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Cesca

#1,232 of 11,360 Restaurants in New York City
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164 W 75th St, New York City, NY 10023-1903 (Amsterdam)
1,9,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.
212-787-6300
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I love dining at Cesca at least once a week!

Cesca has daily specials that keep me coming back for more every week. Their Sunday night Sunday Sauce dinner is an Italian food lover's dream come true. It is a huge portion of wonderful pasta with marinara sauce and a side dish with meatballs, sausage and amazingly tender pork all with that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
LuckyGuy2011
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New York City, New York
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I visited Cesca on my way to a show at the Beacon. My food was excellent and I loved the overall feel of the restaurant. The squash flower appetizer was delicious. It was a nice balance of flavors and fed two of us. I highly suggest it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

In a city filled with great Italian restaurants, Cesca is one of the best, with excellent food, pleasant and attentive wait staff, and reasonable prices. The appetizers are innovative, and the pastas are well done. We did not try the desserts, but they appeared to be interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Cesca has daily specials that keep me coming back for more every week. Their Sunday night Sunday Sauce dinner is an Italian food lover's dream come true. It is a huge portion of wonderful pasta with marinara sauce and a side dish with meatballs, sausage and amazingly tender pork all with that incredible Sunday sauce. Yum! Monday night is their... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A beautiful restaurant with a slightly rustic feel (the kitchen is somewhat open to the dining room) with a delicious regular menu and special preparations that always delight. There are very few restaurants in NYC that we frequent consistently and have enjoyed over many years ... Cesca is one of our favorites.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

For a light meal at the bar, 'Cesca's hppy hour (5-7, M-F) is just fine. Two $6 Plates of 6 blue point oysters each, a shared appetizer of grilled octopus,and two nice pours of a chardonney, and we're happy -- all for $57 (plus tax and tip). Then, off to 16 Handles around the corner for sinfully excellent fro-yo.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I have lived on the UWS for over 15 years. During that time the neighborhood has evolved from the nadir of culinary arts to an area with more than a handful of decent establishments. Cesca is not one of them. 1. Tables are reasonably spaced. Comfortable for the UWS. 2. Expansive wine list. As you would expect, lots of Italian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We had a private room for a party of 15 to celebrate our daughter's college graduation. The room was quiet but open to the main dining room. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. The wine list features a number of stunning Italian wines but they are expensive ($200-$400 range); we were able to find a few that were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I took my discerning parents here. They loved it. My father despised the first bottle of wine we ordered. The waiter reacted professionally and sent us bottles to taste until we found one we liked. The food was delicious. Simple ingredients, but fresh and expertly prepared. The room is quiet, and the tables are arranged so you have some privacy.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Six of us had dinner at Cesca on Saturday night. We had a great round table in a corner of an alcove, perfect for good conversation. My scallops were excellent! Of the six of us, four said their dinners were excellent and the other two rated theirs very good. The wait staff was very good. My husband ordered a different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Fantastic food and atmosphere... we will absolutely be back but hope to have a better experience with the wait staff. We enjoyed dinner before a show at the Beacon Theater... this is the perfect place for this, literally across the street. first about the service... i felt our server was rushed and unfriendly... the other 3 in my party were... More 

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Additional Information about Cesca

Address: 164 W 75th St, New York City, NY 10023-1903
Phone Number: 212-787-6300
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 164 W 75th St, New York City, NY 10023-1903
    (Amsterdam)
  • Public Transportation: 1,9,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 212-787-6300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Large groups, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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