The colorful dining room, for all its style, dims in comparison to the food and drink at this fine establishment. The duck appetizer practically sings and if you've never had a tangarine margarita, then you just haven't lived. Worried about your budget?--come for lunch.
Got a gift certificate for christmas, and went with a couple of friends on Friday night. The dinner was amazing and everybody absolutely loved everything from the appetizers to deserts. The shrimp and garlic tamale appetizer was excellent, the pork tenderloin was the best I've ever had as well. Drinks were reasonably priced and very strong. I will definitely be back and can't wait.
Good was very average here. We waited a while to get our dish. Expected a lot more than we what got.
My husband and I went to NYC for dinner at Mesa Grill to try another one of Bobby Flays restaurants. We have been to two of his other restaurants in CT many of times, so we had high expectations. We had made reservations which is a must or you will be waiting a while. After being sat we sat there for 10 before a bus person came to fill our water glasses. 15 min later our waitress came over to say how she will be back in a little bit. No introduction took place on her part and she said she would go over the menu and that never happen. She took our drink order walked away then came back a couple of minutes later to ask what I had ordered again. We were asked if there was any food allergies and I am lactose intolerant and instead of going over the menu with me, she told me I would have to speak with a manager. After we placed our order a manager walked by asking how everything was and we mentioned how our experience was. Overall we got an appetizer and dessert on the house and the food was wonderful. As for the atmosphere if you want a quiet place to have dinner this isn't it. Very loud and tables are on top of each other.
My family went to eat at Bobby Flays Mesa Grill a few years ago to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was exceptional and we had a great time. We just went back a few weeks ago and I was very disappointed and will never go back. It isn't worth the money and I can make better dishes at home. My son ordered a octopus dish that was overcooked, my lobster was not fresh, and the sides were okay but not exceptional. My sons steak was very good and the oysters were great but I will not go back. Too many great restaurants out there. I think Bobby Flay is too busy with his TV Show to make sure that his restaurant is top notch.
Pros: great oysters and steak
Cons: lobster was not fresh-smelled and tasted bad
no much comment, everything just so so/OK. we are group of 10 people and we won't go there again.
Their web-site mention 18% Gratuity added to parties of 8 or more.
However they charge us 20% last night. well. few dollars is not big deal to us.
We just don't fell service and food worth 20% for them.
Pros: very few
Cons: service, food
Until now I have been a BIG fan of Bobby Flay & the Food Network gang. I own all of his cook books, and am an admirer of his skills and a fan of all his shows. Bobby Flay's modern fusion of classical southwestern cooking with modern american cuisine and real star quality have jazzed me. So when the gentlemen I've been dating surprised me with a reservation at Mesa Grill - I was THRILLED!
UNFORTUNATELY my experience with my ideal restaurant was absolutely TERRIBLE on every level possible.
We arrived and received a stink eye from the service staff at the reservation booth soon as we entered. We had dressed up for the evening, and despite our dapper attire, our age and tattoos obviously downgraded us to lower class status in their eyes, and we were treated as such. They did seat us within 5 mins of our reservation time on a busy night, but the matre d' was a total prick. He wouldn't even look us in the eye. He actually shoved the table in while seating us and smashed the leg of the table down on my foot and didn't even apologize.
The waitress was very condescending to us, she mocked my every selection, from my drink order to my specifications of being a non dairy vegetarian. When I asked her what they could make without cheese and animal bi-products, she began to explain each item to me like I was in elementary school. When I selected something on the menu - a Sophie's salad without the cheese and dressing - she gave me a very condescending "Ooooo-K" and then insisted I order more because that clearly wasn't enough, and mentioned I had interrupted her before she could finish explaining the other dishes. I felt very talked down to, and though she served with a smile, it wasn't without a very glaring judgmental attitude.
Our food arrived in good time. It was decently sized portions, but VERY POOR in quality. I ordered the Sophia Salad sans the dressing and cheese, and basically got a plate of lettuce shreds, canned beans and diced tomatoes. Not to mention a few of the "pitted nicoise olives" listed in the ingredients actually had pits in them!!! Which I did in fact hurt my teeth chomping down on. We also ordered sides of sauted spinach and smoked chile collard greens. These came in two small bowls and were both SOGGY piles of green MUSH. They were disgusting.
Overall I am highly disappointed in the service and the food at Mesa Grill. For a world class chef like Bobby Flay, I would expect his staff to have at least common courtesy and for the food to not be so crappy.
