Join us everyday from 4 to 6 for the Upper West Side’s

“Happiest Happy Hour”


Come in for dinner or drinks pre and post show. We are just around the corner.


TESSA featured in
Timeout Magazine:
“100 Best Pasta Dishes
in New York City 2014”


Honored that TESSA was
recommended by Michelin
NYC 2015!



TESSA is a modern Mediterranean tavern blending southern French and Italian cuisines. We offer a contemporary and sophisticated menu showcasing the TESSA signature style.

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.

TESSA seats up to 65 guests in its main dining room, 50 in our vibrant bar/lounge area and up to 16 in our private dining / wine room at the rear of the restaurant.  We  have a sidewalk cafe for warm weather dining.  We welcome private events and also provide off-site catering.

We are open every day for dinner and happy hour and a fabulous brunch on Saturday and Sunday.


TESSA opened in April 2014 and was the culmination of a several year journey by first-time restaurateur, Larry Bellone and long-time restaurateur, Will Tracy. TESSA is named after Larry’s daughter, Tessa.

Will is a co-owner and the General Manager at TESSA. He has been involved in the restaurant business for over 30 years. He started, owned and operated several restaurants during that time, including The Brighton Grill on the Upper East Side and Punch Restaurant / Wined Up on 20th Street.

Edwin Claflin is the Executive Chef at TESSA. Edwin joined TESSA in 2014 as Chef de Cuisine and was part of our opening team. Before coming to TESSA, Edwin worked at Bobo, the Dinex Group (Daniel, Feasts and Fetes Catering, DB Bistro Moderne) Bouley and WD50, as well as restaurants in New Orleans (August and Cuvee) and Nantucket. Edwin is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park with degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. Edwin is joined in the kitchen by our Pastry Chef Yarisis Jacobo.

Patrick Duxbury, Elizabeth Meadows and Eldric Bashful make up the front of the house management team.


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.



Special Events

TESSA has a 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 catering services for special events in your home or at a private venue. Let us bring the TESSA experience to you.

For inquiries, please fill out the form or contact us at



349 Amsterdam Avenue
(between W76th and W77th Streets)

New York, New York 10024
+1 212 390 1974


Mezze/Bar Menu
Everyday: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday – Sunday
11:00am to 4:00pm


Sunday – Monday
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday – Wednesday
5:00pm to 11:00pm
Thursday – Saturday
5:00pm to Midnight