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Cesca - 32 Reviews - 164 W 75th St, New York, NY - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (212) 787-6300

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164 W 75th St (at nr. Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10023
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Was very glad to hear of a high quality rest. in my neighborhood but was disappointed in service and food. Although service & food at the bar table was great (paninis are great),...

Awesome 4/22/2013

Perfect place more

Awesome 4/22/2013

Fran_the_Foodie Provided by Partner
Perfect place more

EXCELLENT WONDERFUL DELICIOUS LOVE IT! 4/12/2013

The food is excellent and the staff are very proper and attentive. I also enjoyed sitting at the bar with... more

EXCELLENT WONDERFUL DELICIOUS LOVE IT! 4/12/2013

Fran_the_Foodie Provided by Partner
The food is excellent and the staff are very proper and attentive. I also enjoyed sitting at the bar with some apps. The people are so nice. I reco... more

Editorial review from Citysearch 12/5/2012

Totally turned around. Better food, prices, wines and great happy hour. Loved it! more

Don't even think of going here 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!! more

Great neighborhood restaurant 2/17/2008

My boyfriend and I went here last night and had a great dinner. The entrance is a bit chaotic, but there's a nice bar area with narrow, long tables for drinks with friends. We are in our late 20s and the crowd was considerably older except for a guy (with a sweater tied around his neck - I kid u not) and his equally preppy wife. Tables of 2 are dangerously close together so not the most romantic. We felt a tad out of place, but we had a wonderful meal. The waitress was not the happiest looking girl, but she was very nice and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. \r \r We ordered the parmigiano fritters to start, which were fantastic. You'll definitely want to share these amongst 2+ people b/c they are very very rich. I also had the beef and scallop krudos, which I'd recommend. The wine menu is enormous and overwhelming. They were out of our first choice, but recommended a similar, cheaper bottle. Can't argue with that! I ordered the orecchiette based on good reviews I'd read. It was delicious and I'd highly recommend it too. The rapini complimented the spicyness of the sausage well. My bf ordered the pork chop. I tried to dissuade him b/c of some of the reviews, but it was actually very good and was cooked nicely, not overdone. The pea tendrils were lightly battered and fried, which was a nice touch to an otherwise pretty boring-sounding entree. For dessert, the cheesecake was awesome. I had something with chocolate (not listed on the online menu), which was disappointing. I'd stick with the cheesecake or maybe the sorbet and gelato.\r \r Overall we had a great experience here. For someone around the same age (late 20s), I'd recommend it for date night or for when your parents are in town. more

My favorite for special times and regular eating. On the top of my list. 2/10/2008

From the service to the menu, the experience is why I eat out. My family enjoys it..my grandson who is 3 years old to the rest of us. I know the evening will be a pleasure. more

Great service & great food 12/13/2007

We have been to Cesca various times and everytime is better than the last. The waitresses that we have had have all been very attentive and professionsal. The appetizers are even better than the entrees. Definitely try just eating at the bar, which has the same menu and is more relaxing. We will be back soon! Pros: Service, food quality Cons: Might be a little pricey for some more

b-o-r-i-n-g. yuppiezone. wannabe foodies. 7/30/2007

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Very Good 7/30/2007

This is my favorite restaurant in New York. I have been going here for many years and have yet to be disappointed! It has a lively atmosphere, attentive waiters, and above all; incredible food!! Pros: atmosphere, food Cons: Little formal more

b-o-r-i-n-g. yuppiezone. wannabe foodies. 7/30/2007

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terrible, rude, inattentive service; food so so 2/15/2007

The WORST service I have had in forever. Was my friend's birthday on a very empty weeknight. Asked for a good booth - got the one right next to the waiters' cash register thing. Waiter did not pour wine, did not get plates cleared (Even though he was 12"" away at the station). Service was SLOW and was not acknowledged. Plates were not cleared - had to flag down a bus person. ummmm... let's see.... waiter would basically ask how we were while he kept on walking by..it was like he worked for the DMV. did not ask if we wanted coffee after B day cake brought over. Just walked away.. HUH???? Tom Valenti should make sure no one thinks this is his restaurant...FAST Pros: Bar Scene Cons: Service; Value more

