Esca Restaurant

★★★★☆
Esca Restaurant is a Popular Destination for Lunch & Business Dining
  • 402 W 43rd St

    New York, NY 10036

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  • 212-564-7272

About Esca Restaurant

Hours
Mon noon-2:30 pm, 5-10:30 pm, Tues-Sat noon-2:30 pm, 5-11:30 pm, Sun 4:30-10:30 pm

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Excellent sea food

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Excellent sea food

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very good

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very good

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One of the best places I have been. The food was great and so were the people.

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One of the best places I have been. The food was great and so were the people.

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This is a pretty good place to go for sea food. The place was decorated nicely and the staff was very polite and well mannered.

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This is a pretty good place to go for sea food. The place was decorated nicely and the staff was very polite and well mannered.

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The 4 of us left hungry and disappointed. The only thing satisfying were the cocktails. Do not go.

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The 4 of us left hungry and disappointed. The only thing satisfying were the cocktails. Do not go.

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Mario Batali's recent comment comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin are downright disgusting and irresponsible (reference at bottom of review). While there are many views on bankers during these challenging times, his references to such

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Mario Batali's recent comment comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin are downright disgusting and irresponsible (reference at bottom of review). While there are many views on bankers during these challenging times, his references to such

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I can't believe Batali is comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin. Agree with the previous post that it is completely insensitive. Why can't he just stick to making food? I can only assume that if he is busy attending conferences and

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I can't believe Batali is comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin. Agree with the previous post that it is completely insensitive. Why can't he just stick to making food? I can only assume that if he is busy attending conferences and

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The food is the standout piece to Esca. I thoroughly enjoyed the squid ink pasta, marinated sardines and fish stew (the crudo tasting was a little bland though). The service was good, with water and wine glasses being refilled and new

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The food is the standout piece to Esca. I thoroughly enjoyed the squid ink pasta, marinated sardines and fish stew (the crudo tasting was a little bland though). The service was good, with water and wine glasses being refilled and new

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Menu is excellent but unfortunately I ordered the wrong dish. Don't order the Fritto Misto it has bad shrimp, they smelled like Amonia...they told me the shrimp has iodine. I felt sick and threw up. Manager was unsympathetic and

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★★★★★

Menu is excellent but unfortunately I ordered the wrong dish. Don't order the Fritto Misto it has bad shrimp, they smelled like Amonia...they told me the shrimp has iodine. I felt sick and threw up. Manager was unsympathetic and

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A friend and I went to ESCA (without reservations) and sat at the bar where we were greeted by an amiable tender named Victor who promptly presented us with a wonderful and complementary white bean bruschetta. My friend and I shared the tuna carpaccio (which was delicious) and I ordered the gnocchi ricotta while she got the lobster spaghetti. The menu said it was a one-pounder but it looked kind of small to me. I ordered the gnocchi because I saw it on one of the Food Network shows and I was not at all disappointed.

Our evening was topped off by a visit from the chef who shared stories of his growing up in New York as well as other fun stories of this wonderful city. We had a great time, good food and great company. I would definitely recommend ESCA for anyone wanting an enjoyable experience.

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★★★★☆

A friend and I went to ESCA (without reservations) and sat at the bar where we were greeted by an amiable tender named Victor who promptly presented us with a wonderful and complementary white bean bruschetta. My friend and I shared the tuna carpaccio (which was delicious) and I ordered the gnocchi ricotta while she got the lobster spaghetti. The menu said it was a one-pounder but it looked kind of small to me. I ordered the gnocchi because I saw it on one of the Food Network shows and I was not at all disappointed.

Our evening was topped off by a visit from the chef who shared stories of his growing up in New York as well as other fun stories of this wonderful city. We had a great time, good food and great company. I would definitely recommend ESCA for anyone wanting an enjoyable experience.

Pros: Personable & Friendly Staff, Good Food

Cons: kind of expensive

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I remember eating tasty crudo in a lively location, but that just is not so anymore. Maybe the chef was away in the Hamptons yesterday, but the food is just unacceptable at this point. The best part of my meal was the San Pellegrino water. If you're craving crudo - head to The John Dory to dine with the celeb set, eat some tasty seafood and raise your glass and have a good time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I remember eating tasty crudo in a lively location, but that just is not so anymore. Maybe the chef was away in the Hamptons yesterday, but the food is just unacceptable at this point. The best part of my meal was the San Pellegrino water. If you're craving crudo - head to The John Dory to dine with the celeb set, eat some tasty seafood and raise your glass and have a good time.

Pros: Used to be Good

Cons: Sad Sight

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We went here for a birthday, expecting great things. Restaurant was packed, so we assumed it was going to be good. First of all, the portions are very small so you need to order a few to be full. We started with the tuna carpaccio, which was disgusting. It was drenched in olive oil and salt, with no seasoning. The tuna tasted very fishy, which is uncharacteristic for tuna. The pasta course was delicious, but we each only had 4 gnocchi. Main entree, everyone in the party ordered a fish dish. they were all bad. Mine once again came drenched in oil and salt. Maybe this is the chef's one and only way of preparation. But for $100 a head, there were no flavors. I could have done a better job myself. Also, it said that the whole fishes would be filleted for you (to take out the bones). We all found bones, and when we complained, the hostess was obnoxious and said well it's not perfect.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here for a birthday, expecting great things. Restaurant was packed, so we assumed it was going to be good. First of all, the portions are very small so you need to order a few to be full. We started with the tuna carpaccio, which was disgusting. It was drenched in olive oil and salt, with no seasoning. The tuna tasted very fishy, which is uncharacteristic for tuna. The pasta course was delicious, but we each only had 4 gnocchi. Main entree, everyone in the party ordered a fish dish. they were all bad. Mine once again came drenched in oil and salt. Maybe this is the chef's one and only way of preparation. But for $100 a head, there were no flavors. I could have done a better job myself. Also, it said that the whole fishes would be filleted for you (to take out the bones). We all found bones, and when we complained, the hostess was obnoxious and said well it's not perfect.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: food, price

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When you go to Esca, bring two things. A sack lunch, and the deed to your house. $530 for 4 people. barely any booze. Way over priced. For what we spent, we could have gone to Patsy's three times. I am not going back. I had to stop at McDonalds. Waste of Money, and a waste of nice Saturday evening.

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★☆☆☆☆

When you go to Esca, bring two things. A sack lunch, and the deed to your house. $530 for 4 people. barely any booze. Way over priced. For what we spent, we could have gone to Patsy's three times. I am not going back. I had to stop at McDonalds. Waste of Money, and a waste of nice Saturday evening.

