HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Better Bobby Flay restaurant

b
bubblesdlev Dec 9, 2010 08:37 AM

My husband's favorite TV Chef is Bobby Flay and for his 30th birthday I am thinking about taking him to NYC (he has never been) and taking him to either Mesa Grill or Bar Americain. Can you tell me which in your opinion has beter food and which is beter ambiance for a birthday?

Thank you in advance for your assistance

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

Mesa Grill
102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. s
    Stuartmc910 RE: bubblesdlev Dec 9, 2010 09:11 AM

    Two differents types of food, for starters. I favor Mesa Grill because I like spicy food. I find it also more festive.

    -----
    Mesa Grill
    102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    2 Replies
    1. re: Stuartmc910
      sgordon RE: Stuartmc910 Dec 9, 2010 10:27 AM

      For the style Flay is known for cooking on TV - Southwestern American - certainly Mesa Grill. As to general quality, they're both good - Mesa does the SW thing, BA is more an all-over-the-American-map kind of place. I think you'll get more of a feel for Flay the Chef (not that he's ever in the kitchen anywhere besides Kitchen Stadium these days) at MG, though.

      -----
      Mesa Grill
      102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: sgordon
        Wilfrid RE: sgordon Dec 9, 2010 11:17 AM

        Flay is often in his kitchens. Mesa Grill gives you the dishes by which he made his name. The best advice is to avoid busy nights when the restaurants can be so slammed that the kitchen is not at its best.

        -----
        Mesa Grill
        102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    2. princeofpork RE: bubblesdlev Dec 9, 2010 12:45 PM

      MG is more authentic BF

      1. steve h. RE: bubblesdlev Dec 9, 2010 04:07 PM

        Bar Americain, at the bar, is pretty interesting. I've been going there for a few years now. I concentrate on the apps.

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

        1. a
          AYSConsulting RE: bubblesdlev Dec 10, 2010 06:15 AM

          Definitely go for Mesa Grill. This is what made Bobby Flay Bobby Flay.

          -----
          Mesa Grill
          102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          4 Replies
          1. re: AYSConsulting
            b
            bubblesdlev RE: AYSConsulting Dec 10, 2010 06:17 AM

            Thank you how is the atmosphere of Mesa Grill is it romantic or loud?

            -----
            Mesa Grill
            102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: bubblesdlev
              n
              Nancy S. RE: bubblesdlev Dec 10, 2010 08:30 AM

              Loud!

              1. re: Nancy S.
                Wilfrid RE: Nancy S. Dec 10, 2010 01:16 PM

                And so is Bar Americain. There's no quiet Bobby Flay since Bolo closed.

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

              2. re: bubblesdlev
                j
                julilouie RE: bubblesdlev Dec 12, 2010 12:55 PM

                Mesa Grill is loud, but exciting. The decor is colorful and great fun for a birthday party. I think your husband would enjoy it very much if Bobby Flay is his favorite.

                -----
                Mesa Grill
                102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            Show Hidden Posts