Bad service and mediocre food at high prices 1/8/2007

Our friends who live near 'Cesca convinced us to meet there for dinner on Saturday. Our first 'Cesca experience had been very uninispiring, with inattentive service and average food, but despite our hesitation we decided to give it another try. Big mistake! Our waitress (""Katie"") was outright rude, making us feel unwelcome and uncomfortable from the start. She didn't smile once, didn't offer suggestions even when asked, and replied to our friend's request to explain a duck dish by saying simply, ""it's duck."" The food was again pretty average -- and needed salt. When describing our experience to two other Upper West Side couples, we found they also had similarly poor impressions of the place. We will not be returning. more

Not that impressed... 11/14/2006

I went to Cesca over a year ago and remembered LOVING IT, however, I was soarly disappointed this last time I went (Nov. 4). I had pork tenderloin (nothing about it was tender), service was okay, but not excellent and overall, I was just plain ole disappointed. I would not waste my money and go back. There are plenty of other great restaurants where you are guarenteed better food and better service. Pros: Good scene and ambiance, wine list Cons: Food more

Butternut Squash ravioli...yum! 11/5/2006

I don't know what I would rate this place if I hadn't ordered the butternut squash ravioli because the mussells were good but not amazing. However, the butternut squash ravioli are to die for. The place is definitely a nice combo of better dining atmosphere without being pretentious or stuffy. The bread anl Olive Oil were very good. Dessert ok. If you like the one dish I mentioned run if not good choice for the area or pre Lincoln center. Oh an my service was good. Pros: Bread and OO, Butternut Squash ravioli, easy atmosphere Cons: A bit expensive for the feel of the place more

Good, innovative food, but small portions and expensive 11/4/2006

We reserved the large table for a group of 10 people, and they were willing to print a menu without prices and put our the wine etc. beforehand. That said, the service was somewhat slow, and the portions were small. My scallop dish had only 5 sea scallops. The ambiance was nice though, and food tasted good. The coat check was also a nice touch, and the bathrooms were very nice too. Pros: Food qualtiy, ambiance Cons: Price, portions, speed of service more

Let down. 9/25/2006

Maybe I just don't get it, but I was really let down by this place. I walked in to a very nice, fairly crowded bar, and waited for about 10 minutes to be seated on a night when the restaurant was only half full. Once we were seated things pretty much stayed the same. We waited to see a waiter, we waited to order and we waited for our food. Two of us shared a pasta dish with shrimp that was just boringly average at best, like ok take out. I had a over cooked Tuna and my mate had a very overcooked Pork chop. I don't know first hand but is it really that hard to cook something to a certain point, rare, medium or well? Don't they do this every day. We did not stay for any dessert, we just did not want to wait any longer. Maybe it's me, but I was really let down. Pros: Nice bar area. Cons: Food more

Epicurian Delight - Rustic Italian 9/14/2006

Truly one of the best restaurants in NYC with casual elegance and fine food. The regional cheeses of Italy (especially the Ubriaco Prosecco), bruschetta and roasted littlenecks led the way to a fine Orechiette and sumptuous main course of sea scallops and roasted orata. Our fantastic server, Caity, introduced us to a wonderful Gavi wine, made us feel like honored guests and recommended several delectable desserts.\r \r Best restaurant on the West Side! Pros: Wonderful service and fine food Cons: There aren't any! more

Outstanding! The Perfect Dining Experience! 7/28/2006

Cesca offers something most New York restaurants have forgotten about. The entire package, dining experience; from soup to nuts. There is a new chef, Kevin Garcia, who is outstanding. I had dined here many times before, but now it is out of this world. The pastas are homemade, the ingredients are fresh and the quality of each dish is remarkable. I highly recommend the pastas, salads, tuna and scallops. Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything. The ambience is wonderful. It really caters to all. If you have tried it in the past, go back. This new chef is outstanding and has a promising career. I would have to say it is my favorite restaurant in Manhattan. Pros: Food and Wine List Cons: Haven't found one yet! more
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Owner Message

  • A pioneer of the casual, upscale dining scene on the Upper West Side, 'Cesca is a contemporary Italian-American concept which features a seasonal menu with the area's best farm-to-table ingredients to

Editorial

  • The Scene
    Chef Tom Valenti's departure hasn't discouraged hungry neighborhooders from their regular haunt, as local professionals continue to crowd the sepia-toned, chestnut-banqueted...

  • 11/7/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, noon-10pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Upper West Side
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