Esca or Neptune Room
My seafood loving father is coming to town on Monday and I'm trying to decide where to take him for dinner. I've narrowed it down to Esca and the Neptune Room, I live on the UWS so both are relatively easy to get to. I know Esca got raves in the NY Times but it seems many people on this board don't share the same opinion...is Neptune Room a better choice? I feel like Esca has a more appealing menu as my father loves Southern Italian cuisine, but if it's not executed well, we're better off somewhere else.
Price is no issue, would love a nice wine list and great service is a must. Any thoughts?
Neptune Room and Esca aren't really comparable. Neptune is a sorta expensive nabe place and Esca is a nice dinner place. I've had nice meals at both and never had a bad experience -- but if I really wanted to have a great dish and a great wine list, it's Esca no doubt. If I was dining with a less adventurous crowd or really wanted to be close to home, then Neptune is a respectable place that I could be happy with, too. That said, brunch at the Neptune Room is one of the best deals on the UWS.
I think Esca is definitely better than Neptune Room, which is more of a neighborhood restaurant. I've only been to both places once but wasn't impressed with anything at Neptune Room. I think Esca suffers from really high expectations and sticker shock, but I enjoyed what I had--not life-changing, but I was glad to have tried the pasta w/sea urchin finally, and their salt-baked whole fish looked good. I don't know if I'd go back again, as it's expensive and there are so many other places to try, but I would definitely pick it over Neptune Room if price isn't an issue.