TESSA

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
A modern Mediterranean restaurant located in the heart of the Upper West Side - down the street from the Beacon Theater and a short walk from Lincoln Center, the Museum of Natural History and Central Park.
We offer an inspired and innovative menu. Taking tradition Italian, French, and Spanish dishes and using only the finest seasonal produce, local products and specialty or artisanal items from local or imported sources, we have created an extensive menu containing selections ranging from shared plates and appetizers to home made pastas and exciting main dishes. Our menus change with the seasons and there are truly "specials" on offer every night.
We apologize, but our dining areas do not accomodate Highchairs, Booster Seats, or Strollers.
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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! A tad loud, but not overwhelming.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional !

E
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful and the staff was great and accommodating... The food was amazing and would definitely go back!!!!

MA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently a little lovely experience.

LR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place for food and service but it was beyond noisy.

HH
London
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Disorganized. Poor service. For instance main course was delivered shortly after appetizer. Did not listen to instructions re good. Very loud.

Food was hood

AH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food good service

JT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had delicious dinner with our daughter. Food and service were excellent.

LM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was nice, food was not bad but nothing unique either. I left without any specific impression, positive or negative. It was ok.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was not my first I’m a neighbor.
We are on same industries and this place it’s always great.
Best
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CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love TESSA, it’s a nice gem on the upper west side, the ambience is nice, the space is cozy, if can be a tad loud at times. The staff is super friendly and the food is good. We will keep coming back :)

R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We go here a lot. This past dinner was not up to their usual standards. Branzino flavorless; steak portion not worth the money. Cocktails are always excellent as are the desserts. Perhaps it was an “off night” for the kitchen staff.

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic setting for my wife's birthday. Great ambiance..food was exquisite

MT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of my Japanese friends who were visiting from there were very satisfied with foods, drink and the service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious and the dishes are very generous so we possibly over-ordered in spite of having asked for guidance from our wait-person. While the staff were super pleasant, sometimes it was a bit hard to catch their eye. But on the whole a really pleasant casual dining experience.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine nothing special

AT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always so well taken care of at Tessa. The food is always amazing; the service is always fantastic--it's one of the best gems on the upper west side. We always feel right at home. It's our favorite, hands down!!!

CM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Positive: delicious Shrimp Scampi Pasta. Like the choice of small/large orders. Good service with a smile.
Negative. Too dimly lit for my taste. Noise level too high for my liking.
Will not go back anytime soon.

VG
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about it. Don't miss this neighborhood gem!

IB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From the street TESSA appears to be another dark, narrow restaurant dominated by its bar. Not the case. The dining room is spacious and well-designed - pleasant to look at and comfortable to be in. The service was first-rate. And the food was quite good. The heirloom tomato and watermelon salad was terrific, and the duck breast was well-prepared and delicious. I will go back.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was very good, but the noise level was horrible and I would not return to this restaurant for another meal.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and amazing service! The octopus is outstanding. Cauliflower is so good. Branzino and duck were delightful!! Cocktails were tasty as well. I will be back at Tessa soon!!!

p
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok, but very overpriced, even for Manhattan. The desert portions were ridiculously small. Nice atmosphere.

AK
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food excellent, service as well, but the hostess was confused and disorganized, which was odd given the restaurant was half empty

R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Staff is fantastic from front door to all service staff. Food and drinks delicious !

SN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a birthday, and it couldn’t have been better.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks.

KN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our table was ready for us upon arrival and the appetizer was served promptly. The appetizer and dinners were very good. The server neglected to serve us our last round of drinks (but charged us for them) and was unable to bring us condiments before the meal was over.

c
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tessa was a little too noisy for my taste but I liked the "buzz" and the food was superb. We shared the amazing cauliflower appetizer and I had about the best branzino I've ever had (and I have branzino 4 out of 5 times I go out!) I would definitely go back in spite of the noise.

BC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imaginative food, beautifully presented and delicious! Excellent service. They tooK care of us efficiently and in time to go see a show at the nearby Beacon Theater.
We can’t wait to return

SO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TESSA is my favorite brunch spot in UWS - I highly recommend! Great service and food. It was my friends birthday brunch and they provided a cute macaroon cake.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great (chill) environment. Nice and quiet, great for meetings and afternoon cocktails. Dinner menu is great.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Always amazing food and never disappointed by Tessa for their menu. This occasion they appeared light staffed and we shared a server with a large group in back room. Not usually a problem but As a result we waited quite a bit.

Suggestion that Tessa monitor how they seat tables as they seated a loud group of 4 next to multiple two person tables. The obnoxious foursome ruined what should have been a great evening with amazing food for us and a few others nearby.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Excellent food but very noisy and unbearably dark.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Found restaurant loud but nice ambiance. Mediocre food. Super nice staff!

j
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All the food was very good, well prepared and well plated. The service was good but not great. The waitress would ask if everything was ok or did we need anything and before we could answer she was gone. Can't comment on noise level since we sat outside.

FD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Found this gem this weekend. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend. Good wine list, excellent server. A little too dark, but overall fine dining experience.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

From the outside one has no clue as to how nice the restaurant looks on the inside.
The staff was friendly and the food was impeccable.
In addition to telling my family and friends about the eating experience we will be coming back.
What a nice restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.

OT
Cologne Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr lecker, hatten das Steak. Gerne wieder!

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d
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Food average, service so-so, wait for food was forever,noisy, NOISY !!

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