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Cancelling my Esca reservation - good idea?

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r0cc00 Dec 7, 2010 08:33 AM

Coming up to NYC this coming weekend.
Had a prime 800pm Esca reservation but after reading a bunch of reviews here - it seems Esca is all over the place.

In terms of quality & quantity.
Open Table even list it as a <$30 price point which in researching appears to be erroneous.

Anyhow, any thoughts on if I should seek a different seafood place that can provide a more bountiful & good meal in the $25-50 range?

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

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    small h RE: r0cc00 Dec 7, 2010 08:46 AM

    Esca is a very good restaurant, and I very much enjoyed the three dinners I had there. Other high-end seafood restaurants I'd recommend are Le Bernardin (a good deal pricier than Esca) and Aquagrill (a little cheaper than Esca). But I think you'll like Esca just fine.

    1. thew RE: r0cc00 Dec 7, 2010 08:58 AM

      i ate at esca once, and it was a fantastic meal

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        edwardspk RE: r0cc00 Dec 7, 2010 09:46 AM

        Esca is great. It's my "go to" restaurant for excellent food convenient to the theatre district. Depending on what you order, you could get out of Esca for $50, but you'd probably be limiting yourself to one main and a quartino of wine, or an appetizer and a main. I like it a lot.

        For something less expensive in the seafood realm, you might consider Pearl Oyster Bar or Mary's Fish camp. But even these will set you back more than $25.

        Personally, I'd keep the Esca reservation.

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        Pearl Oyster Bar
        18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

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

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          AubWah RE: r0cc00 Dec 7, 2010 12:09 PM

          bad idea

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            cambridgedoctpr RE: r0cc00 Dec 7, 2010 01:51 PM

            my one meal at esca was about 2 years ago and was very good. And it was considerably cheaper than Le Bernadin that is the best seafood restaurant that i have ever tried. But if money is not an object, Le B; if it is, Esca was fine 2 years ago.

            You will always find contrary voices on ChowHound; that is just the nature of the beast.

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

            1. ChiefHDB RE: r0cc00 Dec 7, 2010 02:25 PM

              Keep it!

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