64 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
By eastvillbobogirl on 10/11/2009
I picked this place for a friend's intimate birthday dinner. It looks like a little hole in the wall from the street, but once inside and past the bar, the space becomes a beautiful, two-tiered rustic dining room. We killed time at the bar before eating. The wine selection was good and even their cheapest red was delicious, though the bartender could have been much more attentive (he waited to finish his conversation with co-worker before taking our orders or even greeting us.) The best way to order at this place is to just pick as many dishes off the menu as desired and share them amongst the table (provided you are dining with with a small group, say one to three others) Almost everything, save for the octopus - which was poorly seasoned - was delicious! The goat cheese and the brussel sprouts were highlights. One person in our party was a vegetarian, which is often hard with Spanish cuisine but there were plenty of tasty dishes for her to enjoy. All and all, the food was incredible and the decor was warm and elegant.
By gjl137 on 9/19/2009
I went here with friends on a Friday night for a 9:30 reservation. We got there early and had cocktails at the bar. I recommend the Spanish Manhattan if you like Maker's Mark. Alta was able to take us to our seats early which was located on the second floor. The ambiance and decoration was great. I recommend about three to four tapas per person. There were three of us and we ended up having 10 tapas and the Spanish cheese plate at the end. With drinks, we ended up each paying $65 a person. Get the tuna tartate and the scallops. Best tapas on the menu if you like seafood.
By abriggs on 9/14/2009
I went to Alta last weekend with my fiance to celebrate our engagement. Unfortunately, they seated us in one of the back rooms---we were at a table next to two enormous, very loud parties. The door to the room was shut and with the two parties yelling over each other, we literally could not hear each other speak (and this from someone who enjoys lively restaurants). We tried to get used to it for half an hour, but then asked our waittress if we could move. She suggested we wait it out "for another 30 minutes or so" until they left. Annoyed, we decided to take our bottle of wine to the bar until another table was available. However, the only table they could offer us was back in that same room, with two different, equally sized parties. In the end, we decided to just leave. We had only had a couple tapas and only after my fiance complained, they were removed from our bill, which we did appreciate. Given how difficult it is to make a reservation here, the surly bartenders, and apathetic waittress/staff, I would not go back and would not recommend this place to anyone.
By amelialocks on 7/28/2009
Great dishes, including a cheese filled squash blossom, beet salad, turkish salad, and incredible crab croquettes. Wines selection is also good. Nice ambiance with warm and dim lighting in a cozy space. Our table was probably the worst one in the room, and still not bad. Worst thing about the experience was the bartender. Got there early and tried to order a drink for about 15 minutes. Maybe the bartender was covering someone else's shift, and not really a bartender after all? Seemed like a nice enough guy, so all is well, but waiting for a drink, and then waiting forever to pay can be a little annoying. That said, I would return. Perhaps with a concealed flask next time. Waiter service at the table however was great.
By KatieLovesFood on 6/23/2009
We came here for a bday party...and after being there for 1 1/2 hours (group of 12) and spending $1000, we were rudely told that we had to finish up and leave, as someone was waiting for the table.
By ralph1 on 6/19/2009
Went one night for a family gathering at suggestion of a family member and I was picking up the tab. Packed, uncomfortable, noisy bar. Unfriendly greeting by seating hosts. Food and service was average at best. Time to pay and I hand over my visa card. Rudely told only american express or cash. What?? Not prominently displayed anywhere! Luckily I had the cash to cover the tab/tip. Wake up Alta- It's about giving customers choices not restrictions! Never again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By vercordio on 6/15/2009
From reading recent reviews, I was expecting the excellent food and the charming restaurant decor. What I wasn't expecting was the fantastic service from beginning to end. I didn't experience any of the rudeness the other reviews speak of. The gentleman I spoke to to reserve our table was friendly and helpful; the maitre d' greeted us with a smile and seated us immediately; our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and always extremely polite. We were never rushed or left hanging, and there was no pressure to spend more than we wanted. The yellowtail was a little small, but the rest of the plates were surprisingly full. For meat-eaters, I highly recommend the skirt steak. Everyone enjoyed the fried goat cheese with lavender honey. I will definitely dine at Alta again.
By salomadot on 5/14/2009
I was excited to try Alta and planned a birthday dinner for my husband and a few friends. When we arrived at 7:30, it wasn't particularly busy and we were ignored by two hosts who were clearly unhappy to be there. At the table, our server had an angry vibe and registered his impatience over simple requests. The food is good and the place looks lovely, but empty plates were left on the table for 25 minutes after we finished eating as our server had long ago forgotten us. Our dinner was punctuated by piercing squeals from a seriously annoying birthday table below, and from 8:30 to 10, noise levels at Alta reached such a level that talking at our table turned to shouting. As we walked out onto 10th St, relieved to be out of there, our ears were literally ringing like we had just come out of a death metal concert. Hideous.
By starzbury on 4/2/2009
The food at this place was really good and the atmosphere is great BUT there was a rat near one of the tables!!!!! Unfortunately, I won't be able to go back.
By kf140 on 3/29/2009
After many enjoyable visits on weekday evenings (incl large family gatherings), one BAD Saturday night experience has poisoned the well. Show up at 7:30p on Saturday night after having to fight to keep a reservation made 3 days before (we failed to confirm by 3p the day of the reservation..., order 2 bottles of wine between 3, plus over 15 dishes (small and large) = $250 bill. At 10pm, the last plate has been finished, with 2 inches of wine in our glasses, haven't received the bill, and the head hostess whispers in my ear: "there's a group that has been waiting for 45 mins for our table and would we mind moving to the bar (for a complementary drink, she adds)"... implication being that perhaps we should have known this (?), and that after spending that amount of $ we've somehow overstayed our welcome. Needless to say, passed on the free drink, had words with an unapologetic manager on the way out ("it's business; we've got to keep the tables free"). Incredible. Loyal customers lost last night. Shame.