MODERN MEDITERRANEAN TAVERN
TESSA is a modern Mediterranean tavern blending southern French and Italian cuisines. We offer a contemporary and sophisticated menu showcasing the TESSA signature style.
DINING & PRIVATE EVENTS
TESSA offers plenty of Dining Room seating with an additional semi private Wine Room for special occasions. We have a large Bar & Lounge area and also offer seasonal outdoor seating. Tessa always welcomes private events for any occasion.
LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE
We are located in the heart of the Upper West Side – just down the block from the Beacon Theater and a short walk from Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park.
Our culinary team has designed innovative and inspired menus. Taking inspiration from Italian, French and Spanish dishes while using only the finest seasonal products they have created an extensive amount of menu offerings.
Selections that range from shared plates and appetizers to house-made pastas and exciting main dishes. Our menus change with the seasons and there are always handcrafted “specials” on offer every night.
To pair with the food, we pour 20 wines by the glass and 10 beers on tap. We also have a highly curated wine list of over 120 labels as well as the TESSA Reserve list with over 50 labels.
Have a Drink
Have a drink at our bar lounge. We pour 20 wines by the glass and 10 beers on tap. We also have a highly curated wine list of over 120 labels as well as the TESSA Reserve list with over 50 labels.
Decor & Design
The unique design and décor of TESSA was conceived by the architectural firm of BatesMasi.
On entering TESSA, you are immediately struck by the exposed whitewashed brick walls and the double layered blackened steel security gates that cover the entire ceiling. These gates, suspended from the ceiling at different levels, create both a bold design statement and a screen concealing the restaurant’s mechanical systems.
Gates and the diamond patterns created by the gate openings, continue as a theme throughout the space – in the gate wrapped bar and in the industrial scissor lamps. Additional industrialized elements like diamond steel plate stairs, blackened steel bathroom sinks, herringbone woven telecommunications cables are on display throughout the restaurant.
The design combines industrial and urban elements with rustic charm creating a compelling and striking setting that is elegant, inviting and comfortable. The inspiration and design concept for TESSA was to pull in the feeling of the city streets celebrating the mundane or utilitarian aspects of the cityscape and create a transformed version of the City within TESSA.
TESSA has semi-private dining that comfortably accommodates up to 16 guests. It is the perfect setting for celebratory dinners and business, social or casual get-togethers. We have a variety of menu options – including a chef’s menu with wine pairing – to make your event extra special.
We are pleased to offer our services for your special events. Book our entire restaurant for a special evening, catered just for you and your guests. Let us bring the TESSA experience to your wedding, birthdays and other large events
Inquire below or contact us at +1 212 390 1974