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'Cesca

164 W. 75th St., New York, NY 10023 40.78009 -73.979232
nr. Amsterdam Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-787-6300 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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    6 out of 10

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Official Website

cescanyc.com

Hours

Sun-Wed, 5pm-10pm; Thu-Sat, 5pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 72nd St.; B, C at 72nd St.

Prices

$16-$30

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Notable Chef
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

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Profile

It may not have the flash of Scarpetta or the hominess of Lupa, but what Cesca does have is stylish accessibility. Though it’s gone through a chef change since its opening in 2003 (when Adam Platt awarded it two stars), the understated, mid-size dining room still packs a jovial buzz nearly every night of the week. Current chef Kevin Garcia (formerly of Del Posto), steers clear of showiness and trends - there’s nary a pork belly or offal variety in sight - and instead gives the people what they want: a highly satisfying and diverse, southern Italian menu executed with polish. Make a light dinner out of the addictive escarole salad dotted with mint, snappy yellow tail crudo, and a tasting of silky, housemade pastas like the hearty garganelli with salty chicken sausage or the piquant linguini alla vongole. Entrées are flavorful with seasonal accents roasted in a wood-burning oven: scallops come deliciously carmelized atop a bed of cauliflower and stewed white grapes; grilled meats - like the standout Heritage pork chop - are rustic and well-seasoned. The whole operation gets a worthy assist from an Old World-heavy wine list and a roster of standard desserts.

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