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Mesa Grill

lkelly30 Oct 20, 2006 09:53 PM

Has anyone been? Is it worth going to celebrate husbands birthday?

Thanks everyone

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  1. 280 Ninth RE: lkelly30 Oct 20, 2006 10:01 PM

    I like it...good service and food, nice room. Not head and shoulders above other places, but still very good.

    My preference is Gramercy Tavern....

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      diropstim RE: lkelly30 Oct 20, 2006 10:17 PM

      Mesa Grill, to me, is a fad that should have been over about a decade ago. Much better places within spitting distance: Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar and Grill, Veritas, Tocqueville, Tabla, Eleven Madison, Craft even (and I hate Craft).

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        Angelina RE: diropstim Oct 21, 2006 11:32 AM

        I agree with diropstim. Mesa Grill has seen it's day. I have not been there in about 2 years, but I remember how the service was way off, and the food was ok. Nothing that stands out in my mind. This certainly is not a place where I say to my husband, let's go, I'm craving Mesa Grill. Never.

        Definately try Eleven Madison Park. It is superb! Especially for your husband's birthday. It is a way much higher caliber of a restaurant. I have eaten there about 4 times now since the summer. (As a matter of fact, I went there all based on another perosn who posts on this board. And she was so right! It is one of our new favorites!)

        Wherever you go, have a good time!

      2. jakew8 RE: lkelly30 Oct 23, 2006 01:43 PM

        I think that all posts here that compare Mesa Grill to Grammercy Tavern, EMP, etc. are missing the point.

        I love those places too, and I know that Mesa isn't as high quality of a restaurant, but it's niche cuisine. I think that it's still the best outlet for Flay's 50-spice-rubbed corn-crusted chile-chipotle-charred whatevers. If that's the sort of stuff that you're craving, then a trip to Mesa Grill is worth it.

        The service, while usually fine, is spotty.

        1. sivyaleah RE: lkelly30 Oct 23, 2006 03:02 PM

          Had a perfectly fine meal here a few months back. I don't think it's "seen it's day" and agree, that it is niche cuisine. If you enjoy BF's type of food, you will enjoy your meal here. The night we went, service was great, the meal was very enjoyable. We knew what we were coming for, we were not expecting an Eleven Madison Park experience. It's fun, lively and if your husband wants to eat there, that's all that matters.

          Here is the link to my review:


          Let us know if you go and what your opinion was.

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            ciaoeater RE: lkelly30 Oct 23, 2006 03:15 PM

            Love Mesa Grill! I'm a big Bobby Flay fan: think everything is consistently delicious. And don't forget the margaritas...

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              KTinNYC RE: lkelly30 Oct 23, 2006 04:04 PM

              Mesa is tired and the quality of food can be found in just about any mid sized city in America.

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                DaniNYC77 RE: lkelly30 Oct 23, 2006 04:04 PM

                The food is great at Mesa Grill, it may not be as "trendy" as it used to be but I have been several times and the food was consistently good. I wouldn't say that it is romantic in any way and the food is definitely my taste (southwest)and it may not be everyones. I can't complain about this place at all and I have to say it is one of my favorites. A great place for a birthday if you want to have good food and good drinks.

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                  john RE: lkelly30 Oct 24, 2006 03:03 AM

                  I don't think Mesa Grill is bad, but I think it lacks execution at this point. When I get a craving for good, upscale southwestern I go to Hells Kitchen (the restaurant, not the neighborhood). Similar style, but you get the feeling they care about you having a good time. (Probably because they cannot count on the bridge and tunnel crowd to keep it filled)

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                    EFAN RE: lkelly30 Jun 12, 2008 09:22 PM

                    Mesa Grill is one of my favorite restaurants! It's a nice place to go to if you're not looking to spend a $100/person. The service is great and the food is packed with flavor!

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