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Posted by Mizz Apikelis on 05/26/2005
Excellent bbq duck on blue-corn cake...duck was so tender and succulent. The corn cake was more like a crepe and was just wonderful. The pork tenderloin was ok, but sweet potato tamale is to die for.
Posted by Causeway00000 on 03/16/2005
When it comes to restaurants, the overall service matters just as much as the food itself. I'm not particularly picky when it comes to service, but I do know bad service when I'm served with it (or not served with it). Sure, I had to call up 3 times to make changes to my reservation, but I don't believe that it gives the hostess rights to rush my call and brush me away. And then when I finally made my way over, I was faced with an emotionless waiter...who probably couldn't care less about this job.
Posted by ScottVisitNYC on 02/06/2005
I was thoroughly disappointed by Mesa Grill. I was so shocked! I am from Tucson, AZ and I get much more authentic and fresh Southwestern food at any local taco stand or carneceria - for 1/10 the price. Visiting New York made me appreciate space, nature, fresh air and manners. Putting my dislike of the city aside - I love Bobby Flay and I only wish him well, but I could not believe it! My server appeared for the order and the check - no questioning about food quality, pre-bussing, no refills, not much of anything and she smoked at least 2 cigarettes while we were there. I hope Mesa in Las Vegas will be better. I frequent Vegas sometimes twice a year and I hope to try Mesa and get better quality of food and service.
Posted by Miss Moe on 02/06/2005
I am not typically a lover of tex-mex, mexican or southwestern style meals - but my husband is, as well as a HUGE fan of food network. He is an ametuer gourmet himself, and Bobby Flays shows have helped him produce some fantastic meals. I brought him here to celebrate our 6 year anniversary, and I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! The waiter was not the friendliest - but I didn't go there for the service - it's all about food! Blue corn encrusted oyster appetizer was a winner, garlic & shrimp tamale was tasty - but the oysters outshined them. Chile rellano - don't think that dish won't be hot - because it is, however the contents inside make it all worth it - plus the roasted peppers on the side cool you down. Pork tenderloin, delicious, I would have again, and the dulce de leche cake is out of this world. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and would go back again - who would have thought!
Posted by food travelers on 02/05/2005
Restaurant week $35 dinner - menu was same as for lunch it seems - The cod was done well with the spice and the chicken too but the cod portion was small - The soup was good in flavors. Dessert was ok - panne cotta with lime was with gusto - The chocolate with ice cream - I could have done it myself. Martini's creative but pricy. Service was brisk - they nearly wanted us to go and it was crowded - the bench French bistro seating is terrible. Crowded and could hear everyone else. Went to Bolo two days later for lunch - a more superior experience in seating, service and portion size at BOLO. Bobby Flay's influence is in the Bolo menu - I would recommend Bolo over Mesa Grill for the experience and value.
Posted by TS on 02/04/2005
Went there for restaurant week dinner. For appetizer, the soup (roast chicken + ancho) was pretty bad. Tastes like some soup that you can easily get from chinatown. The black/brown bean cake with pulled pork was quite special. The romaine salad is a bit too cheesy. I agree with MOSISHA, the plates are really too big for the contents inside. For entree, we haven't tried the relleno (after all, it only cost $20 on the regular menu and it'll be better not to order the restaurant week menu). The 16 spice chicken's sauce is pretty good, but the chicken is too dry inside. It would've been better if they gives us more sauce for that big piece of chicken. The cod, as reviewed before, is just average -- nothing special. For dessert, the panna cotta is just too acidic, but I liked the lime strip touch on the top. The banana chocolate cake is a better choice. Also, the sorbet made a great side to the cake. In conclusion, it was quite filling as the chicken dish is quite big. However, we didn't feel how southwestern the food is, but rather, as my friends said, it's more like the southwestern food of Manhattan. =)
Posted by MOSISHA FROM BKYLN on 01/28/2005
I dined at Mesa Grill this week with a very dear sister & was so disappointed. I had to move back several inches from the table so my enormous plate with a scrap of food could fit at the table. Food was better on TV. Bobby here's a little advice - forget about seating in a community booth against the wall with strangers-hearing each others conversations. I can assure you all - you won't leave mesa grill feeling over stuffed - there's room for Taco Bell after.