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Esca

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402 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036 40.75909 -73.992228
at Ninth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-564-7272 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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    45 Reviews | Write a Review

Photo by John Saponara

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Official Website

esca-nyc.com

Hours

Mon, noon-2:30pm and 5pm-10:30pm; Tue-Sat, noon-2:30pm and 4:30pm-11:30pm; Sun, 4:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal

Prices

$25-$38

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Special Occasion
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

The little green-and-white dining room was looking a little threadbare the last time we dropped in, and it’s possible that after 16 years in business, Dave Pasternack enjoys fishing for increasingly elusive stripers under the Verrazano Bridge more than he does slaving away in a hot kitchen. But Pasternack’s seminal crudo creations (pearly slices of halibut belly, mahimahi “au poivre,” pink strips of scorpion fish touched with “lemon wash”) are as fresh and bountiful as ever. The roster of Southern Italian seaside pastas and fish dishes (grilled octopus with giant, gently cooling Corona beans; linguine with clams and pancetta; the ageless salt-baked branzino for two) remain stolidly and satisfyingly unchanged, and who can resist a big-city fritto misto, which contains classic deep-fried New England steamers, delicate tempura-like monkfish cheeks, and, for added effect, a helping of crispy fried blowfish tails?

Recommended Dishes

Crudo, $21-$22; spaghetti with chiles, mint and a one-pound lobster, $32; whole fish cooked in a sea salt, $72

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