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402 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6322 (9th Avenue)
(212) 564-7272
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Upstate New York
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Esca is not only one of the best restaurants in New York's Theater District. It's one of New York City's best restaurants. Everything is top notch at this seafood lover's paradise. Like all of Mario Batali's restaurants, all bases are covered. The atmosphere, food, wine and service are exquisite. Esca's dinner prices are one quarter the price of an evening... More 

Thank OctoberEveMusic
Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a traditional Italian and if you don't want exotic fish you are out of luck. I had gnocchi and it was way too salty. Salad nice but not special. So I found restaurant pretentious and very overpriced.

Thank rosyshade
Hopewell Twp
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is classy and elegant. Service is superb and the dining experience was wonderful. White bean crostini for starters was delicious. Stuffed zucchini blossoms with goat cheese was a favorite as was the spaghetti with lobster in a mint sauce. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Our server Patricia was top notch. Can't wait to go back. Thank you... More 

Thank Pamela R
Jacksonville, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been wanting to eat at Esca for years and was so excited to finally get the chance only to be let down by the really mediocre food. Crudo tasting was barely edible - too cold, too much crunchy salt - as were the Vongole clams - covered in grit. The Bianchetti were OK but nothing to write home... More 

Thank miahaycox
Caracas, Venezuela
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decent set up, Italian "trattoria" style, friendly welcome. Barely acceptable appetizers called "crudo", the rest is just null!! Cook has no clue what an italian "fritto misto" is or how to prepare "fiori di zucca". What a shame!! Service is, behind any imagination, pathetic and fully "disorganized". Overall, an useless "italian" restaurant. Delete it from your "wish" list.

1 Thank MrL280
Oakton, Virginia, United States
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245 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's too seafood heavy. The seafood they served wasn't really Italian themed. I went with recommended dish of seared tuna. It was indeed seared tuna with no sauce, marinade anything. So rather boring. My daughters pasta dish was better and the only vegetarian entree on the menu. Tables are ridiculously close so after a rather loud couple was seated next... More 

1 Thank Kathy I
New Jersey
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40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our second visit to Esca, but it has been many years. Our first experience was phenomenal and this one did not disappoint either. We skipped having a crisp due to timing but did have two appetizers: stuffed zucchini blossoms and burrata w/caviar. Both were delicious. The cheese was a huge surprise in flavor. Just a wonderful combination that... More 

Thank Phibbles
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The minute we walked into restaurant it went down hill. We were very excited to eat at Esca which was recommended by our hotel. We walked into restaurant and very rudely asked if we had reservations which we did! We were seated and all noticed how rudely we were treated and just brushed it off. Our waiter Peter came over... More 

2 Thank Suzie B
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If it were only for the food and the service, I would give this restaurant 5 stars. Their fish and their pasta were all excellent. And the service personnel were friendly, helpful, and professional. The restaurant is very convenient to the theater district and they offer both pre-theater and post-theater dining. However, their prices are extremely high and way out... More 

Thank Rob D
Los Angeles, California, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, great service and good food. I dined here two years ago and I remember the food being better. Not that it was bad this time but it wasn't as memorable.

Thank Maria H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $80
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 402 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6322
    (9th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Subway to 42nd Street - Times Square
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 564-7272

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

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