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Esca

Address
402 West 43rd Street New York NY 10036
Phone
(212) 564-7272
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(212) 564-8497

Business Hours

Status: Open

Sunday
4:30pm-10:00pm
Monday
12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday
12:00pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10:00pm
Wednesday
12:00pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10:00pm
Thursday
12:00pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10:00pm
Friday
12:00pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-11:30pm
Saturday
12:00pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-11:30pm

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Esca is a southern Italian seafood trattoria, featuring classic and modern cuisine devoted to the...

ESCA is a southern Italian trattoria in New York City devoted to celebrating the fruits of the sea. Created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Pasternack, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in October 2000, ESCA is revered for its less-is-more approach, and for its elegant simplicity.

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Esca Restaurant Review

Esca, a foray into seafood from Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and chef David Pasternack, has succeeded swimmingly. In the room of cream-colored walls and wood floors, the menu is all Southern Italian seafood. If Babbo serves food that calls for a cold winter night, Esca is Batali's homage to summer. The crudo section is for food that's as fresh as it gets: slices of raw fish are served with...

Mario Batali's foray into seafood has succeeded swimmingly with David Pasternack heading the kitchen. In the almost-tropical room of pastel walls, stone-tiled floor and urns spilling over with plants, the menu is all Southern Italian…

Mark Ladner May Be Kickstarting a Gluten-Free Pasta Spot

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Rumor has it that Del Posto chef Mark Ladner will launch a Kickstarter later this month for a new quick-service gluten-free pasta restaurant called Pasta Flyer. There aren't many details ahead of the crowdfunding campaign, which will launch after Memorial Day, but Ladner has put a lot of time into developing a gluten-free replica of everything on Del Posto's menu, and...

Barchetta, Dave Pasternack's Chelsea Italian Restaurant

Here's a look inside Barchetta, the new Chelsea restaurant from Esca chef Dave Pasternack and LDV Hospitality's John Meadow. The Italian seafood restaurant opened last week in the space that once held La Promenade Des Anglais. The layout remains the same, but the space has a cleaner, airier look than before, with white walls, wood floors, and mid-century modern furniture.

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The Batali-Bastianich-Pasternack gang "don't disappoint" at this "upscale" Hell's Kitchen Italian seafooder presenting a "splendid repertoire" of "fabulous" fin fare, "excellent" pastas and more, matched with an "impressive" wine list and served by an "attentive" crew; some carp about "pricey" tabs and "tight" seating, but to the majority it's an "excellent pre- or post-theater" pick and an...

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Average Rating
80

This restaurant was a dream to eat at, though I did not get to spend as much time there as I would've liked, as I had a play to get to. The ricotta gnocchi was simply to die for, light and fluffy and amazingly sauced. Would definitely recommend that dish. The only thing I didn't love was the choice of music in the restaurant. This is high quality Italian seafood, but the music made me feel like...

Average Rating
40

My entree was extremely salty. I sent it back and waited while my dining partner ate his meal. They did nothing to make it up. This is a restaurant that charges above average prices for food. That cost usually comes with great food and service. Not here. I won’t be back.

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Outstanding food, served well. Excellent help w wines.

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Terrible pasta. Extremely salty and the hostess was so snobby

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100

From NJ; We really enjoyed our pre theatre date. Service outstanding; food extraordinary. Home made pasta cooked perfectly. We will definitely keep returning!

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Esca is a Southern Italian Seafood Restaurant created by Joseph Bastianich & David Pasternack. Esca showcases the style and sensibility of Italian coastal cooking. Dave went to Italy and saw firsthand what they were talking about. After years of cooking French food, Dave had finally found the food he had always wanted to cook: the best fish available, prepared in a simple and delicious way. In...

Esca Restaurant can be found at W 43rd St 402. The following is offered: Restaurants: Seafood. The entry is present with us since Sep 8, 2010 and was last updated on Nov 14, 2013. In New York there are 216 other Restaurants: Seafood. An overview can be found here.

Esca means "bait" in Italian, so it is not surprising that this Southern Italian restaurant's main focus is on seafood. Run by celebrity chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich (also partners in Lupa and Babbo), Esca has innovative food, impeccable service and a charming atmosphere. Located on the edge of the Theater District, it features a dining room with pale yellow walls and a raw...

ESCA, Italian for "bait," the stuff of temptation and enticement, is a southern Italian trattoria devoted to celebrating the fruits of the sea.
Created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Pasternack, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in October 2000, ESCA is revered for its less-is-more approach, for its elegant simplicity. In his 3-star New York Times canonization of ESCA as the ultimate...

Esca Restaurant is located at 402 W 43 W @9th Ave, New York, NY. This location is in the Chelsea neighborhood. This business specializes in Restaurants.

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What to Drink

Ask for the gracious sommelier to help navigate the lengthy all-Italian wine list. The dessert wines are especially fun: Try the sparkling moscato from Rivetti ($7) for a light finish, or the recioto from Vegali ($16) for a full-bodied rich ending.

Look Good

For a wide-ranging sample, try the tasting menus either for the crudo (six items for $30) or for the entire menu ($65, $95 paired with wine).

The Extras

In warmer months, ask to sit in the charming outdoor garden. If you're sans reservation, which can be made up to 30 days in advance, request a seat at the small bar.

Know Before You Go

In a sea of fish menu items, duck is the only land-leaning entree option.

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