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Posted by Jon on 01/23/2009
I took a party of four the Saturday night before Christmas (my 2nd visit to Mesa), and found the front of the house attentive and gracious, and the food lagging way behind. I called a couple of times to make a reservation, then to change it and then to clarify directions (I had the wrong block). Each time the female m'aitre de was pleasant, courteous and helpful. The service once seated was excellent. The food however was average at best with about a 45 minute wait in-between appetizer/salad courses and main course. Once it arrived, a tuna steak ordered medium rare was raw (completely dark red) on the inside with the center absolutely frigid - as if it had been hurriedly pulled from the walk-in. I am not the type to send stuff back, but did, and after another 15 minute wait it came back correct. A fat pork chop was cooked correctly, and another piece of fish was excellent. I provided a bit of commentary to both the head server and the m'aitre de and both thanked me (good move). I am not expecting perfection and have traveled for business & pleasure for over 20 years, but my experience was less than some medium-level places in my own hometown. Not worthy of a celebrity chef, and it makes me wonder if BF has over-extended himself and is now just operating a large corporation trying to make the numbers. Not going back.
Posted by TLP on 01/10/2009
We went on a Friday night and had a 9pm reservation. We were seated at 9:30 by a staff that look confused about what they were doing. The hosts were wandering around the bar looking for people to seat and asking for people's names. It seems like this process needs work. I'm not sure why they were running so late as they never told us. We were then seated in the middle of restaurant, in probably the busiest single spot, next to a large column that a path where most of the staff must walk through to get from the back of the restaurant to the front. Don't get this table. The first thing I felt when I sat down was my waiter's arm on my back as he was reaching to the table against the wall next to us. The table's were so tight he couldn't actually get to that table. The food was ok, i thought. I had the pork spare ribs, they were quite fatty and served pretty cold. My wife had the blue corn calamari. Pretty good. The bright spots were the fish - I had the mahi mahi and it was very good. My wife had the salmon. Although it was only the fish, no accompaniment. Would have been nice to have a vegetable or a rice. We had the brussel sprout side dish, which was very strange. It was with pomegranate seeds as advertised, but the flavor was way too strong. It tasted like it was dipped in Kool Aid. The dessert was lousy..The chocolate coffee tart with bananas had a strong coffee flavor and had a strange fruit ice cream. The waiter was a nice guy but abrupt and forgetful. We had to ask for a drinks twice (both of us). 150 dollars later we left, never to return agian
Posted by ACR on 01/05/2009
Extremely unhappy w/ service recieved on NYE. Hostess gave away my table to party w/ similiar last name and when we asked about our reservation she responded w/ their being "too many Jews in this town." We were seated half an hour later by the door w/ a cold draft. When we asked for the manager (several times) we were told he was busy handing out noisemakers. When he finally came to our table after the meal he did not seem to care that we were unhappy and tried to appease us w/ a glass of champagne.
Posted by LUJacque on 12/29/2008
My family and I were in NYC for the Christmas holiday. I spent many hours before we went reading people's reviews and trying to decide what restaurants to try. Our first big restaurant outing was Mesa Grill and we loved it. The food was excellent and the service was fine. We sat upstairs, which worked out well for us because it isn't as noisy up there so my dad could hear better. We have traveled all over the world and have quite a bit of restaurant experience so I would say that the experience was way above par with the price. The only bummer was the we began our trip with Mesa Grill instead of ending there.
Posted by marls on 12/10/2008
If you don't mind a high price tag, go for it! This restaurant is amazing. Everything was wonderfully flavorful and prepared to perfection. I am a fairly critical foodie and can say without hesitation that this place delivered big time. Recommended: duck comfit in blue corn pancake (more like a tortilla) as an appetizer entrees: New Mexico pork rib eye steak. All are served with interesting and innovative sauces on the side, as well as some delectable garnishes. REally, an excellent dining experience. Atmosphere and decor is lively, but not overly so. A nice blend of southwestern and NYC/Urban vibes. Highly recommended. Be prepared to spend, but don't worry about it - just enjoy the experience!
Posted by Sweetshe on 11/12/2008
Was late for our reservations on a Sunday night but was able to be seated after a few minutes. We were seated up on the balcony which is much quieter - the downstairs was hopping and very loud and I'm sure most people love the atmosphere. The corn and pepper muffins were great - great pepper flavor with a little heat. We ordered the ribs and squid appetizer which were great. Loved the flavors of the sauces. For dinner, we had the salmon w/ black bean sauce which had great flavor, the NY strip steak which tasted just like a steak should - very thick but tender, a twice baked potato with horseradish and the brussel sprouts w/ pecans as a side. The flavors come together wonderfully. The meal was fantastic. So glad we made the special trip!
Posted by Matt (Jersey) on 10/24/2008
This is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The blue corn pancake with duck appetizer is phenomenal. The pork tenderloin I had there was also top notch. Definitely recommend giving this place a try if you're in the area and don't mind dropping some money on a good meal. The cactus pear margaritas are also very good if you want to just stop in for a drink at the bar.