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164 W. 75th St., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Amsterdam Ave.
Cesca is really a gem.
By Randy10019 on 3/2/2013
We had: Arancini Di Riso, Artichokes Alla Giudea, Tagliatelle Verde Alla Bolognese housemade spinach pasta, veal and lamb ragu (I AM ADDICTED), New York Strip Steak, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Gelato / Cheese Plate / Coffee, We LOVED it!! Service was great. We left so satisifed. Thank you Cesca.
WE SIMPLY ENJOYED EVERYTHING
By Randy10019 on 12/3/2012
It was our first time to dine at Cesca. From the street as we went in we saw a bustling bar and lounge area. We really enjoyed that the crowd was a great mix of mostly people like 30 to 50. Everyone was enjoying a glass of wine, the music was upbeat and not too loud and people had smiles on their faces which sets a nice tone when entering. The greeter was very polite and seated us at our table (we made a reservation). We had some wine and 2 choices from the â€śFormaggi e Salumiâ€ť as an appetizer. We share a grilled Octopus (soooo good) and I went with a Prime Rib which was perfectly done and my girlfriend had the Tagliatelle Bolognese which she loved. Finished with a dessert that was unreal and coffee. Loved every minute of this! We are going back late December with a group of friends. Looking forward to it. Totally worth it.
very loud (you will have to yell alot) and medicre food
By CNP on 1/30/2012
We went with some some ou of town visotors and we were all very disapointed. Firstly, there was a long wait. Secondly, the food was mediocre and , thirdly, we had to yell at each other all evening. Avoid. Especially if you would like to talk to the person you are with. It has a nice polished yuppie exterior - but, honestly, there is no excuse for mediocre food in NY.
Expensive but good food
By ManhattanMiss on 7/21/2011
I like the dim lighting and high-backed seating in the dining room, and the front bar has a wine-bar type feel and would be great for a drink and small bites. I've been twice for dinner and really enjoyed it both times. The raw fish appetizers are creative and fresh, the burrata was fantastic, and I also really liked the wood-roasted egg on their restaurant week menu. They do a great job with seafood, though I think I was the only one at my table really excited about the whole roasted lamb special they do some nights. It is very expensive, and I can't say there aren't cheaper Italian spots that are just as good, but I still recommend 'Cesca for the consistently good food, service, and atmosphere.
You're making a big mistake by going here
By hankaberle on 2/5/2011
Even if you're a regular, they don't keep a database of where you prefer to sit. Extremely hostile greeters. $7.00 for a doulble espresso is quite greedy, plus they're usually out of wines that cost less that $14. If you want friendly, don't go. If you want a good deal, don''t go. Only go there if you want abuse!!
Failure on Every Level
By elleemby on 11/21/2010
"Steers clear of trends..." You can say THAT again, Carolyn, seeing how the trend today errs towards a monastic devotion to regional Italian cooking methods and ingredients. 'Cesca offers wines that are too warm, cheeses that are too cold, super-market grade salume, and heaping piles of mediocre, Americanized pastas you'd never find in any region of Italy but certainly find in a Long Island or New Jersey suburb. And they expect you to pay top dollar for it. With the explosion of focused, true-to-form regional Italian restos in Manhattan, this place is stubbornly resigned to the dark ages of Italian American cuisine yet has the audacity to call itself a Southern Italian restaurant. 'Cesca tried 7 years ago to be a culinary destination and has obviously given up. A failure on every level.
By ILOVENYC6766 on 5/17/2010
Nice atmosphere...great food
By miumiu22 on 11/14/2009
By miumiu22 on 11/14/2009
It was okay.
Good As Ever
By bettygirl on 10/27/2008
I went to 'Cesca last week and I have been going there for years. I love the warm inviting atmosphere and the food is the best it has ever been. I am thrilled that 'Cesca is consistently busy especially in this economy. I just discovered that they are offering ALL of the wine from their extensive wine list at half price on Mondays and they have a great deal on their pre-theatre menu before 6:30.
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