Row 1

402 W 43rd St (at Ninth Ave)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 564-7272
Mon: Noon–10:30 PM Tue–Sat: Noon–11:30 PM Sun: 4:30 PM–10:30 PM


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Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin raved to us in her New York Diet about the fior di latte with berries here: Oh my gosh, it was a beautiful way to end the meal.
Friday, July 2, 2010 - 07:55
In many ways Esca is as good as the four-starred Le Bernardin. If nothing else, it's cheaper, more relaxed and, bonus, also serves Baltali-brand pasta. [Eater 38 Member]
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 14:14
Esca, Mario Batali's southern Italian trattoria, serves the freshest seafood dishes, like Zuppa Di Pesce, Branzino Per Due, in New York City's theatre district.
Food Network
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 08:38
Baked little necks w prosciutto and breadcrumbs Capital of Yumsville
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 09:02
This is our go-to place for seafood.
Serious Eats
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 07:44
Esca, Mario Batali's southern Italian trattoria, serves the freshest seafood dishes, like Zuppa Di Pesce, Branzino Per Due, in New York City's theatre district. Find more tips at FN Local.
Food Network
Monday, August 8, 2011 - 10:48
Come here for a superb pre-theater dinner. Start with the Crudo Tasting followed by the Spaghetti Neri. Or go all out and get the Tasting Menu with the Extra Crudo.
The Corcoran Group
Monday, October 25, 2010 - 16:12
A perfect match for Escas cuisineFerrandos Erbaluce di Caluso (Northwest). The Erbaluce grape variety delivers good acidity, flavors of apple and a distinctive minerality. Salute!
Approach Guides
Monday, August 9, 2010 - 15:09
Highly overrated restaurant! I cant believe zagat has 26 on this.. Couldnt wait to get out of there. Selection is poor, the best items are always missin. The waiter was pushy for no reason. Never back
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:19
Spaghetti Neri: amazing! Also, I had a pasta special once with tuna meatballs. It was off the hook!
Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 01:02
#8 - IWalked NYC's Top 10 Italian Restaurants. Esca (translated from Italian is bait") is perfect choice for pre-theatre dinner. Try one of numerous seafood specialties or Southern Italy dishes<LINK>
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Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 06:38
Go to the bar and eat with Vic! Knows the menu better than he knows himself!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 10:00
Every fish served is connected directly to a fisherman known by name. The wait staff is knowledgeable and the food lovely. Enjoy the Crudo and Thresher Shark if you can get it.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 18:56
An excellent spot for pre-theatre dinning
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 17:18
Double flights of crudo, and say hi to David Pasternack!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 17:01
Ignore the allure of the $16 glass of wine, and get a bottle....The Branzino is amazing!
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 17:24
I had the Crudo tasting which was interesting but not impressive. The corn salad with walnuts and goat cheese was a great surprise! Service is excellent.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 07:00
Awesome crudo but schedule a few hours for this lunch, it takes a while.
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 13:08
Sam Hazen, chef of The Chester, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Crudo Tasting.
Chefs Feed
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 14:15
Do not eat here. There was a mouse on the patio and management claimed that it's a part of "eating in New York City"
Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 13:34