TESSA

4.5
1391 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

About

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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4.5
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect for a casual dinner with mostly great food. Best appetizers were the cauliflower fritto and the burrata. For entrees, the duck was delicious and the side order of shaved brussels sprouts for the table was divine. Noise level was a little higher than I like, but tables in the back where we sat are a little less noisy.

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vipOpal
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our party of seven had enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, and meals. The rabbit pappardelle, brussel sprouts and truffle fries were exceptional.

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ejanszk
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Loved the flatbread appetizer, as well as the dip. Thought the tuna tartare was just okay. I think the ambiance/service is great. A little pricey but worth it, i think!

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vipEileen
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Mediterranean style food. Nice selection of small plates, appetizers and larger plates. The ricotta gnocchi and pork chop were our choices and they were delicious. The chardonnay on tap went well with both choices. Great service and friendly, knowledgeable wait staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Tessa has been completely irresponsible during the pandemic. I live in the neighborhood and I have seen tables smashed together and patrons drinking without eating....all in violation of city and state directives. I loved this place pre-COVID. Seeing how irresponsible they have been over the last few months, I cannot in good faith recommend them as an establishment.

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mm88
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I have been to this restaurant several time !
The dessert was disappointing this time and way overpriced ! 14-16 $ for a slice of almond cake that was soooo dense and not delicious at all! we didnt even finish it!

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LondonLad
London
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great restaurant. We look forward to coming back.

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vippattyn
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My salmon was over cooked - I asked for medium rare and it was very well done unfortunately ruining an otherwise delicious dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service,great food, great ambience!

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vipSara
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Going to a show

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vipgeeshore
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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Pipper
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipWesnile
New York Area
22 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.

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SaraH
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.

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vipSavitriG
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.

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

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

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Gia1234
Philadelphia
11 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
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.

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RemiR
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
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.

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Nate0001
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.

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vipJohn
New York Area
33 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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CT33
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.

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vipJennaD
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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Stacy
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

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OpenTable Diner
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

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

Great uws spot for brunch, drinks, dinner!

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

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

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vipJane
New York Area
25 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.

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TessaB
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!

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KeithR
New York Area
8 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 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.

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vipSara
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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vipIraW
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

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SaadB
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

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

Tessa took great care of us on my birthday

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Foodie
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

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TESSA is rated 4.5 stars by 1391 OpenTable diners.