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164 W. 75th St., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Amsterdam Ave.
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.
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.
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.
Worth the Extra Effort
By martin_chamois on 1/14/2005
'Cesca is an outstanding restaurant. Unfortunately many people know that fact, and therefore it is a difficult reservation to obtain. But either with advanced planning or willingness to sit in the open front section, it is worth the extra effort. The food captures Italy without trying to exactly duplicate what you would eat in Italy. The service at all levels is outstanding. The decor is comforting and promotes a relaxed and friendly dinning experience. If 'Cesca was in any city other than New York, it would be the best in town.
By Will on 1/2/2004
'Cesca has it all: beautiful decor, diverse clientele, daringly mixed entrees as well as the basics, very creative desserts (like marzipan cheese cake with bitter orange sauce), and a host of Italian digestifs that brought me back to Grandma's. It's a can't-miss hit.
A huge Tom Valenti Fan
By truly_sweet on 11/3/2003
I am a huge Tom Valenti fan from way back - before Ouest, Before Butterfield 81 (by the way - wee miss you there), back to the days of Cascabel. He's a great guy, a superb chef and a talented restauranteur. Best of luck with 'Cesca
Lovely Space, Excellent Service and Food
By colpo on 10/20/2003
One is first struck by the exterior entrance: dressy but inviting. The interior attitude is welcoming, with an attractive bar and smaller standing tables. In the dining area, the food reigns. Try the pitch-perfect vitello tonnato or speck/rucola/poached egg starters, sublime in every respect. The special dorade was beautifully grilled, while the stewed tripe means one never need make it again at home (che puzza!). Special propers to the friendly sommelier, who recommended an excellent Fruilian red (we didn't know such a thing existed). Looking forward to the next visit.
Another winner for Valenti
By Marchie2003 on 9/29/2003
My theory that Tom Valenti can do no wrong was proven right on Friday night. While my party waited for me at the bar, they were treated to a mini wine tasting in order to choose the perfect white wine. The artichokes were to die for, marinated to perfection and served up with fluffy, air like ricotta cheese. My main dish was swordfish that was lightly smoked in a wood-burning oven. The braised pork was amazingly tender and filled with flavor and the special, a whole fish, tasted as if it was just brought out of the ocean that night. The desert was one of the best I've had. The chocolate pizzel with pistachio ice cream was cold and delicious. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. I left the restaurant feeling satisfied and full, not stuffed. Tom Valenti was a fixture through out the night, walking over to some tables and keeping a close eye on the open kitchen. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Even though our bill came to almost $300. with tip, for 4 people. It was worth it...this is how you open an Italian restaurant in NYC. Bravo!
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.
By ILOVENYC6766 on 5/17/2010
Nice atmosphere...great food
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