning oven, artisanal cocktails and an Award Winning wine-list, all complementing this warm rustic environment.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–11:30 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:30 pm–7:00 pm
Pre-Theater Dining
Daily 4:30 pm–6:45 pm
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Phone number
(212) 787-6300
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Luis Rojas
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Catering
Our catering team can prepare and serve a sit down lunch, dinner or a grand buffet for your guests or entertain guests for a cocktail party - all done expertly in your home or at 'Cesca. Pricing available upon request.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Amsterdam
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Parking details
Parking lot available on 75th between Amsterdam and Broadway.
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Public transit
1,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.
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Special events & promotions
Next to Beacon Theatre
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

At 'Cesca we have a wide variety of options for large groups. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your next special occasion a memorable one!

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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 4:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 4:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 4:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 2893 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is great, restaurant is very comfortable, bar looked appealing but didn’t use it. Menu and specials were creative and enticing. Delivery great and food was superlative.
Staff was very attentive and helpful without being intrusive.

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J
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious but we had to wait a long time for it because the service was terrible. Waited more than 20 minutes for a menu and then only got it by practically pouncing on a serving person.

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JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a gem! Beautifully decorated, great style, lovely service. It is deceptively large inside and there's pockets of tables you can partition off for a private dinner party. Seems like a perfect spot for a date, dinner with friends, or a family night out. I immediately thought "my mom would love this place."

I had a Puls'd deal and went with an appetite (2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, & a bottle of wine for 2). We split the burrata and Caesar Lacinato (kale), both delicious and the waiter brought us some crusty bread which was wonderful. I have to recommend the pasta, the tagliatelle bolognese was out of this world. Cooked perfectly and evenly dressed with savory, sumptuous veal/beef ragout. All other pasta's that passed by onto other patrons looked equally as delectable. My partner ordered the pollo, juicy inside with crispy skin outside. It came on a perfect bed of Brussel sprouts and turnips.

We were stuffed, but opted for the sorbet and a special orange cake with gelato for dessert. Sorbet is always a delight, but the orange cake was the star - tasted like a creamsicle dreamsicle! I don't recall the wine, it was the waiter's recommendation. A lovely Sangiovese blend, fruit forward with savory and earthy tones to round it out.

Fantastic experience and would definitely return to try more pasta!

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DD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

"Cesca is always a go-to place when on the Upper West Side. It was first time there on a Sunday Night Football night, though, and it was quite raucous. Would recommend retreating to the back dining area rather the bar, which is a fave people watching area. It quieted down soon enough for dinner conversation, which followed our decision to forego salad and order some of 'Cesca's delish apps: Cauliflower Fritti and the artichoke hearts. The Tortelli al Funghi is a favorite. I have to branch our further, but it's so good, I just have to have it. Generous pours for wine and mixed drinks alike, friendly staff and you never feel rushed, even when they are busy. Love this place.

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KK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our dinner experience at Cesca. Carefully prepared dishes (pasta, chicken, branzino) with a nice red wine from Northern Italy. Friendly staff.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It was horrible! We sat at our table for 20 minutes before we had to ask a busboy for a waiter to help us. Then they didn’t have anyone assigned to our table. After ordering, it took awhile to get our food and the restaurant was not at all crowded. The food was fair at best. We were very disappointed!

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EO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delighted to have such an amazing little gem on the upper west side. Always looking for an elegant yet simple place for Sunday brunch and Cesca fits the bill. The food is delicious. Ambiance warm and inviting. Service on point. And the absolute BEST Bloody Mary I’ve ever had. Seriously! Cesca is my new “go to” place for Brunch!!

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JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great....especially since the interiors were refreshed a year ago!

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PH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Warm service accompanies tasty but unexceptional food. Prices suggest a more original approach to the menu. The noise level is beyond energetic, although the front tables by the windows allow for a bit more conversation at normal voice levels.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a nice dinner if you’re looking for a lovely ambience. The setting looks more appropriate for a group date/dinner than a romantic date. Service was good and food was good!

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n
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Even as Cesca is under new management it still is a go to for fine dining. All was very very good.

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l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed. The branzino was weakly spiced and over cooked. The presentation was poor and the service indifferent. I won’t be going back.

