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Esca

402 W. 43rd St. (Ninth Ave.) Send to Phone
212-564-7272 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Southern Italian seafood eatery serving fresh fish, grilled octopus with risotto, and crab with zucchini flowers.
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Esca Restaurant Review

: Mario Batali's foray into seafood has succeeded swimmingly with David Pasternack heading the kitchen. In the almost-tropical room of pastel walls, stone-tiled floor and urns spilling over with plants, the menu is all Southern Italian seafood. The crudo section is for food that's as fresh as it gets: slices of raw fish are served with little more than a slick of olive oil and some spices that bring out every ounce of flavor. Octopus is grilled and served with rosemary-flecked Corona beans and light risotto comes flecked with crab and zucchini flowers. If Babbo serves food that calls for a cold winter night, Esca is Batali's homage to summer.

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