I apologized to my date for spending so much on such a poor dining experience. I've gotten better food and service at Pubs on Bleecker st than I got at Mesa Grill.
Pros: Name Only
Cons: Food, Service, Price, Atmosphere, Overall Quality
Went to for a business lunch. Ordered a bottle of red wine (not cheap, but regardless) it was HOT, like it was stored in kitchen next to the stoves.....that surprised me because of the reputation of Bobby F. Then the food was ok...everything spiced....almost to point of over spiced. With some bites, could not tell what you were eating because the spices overpowered the meal. I had their Rib Eye, which I have had better at home. Quality seemed a bit low. My co-worker had the NY strip and it was better. Fries were great and the desserts were good as well. Overall nice place, just expected food and service to be much much better! I would have gone to Blue Smoke around the corner if I knew it was like that. Shame when these chefs forget about their roots and just become marketing machines....their craft does suffer.
Pros: Beautiful Place, Clean
Cons: Food was OK, Service OK
You know when you go to those places that are just too big and popular, and they sort of forget where they came from? I feel like that's what happened to Mesa Grill. Not that I'd ever been here before, but I'm sure when it first opened that it was excellent. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it could have been better.
Bobby Flay is known for being king of sauces and puts his southwestern flare on everything. It's pretty evident in the menu...everything is 'spiced' or 'rubbed with spices' or whatever. As an appetizer, we got the tuna nachos. They were actually really good, and the tuna had a nice kick. I ended up getting the steak as an entree. It had spice, but was a little too charred, even medium-rare. The sauce made it work, but the char was a little too overpowering.
Overall, Mesa Grill is a nice place to try, but not a place you'll go more than once. I love watching Bobby Flay on food network, and I've been to Bar Americain, which was great, but this place almost seemed too popular. It was your typical big NY restaurant, but it should always start with the food.
Pros: Exactly what you expect
Cons: A little too 'big', had to wait with reservation
Mesa Grill and Bolo definitely showcases chef Bobby Flay's style. The flavor combinations are surely memorable. The salmon tartare was light and tasty. My mahi mahi was deliscious and just as beautiful. However, I have to compliment the chocolate peanut butter flan. I thought...hmmm, comfort food. Was I surprised! The flan tasted like an elegant reese's peanut butter cup. I would come back just for this dessert. The table's were close enough that we just started conversing with our neighboring tables and had a pleasant evening.
Pros: Chocolate Peanut Butter Flan
Cons: Slightly dated decor
My girlfriend and I went here and had a wonderful time. Food was amazing, the waitress was a doll and the wine was great.
Pros: Great food, Great service
Restauant week special was $35. For that I got a huge looking bowl of soup (bowl was huge, but very shallow, to disguise the small amount of ok tasting soup) a quarter of a chicken (tasty but way too small) a scoop of warm potato salad, billed on the menu as something else, and a desert consisting of a piece of pineapple upside down cake, smaller than a cup cake, and a melon ball sized scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you're hungry, go elsewhere.
Pros: Stylish looking
Cons: Small portions of not very special food
This restaurant was awesome! I got dragged by my friends to attend this place during restaurant week which to me usually goes along w/ bad service and even worse food..but this place was definitelly an exception. our food was amazing, and definitelly very original...I am a big foodie and often visit celebrity chef restaurants, but latelly all the food - although good, has been pretty much the same everywhere. this one is definitelly unique, with the southwestern full bodied flavors, just enough spice and lots of creativity. But the service is what really shone...When one of my friends complained that her chicken was slightly dry the waitor right away offered her something else although she clearly already ate half of it...during the 3 minute wait for the next dish a manager came up and bought us drinks for our whole table..the whole night everyone was very attentive, and the suggestions they made were right on. Bobby, I love your shows, and you have definitelly not let me down. I cant wait to come back to this place and try everything else.
Pros: the cactus pear margarita and the food
Cons: decor needs updating
This place needs to be updated, badly. The decor is straight out of the 90's. The food is pretty good but nothing that special. Service was okay, moderate wait for the table. Surely Bobby Flay realizes this place needs a facelift and menu update. I guess he is just coasting on the steady stream of tourists that were coming in as I was there. Probably some of the best mark-ups in the biz in this place.
