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ESCA is an eating establishment that offers a range of Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. It provides calamari, linguine, spaghetti and yellowfin tuna. The restaurant also offers scorpionfish, salmon roe and wild Portuguese orata. ESCA manages a private dining room that can accommodate up to 20 guests for several special events. In addition, it provides a selection of wines, cocktails and quartinis. The restaurant offers gift cards of various denominations. ESCA provides online reservation options. It offers a variety of desserts, such as sorbetti, formaggi, crespelle and strudel. The restaurant provides a tasting menu, as well as online recipes for various dishes.
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Phone: (646) 524-7629

Phone: (212) 564-8497

Primary Phone: (646) 524-7629

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Gross and way overpriced

The 4 of us left hungry and disappointed. The only thing satisfying were the cocktails. Do not go.

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Matt Jefferson
Boycott Mario Batali Restaurants

Mario Batali's recent comment comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin are downright disgusting and irresponsible (reference at bottom of review). While there are many views on bankers during these challenging times, his references to such dictators who executed many people for their religion and / or beliefs is hurtful and ignorant. I do not believe it is in this world's best interest to support him or his restaurants... view more

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Jonathan Stewarts
Batali's comments are hurtful and insensitive

I can't believe Batali is comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin. Agree with the previous post that it is completely insensitive. Why can't he just stick to making food? I can only assume that if he is busy attending conferences and media events offering his political views he is definitely not paying attention to his businesses and the quality of his food. Given this, and the insensitivity he recently displayed ... view more

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Good for foodies but lacking in ambience

The food is the standout piece to Esca. I thoroughly enjoyed the squid ink pasta, marinated sardines and fish stew (the crudo tasting was a little bland though). The service was good, with water and wine glasses being refilled and new utensils being laid out in a timely manner. \r \r The main drawback is the actual space itself. When you walk in, you are liable to think you walked in through the wrong entrance.... view more

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Stay Clear- Bad Shrimp - it made me sick : (

Menu is excellent but unfortunately I ordered the wrong dish. Don't order the Fritto Misto it has bad shrimp, they smelled like Amonia...they told me the shrimp has iodine. I felt sick and threw up. Manager was unsympathetic and unwilling to look into it. Service is excellent, decor is warm. I don't want other people to get sick so stay clear of their shrimp it's not worth the unpleasant experience !! : But someo... view more

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Wonderful experience

A friend and I went to ESCA (without reservations) and sat at the bar where we were greeted by an amiable tender named Victor who promptly presented us with a wonderful and complementary white bean bruschetta. My friend and I shared the tuna carpaccio (which was delicious) and I ordered the gnocchi ricotta while she got the lobster spaghetti. The menu said it was a one-pounder but it looked kind of small to me. I ord... view more

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Jumped the Shark

I remember eating tasty crudo in a lively location, but that just is not so anymore. Maybe the chef was away in the Hamptons yesterday, but the food is just unacceptable at this point. The best part of my meal was the San Pellegrino water. If you're craving crudo - head to The John Dory to dine with the celeb set, eat some tasty seafood and raise your glass and have a good time.

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TERRIBLE! and overpriced

We went here for a birthday, expecting great things. Restaurant was packed, so we assumed it was going to be good. First of all, the portions are very small so you need to order a few to be full. We started with the tuna carpaccio, which was disgusting. It was drenched in olive oil and salt, with no seasoning. The tuna tasted very fishy, which is uncharacteristic for tuna. The pasta course was delicious, but we each ... view more

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come full

When you go to Esca, bring two things. A sack lunch, and the deed to your house. $530 for 4 people. barely any booze. Way over priced. For what we spent, we could have gone to Patsy's three times. I am not going back. I had to stop at McDonalds. Waste of Money, and a waste of nice Saturday evening.

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What's with the intimidation tactics?

I was looking forward to experiencing Esca for the first time and took a good friend there for her birthday. At first we appreciated the atmosphere and what seemed at first like attentive service, though we were a little put off by the loud rock music, which seemed at odds with the atmosphere. Unfortunately, when our entrees arrived, my friend was brought the wrong order: a fish neither of us never heard of and wou... view more

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