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Posted by constanteater on 01/24/2007
Went there last night for my bf's birthday, even though it's RW, we didn't order off the RW's menu. Our apps were delicious - the tuna tartar was seasoned very well, and my BF's duck pancake was tender and flavorful. I ordered scallops, and he ordered pork. The pork was UNBELIVEABLE, it was so tasteful, an explosion of flavor in your mounth. My BF was even reluntant to share with me. Unfortuantely, my scallops were overseasoned, and very saltly. The biggest problem we had was the service - it was weird and awkward all night. First I was told by the hostess on the phone that nothing but the RW's menu was served (which was not the case). Secondly, there is a lamp on our table which was flickering on & off for a good 5 minutes, and 1 server, and 2 busboys walked by and noticed it without doing anything. I had to bend down on my knees, and find the plug to the lamp in order to fix it. But overall, the food was good - Bobby Flay should be proud. Service - needs a lot of work.
Posted by Ray on 01/01/2007
I hadn't been there in about five years, and what a sad night. Like a one-time star now reduced to performing in a dingy club, Mesa Grill draws in devoted fans with its name and then delivers a performance that's a desperate plea for forced retirement. The haughty, uncommunicative maitre d' sets the tone for a place that clearly no longer cares. The decor is timeworn, in sore need of a coat of paint, with dead lightbulbs untended in dusty fixtures. The noise level is ear-splitting and stomach-churning; do not go if you'd like to hear or be heard by the person to your right or left, much less across the table. Plan on being rushed and bumped and jostled by a staff dedicated above all to table turnover. All of this I would have happily accepted had the food come close to its reputation, but I've had better on a domestic United flight. In coach. They know how to keep your food warm for a long time on airlines. And flying is quieter, more relaxing. And the service is better. Save your money, or use it to by yourself a ticket (or several) to a place where they'll appreciate you. You'll enjoy going through security more than Mesa Grill.
Posted by Total Foodie on 12/17/2006
I ate at Mesa Grill for brunch recently and had a wonderful experience! I went with 2 other people, and we all ordered different things so we could try more dishes. Plus, it was so hard deciding what to order because the menu has so many fabulous choices! The pumpkin soup, smoked lamb cobb salad, tuna tartar nachos, and broiled grapefruit with blackberry mint sauce (to name a few!) were all fabulous dishes! Not to mention that the bread basket with corn muffins made of blue and yellow corn and chiles with red pepper jelly spread on top were phenomenal!! I could have made a meal out of them alone! I had no complaints with the service as our server was attentive and there was always someone there to fill our water. I can't wait to go back and eat there again!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/03/2006
I love the food and always end up here a few times a year. Every time I go, I'm surprised at how inattentive and lame the service is. It's not only that it can be hard to find a waitperson, but when you do, they're usually cool/bordering on rude. I keep trying to go there and have a good experience beyond the delicious food, but I never do. Which is probably why the service never seems to change. I should stop going there!
Posted by aldor on 11/20/2006
Entrees were quite tasty, excellent presentation and not to expensive by nyc standards. Just beware of the prices of the appetizers and desserts. I had the corn meal crusted oysters for $16. and most of the desserts are $10.50 or $11.00. The service however was inattentive and unprofessional. We were never offered more bread and just stared at the empty basket most of the night. The appetizer plates were left on the table for much too long a time. When the time came to remove the dessert plates no one asked if were finished.They just removed them and put the check on the table. However the desserts were very good.
Posted by Willie on 10/10/2006
Five of us had supper here last week. I had been here before and while it was nice I was not overwhelmed. This time it was great. We were waited on by a blonde young woman whose name escapes me. She made all the difference. A very knowledgeable woman about the food and the wine and the margaritas! I was told later she has been there for years. At any rate this is a fine place to eat with a great ambience.
Posted by Pickyguy on 08/02/2006
True that you get a step below the level of the entrees on the regular menu - but the drink white peach maragarita was absolutely delicious. And the shrimp appetizer was great. Go for the ambience - second floor seats are better...more romantic