Pros: Fish is fresh

Cons: Very Expensive

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I was looking forward to experiencing Esca for the first time and took a good friend there for her birthday. At first we appreciated the atmosphere and what seemed at first like attentive service, though we were a little put off by the loud rock music, which seemed at odds with the atmosphere. Unfortunately, when our entrees arrived, my friend was brought the wrong order: a fish neither of us never heard of and would never order. When we called the waitress back to the table, she was quickly intercepted by the maitre'de, who implied that we were being untruthful about not ordering this fish. (Hmm...maybe the loud music kept our waitress from heaing us??) I politely insisted I knew what I had ordered, and requested they take place the wrong dish and bring back the correct one. The Maitre'de pressured us to taste the wrong dish, and argued with me to keep this rather than send it back. The exchange became slightly intimidating but I refused to keep a dish we hadn't ordered, and never received an apology from the maitre'de for the mistake. I am sympathetic to waitstaff and understand mistakes happen...but not to restaurants who have their maitre'de's behave like thugs. That's just fishy.

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★★☆☆☆

I was looking forward to experiencing Esca for the first time and took a good friend there for her birthday. At first we appreciated the atmosphere and what seemed at first like attentive service, though we were a little put off by the loud rock music, which seemed at odds with the atmosphere. Unfortunately, when our entrees arrived, my friend was brought the wrong order: a fish neither of us never heard of and would never order. When we called the waitress back to the table, she was quickly intercepted by the maitre'de, who implied that we were being untruthful about not ordering this fish. (Hmm...maybe the loud music kept our waitress from heaing us??) I politely insisted I knew what I had ordered, and requested they take place the wrong dish and bring back the correct one. The Maitre'de pressured us to taste the wrong dish, and argued with me to keep this rather than send it back. The exchange became slightly intimidating but I refused to keep a dish we hadn't ordered, and never received an apology from the maitre'de for the mistake. I am sympathetic to waitstaff and understand mistakes happen...but not to restaurants who have their maitre'de's behave like thugs. That's just fishy.

Pros: Fresh fish and unique preparation

Cons: Ugly service incident

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This restaurant is one of the best fish restaurant in manhattan. The fish is extremely fresh & prepared to perfection. No heavy sauces, the chef lets the fish speak for itself.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is one of the best fish restaurant in manhattan. The fish is extremely fresh & prepared to perfection. No heavy sauces, the chef lets the fish speak for itself.

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I would like to give five stars, but the service could have been just a little better. Don't get me wrong - the service was very good, but if I notice things like empty water glasses during a meal that averages several hundred dollar per person and involves many courses, I tend to think there's room for improvement. Otherwise, this was a memorable, enjoyable dining experience and I would go back without hesitation.

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I would like to give five stars, but the service could have been just a little better. Don't get me wrong - the service was very good, but if I notice things like empty water glasses during a meal that averages several hundred dollar per person and involves many courses, I tend to think there's room for improvement. Otherwise, this was a memorable, enjoyable dining experience and I would go back without hesitation.

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First off, I was celebrating my girlfriends' father's 60th birthday and since he loves this kind of food and knows the reputation that Mario Batali has, we wanted to make it a memorable experience. Our waiter was very good and he was well versed in the menu and preparations as well as recommending some of his favorite dishes. Overall, the service was very good and not intrusive. As far as the food was concerned, being a seasoned chef myself, I was expecting MORE!! Not so much in the portions, but in the flavors and execution of the dishes themselves. I started off with the raw Pink Snapper, it was too lemony, but very fresh!! My main course was the Marlin, it was so bland and boring with the bland lentils. My girlfriend had the Porcini salad, it was skimpy and the flavors were muddled with the cheese. She had the Lobster pasta which states it is one pound of meat!! That is a joke! The pasta was too al dente. Her father tried the grilled Polipo(Octopus). It was very tender and I liked it very much. He had the pasta with Sea Urchin and Crab Meat but he did not even eat half. He disliked it and said that the pasta was way too al dente and you couldn't taste the sea urchin. It was taken off the check and he was comped a dessert as well!! I thought that was a nice touch!! His girlfriend had the Seafood soup which was flavorful and had a hint of heat. Her main course was the monkfish with the root vegetables. It looked quite plain and boring and the taste was under seasoned as well. The desserts were ok nothing special. Overall, I was disappointed with the meal, I was expecting better, especially from a Batali restaurant!!
I would like to try Babbo, but I am a little reticent about dropping a ton of money on mediocre food. I feel that Batali needs to review his recipes and techniques with his kitchen staff. From what I have experienced, it shows that things are falling through the cracks!

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★★☆☆☆

First off, I was celebrating my girlfriends' father's 60th birthday and since he loves this kind of food and knows the reputation that Mario Batali has, we wanted to make it a memorable experience. Our waiter was very good and he was well versed in the menu and preparations as well as recommending some of his favorite dishes. Overall, the service was very good and not intrusive. As far as the food was concerned, being a seasoned chef myself, I was expecting MORE!! Not so much in the portions, but in the flavors and execution of the dishes themselves. I started off with the raw Pink Snapper, it was too lemony, but very fresh!! My main course was the Marlin, it was so bland and boring with the bland lentils. My girlfriend had the Porcini salad, it was skimpy and the flavors were muddled with the cheese. She had the Lobster pasta which states it is one pound of meat!! That is a joke! The pasta was too al dente. Her father tried the grilled Polipo(Octopus). It was very tender and I liked it very much. He had the pasta with Sea Urchin and Crab Meat but he did not even eat half. He disliked it and said that the pasta was way too al dente and you couldn't taste the sea urchin. It was taken off the check and he was comped a dessert as well!! I thought that was a nice touch!! His girlfriend had the Seafood soup which was flavorful and had a hint of heat. Her main course was the monkfish with the root vegetables. It looked quite plain and boring and the taste was under seasoned as well. The desserts were ok nothing special. Overall, I was disappointed with the meal, I was expecting better, especially from a Batali restaurant!!
I would like to try Babbo, but I am a little reticent about dropping a ton of money on mediocre food. I feel that Batali needs to review his recipes and techniques with his kitchen staff. From what I have experienced, it shows that things are falling through the cracks!

Pros: Nicely decorated dining room, Very good service!

