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About TESSA

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 menus. 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.

349 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, French, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday and Monday: 5:00pm to 11pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:00pm to 11pm
Thursday through Saturday: 5:00pm to Midnight

Lunch:
Monday through Friday: 11:30am to 3:00pm

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday
11am - 4:00pm

Mezze: Daily
4pm - 5pm

Cross Street:
77th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 390-1974

Website:
http://www.tessanyc.com/

Public Transit:
Take the 1 train to 79th Street or the 1,2,3 trains to 72nd Street.

Executive Chef:
Edwin M. Claflin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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TESSA Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Creative Cuisine (32)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Casual (23)
Fun (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Authentic (11)
Romantic (11)
Seasonal (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Tapas (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice neighborhood place w/mediocre food that fits right into he UWS’ never-ending dull restaurant scene. Overwrought food joint that under delivers

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and ambiance

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent. Our server, Nadia could not have been nicer and her recommendations were perfect. Nadia was very accommodating when one member of our party was late and ordered well after the rest of us had finished our meal.

Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Delicious meal with great service from Gus. Highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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food4
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Arrived for brunch on Sunday at 11:30. The place was empty but quickly filled up. Me and my guest ordered the build your own benny. A great concept and the waitress made good suggestions on how to pair. It comes with a side of mixed greens that goes perfectly although the overall portion was quite small. I should have ordered a side to go along. Overall experience was very positive. I’d return for sure.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 2, 2018

My favourite place on UWS

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food5
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Got a late lunch and it was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Tessa was suggested to us by a friend and would definitely recommend to others. The buratta & mussel appetizers were phenomenal & so was the scallop special.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The branzino and the Tessa salad were both very tasty. This was my second time at Tessa and both times I found the service to be mediocre. Waiters seem distracted and don’t notice when you wave them over. It is hard to get their attention/ service. Both times food took a long time to come out.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service2
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The company cocktails were good. The drunken mussels were delicious. The lobster pasta (forgot the name) was too salty -couldn't it eat. The pork chops were salty too. The Hanger steak was perfect. The burger was fine. The donuts dessert was yummy.
The place is pretty. The service was fine, we could barely hear our waitress though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food and service were wonderful! Cocktails and wine were also spectacular!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Chef Nicholas McCann is extremely talented and presented us with some unique dishes. The front of house staff and the wait staff are as pleasant and competent as any staff in NYC. I will keep coming back (again...and again)

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Was very pleasantly surprised with a very good meal and nice wine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good variety. The branzino was flavorful as were the mussels. Will be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Dinners have always been very good here but a recent lunch was a great discovery. Less busy than at night when this popular spot is always full and a bit noisy so 4 of us could talk comfortably. The choices were excellent from small plates to salads with pastas also available. Pleasant service people and no rush.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is our neighborhood favorite.

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We have been to Tessa a few times. This time we were disappointed. While our server was very friendly and helpful, the food was under seasoned and just not as delicious as in the past. The chocolate budino was the best thing we ate by far. It was SO loud!
Not sure we will go back...

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food2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very good, that’s all I want to say

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food, service and ambience. Nice location. So happy to have a restaurant like Tessa in my neighborhood!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always love Tessa! I enjoy the food, great wine selection, terrific cocktails, friendly atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Yummy, yummy and yummy! The back is delightful and the bar scene is active. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Nice local gem with excellent wine list and craft beers with well-made food. Service was excellent and decor was more than comfortable. Worth repetitive visits!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
1 person found this review helpful.
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Tessa and Caesar salad wonderful. linguini superb . Service couldn’t be nicer. Lovely evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Gus our waiter was awesome!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always a great place to eat. The food is excellent! Wait staff are attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

We asked to be sat in a romantic, quiet place and they sat us in between two other couples that felt like we were sharing a table with them and could hear everything they were saying.
Pretty tight squeeze.
Other than that, service was good and food was good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was great. Service not so much, our waitress was rude, arguing with us. Honestly I’ve never been treated this was in a restaurant before

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The octopus was sensational. Unfortunately my husbands lamb was inedible- very tough. My fish was cooked beautifully. Would definitely try the restaurant again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Looking for an Upper west side location, a local suggested this for a varied menu of mostly small plates. Very attractive and casual decor with nice selection of lunch options. a glass of pinot noir from oregon was delicious. Am trying to like kale, and they did a pretty good job of making the kale salad palatable. I even took leftovers home, heated it as a side for dinner and it was even better than cold salad. Our waiter Michael was very helpful.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

On our first visit to Tessa we enjoyed both our appetizers and our mains which arrived in ample portions for sharing and were very well prepared with fresh ingredients. Highly recommend Tessa for dinner. but be prepared for a loud atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I was quite disappointed with the food given the great reviews I had read before going; we had the salmon tartare which was quite bland and small for the price; the truffle fries were good. Service is attentive and efficient; cozy setting, nice atmosphere

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We so appreciate the quiet alcove in the back with no speakers despite the fact that all the tables were full and the atmosphere was festive for Thanksgiving. The food and service were excellent and the wine pairing interesting and unexpected.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I love Tessa and come here often. The food is always fresh and the service is great.
It does get crowded and noisy in the evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Afternoon Tea
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Everything was awesome. The food and service were great. Highly recommend.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great service! Nice wine selection and cheese plate. Interesting dinner choices and specials. Generous portions. Beautiful interior. Busy, fun atmosphere. Easy walk to the theaters. Would go again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love this place. For the first time ever tonight I didn't love my food. The gnocchi was so salty I was gulping down water. Avoid that dish.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Exceeded all expectations!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Branzino and the coconut sorbet (homemade) were really delicious. The service left something to be desired; our meals were about a half hour late.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was our first time at Tessa. I was impressed with the waitstaff and the professional and friendly manner of the managers. Although we had a 6:15 dinner reservation the restaurant was full and it was quite loud not what I expected. Everyone was pleased with their mains.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I like everything about this restaurant except the noise level.

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