01Jun2014 Eat RED - 86 AIDS
We’re turning (RED) June 1-10 to help fight AIDS! Come and try our Alaskan Red King Salmon with black mission figs, wild watercress and saba - we'll be contributing 30% of the proceeds to (RED) #eatRED #drinkRED SAVE LIVES.  Read More

18Apr2014 Earth Day at Esca
Celebrate Earth Day with us at Esca!  On Tuesday, April 22nd all of our customers will receive a packet of gourmet lettuce seeds! (While supplies last.)
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14Feb2014 Restaurant Week 2014

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20Dec2013 The Feast of the Seven Fishes!

La Vigilia di Natale

Crudo Del Mercato

A selection from today’s raw seafood

Prosecco Flor, N.V., Veneto

Five Extra “Crudo” Tasting Supplement
$25.00 per person


Crispy whiting, local steamers, oysters, butternut squash and sage with Calabrian chili aioli

Vermentino, “Sciala”, Vigne Surrau  2011 Sardegna



Grilled octopus with giant corona beans

and preserved Sorrento lemon

 Ribolla “Adriatico”, Bastianich  2010 Slovenia


Artisanal Nova Scotia salt cod

with porcini mushrooms, crones and lambs lettuce 

 Soave “Monte Grande”   Pra 2011 Veneto      


Crispy eel Neapolitan style

Maccheroni alla Chitarra

House made guitar cut spaghetti with sea urchin and crab meat


 Nebbiolo “Les Larmes du Paradis” Donnas 2012 Val D’Aoste

Pesce Mattonella

Grilled golden spotted bass with lentils from Castelluccio

and balsamic cippoline

 Nebbiolo Langhe, Produttori  del Barbaresco  2010 Piemonte           


 Cassata Siciliana

Traditional Sicilian style ricotta sponge cake

with pistachios and pomegranate seeds

Passita di Pantelleria “Ben Rye”

$110.00 per person  

$170.00 per person with selected wines

Tasting menu is available for the entire table only

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10Oct2013 It's truffle season!
 Come to Esca to add a touch of flavorful luxury to your dish.
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20Aug2013 eCornell Bolsters Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group's Growth with Online Training
ECornell announced today that it has been selected by the acclaimed Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG), an industry leader in hospitality, to provide an online professional development program for employees working at each of the group's 26 restaurants . “We're thrilled to partner with B&BHG to help prepare their staff and operations for continued growth and success,” said Chris Proulx, eCornell's Chief Executive Officer. “The restaurant business isn't an easy one, but B&BHG’s focus on continuous education and improvement is one way to ensure the group remains innovative and one step ahead.”
B&BHG’s learning and development program will support its business strategy and the eCornell partnership is just one of these initiatives. Selected staff members will be invited to take one course from a hand-picked survey of eCornell courses across multiple disciplines.
“At B&BHG, our primary focus continues to be growth. We’re rapidly expanding and to move forward, we need a learning and development solution that we can implement quickly and scale up easily. For us, eCornell was the only choice -- it combines Cornell's high-caliber content and industry thought leadership with a flexible, scalable online platform,” said Rajan Lai, Vice President of Human Resources for B&BHG.  Read More

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22Jul2013 Restaurant Week At Esca

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09Jun2013 The Batali Brothers Cookbook
Inspired by their dad's fiftieth birthday and their family's love of food, Benno and Leo Batali prove that you're never too young to start cooking like a grown-up. With additional recipes from Mario for Batali family favorites, The Batali Brothers Cookbook is a must-have both for young chefs and seasoned pros alike.
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08Apr2013 April 22nd - Earth Day at Esca
Come to Esca on Monday, April 22nd and help us celebrate Earth Day.  We'll be offering Roasted razor clams with Sicilian-Style pesto as our Earth Day dish and all of our diners will receive a packet of Genovese Basil seeds!
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01Apr2013 Vote For Esca Pastry Chef Tracy Obolsky!
Voting for FOOD & WINE® magazine's THE PEOPLE’S BEST NEW PASTRY CHEF℠ starts today! Food & Wine editors found some of the most talented new pastry chefs in the country, including our very own Tracy Obolsky from ESCA !!!! Vote for Tracy today through april 8th!!
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14Jan2013 Winter Restaurant Week

