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For 2
7:00 PM
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822 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, French, Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday and Monday: 5:00pm to 11pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:00pm to 11pm
Thursday through Saturday: 5:00pm to Midnight

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

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

Mezze: Daily
4pm - 5pm
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Phone number
(212) 390-1974
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Edwin M. Claflin
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Cross street
77th St
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Public transit
Take the 1 train to 79th Street or the 1,2,3 trains to 72nd Street.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 822 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MariaA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

3 if us had fish. All fabulous!

4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was flavorful & delicious, everything esp the eggplant. We will be back!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We sat at the last 2 top in the very back of the dinning room along the right wall.

The bar area is great and I would preferred sitting in this area. The white noise from the competing voices in the dining room was deafening.

Our table wasn’t clean and had remnants of a prior meal that consisted of plum tomatoes. My guest and I ordered 2 courses and I added a soup course. Why in the word did my soup arrive simultaneously with our appetizers is beyond my obvious comprehension of what is logical & reasonable. We had the Cauliflower Fritto & the Flaked Salmon Tartare, Delicious!!! The soup was hardly hot. A pet peeve of mine is not being serve a hot soup, hot.

Not 2 mins after all three of our plates and my soup bowl was cleared, my Grilled Branzino arrived... It took another 3 plus minutes for my guests Griggstown Chicken to arrive. Not acceptable.

Please note, I ordered my absolutely delectable Branzino without the potatoes and was assured by my waitress that she would have them removed. She also offered to provide additional broccoli rabe in place of the potato... Well this did not happen and I had more potato than broccoli rabe.

My Branzino was perfectly prepared and wonderfully seasoned. My wife had the chicken and that too was incredible!

Dirty table, unfulfilled offering and a very very loud dining experience gives this restaurant 2.5 stars. I would have given 4.0 out of 5 if my table was clean, my soup was hot and served as a 2nd course and if our dinners were served together. We chose to skip the dessert because of the aforementioned hiccups. Clean the tables please!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was delicious and the service was great.

Darcy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

All four of us loved our meal pre-show at the Beacon. We loved everything we chose from the menu, but they could have more salads. We sat in a back area that was very quiet and private. We were there on Valentine’s Day and the service, food, and atmosphere were all top notch, which is never easy for restaurants. I generally cut restaurants a little slack on those major dining out holidays, but this restaurant did not need it. We will definitely be back for our next show!

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food and atmosphere for a great price. Got great feedback from everyone at the table!

vipLZL416 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Love this neighborhood place. Good vibe and ambiance and food always good as well.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was perfect but the only issue i have is that they KEPT rushing US OUT! WAS VERY ANNOYING. ASIDE THAT FOOD WAS GOOD

vipmalofro (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Perfect for a midweek dinner. Appetizers were delicious especially the cauliflower fritto with mint Greek yogurt with basil. Grilled Branzino and Osso Bucco as entree's were also wonderful. On arrival, we were greeted warmly by the friendly staff and the service was very attentive. The atmosphere was cozy. Enjoyed the whole experience.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

We had a great meal before a show at the Beacon Theatre. Service and food were excellent. Server asked if we were seeing a show in order to gauge the timing of our courses. Much appreciated. We will definitely return and would recommend Tessa to others.

vipMrw365 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Over priced for very mediocre food.

vipLozb (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great spot. Meatball appetizer v good. As was cauliflower appetizer and bucatini entree. Service was friendly, attentive and considerate for theatre obligation.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

What an absolutely delightful dining experience. We were quickly escorted past the cheerfully noisy bar to the quiet of the dining room. The restaurant is thoughtfully appointed and comfortable. The restaurant week menu was explained in addition to the regular menu and we were given the option of ordering items that only appeared on the limited menu separately.
The fried cauliflower with yogurt sauce and flat bread with cheese and figs were perfect to share and tasty temptations of what was to come. Each entree was plated with care and the contents matched the presentation. I’d have them work on their Bloody Mary, but that’s my only suggestion.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

VERY noisy. Could not talk - MUSIC was so loud. We asked again and again and then finally they lowered it.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and ambiancec

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Could converse without problems hearing.
Good food.
Knowledgable of answers to all of our questions.
Good customizing of the ingredients to our requests and preferences.
Undercooked item was acknowledged and remedied in short order from the kitchen.
Service was attentive yet not bothersome.
No impatience perceived when we lingered a bit longer at the table to finish up all of our dialog with each other.
Friendly “thank you” from all personnel as we departed felt genuine.

Harrythehat (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent meal, a bit expensive but good. Very energetic atmosphere with brick and metal like ceiling sound was loud but that’s Tessa

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We ate at the bar. Delicious osso buca & truffle risotto. Both delicious & hearty portions. Sal & Michael took great care of us at bar. Very friendly. Always available. It all made for a very fun delicious satisfying evening!! Can’t wait to go back!!

vipWitty (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We ordered the beet salad and it was very good. I ordered a salad with shrimp and it was good but not great. It didn’t have enough flavor. We had the ice cream for dessert and the pumpkin flavor was over powering.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

A wonderful add to the neighborhood, we've been frequenting Tessa since it opened. Delicious food, elegant ambiance, and great service make this a dining experience worth it!