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joisey al Dec 20, 2009 06:59 PM

Any reviews/comments about Esca, located on 43rd/9th Avenue?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: joisey al Dec 20, 2009 08:00 PM

    one or two:

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      financialdistrictresident RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2010 06:51 AM

      Thanks, goodhealthgourmet. This link was very helpful. Mixed. As usual strong opinions re: Batali.

      hkhungry's post was particularly helpful. Do the same suggestions hold true?

      Has anyone been to Esca recently? Your thoughts? Suggested dishes?

    2. smokeandapancake RE: joisey al Dec 21, 2009 10:42 AM


      1. jon RE: joisey al Dec 21, 2009 03:34 PM

        ate there about a month ago. food and service was terrific. i highly suggest the king crab legs with tarragon and fettucini. it was buttery deliciousness. we also had the whole sea bass for two baked in a salt crust. also very good except the filets were a bit small. the affogatto for dessert was very good too.

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          H Manning RE: joisey al Feb 17, 2011 03:43 AM

          Bumping up for any recommendations on the current lunch menu. Thanks!

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            scotty27 RE: joisey al Feb 17, 2011 01:07 PM

            O-mi-god: My favorite restaurant in the city. Everything is delicious. Service is killer. Try to get a table in the front room. I'm there about 6x a year.


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              H Manning RE: scotty27 Feb 17, 2011 01:27 PM

              I did get a table in the lovely front room, and had two signature dishes: spaghetti with lobster, mint, and chili (very good, though more "interesting" than "yummy"), and the grilled octopus with white beans (absolutely delicious). I was too full for dessert.

              Service was top notch. So far though I think I prefer Marea, but I will definitely return to Esca to try a few more of their specialties.

              402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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                famdoc RE: H Manning Mar 30, 2011 07:19 AM

                Recent visit to Esca...food was outstanding, but cannot concur that service is "killer" or "top notch." Although our waiter was very helpful and both sommeliers were very knowledgeable, it just seemed as if nobody was in charge of the dining room. Wine glasses sat empty for minutes at a time, the time between crudos/pastas and secondis seemed endless. In most restaurants of Esca's caliber, service staff is more attentive. A guest simply has to look in the direction of a server to get his attention. This was not the case on the evening we were there.

                402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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              susan robin RE: joisey al Feb 17, 2011 02:43 PM

              We usually wind up sitting at the bar pre-theater, order some crudos and salads, maybe another appetizer or two, and are very happy. One of the nicest restaurants in the City, IMO. Lovely staff.

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                steve h. RE: susan robin Feb 17, 2011 03:31 PM

                I'll second the tiny bar.

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