On my first trip to NYC, I made several reservations to restaurants that had been recommended to me. Mesa Grill was not only recommended to me by friend, but being a Bobby Flay fan, I knew I really wanted to dine there. The restaurant was cleverly decorated and it had a very cool, big city atmosphere; however I did not feel intimidated to be there. The bar was packed and every table was full. My party had an 8:30pm reservation, which I recommend.
The food was excellent! The menu was definitely different, but I expected that, and enjoyed it! I personally had the 16 Spice Chicken and thought it was delicious. The rest of my table had the venison and the lamb. All raved about their choices. We also split two salads, and found them to be incredible.
They had a nice wine selection and a good bar. We tried their margaritas on recommendation from our waitress, and, yes, they were good, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend the restaurant just for the drink (although the margaritas are what they claim as their speciality).
The service was OK. Not great, but not bad either. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable, but not overly friendly (that didn't really bother me. I just happened to notice).
All in all it was a wonderful experience. It was well worth the price and the effort to get over to the restaurant.
I think you'll really enjoy this restaurant if you like a hip crowd and atmosphere, and enjoy your favorite foods with a creative spin.
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