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Cesca

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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 - 10:00 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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Familiar

I often go to Cesca. The food is great and the atmosphere is friendly and the staff is pleasant and attentive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
mittell
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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132 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Elmsford, New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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127 reviews 127 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had a great time! We started off at the Bar for a drink before dinner! The staff & service was impeccable! Our waiter Randall was amazing! He recommended appetizers,entrees & cocktails that made our experience awesome! Perfect place to go before a show at The Beacon. 😃

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I often go to Cesca. The food is great and the atmosphere is friendly and the staff is pleasant and attentive.

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Ft Laud
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144 reviews 144 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place with super good food and a very fairly priced wine list (other restaurants would be wise to take notice). The grilled octopus is awesome (and I usually am not a fan). The duck was great and the tagliatelle bolognese awesome. Enjoy!

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New York, New York, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have lived near this restaurant for may years and only recently discovered Cesca. But now, we go regu;ar;y, sharing our find with friends. Food and service are consistently good! My fave place on the Upper West Side.

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good service, wonderful food. Just ask for one of their quieter tables or it can be challenging to conduct a conversation.

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New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Cesca has been in operation for many years and was originally started by a name chef who no longer works there. The food is Italian with some new world twists and there is a good and expensive wine list. Recently the menu has been changed and it seems that an effort has been made to increase the margins while some... More 

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77 reviews 77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We visited Cesca primarily because of its proximity to the Beacon Theater, where we were seeing a show that night. The food was mediocre. Portions were good, flavors were relatively unsophisticated. The beet salad, for example, was very sweet and sort of drenched in dressing or beet juice (I'm really not sure) and so the salad lacked any nuance or... More 

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cleveland, oh
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144 reviews 144 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Elegant meal in comfortable atmosphere. Top service. Starter salad shared among three of us was perfect in size and taste. Excellent pasta and fine fish for main course. Rich, delicious desert. Nice place for a special dinner

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Lutz, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Dined last week with a group of business colleagues and the evening was spectacular from start to finish. Hoping bar scene with eloquence followed by top notch service and plates of great seafood and pasta....we'll be back for sure!

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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
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business
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

Questions & Answers

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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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