Cons: tight quarters, long time to be seated, food was bland and below average

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Every once in a while, you go out and spend way too much money on a dinner. Big date, anniversary, Valentine's Day, whatever the occassion, if you're gonna blw a couple hundred dollars, do it in style. Esca is the upscale restaurant of NY. Great food, everything is excellent and servings are decent sized. Cost is pretty high, but for those special moments, why not spend them with other stuffed shirts. Definitely go there to experience the finer things in life. When I win the lotto, I'll eat there more than once a year.

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Every once in a while, you go out and spend way too much money on a dinner. Big date, anniversary, Valentine's Day, whatever the occassion, if you're gonna blw a couple hundred dollars, do it in style. Esca is the upscale restaurant of NY. Great food, everything is excellent and servings are decent sized. Cost is pretty high, but for those special moments, why not spend them with other stuffed shirts. Definitely go there to experience the finer things in life. When I win the lotto, I'll eat there more than once a year.

Pros: food'service'ambiance

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The hype behind most of the Batalli restaurants is just that; hype. The food is always mediocre, the servers are bitter, the chefs are tired of cooking the same meals day in and day out, the hostess wants to go home so she does not want to seat you and to them you are just one filthy rich New York snob or a dumb tourist who read the reviews on Citysearch.. What else would you expect?
Esca is not the best seafood the city has to offer. I could probably buy better tuna at the fish market and cook it myself and make better carpaccio from a Betty Crocker cook book. In other words New Yorkers stop being such guppies and build some gusto and stay away from the mainstream garbage and if you enjoy being in the mainstream, and it doesn't turn out the way you wish, shut up and move on, instead of ranting on about the employees of the restaurant.

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★★★★☆

The hype behind most of the Batalli restaurants is just that; hype. The food is always mediocre, the servers are bitter, the chefs are tired of cooking the same meals day in and day out, the hostess wants to go home so she does not want to seat you and to them you are just one filthy rich New York snob or a dumb tourist who read the reviews on Citysearch.. What else would you expect?
Esca is not the best seafood the city has to offer. I could probably buy better tuna at the fish market and cook it myself and make better carpaccio from a Betty Crocker cook book. In other words New Yorkers stop being such guppies and build some gusto and stay away from the mainstream garbage and if you enjoy being in the mainstream, and it doesn't turn out the way you wish, shut up and move on, instead of ranting on about the employees of the restaurant.

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Somewhat disappointing first visit; overall from a food and service perspective it was inconsistent enough that we would not try dining here again considering the price point. Food - apps of octopus and anchovies were solid. Entrees however, dining companion's fish was overseasoned and my side of morels/favas came out mushy (morels), brown (favas) and also overseasoned. I have cooked in what some may consider "lesser" restaurants and the chefs there would have not let that go out of the kitchen the way it looked, let alone tasted. Considering that was half my entree it really overshadowed the meal (and I left it untouched after the first bite) Service - while the servers/bussers were attentive, our waiter was hurried and the only time we interacted was when he initially dropped the menu. Our orders were taken by a hostess who realized we were not being tended to in a timely fashion. Upon leaving the restaurant only a busser was gracious enough to wish us a good night and thank us while we walked by the hostesses unacknowledged. A trifling thing to some, yes, but it's nice to know one's patronage is appreciated.

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★★★☆☆

Somewhat disappointing first visit; overall from a food and service perspective it was inconsistent enough that we would not try dining here again considering the price point. Food - apps of octopus and anchovies were solid. Entrees however, dining companion's fish was overseasoned and my side of morels/favas came out mushy (morels), brown (favas) and also overseasoned. I have cooked in what some may consider "lesser" restaurants and the chefs there would have not let that go out of the kitchen the way it looked, let alone tasted. Considering that was half my entree it really overshadowed the meal (and I left it untouched after the first bite) Service - while the servers/bussers were attentive, our waiter was hurried and the only time we interacted was when he initially dropped the menu. Our orders were taken by a hostess who realized we were not being tended to in a timely fashion. Upon leaving the restaurant only a busser was gracious enough to wish us a good night and thank us while we walked by the hostesses unacknowledged. A trifling thing to some, yes, but it's nice to know one's patronage is appreciated.

Pros: Promptly seated, lots of choices (seafood)

Cons: Inconsistent

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My boyfriend & I have been to Esca on several occasions & had wonderful experiences. We went this last weekend for my birthday & we left very disappointed. Since we were there for a special occation we deicded on the Tasting Menu with the wine pairing. The food that Dave prepared was wonderful as usual however the service left much to be desired. There was at least 20 minutes between us finishing 1 course and being brought out the next & our server knew nothing about the wines he was serving. In the end, I will most likely go back, but I won't be ordering the tasting menu.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend & I have been to Esca on several occasions & had wonderful experiences. We went this last weekend for my birthday & we left very disappointed. Since we were there for a special occation we deicded on the Tasting Menu with the wine pairing. The food that Dave prepared was wonderful as usual however the service left much to be desired. There was at least 20 minutes between us finishing 1 course and being brought out the next & our server knew nothing about the wines he was serving. In the end, I will most likely go back, but I won't be ordering the tasting menu.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service

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WE ENTERED THE RESTAURANT AT 5 PM IN ORDER TO CATCH A SHOW. THE FIRST THING I NOTICED WAS THAT THE MANAGER OR WHOEVER THE GENTLEMAN WAS AT THE FRONT DESK HAD A TOOTHPICK IN HIS MOUTH. NOT VERY PROFESSIONAL. THE NEXT THING WE DID WAS ORDER A BOTTLE OF WINE, WHICH THE ONLY CHOICE IS ITALIAN WINES ON THE WINE LIST( I ASKED IN ADVANCE ABOUT A CORKAGE POLICY AND THEY HAVE NONE). WE THEN ORDERED OUR DINNER. WHEN I ASKED THE SERVER A FEW MINUTES LATER, WHAT CAME WITH MY ENTREE, THEY REPLIED "WHAT DID YOU ORDER AGAIN?(NOTE:WE THE FIRST AND ONLY PEOPLE IN THE RESTAURANT. THEY THEN REPLIED" I'M NOT SURE, IT CHANGES ALL THE TIME. WHEN THE FOOD ARRIVED IT WAS VERY GOOD, HOWEVER AT THESE PRICES, TOOTHPICKS AND UNPREPARED SERVERS ARE A NO NO.
WE WON'T BE BACK
DR. T

