Sharkie
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  • Review Count
    1
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  • First Review
    February 27, 2014
  • Last Review
    February 27, 2014
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  • Average Rating
    4
 
 
Sharkie's Reviews
 
Esca is a Southern Italian Seafood Restaurant created by Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich & David Pasternack. Esca showcases the style & sensibility of Italian coastal cooking. Dave went to Italy & saw firsthand what they were talking about. After years of cooking French food, Dave had finally found the food he had always wanted to cook. The best fish available, prepared in a simple & delicious way. In Italy that means the local catch, but in New York that means the best fish of the Pacific, Mediterranean & our own backyard.<br><br>At Esca you can eat the most sought after Pacific Ocean delicacies along side Fluke that Dave caught on his day off. The menu changes daily & is driven by the fish markets of the world & the farms of Dave’s friends. Esca is the place where you can have stunning raw fish, an incredible bowl of pasta & then a Mediterranean Branzino cooked in sea salt. Esca is the best of Italian coastal cooking with access to the world’s greatest fish.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Quirky but fun
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/25/2014
 2002
Dined on 02/25/2014
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Tiny room serving Italianesque bistro seafood. Great ingredients, well prepared and presented. One needs to order wisely here, as preparations are not always what they might seem, so it's wise to rely on waitstaff recommendations. Note that some of the seafood entrees are simply fish served with nothing else, so one needs to order starches and vegetables separately. Those "side" offerings are a bit odd - mostly bitter greens like braised escarole. A bit more variety here would be helpful. Don't expect fine food from the postage-stamp sized kitchen -- this is bistro fare. It's tiny and incredibly loud making conversation difficult and private discourse impossible. Neither the best food, room, or service in town, but I keep coming back."
Dined on 02/25/2014
 2002
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