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Esca

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402 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6322 (9th Avenue)
+1 212-564-7272
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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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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New York, New York, United States
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167 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

THis restaurant is tucked at the bottom of an apartment house near the theater district, in a very busy area. WHen you walk in though, it is quiet, tranquil and you fell like you are in Italy. Service is excellent, food is fresh and perfect, and the sine list is mostly Italian and extensive. I highly recomment this restaurant. Reservations... More 

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Thank Kaijk
New York City, New York
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305 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and the service are wonderful, however it has never been on of my favorite restaurants. My problem with Esca has always been how tight together the tables are and the noise level. There are times that it's very hard to hear the people seated next to you. It draws a crowd that seems to be screaming to be... More 

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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191 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely Friday night dinner at Esca during a recent trip to Manhattan. Remember to reserve at least two weeks in advance to get your table on a weekend. Service was welcoming and very competent but a tad aloof compared to the warm, genuinely friendly, and exceptional service we experienced a few days before at our dinner at... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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212 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This new Mario Batali restaurant was recommended to us by the queenbeeofnyc. There was a mix up in our reservation but the maitre d fixed the problem easily and sat our party of 4 quickly. He also served our wine and was very available to us as we dined. Most of us had the spaghetti with 1 lb of lobster... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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157 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely place with friends. The crudo sampler was fabulous. Everything at the table was excellent. Very extensive wine list.

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Thank doclewk
Stamford, Connecticut
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't even begin to explain how AMAZING this meal was. I started off with an anchovy appetizer. Little anchovies drizzled with olive oil. Then I moved on to a spaghetti with scallops, garlic & shrimp that my friend and I split. Their second courses are pretty big so it's perfect to split with someone. The waiter actually offered up... More 

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Thank sixnohit
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a New Yorker and never venture to the Time Square area but this restaurant makes it worth it. The second you walk in the door, you're greeted by a sincerely attentive hostess. I cannot say enough good things about the waitstaff ranging from the waiter, the gentleman who brings the bread, the person who refills the water, and... More 

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Thank Tara G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have eaten at some really great restaurants. We enjoy good food. We expected master chef level service from esca. Jb is one of the owners, after all. What I didn't expect was to pay $40 for a plate with a piece of fried skate fish on it and a side of mushrooms. It looked like some... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were too attentive and not all that great. Very high prices for food -$35 for a burrata! Food pleasant but not worth the money. If you like seafood and are looking for a nice Italian in mid town, a good choice, otherwise, I wouldn't be back. Mixed staff, some pleasant, some suffocating.

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Charlotte
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the small cozy yet trendy atmosphere of this spot. Food was on point and the crudo was amazing! A must try for seafood in NYC.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$35 - $80
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
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
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: +1 212-564-7272

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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