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Posted by anonymous on 05/26/2009
I recently ate at Mesa Grill in NYC..Bottomline is my expectations were way, way higher than the actual experience. Once I arrived at the restuarant for my 9:30 reservation, we were greeted kindly and taking to our table next to the window. After waiting a few minutes to get water, we were greeted by our server. The first thing she told us was that they were out of the special. Not a good first impression. After recommending a bottle of wine, we ordered that. After 15 minutes, we finally got the bottle, our server spoke highly off, she informed us they were out of 3 other appetizer (one of which we came to eat), and 4 entrees (one of which was the NY Strip). Yes, I understand that eating on a Sunday night, in NYC is not the smartest things to do, any resturant, especially, such a reputable one, should be able to support the menu on all nights. Furthermore, this contracdicts, Bobby Flay's comments on his multiple shows and how he stresses that running out of food is unexceptable. While waiting for our dinner, another couple sat down next to us. They were immediatly served both water and Bread. Oh yeah, 5 minutes prior our server told us they were out of bread for the night, but yet, the table next to us got a fresh basket of french rolls. As a result of that, our server told us we could get breadsticks instead. It was not until 10 minutes after out dinner was served did we get the breadsticks, which ended up just sitting in the middle of the table like a vase of flowers. I got the filet and my girlfriend for the mahi mahi. Both were good, but not great. The best part about both was the sauce they were served on. Overall, my dining experience was good, but not great, and next time, I will be sure to try a local hole in the wall restaurant, in NYC that cares about the service. Also, my respect level for Bobby Flay has dropped signficantly. I hope you dining experience will be better than mine.
Posted by anonymous on 05/10/2009
In spite of having made a reservation a month in advance, we were made to wait and then given a table right by the door, where we then provided entertainment for hungry diners lining up to wait for their table. We went to Mesa expecting the same big, bold and fiery flavours we see in Flay's recipes. We've tried many of his recipes with great success. We recommend that the chef at Mesa should try those recipes. Because whatever it is they were making, it certainly wasn't those recipes with those amazing flavours. The food was bland to indifferent. Seasoning was an afterthought that often didn't make an appearance at all. To add to this, we ordered the crispy squash blossom appetizer and were told that they were "sold out". This at 7.15 pm. Were we supposed to turn up at 5.00 pm for dinner to ensure that they aren't sold out of any of the dishes on the menu? Service was worse than poor - my husband's beer didn't turn up until he'd asked for it three times. This was our anniversary celebration dinner and it was an awful experience. NYC had plenty of incredible restaurants to explore, so we're never going back to Mesa. He seems to have dropped the ball completely.
Posted by Ali on 04/23/2009
I would not recommend going here at all. It was packed with primarily tourists which is never a good sign for a NYC restaurant. We had a 6:30pm reservation and did not leave until 9pm (not our choice to have a 'leisurely' dinner). Our server was extremely forgetful and seemed very dazed/spaced out. The food was OK: not horrible but not out of this world either. I had the romaine salad with chorizo, the tuna/salmon tartar and the churros for dessert. The churros were actually delicious: warm and crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside. My husband had the calamari appetizer and the strip steak. My friend had the mahi mahi and her husband also had the steak.
Posted by Gonzalo on 04/10/2009
My great friend and I have been talking about Bobby's restaurant for some time. He is an aspiring chef, and talks great things of Mr. Flay. We were able to get reservations for 8 pm on a busy thursday night. We were seated immediately and the waitress was very attentive the whole time. We started with a couple of cocktails that were very tasty. Our appetizers were the quesadillas and also the shrimp tamale which was to die for. We also got the southwestern fries. which were crunchy and tangy. Our main courses were the pork tenderloins with tamale. The meat was perfectly cooked and tasted amazing. The other entree was the chile relleno, it was very crunchy in the outside, and the eggplant and cheese mix inside were outstanding with alot of flavor. We got a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir and Cabernet, very tasty. We spilt the empanada dessert with caramel, it was well presented with pineapple infused in Tequila. Great Choice!!! I will def come back and it meet all our requirements. Thanks BOBBY for a great meal.
Posted by DeJuJu Jeans on 02/12/2009
I had dinner here recently, and while I fairly enjoyed what I ate, I think there are some signs of age going on here with regards to the food and service. My group was warmly greeted by the hostess and coat check person. It made a good first impression. We were a group of 4 and seated across from the bar. This was not an ideal spot because the area between the tables and bar is high traffic, but still, it afforded us a view of the activity in the place. Our waitress soon came by. She wanted a drink order, and seemed somewhat irritated by our inquiries about tequilas. Drink order placed, the beverages were brought shortly after, but the waitress stopped by a few times while we sipped and read the menu to take the order. This was a little annoying - we weren't drinking for a half an hour - I am talking more like 10 minutes. At the third visit we ordered - and the waitress, while smiling, seemed a little steely. It is hard to explain, but despite not wanting to accuse her of this I nonetheless felt like she thought she was the $%^* because she worked in a Bobby Flay restaurant. Sure, that's nice, but my group were no slouches and I didn't appreciate the somewhat dismissive glances. I ordered a second drink and when it was brought, the first, now mostly ice, was removed from my hand as it rested on the table and the second was placed there. Not bad in a honky tonk if you are drinking Bud but not what you expect when you are enjoying a $12 Marg. But anyway, I don't want to shortchange the food experience. The food was decent. Excellent? In my opinion no. My favorite part was the spicing of the food - spicy, and unusual. Not always the expected! The blue corn pancake was delicious, but could have been warmer. The squid appetizer was also tasty, but not mind blowing better than other calamari appetizers I have had. Spice Rubbed New York Strip Steak proved tasty. Sides, including Brussel Sprouts, on a par. I don't really feel like I was a victim of hype - I went in with an open mind - but I say this after trying. The service at the table was OK - snooty waitress and busboys delivering the wrong entrees to us - but not bad really. The food? It was fine, interesting - maybe even innovative - but came out warm not hot and seemed like it was a yawn from the kitchen - liked but prepared as if it was in an assembly line. Would I go again? Sure. Would I choose it myself again? Maybe. Maybe not.
Posted by Gotham_foodie on 02/06/2009
I'm sure Bobby Flay is a phenomenal chef, but this place is not really enjoying any of that talent anymore. Bobby - you'd beat the stuff the kitchen staff churns out here with your hands tied behind your back. Time to put some habanero back in this joint! Looking forward to read the press release when you do. Maybe I'll come back then (it'll be easy enough for me - I work across the street...)
Posted by GS on 02/01/2009
I went to this restaurant last night., 1/31/2009. I love going to a nice dinner, and don't mind paying for a really memorable dinner. The Mesa Grill? First they gave our reserved table away by mistake. We went to the bar and got a drink, and had to wait another 30-40 minutes for a table. The prices were expensive -- $35 for a small steak, just the steak-- and it was very mediocre. I had the chopped salad, which was pretty good, but the double-baked potato for $7 was about a half-cup portion of potato that was barely recognizable. Forget the desert sampling, because it's about a bite per person of a few tiny deserts. There is no "ambience" or "atmosphere" to this restaurant. It's loud, the tables are so close together you can hear the guy's stomach growling at the next table, and the staff has an arrogant, superiour "we're doing you a favor" attitude. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone and I would never go back. With all of the wonderful restaurants in NYC, select somewhere else -- not the Mesa Grill.