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Which of Bobby Flay's Manhattan Restaurants is better? Mesa or Bar Americain?

Looking for a night out . several cocktails and a great meal.............

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Bar Americain
152 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. I think the food at Mesa Grill is much better than Bar Americain. I've had very average/subpar meals at Bar Americain. Though the space is nicer.

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    Bar Americain
    152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

    Mesa Grill
    102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: MinhLikesFood

      Yuck and Yuck ,, just have the cocktails

    2. I had very subpar food at both places. If I HAD to choose, I would pick Mesa.

      1. I think the food at these two restaurants are different. Mesa Grill reminded me of bolder flavors with more Latin roots. While Bar Americain reminded me of a steakhouse-type feel. With that said, although both were fine, I thought Mesa Grill was better just because they had more interesting dishes.

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        Mesa Grill
        102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Bar Americain
        152 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: tastyeating

          I agree with tastyeating. We prefer Mesa Grill. (Disclaimer: Bobby Flay is a generous supporter to my wife's charity.) We always have a nice meal, good drinks and excellent service. I have to say lunch is usually better, why? don't know, less harried?

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          Mesa Grill
          102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: Stuartmc910

            Bar Americain is tired, nothing exciting on inspiring about it. I've heard better things about Mesa Grill though never been myself.

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            Bar Americain
            152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

            Mesa Grill
            102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        2. bar americain gets its lumps on this board. i like it. i like sitting at the bar, sipping a martini and waiting for my wife to scoot over after work. the seafood cocktails are pretty good. so too the hanger steak. moules frites come with a tasty sauce and the fries are above average. the barkeeps and wait staff are a pleasure to deal with.

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          1. re: steve h.

            I prefer Bar Americain too. Mesa Grill is good, but the food is a bit too fussy for me (i.e too many ingredients and a bit too rich).

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            Bar Americain
            152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

            Mesa Grill
            102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: fm1963

              I like Bar Americain better too, and agree that their bar is a great place to sit with a martini and people-watch.

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              Bar Americain
              152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

          2. I enjoyed both but definitely think Mesa Grill is much better and more interesting.

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            Mesa Grill
            102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011