Pros: Food was pretty good
Cons: 90's decor, tired
The food was not what a Bobby Flay fan would expect. It was bland and the double baked potato was ice cold. I think he should wear a beard or some disguise and check his homework. Ramsey would have a field day in there. They seemed like they were trying pretty hard to succeed but just didn't. I had high hopes. Maybe too high. Maybe watching too much food channel. All in all pretty pricey. Not bad but not worth the tag. Might give it another try. Might not.
Pros: staff was friendly and upbeat
Cons: long wait cold food
Let's just say my girlfriends and I walked out of the restaurant, halfway through our meal due to a visitor in our tabe AHHHHH!!!! My friend pointed out that I had a cacaroche (city search bans the true word from reviews... hmmm... conspiracy much?) crawling on me, we screamed to high heaven, and a bus boy came and put it in a napkin and ran to the kitchen. Next thing I knew I was asking for the manager, who was a person with too much attitude.... and tried to debate with me whether it was a cacaroche or a water roche... like manager, an inch long brown roche was crawling on me... do I really need to debate semantics here??
Anyways who knows if the perp was actually a cacaroche or water roche... either way I'm never going back there!
Just as a note, when we walked out, a woman at the front who had just finished eating said "Oh you guys had a cacaroche by your table too?"
Sorry that place needs to be shut down.
Pros: Raid Please!!!!!
Cons: Raid Please!!!!
We had no trouble with customer service what so ever. On the contrary, our waitress recommended wonderful dishes (Goat Cheese Dip for an ap, Pork Tenderloin for an entree- seriously good!), our food was prompt, we were seated only about 3 minutes after our scheduled reservation. We all agreed that it was a fantastic night! Our total bill for 3 people was $120 (no alcohol or dessert, one shared ap and 3 entrees). We sat at a very comfortable 4 seat table which was great. I could see that the tables for 2 may have been a little close together, but honestly no worse than in other restaurants I've been in. This is NYC. Space is not overly abundant. But although it may have been slightly cozy, I really don't think it would have been a showstopper. I definitely recommend!
Pros: Great service! Fantastic food! Really nice night out!
Just went there for the first time last saturday since me and my wife both are fans of Iron Chef and Throwdown.As soon as we got in the server took us to our table.we were ordered the spicy chicken and my wife ordered chicken with sweet potatoes.The bread basket came which was decent but everything went downhill from there the plates came they looked wonderful but didnt taste any good its was without any taste and little burned the home potatoes i ordered were old and warmed in microwave i complained to the waiter but he ignored and told me that if i dont like it we dont have to come back so we paid our bill left .Once we got out we went to a hot dog stand and had the best hot dog of our life....All that glitters is not gold.
Pros: Dishes look like a piece of art
Cons: Taste like trash
I expected a great experience for the price. Highly disappointing. The waitress didn't smile, when asked advice, we received a scowl.
Don't waste your money - plenty of better restaurants out there for the cost of this one!!
A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT
Cons: service - food
Am guessing the staff thinks Mesa means mess in Spanish- Awful experience. Arrived on a Monday night and was greeted by hosts who looked frightened by people. We weren't really given a good estimate as to when we would actually be seated but am guessing some people shouldn?t have to bore you with details about how long a wait is when you have a reservation. Big crowd in the waiting area while there were seats open. Even more amazing is that they were turning away walk-ins with a supposed wait while there tables. Losing revenue in times like these, I should have taken that as a hint and ran while I still had a chance. Our waiter was apologizing for how busy it was and we did feel bad for him, it looked like he was the only person manning a large number of tables. They were severely understaffed. Managers fluttering about and not stopping by tables to ask how things were given how crazy things were looking. Felt like I was in a bad episode of Hell?s kitchen. Bobby Flay should really re-visit this restaurant and get back to basics.
Pros: centrally located so you can dine elsewhere
Cons: hostess, kitchen, wait staff
For our 24th anniversary my wife & I decided to eat at the Mesa Grill. We have eaten at fine restaurants around the world. (Paris, London, Germany, Arizona, California, Florida, etc.)
We had a wonderful experience here. We had the Blue Corn Pancake for an appetizer, I had the Sixteen Spice Duck breast, and my wife had the Mahi Mahi.
Every dish was unique and flavorFULL! Even the sides stood on their own.
I have read that some have not enjoyed their experience, but we did not experience any of those things.
I highly recommend this restaurant and we will return!
Pros: Food was excellent!! Wait staff superb
This is how I feel about Mesa Grill.
