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Nov 2, 2007 08:47 AM

Esca or Neptune Room

Hi all-

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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