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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 - 22:30
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Sun 16:30 - 22:30
Mon 12:00 - 22:30
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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172 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fresh, fresh seafood. Wonderful for pre or post theater. Don't miss the raw seafood, fresh fish and pastas. I.e. There isn't a bad choice on the menu. And there are one or two non-seafood items for the non-fish eaters in your party. Drawback--the kitchen is better than the restaurant. Don't get me wrong I love it here, but the front... More 

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Thank TravellingSMH
Zionsville, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing dinner and experience. I have a lot of dietary restrictions due to GI issues and gave a list of restrictions at the time I made the reservation. The manager came to the table right away and stated they were aware of these concerns and he was speaking with the chef. They would work with me, no problems. The meal... More 

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Thank etvmd05
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful Italian seafood restaurant in the theatre district. Their crudo or menu is superb. Can recommend the hamachi and the carpaccio of tuna. Good main course of bronzino however sides were overdone. Wine list is good with a selection of reasonable vintages. A little noisy and a little expensive.

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Thank fkher
Lexington, South Carolina
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79 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Southern Italian seafood at its best! One of the most unique dishes they have is spaghetti with lobster. I enjoyed this nice meal and was amazed at how great it was. There are a variety of sea urchin meals. They have a superb wine list as well.

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Thank stanley824
Richmond, Texas
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Ate lunch .. attentive service, quiet atmosphere and great daily special! Enjoyed our meal - prices a bit much for lunch but overall enjoyable.

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Thank Lynn P
New York City, New York
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50 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We were desperate to find Shad Roe and after striking out at other restaurants found Esca. The Shad was initially undercooked, but the chef took it back and cooked it a few more minutes and it was perfect. We also had the salmon crudo which was lightly seared and excellent, as was the asparagus. A lovely spring meal. The restaurant... More 

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Thank AJAX6965
Charlotte, North Carolina
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

There isn't anything to fault about Esca. The staff is welcoming and friendly without being cloying, the location is a few blocks from the theaters, the rooms are comfortable, and the food is fantastic. Plus, it's pretty reasonably priced for NYC. There are interesting wine and mixed drink lists. The crudo tasted like they just caught it, they have sea... More 

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52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

For seventeen years Dave Pasternack has been doing it right at Esca. For a top quality chef to be there that long is unusual. I like that the chef comes out into the dining room to meet diners. The wines, appetizers, entrees are all worth trying. Don't make it a top choice if you are not a fish person but... More 

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Thank Mark K
Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This is the 3rd time I have dined at Esca; sadly it was not as good as I remembered. We were there for a 5:30 reservation since we wanted to have plenty of time before the theatre, so were in no hurry. Even though we told the wait staff that we were in no hurry, I felt rushed. We were... More 

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Thank Tara R
Ware, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Out with good friends to celebrate my birthday we went to Esca and what a great choice. This is an exquisite restaurant at the top of its game. Excellent service with a very good pescatorian menu - we were well looked after.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$35 - US$80
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 22:30
Monday
12:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:30
Thursday
12:00 - 23:30
Friday
12:00 - 23:30
Saturday
12:00 - 23:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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