As soon as I got home I emailed this to Bobby Flay, owner
Dear Bobby Flay,
I have been such a big supporter of you. I started out as a fan from your show, Hot Off The Grill.
I stayed at the Cove Atlantis, and Mesa Grill became my favorite restaurant there. Everything was fresh, flavorful, and delicious.
I live in New York, so yesterday I decided to disregard the warning reviews and finally check out brunch at Mesa Grill.
I cannot believe it Bobby!....My husband and I had to continually eat throughout the day to get the horrible taste out of our mouths. SHOCKED
I have to say this was a huge disappointment..since I always rave about Mesa in the Bahamas.
If you were to eat this meal, I don't think you would have finished it. I ordered the mahi mahi that was my favorite from the Cove....it was terribly burnt.....it left the worst taste I have eaten in years.
I have had the pleasure of eating at the finest restaurants in the city from Daniel, to Le Cirque, however I have has some bad ones as well. This was by far the worst. The fries were terrible, drenched in spicy powder. I have to admit the green chile rice was just as I remembered in the bahamas, delicious.....but it was a TABLESPOON!
Since the fish left me with a terrible taste I made the mistake of ordering dessert. How bad can chocolate cake be....well bad try diner dessert.
I think you should go in as a disguise and try this meal.....this is your reputation, listen to the reviews, google mesa grill new york!!!!
do something!!! please
It ruined my sunday meal,
I don't want it to happen to other customers.
Pros: NO PROS
Cons: Terrible Place and most importantly terrible food.!!!!!!!!!
Because of former reviews on this site, by boyfriend and I have been reluctant to try Mesa Grill- afraid of what seemed to be in user's opinions- "tourist trap prices", "not the signature sauces expected"....that was NOT the case tonight. We went in on a Sunday without a reservation and were promptly seated, dutifully waited on and the meals were amazing. They had an impressive tequila selection and an interesting wine list, though I think there should have been more from the northwest US and South America. I was very happy with the apple/spinach/blue cheese salad with citrus dressing that had an amazingly pleasant kick to it- my boyfriend had the blue corn pancake which was out of this world! For entrees, he was happy with his ribeye and the accompanying green and red pepper sauces featuring lots of cumin and a cilantro-pepper chutney, as I was with my duck breast paired with a chorizo-goat cheese tamale. He raved about the side of cauliflower with a bechamel cheese sauce. The flavors were strong and complex and made us want to lick our plates. Dessert was an especially nice surprise of profiteroles that were the tenderest I've ever had with cream cheese ice cream and caramel sauce- OK, I would had preferred some dark chocolate- or some spicy dark chocolate sauce at that- but the texture of the pastry was the best I've ever had- and I have profiteroles wherever I go! We left completely satisfied. So go and see for yourselves and don't listen to the ranters!! I would go back again for sure!
Pros: Great flavors, great drink selections, great service!
Cons: Little on the noisy side, but not bad.
Some friends were visiting and we went to Mesa Grill for dinner. We could not have had a better experience. The hosts were very friendly upon our arrival and seated us right at our reservation time (and the place was packed for a Sunday night). Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was very helpful. Our water glasses were never empty. The food was amazing - my friends and I couldn't agree on what our favorite dish was because they were all so good - the creamy wild mushroom grits were outstanding (seriously, it was like magic on a plate) as was the mushroom quesadilla, the ribs, the blue corn pancake with bbq duck and the shrimp and roasted garlic tamale with corn. There was a great vibe in the restaurant and everyone looked like they were having a good time. I will definitely be back!
Pros: flavorful food, very friendly hosts and waiters, fun atmosphere
This was our third time there, and it was ok. The first time we went there was THE BEST about 7 years ago Then we went about 4 years ago and though it was not amazing but we had been watching food nextwork and I was craving some mesa grill so we decided to go back just to get drinks and appetizers. The staff is great, we got there at 5 and the bar was already packed. We were just going to sit at the bar but I did not remember it was so small. So we asked if we could sit since we were going to order enough appetizers, drinks and desert to equal a sit down dinner. We only had to wait about 10 min with no reservation. There was a steady flow of people coming in but by an hour later the place was full. So the cactus pear margarita I found did nothing for me. IT was like a pink slightly more bitter version of a margarita. I expected it to be sweeter, but it was neither that nor refreshing I was not thrilled. Later I ordered a classic margarita and I was not thrilled with it either. My husband had the spicy pineapple margarita and he though eh not so much. As for the food, it was good don't get me wrong, but again, nothing special...nothing that made us go wow that is good. We had the pulled pork quesadilla (did love the chipotle BBQ sauce on top though) and then the blue corn crusted calamari (liked the blue corn idea but found it a bit greasy), then we had the tamale (good) and the duck pancake (also good). We ordered as side of the brussle sprouts (I love brussel sprouts) and they were tasty but a bit drowned in the pomegranite sauce. The desert I think I was most disappointed by. We had the chocolate dulce de lecce cake, was not feeling it. The chocolate cake part was dry...didn't do it for me. So that is it, I wish I would say it was amazing and I was blown away, I like Bobby flay and love southwestern but I guess also you just come to expect more from him.
