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402 W 43rd St., New York City, NY 10036 (Manhattan)
(212) 564-7272
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Ranked #3,509 of 11,687 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $35 - $80
Sun 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 9th Avenue
Transit: Subway to 42nd Street - Times Square
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  • Italian first
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Esca, bookings are essential as the local foodies support this place. Great staff, wonderful menu, food beautifully cooked and perfect ambiance.This was a find. One recommended by your members. After having poor success with just walking in to a New York restaurant we looked for help.

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Savannah, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Esca has long been one of our go-to places for fish in the city. Our visit last Saturday evening for dinner, however, will be our last. We had an 8:00 reservation, but weren't seated until after 9:00. It took another 30 minutes to get our order taken and even longer to even get bread. While the first course dishes of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

you can eat well if you choose well here , the pastas were good as was one of the tables sea bass . however the frto misto was probably the worst one i have had for a number of years and the service ridiculously slow . And if you are explaining to me that crudo is raw in italian and... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

we enjoyed another wonderful pre theater meal at Esca. We always go back to Esca when we are in New York for the great service and delicious food.They took into consideration that we needed to get to the theaterso the service was prompt but not overly rushed. The crudo was fantastic. Would recommend this restaurant if you are in New... More

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buenos aires
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

During our visit to NYC, Esca was on my list of restaurants to visit. We made a reservation on the same date, we arrived and were prompted to a table, that for our surprise, was shared. The place was crowded and too noisy, so it was difficult to talk, moreover in between four other people. The table was a wood... More

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Milan, Italy
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102 reviews 102 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
583 helpful votes 583 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I suppose that as other Batali restaurants also ESCA (the Italian translation of bait) wanted to offer the italian cuisine in NYC. Unfortunately the only one who swallows the bait is the unhappy customer who comes here dreaming about a great dinner. This is not the case. In Italy there are thousands of restaurants that cost half of Esca and... More

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Incline Village, Nevada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had a wonderful meal here. From the 6 piece raw fish tasting menu to the bronzini fish this place did not disappoint!! The service was good but not great. We had an enjoyable dinner.

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San Francisco
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This restaurant was recommended due to the fact you can make a 5:30 PM reservation and they will make sure you finish in time for a 8:00 PM show. We were told about the whole fish that are prepared table side. Unfortunately, we ordered more complex dishes and pasta that seemed to fall flat. They were not bad, just uninspired... More

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new york
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This the second time I visited ESCA. We were eight and most of us truly enjoyed our meals the waiter notwithstanding. Our appetizers were delicious, looking forward to the entrees. The butterfish, ink spaghetti with squid, spaghetti with sea urchin, flounder, fish stew were excellent, well prepared not overdone. The black bass, skate were tasteless and dry. Fortunately, the dessert... More

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ny ny
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We are native New Yorkers and have eaten from the local pizza shop up to Michelin Star restaurants and honestly have never seen such a pretentious menu as this. I ordered pasta vongole. I was told by the waiter it was "briney" and that was fine. It was not briney but full of sand! When I said I could not... More

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Additional Information about Esca

Address: 402 W 43rd St., New York City, NY 10036
Phone Number: (212) 564-7272
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

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