Seafood Restaurant and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
  • Giulia P.
    "The flights of crudo are great and the grilled octopus is glorious."(25 Tips)
    "The salt crusted Branzino for two is a must have!"(9 Tips)
    Food & Wine
    "support Chef Mario Batali’s charity Mario Batali Foundation"(5 Tips)
    "Spaghetti Neri: amazing!"(3 Tips)
98 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • mario batali
  • branzino
  • tasting menu
  • spaghetti neri
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  • Duke P.
    Duke PerkinsAugust 23, 2015
    The food is really on point and the staff and feel of the location have an elevated feeling. The tasting menu to go with the courses are the way to go. Fish fish fish!
  • Mansha C.
    Mansha ChughSeptember 7, 2015
    The shrimp appetizer is heaven..not to mention the amazing blueberry turn over cake with sea salt gelato is so delicious!! A beautiful anniversary treat.
  • Duarte E.
    Duarte EspindolaSeptember 30, 2015
    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.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 24, 2011
    #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> Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 26, 2010
    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.
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinApril 28, 2015
    "fresh and varied crudo, pasta like the briny, creamy maccheroni alla chitarra with sea urchin and crabmeat, and main attractions like the salt baked cod "
  • John S.
    John SchwartzDecember 5, 2013
    Do not miss this for lunch -- even the bread is amazing. The chitarra is superb and we had perhaps the best fatty toro ceviche ever.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    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] Read more
  • Lana C.
    Lana ChanOctober 16, 2012
    Try the Crudo flight, daily selection of fresh raw seafood. The sea urchin is fantastic
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.April 27, 2013
    This is legitimately the best gnocchi I have ever had in my entire life. Better than the food I ate in Italy.
  • albert s.
    albert suhFebruary 6, 2013
    Spaghetti with lobster was very salty. The sea urchin crudo was awesome and maccheroni alla chittara was delicious!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 18, 2011
    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.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesAugust 9, 2010
    A perfect match for Esca’s cuisine…Ferrando’s Erbaluce di Caluso (Northwest). The Erbaluce grape variety delivers good acidity, flavors of apple and a distinctive minerality. Salute!
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PeisselOctober 14, 2015
    Grilled octopus appetizer, delicious and a satisfying portion for a shared starter.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 8, 2011
    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. Read more
  • Giulia P.
    Giulia PratiJuly 3, 2015
    This place is amazing. The flights of crudo are great and the grilled octopus is glorious.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HNovember 27, 2013
    Lunch Crudo tasting is excellent. And the seafood stew is an unbelievable portion of seafood.
  • Bob M.
    Bob MorrisonNovember 13, 2011
    Gotta try the Crudo! Something Specail! And do not overlook the pasta course. Black Bass for two was incredible!
  • Marianna
    MariannaOctober 17, 2013
    Share the seasonal pumpkin gnocchi with someone for a fabulous dessert! Better than pie :)
  • Tony R.
    Tony RNovember 9, 2014
    Really loved the Skate. Excellent wine selection s and recommendations too..
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AbramowJuly 3, 2012
    The crudo (we had tuna) and branzino were spot on! So delicious and must try!
  • Joanne M.
    Joanne MillsJanuary 14, 2012
    I recommend the Tasting Menu ... what a fabulous array of seafood, paired with fantastic wines.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroAugust 13, 2011
    Spaghetti Neri: amazing! Also, I had a pasta special once with tuna meatballs. It was off the hook!
  • Adrian N.
    Adrian NoriegaJuly 6, 2012
    Ignore the allure of the $16 glass of wine, and get a bottle....The Branzino is amazing!
  • Maurio F.
    Maurio FioreAugust 15, 2014
    Awesome crudo but schedule a few hours for this lunch, it takes a while.
  • Glory K.
    Crudo salmon wine - excellent
  • eme
    emeFebruary 4, 2015
    Go for the linguine and clams. Atmosphere too casual/relaxed for me.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HurstJuly 24, 2015
    Not a lot of upscale dining options in the west 40s. This is always a winner.
  • 8PM R.
    8PM ReservationMarch 4, 2012
    I could eat here everyday. I'm passionate about seafood and it doesn't get any fresher than it does here.
  • Joe Bastianich
    Joe BastianichMay 2, 2012
    Chef Dave Pasternak is known as "the fish whisperer" and his squid ink pasta is a can't miss.
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 2, 2010
    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.” Read more
  • Scott C.
    Scott CrosbyJanuary 6, 2010
    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. Read more
  • Mitchell P.
    Mitchell PressmanJuly 3, 2013
    Crudo, and trust your server to recommend the best choice.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
    Help support Chef Mario Batali’s charity Mario Batali Foundation through FOOD & WINE’s “Chefs Make Change” program! Click to donate
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 12, 2013
    Look out for whole fish specials; you'll never be disappointed.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WaltonJuly 5, 2013
    Very solid menu. The burrata with caviar is fantastic.
  • Brynn S.
    Brynn ShepherdOctober 2, 2012
    Expensive but crazy delicious seafood. Great for special occasions.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 5, 2013
    This is our go-to place for seafood.
  • peter d.
    peter dunnAugust 13
    The sashimi like opening dish of 3 or 4
  • Joanie
    JoanieJanuary 26, 2013
    The crudo double flight features really unique looking and tasting items.
  • Maritza S.
    Maritza SanchezSeptember 28, 2014
    Great service, nice wines, amazing Bronzinie
  • John B.
    John BigbooteJanuary 29, 2014
    better than average italian seafood. nothing exceptional except the capachino caramel gelato
  • Will A.
    Will ArnoneFebruary 25, 2015
    Mezza luna. Dark chocolate cake. Wonderful service.
  • Shane S.
    Shane SteeleApril 29, 2010
    Branzino is a must. Pasta Chittara with crab and sea urchin is over the top. And don't miss the side of fennel
  • 8PM R.
    8PM ReservationJuly 12, 2012
    Hands down the one of the best crudo in the city.
  • Foodimentary
    FoodimentaryMay 10, 2013
    Bring your check book but the food is amazing
  • jpli18
    jpli18April 22, 2014
    Awkward service for a mediocre dinner. Can't say that I've been sat between two senior tables before. The crudo was the best part; then it went downhill.
  • Ben Z.
    Ben ZweigMay 21, 2013
    Oh my god the crudo. Get the tasting.
  • Alexandra Y.
    Alexandra YoudeemJuly 22, 2013
    Salmon roe crudo and corn salad are ridiculous.
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PeisselAugust 6, 2012
    Squid ink spaghetti is out of this world.
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