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402 W. 43rd St. (Ninth Ave.) Send to Phone
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A Southern Italian seafood eatery from Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and chef David Pasternack.

Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly

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Esca, New York, NY

Esca Restaurant Review

: Esca, a foray into seafood from Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and chef David Pasternack, has succeeded swimmingly. In the room of cream-colored walls and wood floors, the menu is all Southern Italian seafood. If Babbo serves food that calls for a cold winter night, Esca is Batali's homage to summer. 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, while house-made maccheroni alla chitarra come flecked with sea urchin and crab meat. Larger plates might include whole roasted black sea bass for one or two with caper berries and olives. For dessert, guests will find house-made gelati and sheep’s milk ricotta cheesecake. Esca uses the Coravin system, which allows the restaurant to offer glasses from expensive and/or rare bottles of wine.
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