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402 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6322 (9th Avenue)
+1 212-564-7272
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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175 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Food is consistently good. Expansive wine list. Order the salt bronzino. Perfection! Reserva required.

Thank Kaijk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed excellent service from our waitress for lunch this weekend and our food was very good, however, we did not experience a spirit of hospitality from the manager. He had a looming presence in the dining room and an attitude of arrogance. He was not welcoming and he was so unpleasant, at one point we actually considered leaving. Fortunately... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for my sister's bday. The place was crowded but nice. You can sit either outside or inside. Service was ok. Food was definitely good It's worth the price

Thank Valentina Z
Wanaque, New Jersey
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Esca is an amazing Italian seafood restaurant. We had the Crudo tasting appetizer and the Bronzino for Two for the main course. Everything was incredibly fresh and tasty. Seriously one of the best seafood restaurants I have ever been to. Excellent wine selection ask well. Dessert was sublime with a lemon cake. Be prepared to spend some $$$$ here, but... More 

Thank Zman71868
Wilton, Connecticut
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286 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We selected Esca because it was close to the theater where we were seeing a matinee. I was a bit worried that they opened at noon and if we would make our play, but when I made the reservation I was assured that they could accommodate us. Well, they said open at noon and they meant it even though there... More 

Thank SusB962
Dewey Beach, Delaware
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, I want those who read this to be aware that I have been to this restaurant a number of times and the food is usually pretty good. On this occasion I was surprised that the food was sub par. My girlfriend ordered the Tagliatelle Alla Piemontese with the white truffles which was good but at $90 could have been... More 

Thank Peter M
Los Angeles, California
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96 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was sensational and the wine selection vast. Service was excellent but the restaurant is noisy and crowded.

Thank AndreaMichaels1214
Chantilly, Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my wife for her birthday. The freshness of the Crudo (raw) seafood is amazing - the Cod in 25 year old sherry vinegar was one of the most memorable dishes I have ever had the pleasure to consume. The grilled baby octopus was the best my wife or I have ever had. The desserts were light, airy,... More 

Thank MikeF703
Vancouver, Canada
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215 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

I was excited to be able to get a table at a Mario restaurant now I know why. It isn't that good. The room is nice an the staff was attentive and professional. The wine list was extensive and expensive to being overpriced. Especially the super Tuscans. I had the Fish soup which was a tomato broth and a crouton... More 

Thank 606KennyG
New York City, New York
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153 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

I had sworn off Esca about a year ago because despite having some excellent dishes the restaurant was uncomfortable and the management too full of itself. This weekend I decided to give it another try because the space supposedly had undergone some renovation and I was hoping it might have turned into a more patron-friendly place. Unfortunately it only seems... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$35 - $80
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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
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: +1 212-564-7272

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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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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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