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★★★☆☆

WE ENTERED THE RESTAURANT AT 5 PM IN ORDER TO CATCH A SHOW. THE FIRST THING I NOTICED WAS THAT THE MANAGER OR WHOEVER THE GENTLEMAN WAS AT THE FRONT DESK HAD A TOOTHPICK IN HIS MOUTH. NOT VERY PROFESSIONAL. THE NEXT THING WE DID WAS ORDER A BOTTLE OF WINE, WHICH THE ONLY CHOICE IS ITALIAN WINES ON THE WINE LIST( I ASKED IN ADVANCE ABOUT A CORKAGE POLICY AND THEY HAVE NONE). WE THEN ORDERED OUR DINNER. WHEN I ASKED THE SERVER A FEW MINUTES LATER, WHAT CAME WITH MY ENTREE, THEY REPLIED "WHAT DID YOU ORDER AGAIN?(NOTE:WE THE FIRST AND ONLY PEOPLE IN THE RESTAURANT. THEY THEN REPLIED" I'M NOT SURE, IT CHANGES ALL THE TIME. WHEN THE FOOD ARRIVED IT WAS VERY GOOD, HOWEVER AT THESE PRICES, TOOTHPICKS AND UNPREPARED SERVERS ARE A NO NO.
WE WON'T BE BACK
DR. T

Pros: FOOD WAS TERRIFIC

Cons: SERVICE AND PROFESSIONALISM WAS AWFUL

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I've walked by the restaurant many times before actually deciding to eat here. I was able to get a reservation through Open Table about a week in advance.

We ordered the tasting menu with the crudo upgrade. The crudo was excellent. The rest of the tasting menu was so-so. The bouillabasse that the person at the next table was having looked really good (too bad it wasn't part of the tasing menu). I'll go back for the crudo, but I won't be ordering the tasting menu again.

The service was good, but I found a sommelier to be a bit much for the casual atmosphere of the place.

Prices were on the high side. Tasting menu x 2 + sparkling wine x 2 + modest bottle of wine + dessert x 2+ tip = $400.

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★★★★☆

I've walked by the restaurant many times before actually deciding to eat here. I was able to get a reservation through Open Table about a week in advance.

We ordered the tasting menu with the crudo upgrade. The crudo was excellent. The rest of the tasting menu was so-so. The bouillabasse that the person at the next table was having looked really good (too bad it wasn't part of the tasing menu). I'll go back for the crudo, but I won't be ordering the tasting menu again.

The service was good, but I found a sommelier to be a bit much for the casual atmosphere of the place.

Prices were on the high side. Tasting menu x 2 + sparkling wine x 2 + modest bottle of wine + dessert x 2+ tip = $400.

Pros: Excellent crudo, atmosphere

Cons: Fried fish sucked, price

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We love Mario's wonderful restaurants. His cooking are out of this world. However, I have to evaluate if the food can compensate the horrible service. The hostess in Esca is so unpleasant that it really left a bad taste in my mouth. Due to my husband's work, we can never make plan in advance. Luckily he was able to leave early one night so we decided to find a great restaurant to enjoy a wonderful night out. I understand that great restaurants always required reservation month in advance but I decided to try my luck. The hostess answered the phone was nicel. She politely told me that Esca was fully booked but at 10pm should have availablility at the bar or (if we are lucky) a real table. We thanked her for the tips and looking forward all day. When we got there at 10:10pm, we saw several tables were empty, some were having coffee & a couple at the bar was putting on their coats. We cherrifully asked the hostess how long is the wait. With a smirk on her face, she said NEVER! I couldn't believe it so I politely asked her what about those empty tables, she said they are all reserved. Based on my previous phone call, she told me the last reservation is at 10. There're 5 empty tables when we arrived, isn't it a standard policy that the reservation is void 15 mins after the reserved time. We told her we're willing to wait for the couple to leave at the bar.She obnoxiously told us that we can wait outside. When we saw the couple left, we came back in. She said those two seats were reserved. WHAT? She just said the bar is first come first serve.We're so upset with the way she treated us. When we were about to leave the place, we overheard the hostess said she rather have the table empty than giving someone a table at this time, etc..and started giggling. Mario - if you want Esca to be profitable, you should fired this girl. She's the most obnoxious, rude and unprofessional hostess I ever witnessed. To keep her around, it's almost a disgrace to your name.

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★☆☆☆☆

We love Mario's wonderful restaurants. His cooking are out of this world. However, I have to evaluate if the food can compensate the horrible service. The hostess in Esca is so unpleasant that it really left a bad taste in my mouth. Due to my husband's work, we can never make plan in advance. Luckily he was able to leave early one night so we decided to find a great restaurant to enjoy a wonderful night out. I understand that great restaurants always required reservation month in advance but I decided to try my luck. The hostess answered the phone was nicel. She politely told me that Esca was fully booked but at 10pm should have availablility at the bar or (if we are lucky) a real table. We thanked her for the tips and looking forward all day. When we got there at 10:10pm, we saw several tables were empty, some were having coffee & a couple at the bar was putting on their coats. We cherrifully asked the hostess how long is the wait. With a smirk on her face, she said NEVER! I couldn't believe it so I politely asked her what about those empty tables, she said they are all reserved. Based on my previous phone call, she told me the last reservation is at 10. There're 5 empty tables when we arrived, isn't it a standard policy that the reservation is void 15 mins after the reserved time. We told her we're willing to wait for the couple to leave at the bar.She obnoxiously told us that we can wait outside. When we saw the couple left, we came back in. She said those two seats were reserved. WHAT? She just said the bar is first come first serve.We're so upset with the way she treated us. When we were about to leave the place, we overheard the hostess said she rather have the table empty than giving someone a table at this time, etc..and started giggling. Mario - if you want Esca to be profitable, you should fired this girl. She's the most obnoxious, rude and unprofessional hostess I ever witnessed. To keep her around, it's almost a disgrace to your name.