We had great service in the beginning. As the night went on, we didn't receive drink refills, weren't checked on often enough to ask for anything, and there was a long black hair in my entree (my hair is blonde). The appetizer was tremendous (wild mushroom quesadilla) as well as the mashed potatoes. By the time my "comped" chicken was brought out 20 minutes after my party had finished eating, it wasn't anything special to wait for. Needless to say, I lost my appetite.
Pros: Ambience, Appetizers
I'm not sure why this place is getting some bad reviews. The service and ambiance are OK, nothing fantastic, but to me the most important aspect is the food and I loved it. For appetizers we had the salmon and tuna tartares, and the shrimp tamale which was really tasty. I had the salmon for my entree which was really good too. The food is a bit pricey, and the portions are small, but the taste of the food is phenomenal and I'd recommend it.
Pros: Good food
Cons: A bit pricey for such small portions
As far as "top" restaurants go, this place was horrible. Service was absolutely the worst. Bobby Flay would have walked out. I got the 7-spice chicken, and it wasn't bad but nothing spectacular. The worst part of the meal was the desert. It was a mint chocolate cake that was so over powering with the taste of mint, you couldn't pay me to take a 2nd bite. Before we ordered it, there were about 4 full cakes left by other parties. We couldn't figure out why... until we got it ourselves. It looked amazing, but it was THE worst tasting desert I've ever eaten. The pastry chef needs a new line of work. This place seriously reminded me of a TGI Friday's. In fact, I must say that I have probably had better experiences at a TGIF's with 1/4 the price. I was utterly disappointed, mainly because I like Bobby Flay and the Mesa in Las Vegas was good. If you want a good restaurant in NYC from a famous chef, then go to Mario Batali's Babo. That place is top notch!
Pros: can't think of one
Cons: horrible service, bad ambience, disgusting deserts, high prices
I don't know how so many people can complain about price...this is NYC! Went for the first time last night and had the Salmon and Tuna tartare, Goat Cheese Dip, Sixteen Spice Duck, Filet Mignon, and two desserts. Everything was unique and delicious. The wine list is also enough. If there is one thing I recommend it's the goat cheese tamale that comes with the Sixteen Spice Duck...it was incredible.
Overall the service was fantastic, the restaurant was airy and vibrant, and overall it as a great experience. Can't say I want to make this a go-to of mine, but I would definitely recommend it to friends to try at least once. With tax and tip, dinner for two will come to $200 but you have to expect this or go out to eat in NJ!!
I have now dined at Mesa Grill twice. Both times were consistently excellent. I had the pork tenderlion which was cooked to perfection and had some kick to it. We tried the cerviche flight. All three were very good. The accompanying tamale was very good as well. I think the wine list is decent but could be improved. The service was attentive. The resturant was clean and cozy. I will definitely be back at Mesa again.
Pros: Best Southwestern food
Cons: Long wait on weekends
We had the chili rellenous, duck, goat cheese dip, oyster appetizer and drinks. All were very good, but not worth the money. The bar drinks are expensive, so I expected them to knock my socks off. They didn't. If it were not owned by a famous chef and the prices not so outrageous, I guess my expectations would have been lower and I would be scoring it higher. I just expected to be blown away and I wasn't. It is extremely cramped in there - they have to move the table in order for you to sit down.
Pros: I can say I've been there.
Cons: expensive and everything is ala carte.
