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Dec 20, 2009 06:59 PM


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

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      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?

      1. 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.

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

          1. 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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            1. re: scotty27

              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

              1. re: H Manning

                Recent visit to 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