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Posted by Clem on 01/28/2008
Went to Mesa Grill for bunch and was pleasantly surprised. I had read a fairly scathing article in the New York Times and was hesitant to go. I’m glad they were wrong. I had the scrambled egg tostada with the aged sirloin beef. It was delicious, as was the Cobb Salad. The only real let down was the restaurant’s décor. I expected more from one of NY’s most famous restaurants. Also, our server was no where to be found most of the time…….but I’ll cut him some slack because the place was packed. Reservations are a must.
Posted by Bleh on 01/01/2008
My girfriend, I and another copleI went to Mesa Grill last night for New Year's Eve dinner. The average entre on the menu was about $40 a piece and the average appitizer was probably around $17. At those prices (which were significantly higer than the normal menu) we were expecting excellence. The food was far from that. Nothing was terrible but nothing except the prawns appitizer and my girlfriend's scallops entre stood out. And even those were good but not $35 for 3 pieces of somewhat small scallops good. That's weak. I must say I was surprised--after all this is a Bobby Flay restaurant. Also, I generally don't care much about decore. I like nice clean restaurants and if the place happens to be well designed or decorated great. But there was something really off putting about the decore at Mesa. They had colored lights that were harsh on the eyes and the place generally looked like a cafeteria. If you're going to charge the kinds of prices this place tends to I would think they'd put a little more thought and effort into the entire enterprise. Not so much with Mesa Grill. I'd go with one of many cheaper options.
Posted by Jesse on 12/30/2007
Got a gift certificate for Hannukah, 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.
Posted by James on 10/15/2007
After having two totally different experiences at Bar Americain (one horrible, one great), and then reading totally varied reviews of Mesa Grill online, I was skeptical--is it impossible to build a food empire, reputation, and brand, all while maintaining a half-dozen consistently fantastic restaurants? What I can say is that after an awesome meal, Mesa is now one of my new favorite New York restaurants, exceeding all of my highest expectations. Sure, the décor is somewhat loud and kitschy, and yeah, we didn’t have the most charming server ever (who wants a cold waiter to have to deal with?), but the most important part of eating out is the food put in front of you, and I simply couldn’t stop eating all night. To start, we ordered a heaping array of appetizers for the table—the blue corn “pancake” filled with barbequed duck was enhanced by a deep, rich, mole-esque sauce that complemented the flavor of the duck meat wonderfully. Next, a creamy shrimp and garlic corn tamale bursting with flavor. Entrée-sized Yucatan chicken tacos came assembley-style, complete with corn tortillas, skewered chicken (moist and packed with flavor), grilled onions and an addictive peanut barbeque chile sauce. As a main course I indulged in the pork tenderloin, which was simply the best pork dish I’ve ever had in my life. An earthy spice rub was complimented by a touch of what must have been sweet potato puree on the side, all sitting on top of a burbon-chile sauce. The orchestration of flavors here was stunning—first you tasted the subtle, sugary sweetness of the sweet potatoes, which faded into the smokey juiciness of the meat itself, which was followed by a heat that, depending on how much sauce you added per bite, made the tongue tingle with an increasing delight. I had to try everyone else’s food—the sixteen-spice chicken was one of the best chicken entrees I’ve ever had—the rub actually added a new dimension to the natural flavor of the meat, and the mango salsa added just the right amount of refreshment. The New York Strip steak with the Mesa BBQ sauce was to die for, and I don’t usually take sauce with my steak. Every plate placed on our table was cleaned completely, the margarita’s were delicious and the food scrumptious! I’ll definitely be back
Posted by patapples on 10/03/2007
had some relatives up from florida, one of them is a chef so we wanted to go somewhere special and famous (we're all food network junkies). the service was great but the food was just okay. definitely nothing special. seems like a good place to go for a drink and apps if you work in the neighborhood.
Posted by 3 on 09/25/2007
I had an excellent dinner here recently. Mesa Grill is the perfect place to go for a special occassion or event. We had reservations and were seated right away. The atmosphere is casual, but not so casual that there are TVs all around that you find in a lot of restaurants now a days. The server (Mark) was incredibly friendly, personable and knowledgable. The food was outstanding! Very flavorful and just downright delicious. When I go back, I'll probably skip the dessert. I can't really say that the dessert menu is up to par with the rest of the menu. It was nothing great, especially for the price. Other than that, I had a very great meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2007
Been here on more than several occasions, hoping each time it would get better. But it never does. Food is just not the best quality and the flavors never quite work together. I had such high expectations for this place, but I left disappointed every time. There are so man fabulous restaurants in this city, why waste your money here?