My 2nd time in NYC, and I had to go to Mesa Grill! I love Food Network. I love Bobby Flay, but FORGET about that fact. I consider myself somewhat of a "critic" because my father is a Chef. Soooo, we showed up without reservations, and the hostess gave us a 2.5 hour wait time. We opted for the bar. What a neat place. The atmosphere, decor, everything was great! Not too crowded...like most NYC restaurants I've been to. We started with the goat cheese dip that was to die for! We had then decided that we were having so much fun sitting at the bar, we chose to eat our entrees there too. We all ordered different things, and was able to try each others' entrees! That's the way to go! 3 people who worked there, HIGHLY recommended the Pork Tenderloin. They were right on the money. It was like cutting into butter, it was that tender!
Again, forget the fact that it's owned by a celebrity chef. His food is amazing. He is so talented with his choice of flavors. Spicy, salty and sweet all in one. Perfection.
Sure, the prices are high, but when we knew this going in.
It cracks me up when I read reviews that say that his restaurant prices are too high. Um, they have a website with their prices on the menu. Plus, it's NYC, and you're fed some really great food. Nevermind the awesome presentation!!
I just had this food last night, and I'm back in the midwest. I am already planning for my next trip back to NYC, so that I can visit Mesa again!
Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service
Cons: Bobby Flay wasn't there. ;o)
Service was good. Food portions were small and over priced! Foget the prcoes of cocktails!
Side orders were Ala Carte...forget about it!
Ordered a bloody mary..drink was served in a small glass...13 dollars!
Food also was served luke warm. Wouldnt eat there again
I love southwestern cuisine, and I enjoyed Mesa's creative take on many standard southwestern dishes. But my experience at Mesa Grill didn't really impress me too much. I'd say it was "okay", but certainly not worth dropping that amount of cash, as it is a bit pricey for the small amounts of food. Didn't really feel like I was getting a good value. We ordered the cheese dip for an appetizer, and it came with about 6 or 7 tortilla chips for a table of four. The cheese itself was like a solid brick with a layer of oil on top. Our precious tortilla chips crumbled each time we tried to ladle the cheese out. I ordered the fish tacos, which were alright, but the fish itself was a bit dry and unseasoned, and I felt like I was eating miniature tacos from the children's menu (guacamole and salsa were served in little dishes about the circumference of a half-dollar). Our service was fine; unobtrusive, professional, yet warm. The minimalist bright-colored decor was interesting. But overall, nothing to write home about.
Let's start with the good. Dessert was amazing! I had the flan, which was simply the best I've had. My wife had the galette which she wouldn't share it was so good! Now, the bad. The restaurant interior design was un-inspired and the service was soo... slow! The spice in the SPICY TUNA + SALMON TARTARES overpowered the flavor of the fish. At Aereole in Vegas they put the sauce on the plate to give you more control. Here they drench it in sauce. I could barely tell which was tuna and which was salmon. The BABY ROMAINE SALAD was good but basic. The NEW MEXICAN SPICE RUBBED PORK TENDERLOIN was presented quite well but was overcooked. The SIXTEEN SPICE DUCK BREAST was overcooked and I sent it back and the return was better but still overcooked, dry and bland. The tamales served with both entrees were tasty and presented well. When we return to NYC, I may try Bar Americain, but I'm not headed back to Mesa Grill unless it is for dessert. Incidentally, maybe it was just an off night as I heard tables on both sides of us complaining about everything but the desserts.
we went to mesagrill for lunch to meet up with a friend i havent seen in several years and i was displeased with the lunch menu. ive been to the vegas location for dinner and the menu was vast and excellent!! lunch menu to my tast was not alot of options. i had the spicy chicken and sweet potato hash. it was ok... my mother had the lamb cobb which she said was OK. and my friend had the chili reanno..it was small!! i dont mind paying for good food that satisfy you and your taste buds. but lunch was just ok i would rather save up for the dinner menu....
Pros: got to see a friend, dinner menu
Cons: lunch menu, and price for lunch
Took my hubby here for his bd. Kick myself for waiting so long to try it, we both had the best time! We came 1/2 hr early waited for a balcony table, quiet up there easy to have convo. Waiter was great, all staff was so helpful. We weren't rushed, nice pace. Bread basket was happy surprise corn muffins so moist could have made meal of them. We had shmp corn tamale and ribs for aps, both great. So many shrimp too! The rib eye and lamb chops were cooked perfectly med-rare, the fries were the best but the mashed pot's were to die for! Who knew mashed could be so heavenly. Dessert and drinks were grand. Had pear and peach margarita's strong and delish!We had brwn sug souffle OUTSTANDING and so were the profiterols! The mex choc sauce was sweet and had some heat was so awesome...service and food perfection, sorry we missed Bobby Flay....Can't wait to come back!!!!!