Pros: Food

Cons: The rudest hostess, Horrible service

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We ate at Esca on 10/31/07 and I ordered the Polipo (Grilled octopus with giant corona beans and preserved sorrento lemon) dish. The octopus was burned, and I mean burned black. It was tough and chewy. I was very disappointed especially since the waiter said that the dish is lovely, he said ?Often times octopus is chewy and hard to eat, this one is so tender, you can cut it with a fork?. Sounded good to me, so I ordered it. It was nothing like described. The waiter noticed that I was having trouble cutting it so he came by and asked if he could bring me something else. I asked him if the chef could just redo it, less burned. He returned and told me that chef said that is how it is supposed to me. I?m sorry, but no food is supposed to be burned like that. It was awful. Since we had theater tickets and were under time constraints, the waiter brought me a fish sashimi dish instead. The taste was fine, nothing to write home about. But I got 3 small slices of fish which was WAY overpriced. All in all, the service (except for the comment from the chef) was great, the food?.just OK and way overpriced for what you actually get. It?s a shame. We won?t be eating there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We ate at Esca on 10/31/07 and I ordered the Polipo (Grilled octopus with giant corona beans and preserved sorrento lemon) dish. The octopus was burned, and I mean burned black. It was tough and chewy. I was very disappointed especially since the waiter said that the dish is lovely, he said ?Often times octopus is chewy and hard to eat, this one is so tender, you can cut it with a fork?. Sounded good to me, so I ordered it. It was nothing like described. The waiter noticed that I was having trouble cutting it so he came by and asked if he could bring me something else. I asked him if the chef could just redo it, less burned. He returned and told me that chef said that is how it is supposed to me. I?m sorry, but no food is supposed to be burned like that. It was awful. Since we had theater tickets and were under time constraints, the waiter brought me a fish sashimi dish instead. The taste was fine, nothing to write home about. But I got 3 small slices of fish which was WAY overpriced. All in all, the service (except for the comment from the chef) was great, the food?.just OK and way overpriced for what you actually get. It?s a shame. We won?t be eating there again.

Pros: Great service, except from the Chef

Cons: Chef burned the octopus and would not redo it. He said that's how it's supposed to be. ???

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I have always been an Esca fan so I was extremely dissapointed last night. The fish was over-salted and appeared to be masking the staleness and the sea urchin was downright inedible and obviously left over as we received three servings instead of one. In fact the server said he would never recommend it again after he saw our faces and we received free vegetables. Our entrees were luke warm and to top it off we saw a rodent squirring through the restaurant- like 5 times. When we let the Manager know he said it was inevitable b/c teh door was open and was not apologetic at all even though my friend almost passed out. For a $400 meal rodents should not be running around the restaurant... I have never written a review but Mario- I am truly dissapointed and actually quite sad that I cant go back to one of my NYC favorite restaurants...

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★☆☆☆☆

I have always been an Esca fan so I was extremely dissapointed last night. The fish was over-salted and appeared to be masking the staleness and the sea urchin was downright inedible and obviously left over as we received three servings instead of one. In fact the server said he would never recommend it again after he saw our faces and we received free vegetables. Our entrees were luke warm and to top it off we saw a rodent squirring through the restaurant- like 5 times. When we let the Manager know he said it was inevitable b/c teh door was open and was not apologetic at all even though my friend almost passed out. For a $400 meal rodents should not be running around the restaurant... I have never written a review but Mario- I am truly dissapointed and actually quite sad that I cant go back to one of my NYC favorite restaurants...

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I came here about 2 months ago to celebrate my sister graduation with my parents and her boyfriend. I always wanted to try one of Mario Batali's restaurant but boy was I a bit disappointed. After reading raving reviews about the seafood I thought it was ok. My dad, sister and brother dish was really salty. I understand that sometimes ingredients are salty and it is hard to avoid but maybe it should have been counterbalance with another ingredient or they should warn you about the saltiness of the dish. And my sis really eats salty so for her to say that it MUST have been REALLY salty. we thought the chef went heavy on the dish but not for all three different dishes. But thankfully that didnt totally ruin the dinner because as we talked to our waiter on how salty it was and he explained to us it was because of the ingredients, we asked for the menu to order something else and he gracefully offered to check with the manager to see if the salty items can be removed from the bill (which it did) otherwise the bill would have been really hefty. I thought the food would be better seeing him how he cooks in Food Network but it was a bit disappointed. However I was REALLY IMPRESSED with the service, very well-coordinated. All food arrives at the same time and gets removed a the same time. We also ordered a bottle of Italian (of course) white one and it was exceptional with a wine connoisseur and all.

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★★★☆☆

I came here about 2 months ago to celebrate my sister graduation with my parents and her boyfriend. I always wanted to try one of Mario Batali's restaurant but boy was I a bit disappointed. After reading raving reviews about the seafood I thought it was ok. My dad, sister and brother dish was really salty. I understand that sometimes ingredients are salty and it is hard to avoid but maybe it should have been counterbalance with another ingredient or they should warn you about the saltiness of the dish. And my sis really eats salty so for her to say that it MUST have been REALLY salty. we thought the chef went heavy on the dish but not for all three different dishes. But thankfully that didnt totally ruin the dinner because as we talked to our waiter on how salty it was and he explained to us it was because of the ingredients, we asked for the menu to order something else and he gracefully offered to check with the manager to see if the salty items can be removed from the bill (which it did) otherwise the bill would have been really hefty. I thought the food would be better seeing him how he cooks in Food Network but it was a bit disappointed. However I was REALLY IMPRESSED with the service, very well-coordinated. All food arrives at the same time and gets removed a the same time. We also ordered a bottle of Italian (of course) white one and it was exceptional with a wine connoisseur and all.

Pros: Exceptional Service

Cons: ok food

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Had dinner here last night, a bit of a disappointment. Service was lackluster, slow, and disorganized. EVerything seemed just a bit off, even the food. The grilled fish all looked nice, but lacked taste and some were overcooked. The pasta was cooked well, but the sauces overwhelmed most of them.The setting is very nice, with some outdoor tables. Perhaps it was an off night, but I was underwhelmed and am not rushing back......expected better from all the publicity, but it was not worth the money at all.

1
★★★☆☆

Had dinner here last night, a bit of a disappointment. Service was lackluster, slow, and disorganized. EVerything seemed just a bit off, even the food. The grilled fish all looked nice, but lacked taste and some were overcooked. The pasta was cooked well, but the sauces overwhelmed most of them.The setting is very nice, with some outdoor tables. Perhaps it was an off night, but I was underwhelmed and am not rushing back......expected better from all the publicity, but it was not worth the money at all.

Pros: pasta

Cons: seafood not the way it should be

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If you go for nothing else have a drink and the crudo tasting. Its delicious and so satisfying. I also enjoyed a pasta with crab and sea urchin wich was great too. Dessert wasn't so great the portion was gigantic but it was pretty bland. The waiter I had might have been in training he seemed a little nervous but sincere. I sat a bit close to the waiters service station and was privy to some of their discussions which made me a little uncomfortable. Nothing innapropriate it just spoiled the magic a little. All in all the food was excellent , I'd definetly go back.

