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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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
4 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
9 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

TS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner prior to seeing Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre. It was just two of us and we seated in an area that basically had you sitting with other people. No privacy at all and very awkward to have a conversation. Other than that food and service was terrific.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Great evening except they put us at a table for 4 with 6 people. The head of the table seat was next to the stairs in the walkway and the poor guy was bumped in the back by staffers and other guests for the entire meal. Not ideal when we made the reservation days in advance. They didn’t try to “squeeze” us in at the last minute.

CG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner in a very pretty restaurant. The service was terrific, food great, place pretty. Look forward to coming back. What more can I say?

s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is wonderful with a splattering of healthy choices and sinfull ones as well

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, decent prices. noisy with a lot of kids crammed in the seats next to us. Server entered my entree incorrectly so I got the wrong food. Told the waiter immediately and he said I got what he wrote down. So I ate what I got. Wish I got what I ordered

SS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. The food, the excellent service and the restaurant itself. The food was just delicious and the wait staff was fantastic. Definitely coming back again!

PJ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.
I forgot that it was brunch time..silly me!
Was looking forward to an early dinner, but I will visit again to try their Dinner menu.

AE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite spots - the food never disappoints! Great for brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and mikala was a great server

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The chicken was horrible....dry and grisly + small portion

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TESSA Is always good — have had lunch here a few times.

W
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The restaurant was practically empty at this late’ish lunch hour so the staff was not exactly overwhelmed. Still, the waitstaff managed to forget 3 things they were specifically asked for. And all 3 had to b asked for again. They just felt v distracted. Salads underwhelming.

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been by far the best experience I've had dining in a minute. The vibe is very hip, romantic, relaxed vibe. Light music. Dim lighting. The cocktail are delicious and every single plate was a hit: meatballs, octopus, steak frites, tessa salad, and the spaghetti. I would definitely come back to try more dishes. And the doughnuts were amazing!

t
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choices, every dish was well prepared and presented. Very good cocktails.

L
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Trendy atmosphere with trendy food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food so much

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Wine was great! Menu was fabulous! I had the long island duck which was scrumptious I was especially surprised by the parsnips and turnips! My new favorite place!!!!

KJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and excellent food. It was my second visit and I would go back again.

l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great girls night out in the city. The waiter was very sensitive to the fact that we needed to go to a show. The sommelier was helpful. Wait staff excellent. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. Would recommend highly.

S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great however it was so dark we couldn’t read the menu or see what our food looked like

CG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a wonderful experience from the moment we were seated (which was right away) to the moment we departed. A class act!

DH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was just in NYC for the marathon for the weekend, and wanted soemwhere right around the corner from the Hotel. Yelp reviewers gave no indication that it was basically a somewhat up market pub, but in fact that was all it was...so we arrived, well attired, and at least imagining a more upscale restaurant experience. Service was 'fine'. Cocktail menu is great, they appear to have some good wines, and our food was pretty good. The waitress lacked a couple of basics, especially as to serving the wine....maybe we were a bit exhausted, but while everything went somewhat according to expectations, we left feeling a little flat. Lastly and our biggest gripe....our order anywhere else would have been in the region of about $90, but here it was $136....add a tip, and we're out quite a bit of money for not much of an evening.

NG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a small and very pleasant restaurant with good food and excellent service. However the tables are crowded close together and it is very noisy. Difficult to have a conversation.

S
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful experience at Tessa prior to attending a concert at The Beacon Theater. The vibe and ambiance were comfortable and fun. The staff was extremely attentive without being intrusive. Everyone in our group loves the food as well.

NC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cozy neighborhood spot that welcomes and is inviting for everyone: knowledgeable and courteous staff, fresh ingredients, AMAZING Happy Hour (4-6pm). We’ll be back with more friends :)

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it, especially duck pastrami

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super wonderful across the board.
Will surely return and recommend to friends

MC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place on the Upper West Side for a tasty dinner with friends.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We came in after seeing a show at the Beacon...place was full and jovial when we walked in the door.

Ordered drinks and apps...drinks were good but the
Cauliflower appetizer was a dud...yogurt sauce under it was delicious but the cauliflower was completely plain and the dish needed some crunch.

Mains dishes came and the ricotta gnocchi was fantastic...the steak frites while cooked perfectly was under seasoned and cold. The final straw was the fact that the fries were old. They were room temperature at best.

Our waiter was apologetic for the steak mishap but at that point there wasn’t anything he could do about it.

MK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, wonderful menu, delicious meal!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very noisy
Great food
Service was very good

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Birthday dinner really good food good drinks good service