Pros: food, service, atmosphere
We made reservations for 5:45 pm on Saturday night and the three of us were seated on time. We were seated in the corner and the hotess asked if we were "ok" with this location - I loved this location because you could see the entire room from this vantage point. Bobby Flay was cooking! My husband was thrilled to see him do his thing from that "corner" - it was perfect. We ordered 2 apps; shrimp and garlic corn tamale and the goat cheese queso fundido - OMG yum for both. The tamale was savory with plenty of shrimps to go around and the queso fundido had peppers on top which complimented the sweetness of the cheese. To drink, we had margaritas - whoa! They were strong and delicious. We felt like we got our money's worth and our second round, was just as tasty. The service was impecable! Our wait staff was attentive and knowledable. I felt taken care of but not smothered. My husband was debating on a wine when, I guess was the manager and helped us make a selection - another perfect choice. We ordered: NY Strip, Filet Mignon, and Tuna Steak = PERFECT! We ordered desserts: Tres Leches, Empanada, and some pastry puff (sorry can't remember name) and they were PERFECT!!! Overall, this was the best dinner and best overall dining experience we have ever had. I was worried about what to expect - I read some of the reviews but that was not our case. Like I mentioned, Bobby Flay was the Chef on Duty and this may be why we had amazing food and an amazing time. I would recommend this to everyone. You can call ahead to see if Bobby is the featured chef - you won't be dissappointed!!!!!!
Cons: Tables too close - it is NY.
The food is fantastic!
- BARBECUED PORK + OAXACA CHEESE QUESADILLA = Yummmm!!!
- ANCHO CHILE-HONEY GLAZED SALMON = Salmon is so fresh and tasty, but I didn't quite like the black bean sauce with Salmon.
- Southwestern Fries = To me, these are the best fries ever!
- CHOCOLATE BROWN SUGAR SOUFFLE PUDDING = It's to die for! The cream served with it is out of this world.
* Our waiter is very nice.
* Hostesses in the front... We had a 5:30 reservation and got there at 5:25. We were told to wait for 5 minutes to be seated. Is it really a huge deal to sit us 5 mins early?
* Tables are VERY close to each other. We didn't feel all that comfortable talking at our table (I took my bf there for his birthday).
All in all, great food!!
Pros: Great food
Cons: Tables are too close to each other.
We went to Mesa for their acclaimed weekend brunch. The break basket was delicious! Amazing corn muffins and jalapeno puff pastries. Innovative take on traditional brunch items...everything was tasty and so reasonably priced. We had a great table overlooking 5th avenue. Decor is a southwestern style and has a casual laid-back air to it, but still funky and fun. Great brunch spot. Highly recommended.
Pros: inventive food, drinks, decor
Being a great follower of Chef Bobby Flay, I have always wanted to come here. Last weekend while visting my son, he made my wish come true. The food was just wonderful. We started out with an appetizer of lobster and octupus - very good, and the corn muffin that they gave you with the bread had a real kick. I had the salmon and my son the pork, both of us very well pleased with them both. I highly recommend the cilantro mashed potatoes - I am going to try these at home. My son had the baked potatoe also good. Dessert he had the banana bread pudding - and his words to describe it were wow - I had the hazelnut berry cake which also was very good. Of course being in NYC I had a cosmo which was perfect, my son enjoyed a nice wine. Everyone on the staff, from the wait staff and the coat check girl very pleasant and helpful. The atomoshere very nice - I found it to be a lot quieter and relaxing than some other NY restaurants that I have been to. The only thing that would have made it perfect would have been to see Bobby. They told me he had been there on Thursday. I would definitely go back. Bobby Flay you are the greatest, and so isn't my son John for taking me there.
Pros: Food, ambience, service
Cons: too far from New Hampshire for me to come back more often
We went to Mesa Grill for its reputation but was disappointed in the service and food. Although the presentation was wonderful, the food tasted average. Given the price, it was disappointing. We made a reservation but wanted to push it back 45 minutes on the day of. However, the host told us that there was no availability at that time. However, from the time we arrive until we finished dinner, the restaurant was less than 1/2 full. Furthermore, we found a fly in our food which we promptly told our waiter. He offered to exchange it but we declined it since we were no longer hungry. Yet we were still charged for it. After this experience, we will no longer visit this restaurant.