2
★★★★★

If you go for nothing else have a drink and the crudo tasting. Its delicious and so satisfying. I also enjoyed a pasta with crab and sea urchin wich was great too. Dessert wasn't so great the portion was gigantic but it was pretty bland. The waiter I had might have been in training he seemed a little nervous but sincere. I sat a bit close to the waiters service station and was privy to some of their discussions which made me a little uncomfortable. Nothing innapropriate it just spoiled the magic a little. All in all the food was excellent , I'd definetly go back.

Pros: inventive dishes, super fresh fish

Cons: dessert wasn't so exciting, beware seats by service stations

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My wife and I have had a wonderful experience every time we?ve dined at Esca. The food and service are excellent. Our waiter last night made terrific wine and food recommendations. I especially loved the crudo and the mackerel entree. Esca is one of the best choices near the theater district. We?ll definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

My wife and I have had a wonderful experience every time we?ve dined at Esca. The food and service are excellent. Our waiter last night made terrific wine and food recommendations. I especially loved the crudo and the mackerel entree. Esca is one of the best choices near the theater district. We?ll definitely be back!

Pros: Food, Service

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We had a dinner for two, and several courses (the tuna appetizer, the sole entree and the baccala) were slightly oversalted this time, although the quality of the fish itself was very good. Service very attentive, and the wine list is still outstanding and fairly priced, especially for Whites.

1
★★★☆☆

We had a dinner for two, and several courses (the tuna appetizer, the sole entree and the baccala) were slightly oversalted this time, although the quality of the fish itself was very good. Service very attentive, and the wine list is still outstanding and fairly priced, especially for Whites.

Pros: good service, outstanding wine list

Cons: food slightly disappointing

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Some places can get away with horrible service if the food is great, but at Esca, the service was thin, hurried and rude. The hot food was cold and the chilled food was room temp. I don't know about you, but I like my raw bar items cold, not warm and slimy. Sadly, the more patient we were, the more we were ignored. When we finally asked to speak with someone, the hostess came over and was rude.

I had heard a few good things about this place and have never been more disappointed. With so many other great choices in the city, why waste your time and money?

0
★☆☆☆☆

Some places can get away with horrible service if the food is great, but at Esca, the service was thin, hurried and rude. The hot food was cold and the chilled food was room temp. I don't know about you, but I like my raw bar items cold, not warm and slimy. Sadly, the more patient we were, the more we were ignored. When we finally asked to speak with someone, the hostess came over and was rude.

I had heard a few good things about this place and have never been more disappointed. With so many other great choices in the city, why waste your time and money?

Pros: Conveniently Located

Cons: Slow, rude service, poor food quality, lack of management

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We were seated in an alcove at a small table for two next to a very loud table of four. Overall noise level in the restaurant was about equal to that of a rock concert gone bad. (Wooden floors didn't help). Wine steward recommended a bottle of wine priced 50% more than the range I gave him (a very valid range because on the second try he picked a perfectly acceptabe bottle within the range). We had three courses and were done within 1 1/2 hours - not rushed but also not leisurely. Not recommended for a romantic dinner. Food quality was ok. Appetizers (Ahi Tuna and White anchoives were tasteless. Main course was small portions but tasty (Black Cod and Mahi Mahi). Desert (chocolate cake) was superb.

1
★★★☆☆

We were seated in an alcove at a small table for two next to a very loud table of four. Overall noise level in the restaurant was about equal to that of a rock concert gone bad. (Wooden floors didn't help). Wine steward recommended a bottle of wine priced 50% more than the range I gave him (a very valid range because on the second try he picked a perfectly acceptabe bottle within the range). We had three courses and were done within 1 1/2 hours - not rushed but also not leisurely. Not recommended for a romantic dinner. Food quality was ok. Appetizers (Ahi Tuna and White anchoives were tasteless. Main course was small portions but tasty (Black Cod and Mahi Mahi). Desert (chocolate cake) was superb.

Cons: Too noisy

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The cuisine at Esca is incredibly suberb. The presentation and quality of the crudo selections were mind blowing, and my date and I were delighted with the various selections that the chef had created for the evening. To make the night even more delightful was the service. Our waitress, Mitzy, was extremely hospitable. She made excellent recommendations without making us feel intimidated by the menu. We dine quite often and it is nice to find a place where the food lives up to its expectations and the service takes it a leap beyond the typical robotic smiles that adorn other waiters in nyc.

2
★★★★★

The cuisine at Esca is incredibly suberb. The presentation and quality of the crudo selections were mind blowing, and my date and I were delighted with the various selections that the chef had created for the evening. To make the night even more delightful was the service. Our waitress, Mitzy, was extremely hospitable. She made excellent recommendations without making us feel intimidated by the menu. We dine quite often and it is nice to find a place where the food lives up to its expectations and the service takes it a leap beyond the typical robotic smiles that adorn other waiters in nyc.

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The crudo appetizer (various types of raw seafood) sampler was unbelievable--six separate "courses"--all EXQUISITELY presented and flavored ending with a rare taste of sea urchin. Reservations are essential indoors or out but you can almost always get an early seat at the unique ice-filled raw bar where the greatest bartender dispenses volumes of knowledgable friendly chatter and perfectly matched wines as well as oysters. Be prepared: only two non-seafood items on the menu. Don't pass up the desserts! One sour note: the sommelier suggested our $100 bottle of wine and then opened it and served the first taste to someone he knew seated next to us. Both the food and atmosphere were so good, we soon got over it.

2
★★★★★

The crudo appetizer (various types of raw seafood) sampler was unbelievable--six separate "courses"--all EXQUISITELY presented and flavored ending with a rare taste of sea urchin. Reservations are essential indoors or out but you can almost always get an early seat at the unique ice-filled raw bar where the greatest bartender dispenses volumes of knowledgable friendly chatter and perfectly matched wines as well as oysters. Be prepared: only two non-seafood items on the menu. Don't pass up the desserts! One sour note: the sommelier suggested our $100 bottle of wine and then opened it and served the first taste to someone he knew seated next to us. Both the food and atmosphere were so good, we soon got over it.

Pros: raw bar, outdoor seating, friendly atmosphere

Cons: need reservations

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Esca is the type of restaurant one expects in NYC. It's not a hip LES joint, or a dark, quiet West Village Bistro. It's an elegant, well-done Mario restaurant where the food is consistently great, and ideas such as "service" and "ambience" are so given that to ask about them is laughable. It is not a cozy restaurant--not a good first date place, unless you REALLY have to try hard. It's a place to bring someone to show them that,
a. you want to share a great meal with them and,
b. you know your stuff when it comes to food and wine.

