New York, NY 10036
Village Voice's Description
Chef Dave Pasternack comes from a Montauk fishing family, and he was on top of the local and sustainable bandwagon long before those terms became household words. His Italian crudo refers, not to the cured ham found throughout Italy, but to raw seafood seasoned with fruity olive oil and other flavorings, and there"s no better starter to a seafood meal. Whole fish like orata and butterfish, caught locally and charcoal grilled, are the default choices for a meal, but a broad range of seafood preparations are also available from seafood stews to pastas cooked with things like sea urchin and the fish roe called bottarga. Though they don"t involve fish, the desserts are also estimable, and there"s no better list of Italian white wines in town.
Tips from foursquare
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.”
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]
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.
Baked little necks w prosciutto and breadcrumbs Capital of Yumsville
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.
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