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D
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went with friends and had marvelous food. They know how to do that here. Very noisy at the time we reserved, even on a tuesday, so they put us in the quieter side room, alone. It was actually fine as we were more interested in talking than in people watching. A really wonderful restaurant.

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MR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely recommended, have been there a few times prior to shows at the Beacon. Service and food were great, and close to the Theater.

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j
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great and we would return to try something else. Had the salad with the pistachios and mustard dressing, very fresh and simple, the pasta bolognese and the scallops, all delicious. The warm apple crisp with gelato was too sweet and not a typical apple crisp, more like a tart. Service was just ok, but didn't expect much based on the reviews. Go for the food!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Every course is prepared to perfection, from appetizer, main course and dessert. Friendly service. Will return.

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w
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

We have been fans of Cesca for many years. However, we had our 2nd bad service night. Too bad because the food is absolutely delicious and nice varied menu.

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DI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 7. We arrived early & enjoyed drinks at the bar.
Wonderful staff. Everyone was friendly & professional. The menu was varied & everyone’s food was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Very busy, not enough staff, loud and packed in the large dinning room. Service timing was off -- apps and first course came at same time. Otherwise excellent.

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TO
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on UWS

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C
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, pleasant room, but very inattentive service.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I live in the neighborhood. Cesca has been popular since it opened
Always good food. Sometimes (when really full) a little noisy.
Overall a lovely restaurant.

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D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Drinks were served warm instead of chilled. Waiter promptly corrected the problem. Noise level was uncomfortable. Food was fabulous, especially the Branzino.

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KC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow, but there was a large crown of pre-theatre diners arriving at the same time. Food was very good.

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n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Good food; noisy and chaotic; friendly service; credible wine list.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They went out of their way to accommodate us.

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DN
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed. The food was mediocre and the service was rather anemic. All in all, well overpriced

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ND
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was extremely solicitous and recommended a terrific bottle of wine as well as great appetizers The mahi-mahi special was spectacular and the octopus appetizer was tasty and generous. Followed by a dessert of apple tart with ice cream the perfect cap to a lovely evening. It was an early Saturday evening and the entire place is hopping.

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t
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall it was great! Food presentation to preparation. Great meal , very good service and great atmosphere

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

So incredibly, unbearably noisy we left without eating. The tables for two are all (or mostly) in the bar area and the noise there is extraordinary. Larger tables are in the main dining room and are probably quieter. This used to be a neighborhood favorite for us but something has changed recently. We have given it two chances since then and were seated in the front area both times. The first time we stayed unhappily. This time we just walked out!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Its just a great place - can’t go wrong. I am crazy about the wait staff - every time its the best experience

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BC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday with my wife and another couple prior to attending a show at the Beacon. Servers, hosts were all very accommodating. Will return.

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CH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Food, service, ambiance & moderate pricing. Nice for small parties. Convenient location near subway, bus.

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Poor and frankly rude service override an otherwise delicious menu

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UW
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood staple for Italian. Excellent mahi mahi and very opinionated waiter (on wines).

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a dinner reservation at 11 pm, but when I arrived they told me the kitchen was closed.

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always, so is the atmosphere. Love eating at the bar, bar tender was awesome

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LP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visited 'Cesca last night and was blown away! The attention to detail in the presentation of their dishes and the flavors were just out of this world delicious. My friend and I ordered off the Chef's menu which was a fantastic price fixed dinner and the server offered to pair wines for us. A total win!

The guys enjoyed the Pork Chop and Steak dishes they ordered. Sides of veggies and fries were a bonus!

Dessert wines followed by the creamiest orange pie (can't remember the name) that had vanilla ice cream and salted caramel. Yum!!!

Can't wait to visit again!

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING! HAD FRIENDS IN FROM OUT OF TOWN... IT WAS ABOVE AND BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS. DELISH IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we’ve eaten dinner at Cesca quite a bit over the years, this was the first time we had brunch there. Obviously not cheap but not over the top. Omelettes were excellent. Ambiance: bright: since brunch is served at the front of the restaurant, rather than at the rear and some renovations appear to have been made, the atmosphere was more convivial for a daylight meal.

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