TESSA

4.5
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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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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Most Entrees are gluten and dairy free (a big source of food anxiety for me) so nothing needed to be modified. the Duck breast entree was outstanding, I can't wait to have it again. The Branzino was also very good, but not as special as the duck.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was too noisy you couldn’t even hear the person seating next to you and the food was serve cold

IW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our neighborhood go to place for dinner and we always bring our friends who love Tessa. The food and menu is spectacular and service is always spot on. The ambiance is upscale and appreciate the prompt seating when arriving. We always feel at home when dining ant Tessa. Thanks

SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, very busy but efficient, courteous and knowledgeable staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tessa took great care of us on my birthday

F
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overrated for expense
Complaint about overly bitter inedible broccoli rabe greeted with an “ok” and smile by waitress. No apology and will inform the chef
Sea bass entree size extremely small
Needed to remind waitress of wine order and request for lemon
Very loud foursome within inches of us (crowded place) and request to move over one table greeted with notable hesitancy. Thank goodness the busboy intervened not the waitress
Overall, would not return

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a great dinner with my husband before heading to the Beacon for a show. Had a 7 pm res and was seated promptly. Food was delicious (I'm still thinking about that octopus appetizer and the truffle fries). It has a great romantic vibe but not uptight. I also appreciate that our server suggested us putting in our full order up front so the kitchen could stagger it in time for us to make our show. We were able to eat leisurely and still make it in plenty of time. I don't get out much, but I would definitely go back.

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the gems in the UWS

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It saddens me that I wouldn't be so inclined to recommend Tessa at this time. Something has changed there. We have been going there for many years since they have arrived in our neighborhood and have spent the last four years New Years celebration there and have always loved their food and service. Unfortunately they were off their game this New Year's Eve.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tessa was amazing! Went with 6 friends for a pre-NYE dinner and had an awesome time. Our waitress was attentive and the food was delicious. Highly recommended!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great value on 2009 Tempranillo.
Pasta was tasty.

JM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 7th time here , always enjoy . Great cocktails and food. Close to our music venue. (Beacon
Definitely give a try, won’t be disappointed

EA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

If you like cold eggs benedict, this is the place for you. Eggs and holandaise were tepid, smoked salmon was ICE COLD. Not my idea of a great brunch on a winter's day.

MK
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrific spot for brunch, especially with a group of 8 people with disparate eating habits. The menu offered options for everyone, and prices were reasonable. Service was friendly, food was yummy. Drinks were a bit disappointing, but they were also relatively inexpensive.

SA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful service! I’ve been here several times now with friends, etc. However, I was super turned off by their steak and frites this time. First off, they garnish / top the steak with fried onions (and other things) to add flavor?? Secondly, I ordered a medium steak, and it came out mostly purple/blue (SO SO rare). I wouldn’t do the steak frites ever again. Stick to incredible octopus and small plates/appetizers!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places on the upper west side

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Large party in back and service was inexcusable.Maybe waited 15 minutes to get a glass of water. I’m not one of those aggressive New Yorker types that needs everything in a New York minute but when you spend over $200 for a dinner for two It is completely unacceptable. The food was tasty and my first experience there was much better so maybe I would give them another chance but I was grossly disappointed.

PG
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Loved being with you but have a few suggestions. The cauliflower frittos were great but there was so little sauce that most pieces were just a piece of cauliflower. It’s needs more flavor that comes from dipping into that fabulous sauce. One of us had the branzino which was disappointing. Everything else was great and drinks earlier at the bar were wonderful.

NJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for my hubby!
Excellent service, food and lively ambiance!

JG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

No pastry basket available - which is always a feature and a treat. Lousy coffee and cappuccinos. Not up to par.

EL
New England
53 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I dined at Tessa Saturday night with a friend. I had been there before and was happy to be going back as it was so good. Not so this visit. It took a long time for us to be waited on. It took a long time to be served a cocktail after it was ordered. Two tables near us came in after we did and were eating appetizers before our order was taken. No one ever came back once we were served to ask if everything was ok. It was not. When my meal was served, I ordered a glass of wine. Ten minutes later I ordered it again. Ten minutes after that I had to ask again. The response from the third person was sorry- I'll pour you a little extra. We felt as if we were just forgotten the entire time we were there. Very disappointing.

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was expecting a proper lunch menu but only a brunch menu was available. They also got our food order incorrect and forgot to deliver all of it.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a late Friday evening when we visited; the food was great, the wine as well! WE will ba back!

SD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Busy Friday night in December but they sat us exactly in time for our reservation. Food was very good, even my picky partner liked it. A bit loud but we could still converse. I’d go back again any time!

RP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pre-theater birthday dinner. Took a chance based on reviews, and were very pleased. Food was delicious, nice menu to choose from. Thought the wine list was very pricey and limited, but the wine we chose was very good. Service started out spotty but got better as things moved forward. Interesting that our server would not take appy order separate from dinner, but turned out to be OK. Very noisy. Stopped back after show at the Beacon to see if we could get a drink and place was jammed. Doing lots right.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The space is inviting and cute. The man working the Host stand
Was extremely rude, but then a friendly woman saved our check-in experience. Even with a reservation on Open Table we had to wait 15 minutes for a table.

The food was average and the waitress kind.

LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s alway’s a pleasure to have dinner at TESSA! Great atmosphere, food and staff.

m
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with cousins from out-of-town. Highly recommended.

WN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always...awesome food and service! We keep coming back for more and more

CW
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This place is a neighborhood gem - but it can get noisy.
We got there at the beginning of the brunch time so we were able to talk with ease.
By the end of our brunch (which was delicious, we all thought), it was quite loud. The atmospheric brick walls reflect back all the sound. There is very little upholstery - a banquette bench & hard wood chairs - and no sound/acoustic panels on the ceiling (which has an openwork metal treatment like accordion security gates suspended below piping, etc.) so the sound bounces back.
I really enjoy their food but take care to go early.

EL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good but not wow. Cacio e pepe was the star of the meal.

F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 5 elderly persons on 12/3/2019, one person with a walker and one with a cane we were treated by staff as kings. My thanks for their kindness. Waitress was a GEM and we loved her. I'm sorry I forget her name. Food was excellent as usual. The kindness shown us was exceptional.

h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very expensive for what they provided. The food was passable, but nothing more. We will not go back.

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If there was any negative for me it would be the noise level. It is very loud and hard to have a conversation.

NR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Superb waitress. Wish I had gotten her name. Always smiling. Blond hair.

BG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Tessa has serious noise issues. The food was creative and delicious, the service was attentive and professional. But the night we were there it was so loud the waiter had to practically shout in our ears to be heard and vice versa. All with a smile of course. Our dishes were excellent, really good; and the wait staff awkwardly cheerful. I would love to come back but it was really painful.

LD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salvatore is a great bartender!

IK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We used to love eating at Tessa, but this time was very disappointing- food was fair, service poor. My husband and I each ordered a glass of wine which we had to remind our server to bring. Also noticed that it was kind of quiet for a Saturday night. Seems like your transferring your best resources to Asset...

r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Tessa. Went before a beacon show and the waiter was very conscious of our timing. The food was excellent and the ambience was wonderful. We will definitely be back