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164 W 75th St, Cross Street Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-1903
+1 212-787-6300
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“scallops” (20 reviews)
“pasta” (30 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
164 W 75th St, Cross Street Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-1903
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: 'Cesca
1. Seafood Italian
"The food, however, was really good."
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2. Special occasions find!!
"Cesca has daily specials that keep me coming back for more every week."
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3. Friendly service!!
"The wait staff was attentive and extremely accommodating."
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1 - 10 of 262 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I am guessing we hit an off night and a few people did not show up to work. The service was glacial. No one even looked at our table to see if we needed anything, like, hello, water. And drinks! The maitre d’ was not...More

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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
Lisa D, Public Relations Manager at 'Cesca, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thank you so much for your review John! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to servicing you again in the near future. With best regards, Lisa & the Team at 'Cesca

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has been among my neighborhood favorites for years, with it's comfortable, calm dining room and excellent Italian menu. A recent renovation has made it brighter and more casual and while the food is still good, on a few recent visits, it was not...More

Thank RthrB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had higher expectations for this place. The appetizer was ehh; frittelle. I imagined something made with prosciutto & parmigiano would be a nice combo. Honestly, it tasted like it had been frozen for some time and fried up. Wasn't served with a dipping sauce...More

Thank Nat W
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We dined here twice in about eight months. The food is great, so is the service. Everyone works very hard to please every customer. I would strongly recommend Branzino. The Royal chocolate log is to die for.

Thank Alex S
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Cesca has been stationed in the heart of the Upper West Side for many years and is now under new ownership. To serve such a demanding community requires a lot of great elements for great dining. The space is perfect. Large enough to serve family...More

Thank bassfinder
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Very attractive and appealing space. Refined Italian. But, ooof, the server/service detracted from the experience which was otherwise nice. We all enjoyed our meals. The room was a bit loud, despite the fact we were on the perimeter. Not a place for a quiet dinner...More

Thank Zenlibrarian
Reviewed 13 April 2018

We hadn't been here in a couple of years, and the space has been renovated by the new owners. In fact, it smelled like it had just been painted. It's much more open space now, and as a result it is noisier. I heard way...More

Thank DocMc804
Reviewed 5 April 2018

We had a wonderful evening at this spacious, comfortable restaurant that's good for food and conversation. A few little things went wrong. Our first table was wobbly, but we were quickly shown to a better spot. The food runners were a bit confused at times,...More

Thank sfstrasser
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Sophisticated setting. Service was hit and miss from arrival to getting the check. Setting was comfy in a banquette and food was delicious. Had a deal from Travel Zoo, but otherwise,too expensive for what you got and the way it was served

Thank nrfunke
Lisa D, Public Relations Manager at 'Cesca, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thank you for your review. We apologize for your experience with the inconsistency in our service. We hope that you will reconsider a visit with us again. Best Regards, Lisa and the Team at 'Cesca

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$80
Drinks, Dinner, Brunch
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, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 164 W 75th St, Cross Street 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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