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09Nov2012 Friends Of Frank Benefit
There will be a benefit at Otto Pizzeria NYC on Monday, 11/19 for members of the B&B family, Babbo Exec. Chef Frank Langello & family, who lost their home and belongings last week as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Please click on the link for more info - or to either purchase tickets and attend or to donate - we look forward to seei  Read More

01Nov2012 Back Open!
Esca is open again at our regular hours!  Read More

29Oct2012 Hurricane Sandy
Due to serious weather concerns all B&B Restaurants in the area will be closed today and tonight. We will have an update about tomorrow later this evening. Please stay safe.
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01Sep2012 Labor Day Weekend
ESCA will be open for our normal business hours on Labor Day Weekend including Monday, September 3rd. Make a reservation for the holiday weekend now!  Read More

06Jul2012 Restaurant Week 2012
Restaurant Week - 2012 Celebrate the 20th year of Restaurant Week in NYC with 20 days of deals at Esca. From July 16th to August 10th enjoy a select menu for lunch for only $24.07! Monday thru Friday - 11:30 - 2:30PM Reservations are strongly suggested. 212 564-7272  Read More

12May2012 Joe Bastianich - Restaurant Man
In his new book, RESTAURANT MAN, Joe Bastianich lays out his path to success and divulges the juicy, insider information that only a guy with twenty-five restaurants knows. From the real price of a bottle of wine to Bill Clinton's regular visits to Babbo to the unabashedly honest truth about some of the food world's most notorious chefs and restaurateurs, it's all here. This memoir is pure, uncensored Restaurant Man.
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01Apr2012 Budino di Banana
Celebrate spring with our delicious new dessert here at Esca: Budino di Banana. Fresh banana pudding, layered with peanut brittle, sea salted caramel, and crumbled ricotta cookies.

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20Feb2012 Esca's Linguine with Clams tops the list of "12 Epic New York City Pastas to Eat Before You Die" by
"Esca's linguine with clams might very well be New York's best pasta dish -- it's simple, but profoundly delicious. Dave Pasternack steams mahogany clams in a stock made with olive oil, white wine, parsley, garlic, shallots, strips of pancetta, and red chili peppers. Once the clams are open, the pasta is tossed with the shells and the stock, and the mixture goes onto the plate. The fresh clam flavor is nicely accented by the richness from the pancetta, and there's just a bit of kick at the end from the peppers." Article  Read More

03Jan2012 Restaurant Week 2012
Join us at Esca for Winter Restaurant Week and enjoy the finest seafood in NYC at a great saving. This year we celebrate the 20th year of New York Restaurant Week with 20 days of lunch deals from January 16 through February 10, 2012. We will offer a three-course lunch for $24.07. Available Monday thru Friday each week, 12:00pm until 2:30pm.  Read More

11Nov2011 Lydia Tillman on 20/20
Tune in tonight on 20/20 for the remarkable story of our former colleague Lydia Tillman and her heroic struggle after a brutal attack. Click here to contribute to the Lydia Tillman Fund.  Read More

17Oct2011 Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours
The tantalizing recipes in Molto Batali reflect Mario’s passion for food and family, his belief in the importance of eating together, and the joy that comes when we share lovingly made meals. This same spirit of community and family informs the charitable work of the Mario Batali Foundation, the mission of which is to feed, protect, educate, and empower children—encouraging them to dream big while providing them with the necessary tools to become an active force for change in today’s world.
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20Sep2011 Mozza Chef Nancy Siverton's Mozza Cookbook - due out September 27th.
A traditional Italian meal is one of the most comforting—and delicious—things that anyone can enjoy. Award-winning chef Nancy Silverton has elevated that experience to a whole new level at her Los Angeles restaurants Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, co-owned with restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. A reservation at Mozza has been the hottest ticket in town since the restaurants opened and diners have been lining up for their wildly popular dishes. Finally, in The Mozza Cookbook, Silverton is sharing these recipes with the rest of the world.

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27Aug2011 Hurricane Closings

All of our NYC restaurants we'll be closed Saturday & Sunday, 8/27-28, because of concerns due to the weather.  We will reopen on Monday, the 29th.

