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164 W 75th St, Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-1903
+1 212-787-6300
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“fritters” (10 reviews)
“scallops” (18 reviews)
“pasta” (30 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
164 W 75th St, Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-1903
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It took a very long time for someone to wait on us so we could order drinks. A fine dining restaurant should not forget who ordered what. It's a huge pet peeve of mine. Equally annoying was that some members of our party received salad...More

Thank DanandWendyBoston
Lisa D, Guest Relations Manager at 'Cesca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Dan and Wendy, Thank you for your review. We apologize for your unpleasant experience while dining with us. At 'Cesca, we pride ourselves on our award winning wine selection, sustainable and handcrafted menu and stellar service. Our management team is constantly working with patrons,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very impressed with 'Cesca! I chose from the preset theater menu and everything was absolutely delicious. So delicious, in fact, that my main complaint is that the portion size was too small. I didn't want the meal to end! For an appetizer I...More

Thank StevenLepore
Lisa D, Guest Relations Manager at 'Cesca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience. We hope to see you again soon! With Best Regards, Lisa and the Team at 'Cesca

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for dinner prior to a show at the Beacon Theater. Seated right away - adult beverages offered right away. Nice atmosphere. Our respective courses - the Tuna Tartare and the Calamari Salad were absolutely delicious! Our dinners were also very good - the Branzino...More

Thank Garret N
Lisa D, Guest Relations Manager at 'Cesca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. We are grateful for your honesty regarding the presentation of certain dishes and the treatment of our patrons by the staff. At your convenience, please contact me so that you may better inform me of the issues presented...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had read some of the reviews about weak service but we found that to be untrue. I think some people go in and are rude to their server from the start and thus have a terrible experience. We were seeing a performance next door...More

Thank NCWindsurfer
Lisa D, Guest Relations Manager at 'Cesca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your meals and the service. We hope to host you again in the near future. Best Regards, Lisa and the Team at 'Cesca

Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Horrid treatment at a previously enjoyed neighborhood favorite. I made a reservation for a birthday dinner and called the day of to reconfirm. We showed up on time. Were told to wait which we did for twenty minutes after which time the hostess apologized and...More

Thank bigearslargeyes
Lisa D, Guest Relations Manager at 'Cesca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so saddened to read your review regarding your reservation. We cannot apologize to you enough and would like to speak with you in further detail. Please contact me directly at Lisa@CescaNY.com at your earliest convenience. With Best Regards, Lisa and the Team at...More

Reviewed 1 December 2017

We dined here on a very busy Monday night. Cocktails at the bar were prepared with precision. The dining room experience was exceptional. The scallops were superb and the bolognese was exceptional. The pasta was perfect and the meat sauce was full of rich flavor....More

Thank John L
Reviewed 1 December 2017

We have been to Cesca before and it was excellent. Last night I felt that it was a totally different establishment. The food was good (not necessarily great. The service was very poor. Unfortunately, the NYC restaurant scene is highly competitive and this performance is...More

Thank Artie3900
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Where do i start? This cannot be an Italian restaurant and I wish they would not try to be..Every dish was wrong..The appetizer was a joke, rice balls in which they used Taleggio cheese and not Mozarella. The Linguine alle vongole was horrific. It basically...More

Thank andreadC993TT
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I haven't been to Cesca for several years when I found the place pretty good. Unfortunately yesterday my memories were dashed. Our family of five had our Thanksgiving dinner there and it was terrible: the squash soup was lukewarm, the ravioli first course was virtually...More

Thank Bart G
Reviewed 22 November 2017

This was to be a night of celebration at a lovely restaurant known for its quality food and higher than usual neighborhood cost. Sadly Cesca has slipped a few notches. The noise was overwhelming and the restaurant felt like a bad Saturday night in the...More

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the
Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a
quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of
downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the
city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the
American Museum of Natural History, which has been
welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for
over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center,
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They do allow byob, but I don't know the corkage because we didn't participate.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$80
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
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16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 164 W 75th St, Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-1903
  • Public Transportation: 1,9,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-787-6300
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'Cesca is an Upper West Side pioneer of fine dining since 2003. Our newly renovated, upscale establishment host an exquisite Italian menu featuring fresh, sustainable foods and bold, beautiful flavors.
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