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402 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6322 (9th Avenue)
+1 212-564-7272
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12:00 - 23:30
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Hours:
Sun 16:30 - 22:30
Mon 12:00 - 22:30
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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Richmond, Texas
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate lunch .. attentive service, quiet atmosphere and great daily special! Enjoyed our meal - prices a bit much for lunch but overall enjoyable.

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Thank Lynn P
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were desperate to find Shad Roe and after striking out at other restaurants found Esca. The Shad was initially undercooked, but the chef took it back and cooked it a few more minutes and it was perfect. We also had the salmon crudo which was lightly seared and excellent, as was the asparagus. A lovely spring meal. The restaurant... More 

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Thank AJAX6965
Charlotte, North Carolina
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There isn't anything to fault about Esca. The staff is welcoming and friendly without being cloying, the location is a few blocks from the theaters, the rooms are comfortable, and the food is fantastic. Plus, it's pretty reasonably priced for NYC. There are interesting wine and mixed drink lists. The crudo tasted like they just caught it, they have sea... More 

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Thank kateisadog
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For seventeen years Dave Pasternack has been doing it right at Esca. For a top quality chef to be there that long is unusual. I like that the chef comes out into the dining room to meet diners. The wines, appetizers, entrees are all worth trying. Don't make it a top choice if you are not a fish person but... More 

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Thank Mark K
Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the 3rd time I have dined at Esca; sadly it was not as good as I remembered. We were there for a 5:30 reservation since we wanted to have plenty of time before the theatre, so were in no hurry. Even though we told the wait staff that we were in no hurry, I felt rushed. We were... More 

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Thank Tara R
Ware, United Kingdom
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239 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Out with good friends to celebrate my birthday we went to Esca and what a great choice. This is an exquisite restaurant at the top of its game. Excellent service with a very good pescatorian menu - we were well looked after.

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Thank JolyonG
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I chose Esca to celebrate my husband's birthday before we went to a matinee. In the reservation I made on OpenTable, I noted that it was my husband's birthday. I arrived at the restaurant first at 12:15pm and told the hostess the same. They led me to a small table for two next to a family with children, while the... More 

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Naples, Florida
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Modern looking restaurant that focuses on a wide selection of fish dishes accompanied by great Italian pasta dishes and side dishes. The Branzino is purely magnificent. Service is very good. Vast majority of wines are excellent and Italian. Desert dishes are well proportioned and delicious. Restaurant is a little on the noisy side but bearable. I recommend this restaurant for... More 

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Thank Lobcod
New York City, New York
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96 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for a business meeting. The crudo section was nice and we all enjoyed the flavor and the presentation. The seafood overall seemed very fresh, overall a but pricey. Great wine selection.

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Thank JimmyShu-lin
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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239 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We went with high expectations, and were not disappointed. The food was excellent, whether raw, or perfectly cooked, you can't miss the quality of the fish or the preparation. We had oysters, calamari, mahi mahi, fried fish, even the house made pasta. They have an impressive wine list, but their house cocktails are a fresh Mediterranean take that plays up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 35 - US$ 80
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 22:30
Monday
12:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:30
Thursday
12:00 - 23:30
Friday
12:00 - 23:30
Saturday
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 402 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-6322
    (9th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Subway to 42nd Street - Times Square
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-564-7272

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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