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Esca

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OSTRICHE​
3.00
Montauk Wild Oysters (Montauk, Ny)
CRUDO​
19.00
Halibut Belly
With extra virgin sunflower oil
18.00
Mediterranean Pink Snapper
With red clay salt
20.00
Diver Scallop
With tangerine pressed olive oil
18.00
Blackfish
With toasted pine nuts
18.00
Tartufo Di Mare
"Sea truffles" with cedro
20.00
House Cured Salmon Roe
With lemon and sardinian olive oil
20.00
Wild Alaskan King Salmon
With dill
20.00
Yellowfin Tuna
Carpaccio with olio verde and chives
20.00
Bigeye Tuna
With​ tuscan olive oil
22.00
Local Atlantic Bluefin Toro
Tartare with colatura
ANTIPASTI​
18.00
Fegato Di Pescatrice
Seared local monkfish liver with richter's rhubarb and a salad of organic grains
18.00
Insalatina Di Amara
Salad of locally grown and harvested spring greens with dandelion honey vinaigrette
17.00
Caprese
Bufala mozzarella with wild arugula and oven dried tomatoes
18.00
Vongole
Local littleneck clams baked with a compote of ramps, coppa and cherry bomb peppers
18.00
Calamari Alla Galicia
Local squid, pimenton and toasted bread crumbs
18.00
Verdura Mista
Organic salad of spring vegetables, sheep’s milk ricotta and herb garden vinaigrette
18.00
Fritti
Crispy monkfish cheeks, local steamers and ramps with calabrian chili aioli
15.00
Insalata Mista
Salad of local greens and herbs with cold pressed pistachio oil
18.00
Dente Di Leone
Salad of wild dandelion greens with anchovy vinaigrette
15.00
Zuppa Di Pesce Amalfitana
Fish soup in the style of amalfi with tomato chili bruschetta
PRIMI​
30.00
Spaghetti
With a one pound lobster, chilis and mint
23.00
Perciatelli
House made whole wheat fat spaghetti with sardines, walnuts and fennel compote
26.00
Maccheroni Alla Chitarra
House made guitar cut spaghetti with sea urchin and crabmeat
24.00
Linguine
With​ a medley of briny clams, hot red pepper and pancetta
26.00
Spaghetti Neri
House made squid ink spaghetti with local squid, scallion and green chilies
SECONDI​
27.00
Spigola Nera
Whole roasted black bass with caperberries and olives
27.00
Ricciola
Whole grilled pompano with spring herb pesto
26.00
Pesce Matonella
Roasted golden spotted bass with wild mushrooms and braised leeks
26.00
Razza
Crispy local skate with sugar snaps, nueskes smoked bacon and vidalia onions
26.00
Cernia
Grilled​ florida grouper with artichokes, olives, oven dried tomatoes and arugula
23.00
Zuppa Di Pesce
Sicilian style fish stew
24.00
Polipo
Grilled octopus with giant corona beans and preserved sorrento lemon
24.00
Fritto Misto Amalfitano
Crispy mixed seafood
25.00
Pollo
Four story hills farm chicken with primo olives, fregula and lemon
Any one 9.00
Any three 15.00
All five 19.00
Contorni
Selection of italian style vegetables
About
ESCA- Italian for "bait," the stuff of temptation and enticement- is a southern Italian trattoria devoted to celebrating the fruits of the sea. Created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Pasternack and Joe Bastianich in 2000, ESCA is revered for its less-is-more approach to cooking. Its elegant simplicity. In his 3-star New York Times canonization of ESCA as the ultimate Italian seafood destination, Frank Bruni coined Dave "an honest-to-God fisherman, in love with the ocean, and ESCA is his ongoing ode to it." Dave's distinctive crudo dishes are emblematic of ESCA's menu. The freshest, most pristine fish is carefully chosen, expertly sliced, and dressed with one of at least a dozen different
PRICE RANGE
$35 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit; we dreamed about returning after a magical meal two years ago. Unfortunately the on-line wine list had not been updated and our favorite wine Planeta, was not available (but it was listed on the web site). We had to switch...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 498carlaa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traditional Italian food by Lydia Bastianich. Pasta perfectly cooked. Great service. But note venue a bit noisy, good for group of friends vs quiet romantic dinner.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank foodie8882018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have dined at Esca many times. We love the pasta and fresh fish. The food overall is excellent. The service, however, is not equal. Recently, we invited a large family group for a dinner to celebrate my niece's 16th birthday. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bonacuml
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can only speak to what I saw as opposed to what I ate. My date and I stopped in to get a drink and hang out for a bit before going to an off Broadway show at the theatre across the street. The restaurant...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank wamrazing
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is so rare for me to send food back (as a former server - it is just not something I do). Sent the clam appetizer back after it was truly inedible. Then came the main courses — almost equally inedible. One of the two...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank samtQ6269VQ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I have dined at Esca many times and Saturday evening’s dinner was extremely disheartening. Not quite sure why or how the restaurant has changed so much. We noticed staff changes and perhaps that contributed to our experience. We arrived and were immediately...More

Date of visit: March 2019
2  Thank Susan L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We shared an appetizer of pasta and then the Branzino. Both were terrific. The service was about the best I ever recall. They are very attentive but not over bearing. They are not stuffy but happy to greet you as a welcome guest. We really...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Periodic
Reviewed March 14, 2019

Esca deserves and really worked hard to earn its bad reviews - its that awful. Even by Hell's Kitchen standards its the worst. First the positives: The hosts are friendly and accommodating. That's it. Its all downhill from there. I seldom complain about waiters and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank nycnyuguy
Reviewed March 12, 2019 via mobile

The gilled baby octopus were perfectly prepared and one order was just right for two. The main courses were memorable too: flounder and fish stew. Service was excellent .

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank C5922DSrayb
Reviewed February 25, 2019

To start out with the bad (the really bad), the food at Esca is just not good. Paying $32 for their lobster spaghetti and $20 for their octopus appetizer only to be underwhelmed took away from what the restaurant did right--namely their service. In fact,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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