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Posted by Anonymous on 06/16/2008
My mom came to NYC and wanted to go to a southwestern restaurant, so I took her to Mesa. We had a really great meal. The bread basket was delicious and the choices were unusual. We started with the grits which fantastic. They had a nice kick to them which was unexpected. 3 of us shared and it was enough food. Then, as a recommendation by the waitress, I got the pork tenderloin which she said was the house special. It was absolutely amazing! A nice sweet flavor and very well cooked. She also recommended the 16 spice duck, which my bf got. It was also extremely good. My mom got the salmon and loved it. We also got the fries, mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. None of which was really needed bc we already had enough food, but all was yummy (though I've had better sauteed spinach). No room for dessert, so can't comment on that. Also, our waitress was very nice, and we were seated at exactly our reservation time. So all was smooth. The only issue we had was the ridiculously slippery floor. Don't know what that was about. It was a wonderful evening and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Posted by S. Lonnigan on 06/04/2008
I've eaten at Mesa many times, and i love the food, and the effortlessly friendly staff. Nice location, and the decor used to be very pleasant as well. Even if a friend was coming to the city, i would tell them to go, and rest easy knowing i made a great Recommendation. Doubtlessly you've noticed that i've used the past-tense several times, so i'll cut to the chase. Mesa has made an apparent change in business philosophy, and now has an increased attention to appealing to the lowest common denominator - which is beginning to wreck the place i once loved. A great example is when a waiter that has served me several times before began to on my most recent trip, use my first name - which i never gave him - so he must have overheard it during conversation and had been compelled to address me in familiar terms in a transparent attempt by the management to make the customer (clearly, they're trying to target tourists) feel more "at home," and more likely to spend more money. Now, i can only hope that they come under new management and defy convention (as they used to do!) and desist in their decay into a cold, commercial cookie-cutter eatery so i can continue to enjoy eating there, and not feel insulted by the implication that i am only a dollar bill to them.
Posted by Sandra Valerio on 06/04/2008
I came to Mesa Grill on a Saturday night and made reservations for 8:00pm for 3 people... I was not seated until 9:45 and felt rushed the entire meal. During my wait the manager offered an appetizer or a round of drinks, as I saw him do to other waiting customers. This may have seemed like a nice gesture if his demure did not seem condescending and insincerely apologetic... I don't recommend a reservation, or the restaurant
Posted by ES on 05/16/2008
I think Mesa Grill has an awesome atmosphere and bar. However, I wasn't a fan of the food. I ordered the Grilled Mahi Mahi which tasted like the grilled bass there were too many flavors going on and the rice was disgusting. I also tried the filet mignon, and I didn't like the sauce it came with. The mashed potatoes tasted like they were frozen and later microwaved. I love watching you on tv, but I'm disapointed Bobby Flay!
Posted by Peter on 04/22/2008
I don't know what the other reviewers are talking about here. The brunch is really really good and a screaming deal at 14 bucks an entree. I've been here probably 15 times and always take out of towners and friends. Dinner is kind of hit or miss, but with something like the pork tenderloin entree, you can't go wrong. The flavors are very unique for nyc and the plate is gigantic. Yes it's expensive but there are some expensive restaurants that aren't nearly as interesting. Very solid margarita as well.
Posted by Frankie on 04/20/2008
Took a friend to brunch for their Birthday. We hardly liked anything about it. I find it amazing that for someone with such a well-known reputation as Flay doesn't seem to have a good handle on what's going on inside his own restaurant. As I can't believe he would find this experience acceptable. Or he hasn't left someone in charge that can run it in a professional manner that will leave a positive reaction from his customers. I have to base this opinion on the assumption that he does care and isn't looking to have someone have such a lousy experience. A lot lacking at this restaurant and a great deal needs to be improved just to get to mediocre from our point of view. Based on this experience I'm not willing to waste my time or money on this restaurant of another of his restaurants. I'll stick to watching him for free on Foodtv. Review topics from top down. Food: Most of the food was either too bland or way overspiced so as to drown out the taste of what you were eating. Fresh juice was ok. Salmon eggs as garnish were hot so the kitchen must have left them on the dish while it was under a heat lamp. Service: From front end staff to waitress / servers. Everyone seemed to care less and be looking to rush us out as we were somewhat near the end of service. No smiles, no asking how the food was, slow considering almost nobody in restaurant and many staff members mingling around chatting with each other. Overall general lack of professionalism from all that we dealt with there. Value: Not overpriced by NYC standards yet quality, portion or anything else nothing to receive praise. maybe about average is best to describe it. Atmosphere: Unfriendly, rushed, and small space. On the positive side inside is bright, somewhat airy, and you can see into kitchen.
Posted by foodiefromalbany on 04/08/2008
My party of 5 dined at Mesa Grill on Sat, 4/05. The evening started when the hostess tried to sit us at a 4 top set for five., one chair hanging out into the narrow walk way in the balcony. We asked for a different table and the response was not customer friendly. There was a table for 6 available 2 tables away. I pushed, and they sat us there. Service was slow. The recipes are very good, however the execution was disappointing., Most of our food was not served hot, just warm. Fried oyster were cold.The pork tenderloin had the tired look of being pre-cooked and then finished for service. After waiting as long as we did, I would have thought everything was cooked to order. I think the kitchen needs toget its act together.