2
★★★★★

Esca is the type of restaurant one expects in NYC. It's not a hip LES joint, or a dark, quiet West Village Bistro. It's an elegant, well-done Mario restaurant where the food is consistently great, and ideas such as "service" and "ambience" are so given that to ask about them is laughable. It is not a cozy restaurant--not a good first date place, unless you REALLY have to try hard. It's a place to bring someone to show them that,
a. you want to share a great meal with them and,
b. you know your stuff when it comes to food and wine.

Pros: Food, Wine, Service

Cons: Stiff, Business Crowd, Broadway Show Crowd

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I've had great experiences at both Po and Babbo, so I expected good things from this place. Unfortunately, it was terrible. I had linguine with clams which was way too salty and was undercooked. My father had zuppa del pesce which had such a strong fish smell that I almost couldn't eat my dinner. The lobster ravioli was bland and uniteresting. The only thing that was good was the cod.

I can't believe Mario Batali even associates himself with this restaurant. The only explanation for its continued existence is that the clientele is mostly tourists because it is in the theatre district and and therefore they don't need repeat business.

On a plus note - the service was great.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've had great experiences at both Po and Babbo, so I expected good things from this place. Unfortunately, it was terrible. I had linguine with clams which was way too salty and was undercooked. My father had zuppa del pesce which had such a strong fish smell that I almost couldn't eat my dinner. The lobster ravioli was bland and uniteresting. The only thing that was good was the cod.

I can't believe Mario Batali even associates himself with this restaurant. The only explanation for its continued existence is that the clientele is mostly tourists because it is in the theatre district and and therefore they don't need repeat business.

On a plus note - the service was great.

Pros: service

Cons: food

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After so many great reviews here, my bf and I went to Esca to celebrate my birthday last nite. The ambiance was fine, a little loud but still nice and romantic. However, being foodies, we were utterly disappointed with the food. It is bland and nothing extrodinary. One of our apps came extremely overcooked and rubbery and we were asked if we wanted to switch apps. When the bill came, both appetizers were charged even though we had one bite of the first and it should not have served competely overcooked. They did take it off when we asked them to. I recommend the black roasted codfish, it was the best dish of the evening. Would not return for the amount we paid.

1
★★★☆☆

After so many great reviews here, my bf and I went to Esca to celebrate my birthday last nite. The ambiance was fine, a little loud but still nice and romantic. However, being foodies, we were utterly disappointed with the food. It is bland and nothing extrodinary. One of our apps came extremely overcooked and rubbery and we were asked if we wanted to switch apps. When the bill came, both appetizers were charged even though we had one bite of the first and it should not have served competely overcooked. They did take it off when we asked them to. I recommend the black roasted codfish, it was the best dish of the evening. Would not return for the amount we paid.

Pros: parking

Cons: value, taste

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No room at the bar and nowhere to stand. Have your cocktails elsewhere. The food, however, is very fresh. Try the Ricotta Gnocchi -- it's unbelievable. If you don't have to wait for your table, it's a delicious experience -- although a bit pricey. There aren't very many restaurant of this quality in this area (Hell's Kitchen) so ESCA is a name worth remembering.

2
★★★★☆

No room at the bar and nowhere to stand. Have your cocktails elsewhere. The food, however, is very fresh. Try the Ricotta Gnocchi -- it's unbelievable. If you don't have to wait for your table, it's a delicious experience -- although a bit pricey. There aren't very many restaurant of this quality in this area (Hell's Kitchen) so ESCA is a name worth remembering.

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Works both as romantic and as a group of friends, they food is excellent and very fresh. The chef handpicks the fish everything we tried was fantastic

2
★★★★★

Works both as romantic and as a group of friends, they food is excellent and very fresh. The chef handpicks the fish everything we tried was fantastic

Pros: Outdoor garden, Service, Tasting Menu

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I totally agree with the previous reviews on service and food. Joe was not only charming, but was a wonderful guide to the menu. It's such a pleasure to have a server be so enthusiastic about the food he is helping people order. The raw fish appetizers were amazing -- all of them....don't miss the snapper.... We were lucky enough to get a table outside on a nice evening with no humidity. Add the service and the food to that and everybody left very happy.

2
★★★★★

I totally agree with the previous reviews on service and food. Joe was not only charming, but was a wonderful guide to the menu. It's such a pleasure to have a server be so enthusiastic about the food he is helping people order. The raw fish appetizers were amazing -- all of them....don't miss the snapper.... We were lucky enough to get a table outside on a nice evening with no humidity. Add the service and the food to that and everybody left very happy.

Pros: Service, Food

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I went to Esca last night with my parents for dinner. Our server, Joe, was outstanding. He paid particular attention to my father, who is hard of hearing, and made sure he understood everything. The food was outstanding, and Joe was very helpful as he offered excellent suggestions and explanations of the menu. My parents are sophisticated diners, having traveled extensively and lived in various countries, and they were very impressed, as was I. The only drawback was that the room is extremely loud, and we had to raise our voices to have a conversation, not unusual in a NYC restaurant, but unfortunate. We had the crudo tasting, a zucchini blossom stuffed with cheese appetizer, a pasta course which we shared that contained spaghetti, mint, chilis and lobster, and the branzino baked in a salt crust, and the skate. All were outstanding. Definitely an outstanding all-around evening.

2
★★★★★

I went to Esca last night with my parents for dinner. Our server, Joe, was outstanding. He paid particular attention to my father, who is hard of hearing, and made sure he understood everything. The food was outstanding, and Joe was very helpful as he offered excellent suggestions and explanations of the menu. My parents are sophisticated diners, having traveled extensively and lived in various countries, and they were very impressed, as was I. The only drawback was that the room is extremely loud, and we had to raise our voices to have a conversation, not unusual in a NYC restaurant, but unfortunate. We had the crudo tasting, a zucchini blossom stuffed with cheese appetizer, a pasta course which we shared that contained spaghetti, mint, chilis and lobster, and the branzino baked in a salt crust, and the skate. All were outstanding. Definitely an outstanding all-around evening.

Pros: food, service, decor

Cons: loud dining room

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We dined at Esca on April 19, 2005. It was our first time there and the four of us loved it. The server was professional and the sommelier was very helpful. Each course, starting with the crudo, through the grilled octopus and squid, to the pastas with lobster and main courses of sauteed skate, pompano, black bass and seared divers scallops, was superb. It does for Italian seafood what Le Bernadin does for French. The prices, for such high quality ingredients and cooking, are quite reasonable.