My mom is big fan of Bobby Flay so of course I had to try Mesa Grill for restaurant week. The corn muffin hidden in the bread basket was unusual and oh-so-good! I loved the sixteen spice chicken. It was perfectly cooked and one of the best chicken dishes I?ve eaten in a restaurant. I found the chopped salad to be good but I was disappointed by the banana rum bread pudding because some bites were so drenched in rum I almost gagged. The service was good and the southwest decor gives the restaurant a casual feel. I would definitely come back for the chicken, it was simply amazing.
Pros: Atmosphere, Entree, Service
I went here during restuarant week and was not disappointed. I was seated promptly and served with drinks right away. The server was friendly and nice. l felt like the resturant had a more casual vibe. The appetizer I choose was a tortilla salade which I enjoyed, the portions were generous. The entree I choose was a roasted chicken and cilantro mashed potatoes. I thought the mashed potatoes were delisious even though I had read some bad reviews about it. I loved the entree the meat was tender, and glazed to perfection. I was not soo impressed with my desert which was like a cream puff. Overall I enjoyed it here, the decor is simple and southern. I would go back again.
This is the first review I've written on a restaurant, but considering some of the poor reviews I read, I wanted to make sure I shared what a great experience I had.
My roommate and I are both new to the city, so we definately wanted to take advantage of trying some restaurants during Restaurant Week. While researching several of the online reviews, one website rated Mesa Grill as #1 of the top 10 choices for Restaurant week, so we decided to try it. Although the NY Times rated it only 1 star (in the paper on the actual day we were going to Mesa Grill for dinner), I rate it a 4! From the atmosphere, to the service, the food, and the price.... the overall experience was outstanding!
Granted that this isn't a typical restaurant to conduct business conversations, it is a great atmosphere if you are looking for a chill friends night out or a fun date. The crowd is lively and energetic, ranging from young professionals to older executives. We had reservations at 8pm on a Wed night and it was packed! We decided to grab a cocktail at the bar since we got there about 45min early, and we got seated right at 8. Our server was friendly, fast, and efficient. The food was so flavorful..right from the bread basket assortment that included corn muffins, to the fry bread taquitos w/jerk chicken (yummy!), grilled mahi-mahi and the sixteen spice chicken (which my roommate ordered), and to top it all off, the warm banana rum bread pudding w/sour ice cream was amazing! The waiters were timely and knowledgable, presenting our dishes in front of us without even asking who ordered what.
Mesa Grill definately was smart about partaking in Restaurant Week because they gained customers like me, to want to come back again!
Pros: prompt service, fun & lively atmosphere, flavorful food!
Cons: the bar is crowded, so you have to have good timing in grabbing a seat!
We had an office party there and rather than setting aside space for us (i.e the balcony), the staff seated us in the back with with the regular clientele. It was noisy and difficult to carry on any sort of conversation.
The food was OK, not extraordinary. The bill was another story. They charged us 20% Tip for the servers, which is OK (bit on the high end), but ALSO charged us ANOTHER 20% for "Service Charge". WTF??? Wasn't the TIP the Service Charge??? The service was inferior to the standard service as our menu selection was limited, and we were given token "free" appetizers (again, limited choices) and a shared plate of desserts for each table. $4 for a cup of tea???
With the NYC Sales Tax, we paid over 48% ON TOP of the food and drinks, and our meals came to over $135 per person. We would have been much happier if the company was to give us each $75 to go eat somewhere nice and quiet!
We used to go there for business lunches (food / portions are not terribly impressive either, but the restaurant was quieter and the service was better), but after this fiasco, NEVER AGAIN!
Bobby Flay is vastly overrated and he too shall go the way of Rocco DiSpirito (remember "The Restaurant"?)
Cons: Value, Service, Celebrity Chef
It was our first time here at the Mesa Grill and we give it a 10... Both my wife and I had the NY steak it was the most tastiest steak we ever ate! Yummy! Most restaurants serve just plain bread and butter but not here at the Mesa they serve us delicious homemade little muffins. And along with the muffins came a wonderful SouthWestern Chile spread, that was Yummy too. Whatever you decide to eat at the Mesa Grill I'm sure it will be the best you have tasted in a long time!
I recommend this place 100% the service, food and atmosphere was very pleasant....
Rose and Rand
Pros: ambience, service and of course the food