Cesca, the Italian restaurant at 164 West 75th Street that has been around since 2003, has an eviction case notice posted to its door. The landlord is looking to take back possession of the space, and to receive $152,069.62 “with interest from September 2019.”
Cesca’s phone number is not in service, and we have not heard back from restaurant reps. A few months ago, a reader had written in to say that the restaurant appeared to have been “cleared out.”
Update: a lawyer for the restaurant says it plans to reopen.
Cesca had relatively upscale prices and presentation but a more casual neighborhood-friendly atmosphere. It got a glowing two-star review in the Times shortly after it opened, and was consistently packed.
“Energy radiates from the antipasto station by the front-room bar and an open kitchen overlooking the main dining room, but diners at the well-spaced tables and wraparound booths eat in tranquillity. A semidetached wine room, with one long table, feels a little like a wayside shrine. Like everything else about ‘Cesca, it is shrewdly conceived and perfectly placed, just one more ingenious touch in a restaurant that rarely puts a foot wrong.”
At the time the chef was Tom Valenti, who had opened another popular UWS spot Ouest two years earlier. Valenti went on to become the executive chef at Le Cirque and then Oxbow Tavern (which has since closed).