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Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2006
Went here for restaurant week lunch. The soup was delicious - very different from anything I've had. The Sixteen Spice chicken was ok - a little sweet - so very bar-b-q style. The bread pudding was delicious.
Posted by Karebear on 01/12/2006
Wondered if this was a typical celebrity chef restaurant and over-hyped. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, uniqueness and wonderful flavor meshing of the foods. It was the best tasting meal we had in the city. Started off with the roasted pumpkin soup with Pomegranate. In all of the dishes I had, the mix of flavors was so different and wonderful. The soup was the best I've ever had. The Mexican Spiced Rubbed Pork Tenderloin was tender, flavorful and plentiful. I love the sweet potato tamale as well. For dessert I had the special warm gingerbread bread pudding with carmel sauce and a side of raspberry sorbet. Sounds like those flavors wouldn't mix well, but they were fantastic. We'll be back in NYC in September and Mesa Grill is a definite restaurant I'll want to return to. That says a lot especially from all the fabulous places you can eat at. Out of the 10 restaurants we ate at on our last trip, this is my only "return". ENJOY!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2005
So, now I have been to both of Chef Flay's restaurants. Dinner Saturday night at Mesa Grill was wonderful. Our service left a little to be desired, but I was with the most indecisive person on the planet (a.k.a. my brother) who is from out of town. Our food was amazing! I had the 16 spice chicken and finished the rest for lunch today. The queso fundido is great too. The 3 of us split it as our appetizer. No one left hungry, in fact there was no room for dessert. We're making a special trip for that this weekend!
Posted by tabb on 10/15/2005
My husband and I went to Mesa for brunch. He had the pumpkin waffle which he said was fantastic. He just didn't agree with the spicy butter that accompanied it. We shared the tuna tartare tostado which was excellent, but my only complaint with that was the portion size was at a minimum for its price. I was expecting one larger or two small ones. The plate was half the table size with beautiful sauce presantation.(I love presentation, but how much sauce on a plate can you get to really be satisfied.) I then ordered the sixteen spice chicken entree, and I must say the spinach that comes with it was the best I ever had. I would come back for the spinach alone! That too was on a huge plate for no reason. All and all the food was great as too was the service. Our waitress was extremely attentive and actually did her job unlike some of these other restaurants in the city. I would return again perhaps for dinner when there are more choices to choose from. I just hope its not so crowded that I would not be able to use the bathroom b/c there are only two!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2005
I have been here four times now and love it! Those that have joined me here have enjoyed it too! I have also heard from friends of friends that have worked at Mesa, that Flay is actually not a bad person to work for. I guess that is just the way he comes off in public. Back to the food... it is great! I have gotten something different each time and been satisfied. My favs are the Steak and the Rabbit. Always get the blue corn pancake with BBQ duck appetizer. The spice is more for flavor than for heat. They do a great job of balancing that. Tends to be a bit more expensive than it should, but it's still good. *** Recently had brunch here. Very, very good and less expensive than dinner.
Posted by Bill on 08/02/2005
Bobby Flay should cut down on his television appearances and pay more attention to the service and the food. He should send his help including his managers to be schooled by Danny Meyer. His help make you feel like you are lucky to be in their presence. The food is really different, but sometimes the seasoning overwhelms the dish.
Posted by Heather on 07/06/2005
Must try the tuna tostada appetizer! And the caesar is the best in the city, wish I knew how they get that kick in it. The pork tenderloin is perfectly seasoned and the sweet potato tamale is an excellent accompanient. Our server was pretty attentive, no real complaints there. The entrees are a bit pricey but they are well portioned and you get more for your money here than at Bolo.