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402 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY, 10036, United States
TEL: (212) 564-7272

Located on West 43rd Street at the edge of Manhattan’s Theater District, this Southern Italian restaurant is easy to spot thanks to prominent blue signage that announces “Esca” (Italian for "bait") in bold white letters underneath slender, curved lamps. The Mediterranean-inspired space features weathered hardwoods and ochre walls with built-in shelves laden with wine bottles. The crudo and branzino dishes (sea salt-encrusted whole sea bass) are sterling representatives of Chef Dave Pasternack's pure, simplistic approach to fish and seafood, a philosphy that has earned high praise from publications like the New York Times and New Yorker.

Insider Tip:

Chef Dave Pasternack is reportedly a fisherman par excellence, and diners are often treated to fish he caught while trolling the Long Island Sound earlier that day.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Bar Dining
  • Dinner
  • Full Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Large Groups
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Patio/Outdoor Seating
  • Private Room Available
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Reservations Required
  • Sommelier

Cuisine Type:: Italian


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