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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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    43 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 5pm-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

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

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Somewhere in between overseeing Babbo and Lupa, taping his cooking show, and just basking in the glory of his own undeniable greatness, Mario Batali has found time to earn another gastronomic gold star. At Esca, the overachiever in the orange clogs, partner Joe Bastianich, and chef David Pasternack do for Southern Italian seafood what Le Bernardin has done for French. The crudo (think Italian sashimi) is incredibly fresh and of the highest quality; pastas like spaghetti with fresh chiles, mint, and a one-pound lobster are irresistible. And the whole fish for two, roasted in a sea-salt crust that's cracked tableside, is a riveting performance worthy of the theater-district locale.

Recommended Dishes

Crudo, $18-$20; spaghetti with chiles, mint and a one-pound lobster, $30; whole fish cooked in a sea salt, $72

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