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acd123 Sep 21, 2010 08:57 AM

Mom's 70th B-day. Which one?

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Esca
402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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    rrems Sep 21, 2010 04:30 PM

    I found the food at Esca uninteresting. I enjoyed the food at Lure but the noise level is insane and service is awful. I have not been to Fishtail. It gets almost no mention on this board and other forums show mixed reviews. Have you given any thought to Oceana? The food is superb, even the side dishes (which you must order, as the main courses do not come with them) are amazing, and the desserts rival those of the top restaurants. The atmosphere is perfect for a birthday, festive but comfortable and reasonably quiet.

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    Oceana
    120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    1. baldwinwood Sep 21, 2010 09:48 AM

      Have you been to Esca before? If one is not familar with the menu, it can be a bit difficult. With that being said, i like Esca better than Fishtail and Lure.

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      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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        acd123 Sep 21, 2010 10:37 AM

        I've Never been to any of them. Just in for the weekend from Toronto. Why is the menu at Esca difficult?

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        Esca
        402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

        1. re: acd123
          steve h. Sep 21, 2010 11:01 AM

          The menu isn't difficult. It is, however, interesting and invites repeat visits so you can explore it thoroughly.

          I'm a fan of Esca: the crudo is wonderful; pastas, like the spaghetti neri, are quite good; the whole-fish specials well worth the wait. The wine list is Italian and extensive.

          Esca is not cheap and you need to know the migratory patterns of the theater crowd so you can best time your meal. Enjoy your stay.

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          Esca
          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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