Esca - review
Had the tasting menu plus crudo tasting (+$25) at Esca. Here's review:
Wine selection: Great (given its focus)
Wine pairing: Excellent
Food: Mediocre at best. I mean, nothing was overcooked or came out cold, and the presentation was great, but the food simply wasn't tasty. Maybe it's just an off night but it really was sub-par. I'm not sure whether it's the cooking or simply the recipe. Any thoughts?
I'm not from southern Italy, so I don't know whether the food tasted like that because it's authentic. But even if that is so, I'm forced to conclude that authenticity isn't very tasty here.
I went to Esca last winter and have not gone back. 4 of us all felt that the food was completely unremarkable. Nothing wrong with it, but there are many better places for the same price or less. For Italian in the theater district, I prefer Orso or Vice Versa. Esca is another of those restaurants that gets great reviews and you try it and wonder what the excitement is about. I don't think it has anything to do with authenticity. Authenticity is irrelevant if the food doesn't taste good.