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
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Tessa recently and have been back at least 4 times this month including for my birthday.
I love Tessa because the food is truly excellent and there are lots of options for people like me with food allergies. Almost all of the main entrees are naturally gluten and dairy free so nobody else at the table even needs to know you have food allergies and they can order pasta with cream sauce without feeling like your food issues are hampering their experience.

I love having such nice dining experience with warm welcoming staff in the neighborhood. Thank you Tessa!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Going to a show

g
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was my fourth time here. The quality of the food was below expectations

P
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved our night at Tessa my ladies birthday !! Would go back next time in the neighborhood

W
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with friends at Tessa President Day. Place was pretty quiet but filled up later. Service was attentive and our Waitress was great. Pastas were all fantastic, nice wines, salads etc.. The space is very nice, warm and cozy. Will definitely had back to try some other entrees.

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant and neighbourhood spot on the UWS. I’ve been here +20 times and it never disappoints. Service is always outstanding and the food is delicious. BTG wine list and beer and cocktail menu is also brilliant.

SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TESSA is hands down one of the top 5 restaurants on the upper west side! The food is always incredible, the drinks are creative and fun, the atmosphere is sophisticated and fun.

NZ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the breakfast sandwich, and the starter muffins are a treat.

G
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I liked everything about this place but the food. The ambiance (a little noisy) , the wait staff, food timing was great... but I left hungry. Even the little donuts that reviewers said were delicious, were eh. Nothing I couldn't get at the grocery store. Sorry, I probably would not go again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Tessa is a great date night spot but poor for a holiday like Valentine’s Day. Our reservation was changed from 7:45 to 8:30 due to a glitch in the system. We understood the change in time because accidents happen, but our table was squished in a back corner of the dining room. Our seats were under a set of vents that were blowing on us the whole night which was uncomfortable. They packed twice as many tables in the back room and we were sitting on top of the table next to us. The waiters did a good job serving considering how jam packed the room was, but it felt impersonal and rushed. It was definitely a disappointment on what should have been a special night.

RR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Tessa was ok. The food was not outstanding and we probably would not go again however it was a nice night out. Unfortunately, we were jammed in there as the restaurant obviously tried to take as many bookings as possible on Valentines Day, it was a bit upsetting that I continuously got bumped by every waiter who walked past. We probably wouldn't go again.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly and eating within 30 minutes of arriving. Even though we were seated right off the steps, seating was very tight so everyone had to make concessions.
THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!! The service was amazing, the experience was amazing and we'll worth the price paid for dinner. I'll definitely take my wife there again.

J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner with wine and dessert. The food was delicious and we had a great evening.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Too noisy
Chairs are extremely uncomfortable
Space is super tight and uncomfortable
No place at all to stand while waiting for table
No one came to refill water or barely checked on us
Sorry.

CT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great spot if you're going to a show at the Beacon. The service is great, but very quick. We were in and out in an hour or so with appetizers, dinner and dessert. Food was delicious. No complaints.

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved Tessa! The ambiance, food and service were all great. I recommend the cacio e pepe.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the entire experience at Tessa
We could eat healthy and well ....and on our way to the Beacon theatre
Service was excellent

The interior design was also very cool

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing and interesting foods!! Tried several dishes and want to come back to enjoy more

E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great uws spot for brunch, drinks, dinner!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week. Excellent value. Fish and fig cake were wonderful.

J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was very good. The seating is a bit too close together. Almost sitting on top of each other. The food was very good.

TB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked the decor and the food was yummy! The complimentary bread and butter was the best I’ve had in the city!

KR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Asset has become one of our favorite places. I love the space, the decor, and the bathrooms which is very important. On the other hand, the food is fantastic and consistently great. Wether it's TESSA or ASSET you cannot go wrong.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pre opera dinner. Delicious food and wonderful service. Pretty noisy but we were seated in the back which felt more private and quieter. Had a nice short stroll to the Met opera after dinner.

S
New York Area
9 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
5 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
17 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
22 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
86 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.