2
★★★★★

We dined at Esca on April 19, 2005. It was our first time there and the four of us loved it. The server was professional and the sommelier was very helpful. Each course, starting with the crudo, through the grilled octopus and squid, to the pastas with lobster and main courses of sauteed skate, pompano, black bass and seared divers scallops, was superb. It does for Italian seafood what Le Bernadin does for French. The prices, for such high quality ingredients and cooking, are quite reasonable.

Pros: menu selection, wine list, breads

Cons: size of entree

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What a lovely meal I had here last night! I am a big Mario Batali fan, and Esca, like Lupa and Babbo, did not disappoint. Service was impeccable and the restaurant itself is beautiful. I had the brodetto as an appetizer - amazing! I have never seen so many types of shellfish in one bowl, all fresh and cooked to perfection in slightly spicy tomato broth. My monkfish entree was also delicious, although my friend's scallops were a bit overdone. Cheese platter for dessert was nothing special (some of the cheeses were a bit dried out). Though I didn't taste any of the crudo, all the raw bar options looked incredible. Another winner for Batali!

2
★★★★☆

What a lovely meal I had here last night! I am a big Mario Batali fan, and Esca, like Lupa and Babbo, did not disappoint. Service was impeccable and the restaurant itself is beautiful. I had the brodetto as an appetizer - amazing! I have never seen so many types of shellfish in one bowl, all fresh and cooked to perfection in slightly spicy tomato broth. My monkfish entree was also delicious, although my friend's scallops were a bit overdone. Cheese platter for dessert was nothing special (some of the cheeses were a bit dried out). Though I didn't taste any of the crudo, all the raw bar options looked incredible. Another winner for Batali!

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Cold, efficient service, without a smile, sadly misses the mark at Esca. The sommolier was just short of "nasty". Too expensive for good, but not great fare...there are better places to dine.

1
★★☆☆☆

Cold, efficient service, without a smile, sadly misses the mark at Esca. The sommolier was just short of "nasty". Too expensive for good, but not great fare...there are better places to dine.

Pros: varied menu

Cons: , expensive

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Simply, the service was great but the food was not up to par. Yes, Even the desserts. Not sure why I went... wait my girlfriend dragged me again.

Seriously, The food lacked flavor of the Italian cuisine. I felt the dishes had some identity crisis. The ingrdients were asian but poor execution on the dishes' final presentation and coupling of flavors.

1
★★★☆☆

Simply, the service was great but the food was not up to par. Yes, Even the desserts. Not sure why I went... wait my girlfriend dragged me again.

Seriously, The food lacked flavor of the Italian cuisine. I felt the dishes had some identity crisis. The ingrdients were asian but poor execution on the dishes' final presentation and coupling of flavors.

Pros: Service

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This was my first Batali experience and I must say that it was an exceptional one. The restaurant itself is on the plain side as far as decor goes but the food is anything but plain. Do not come here with non-seafood eaters as the menu is almost entirely seafood. There are many, many excellent choices from the different categories (raw, cooked, pastas, whole fishes, etc.) but the chef's selection is the way to go. For $65, you will get a 5-6 course tasting menu encompassing a variety of raw fish, cooked fish, pastas, dessert, etc. and every single course was spectacular. Throw in an excellent Italian wine list and some delicious cocktails (the pomegranite bellini and pineapple cosmo were terrific) and you have an all-around excellent meal. It is not cheap, but a good NYC dining experience usually isn't....

2
★★★★★

This was my first Batali experience and I must say that it was an exceptional one. The restaurant itself is on the plain side as far as decor goes but the food is anything but plain. Do not come here with non-seafood eaters as the menu is almost entirely seafood. There are many, many excellent choices from the different categories (raw, cooked, pastas, whole fishes, etc.) but the chef's selection is the way to go. For $65, you will get a 5-6 course tasting menu encompassing a variety of raw fish, cooked fish, pastas, dessert, etc. and every single course was spectacular. Throw in an excellent Italian wine list and some delicious cocktails (the pomegranite bellini and pineapple cosmo were terrific) and you have an all-around excellent meal. It is not cheap, but a good NYC dining experience usually isn't....

Pros: Fresh food, Knowledgeable waiters, Wine List

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Catastrofic service great food. I have never been treted this poorly at any resturant the manager who took our orders was very condesending and belittled his customers his attitude and lack of professionalism might be good enough to work at DMV. Can not recommend

0
★☆☆☆☆

Catastrofic service great food. I have never been treted this poorly at any resturant the manager who took our orders was very condesending and belittled his customers his attitude and lack of professionalism might be good enough to work at DMV. Can not recommend

Pros: good food

Cons: , service, service

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If you like fish, this is the place to go! This restaurant's specialty is beautiful fish in every style, including crudi (raw fish, Italian style). There is garden seating available, which I highly recommend; the interior has absolutely no ambiance and is very small. Prices are moderate: average main course $28. There is an extensive wine list, and every kind of fish imaginable is prepared here. This is truly the best fish I have ever eaten--tender, flavorful and cooked in an elegant oil. I recommend you stick with their wonderful fish, and skip the side dishes and dessert, which were not so exceptional. The service was good, but not excellent; however, the waiter was initially huffy with me when my guest was only 5 minutes late, threatening to make me move! Although the atmosphere was lacking, I could definitely recommend a trip to Esca for the fish alone!

2
★★★★☆

If you like fish, this is the place to go! This restaurant's specialty is beautiful fish in every style, including crudi (raw fish, Italian style). There is garden seating available, which I highly recommend; the interior has absolutely no ambiance and is very small. Prices are moderate: average main course $28. There is an extensive wine list, and every kind of fish imaginable is prepared here. This is truly the best fish I have ever eaten--tender, flavorful and cooked in an elegant oil. I recommend you stick with their wonderful fish, and skip the side dishes and dessert, which were not so exceptional. The service was good, but not excellent; however, the waiter was initially huffy with me when my guest was only 5 minutes late, threatening to make me move! Although the atmosphere was lacking, I could definitely recommend a trip to Esca for the fish alone!

Pros: the best fish, period

Cons: waiters can be rude, poor atmosphere

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Mario Batali's foray into seafood has succeeded swimmingly with David Pasternack heading the kitchen. In the almost-tropical room of pastel walls, stone-tiled floor and urns spilling over with plants, the menu is all Southern Italian…

 

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