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18Aug2011 Mario Batali on
Find out where Mario like to eat - check out his new Guides on Foodspotting!  Read More

02Jul2011 Restaurant Week 2011
Esca is participating in Restaurant Week! During lunch, Monday through Friday, July11th - 22nd, from 11:30am to 3pm, you'll be able to enjoy Esca's award winning cuisine for only $24.07 for a three course meal, with the menu changing daily.  Read More

20Apr2011 Earth Day 2011
Green is always in style at Mario Batali, Lidia and Joe Bastianich’s B&B Hospitality Group, as well as at Eataly, but in honor of this year’s Earth Day (Friday, April 22nd), sustainability will be interpreted in a myriad of ways. Each restaurant under the umbrella of B&B Hospitality Group (in New York, LA and Las Vegas) has created a special Earth Day menu or dish, highlighting what aspects of sustainability are most important to them.

Obviously, Earth Day is only one day of the year (though in our group we like to think we honor it everyday), but it is a day we can utilize to highlight our commitment to the earth. To pass our commitment on to our guests, we have gone one step further: we are sending every customer home with a little piece of our sustainable spirit. Every customer who dines with a B&B restaurant on Earth Day will take home a custom BBHG seed packet of the versatile Italian staple, arugula, to grow in his or her home or garden. “Will this cure Earth’s problem? Of course not,” says Mario Batali. “But is it an easy introduction to do-it-yourself Save-the-Earth 101? Most definitely! And don’t forget, arugula is delicious.”

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25Feb2011 Mario Batali on Foursquare
Follow Mario on Foursquare and get inside tips on all his restaurants as well as his favorite places to dine - and you can unlock the coveted Mario Batali Badge!  Read More

24Jan2011 Restaurant Week at Esca
Esca is participating in Restaurant Week (lunch only) with a $24.07 3 course menu. In addition we are offering an optional wine tasting for only $11.00, three 2 oz. glasses of each of the following: Friulano, Bastianich 2008 paired with the first course, La Mozza, Morellino Di Scansano 2008 paired with the main course and Moscato Di Asti, Saracco paired with dessert.  Read More

15Jun2010 Help For Jose
Early Saturday, June 12th, Jose Mendoza, an employee at Mario's Otto Pizzeria & Enoteca, fell from a subway platform and lost both of his legs to an oncoming train. Please join us in honoring and supporting a good, kind, and beloved young man, who is truly a fighter. B&B Hospitality Group is hosting a reception of snacks, drinks, and well wishes in support of our friend.

June 21st from 9:00 PM - 12:00 at Otto, One Fifth Ave.

Suggested donation is $50.00 (or more!) per person. All funds will go directly to Jose and his family to help support what will be a lengthy and extensive recovery.

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29May2010 Marrons
Australia's answer to the Crayfish, but more like a miniature lobster. This weekend, we're grilling them with wild scottish scampi and a little prosecco vinaigrette!  Read More

17May2010 Molto Gusto
Chef Mario Batali’s zest for life infuses the casual Italian fare that has made his restaurant Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria a perennially popular New York City destination. Now, you can have the flavors of Otto at home, with MOLTO GUSTO a collection of recipes for everyone’s favorites from pizza, pasta, and antipasti to gelati and sorbetti.  Read More

02Apr2010 EARTH DAY’s 40th Anniversary - April 22, 2010
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and an unprecedented opportunity for individuals and businesses to celebrate the changes we’ve made and our plans for future innovations for a greener world.

The Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group has 11(!) Certified Green Restaurants®, a company-wide bottled water ban and farmer’s market driven menus, and we’d like to invite you to celebrate Earth Day with us at one of our restaurants. Each restaurant has created a special dish or tasting menu to honor not only Earth Day, but our achievements as a restaurant group.

Join our campaign to celebrate Earth Day, one sustainable bite at a time.

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27Mar2010 Rum Raisin Frittelle
Celebrate spring with our newest dessert, Rum Raisin Frittelle (fritters) with raisins, currants, and a zabaglione made with Goslings Black Seal Rum instead of marsala wine.  Read More

08Jan2010 Winter Restaurant Week
Join us for Winter Restaurant Week: January 25th - February 5th. We will be offering a three course lunch for $24.07 and for $35.00 you can enjoy a tasting of three wines with your meal. The menu will be changing throughout so you can join us more than once for an exceptional meal - and a great deal.

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