164 W. 75th St., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Amsterdam Ave.
By alexisjon on 3/23/2005
We had finally gotten a reservation at the highly touted Cesca. Our reservation was for 7:30 and 3 of the 4 were there at 7:25. We told the hostess the 4th person would be delayed (he was at meeting that was scheduled to end at any minute). They refused to seat us even though we offered to order the 4th persons meal, and said we would be put on "a rolling list" since we were not all present at the appointed hour. We were treated with disdain, rudeness and arrogance. We decided to leave after being treated like pariahs. As we left (quietly, no raised voices)the manager said "we'll remember you". There were dozens of people on the waiting list so they were not going to have any trouble filling our table. The place is dripping with the worst of NYC snobbish attitude. Who needs it?? There are too many other wonderful NYC restaurants that are user friendly.
By Potsandpans on 1/11/2005
I have great respect for Tom Valenti as a person and as a restaurateur, and I think his Ouest is the best restaurant on the Upper West Side. But 'Cesca, though not the worst, falls so far short of its promise. I went three times just to be certain that I was not catching them on an off-night. The problem is this: There is a huge difference between using Italian ingredients and serving Italian cooking. For anyone who has experienced genuine Italian food in Italy, it is obvious that 'Cesca is interpretive, and unsuccessful. The food is too heavy, greasy, salty, aggressive. Real Italian food (not Italian-American) is much more subtle. The servers are a combination of arrogant and clueless, and treat customers as if they did not know anything about Italian food -- including a guest I brought from Milano! Back to the drawing board Tom....you may be filling tables, but it is damaging your reputation.
By kaka on 6/15/2005
avoid at all cost bad mannered service 10 minutes with only bread at the table a $12 mini mimosa with tropicana and cheap cava a 1 hour wait for entrees a mediocre meal a $130 bill an aftertaste of bread an olive oil, which was the high point a ruined 40th birthdate
By fadasan on 12/7/2004
This was like an Italian Restaurant in a midwest city: awful decor, TV on at the bar and mediocre, uninspired food. Although, come to think of it, in the Midwest, you would at least get some attentive service and pay 1/2 the price (the service was terrible). The food was really boring with cloying sauces and "cooking school" technique. WORST OF ALL, you would pay no less at Babbo. I'm not kidding. I do not get the hype at all. I have even been twice, thinking I might have had a bad first time, and both times it was perfectly consistent: uninspired, unattentive and overpriced. This shoud not be a "Recommended" New York Restaurant.
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 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!!
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.
By augenbraum on 4/2/2007
For a restaurant with these prices it is shocking that when I arrived a few minutes before my early evening reservation and before the other two members of my party had arrived they would not seat me, even though only two or three tables were full in the entire restaurant and I politely asked to be seated. The food is very good, but not for those prices when you are treated as if you had just entered a trattoria.
By miumiu22 on 11/14/2009
It was okay.
By miumiu22 on 11/14/2009