64 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
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.
By michelle_g on 3/21/2009
My evening at Alta: I had a wonderful time for the first part of the evening; great food and wine. But my party of four was treated very poorly by the reservationist and manager. Granted, we did arrive approx 15 minutes late for our 7:30 reservation. We were told we had to leave by 9:30 PM (and would have done so if asked). As it grew closer to 9:30, we finished our meal and lingered over some dessert as we saw other tables in the restaurant were opening up. At 10:30, we were paying the check when a very rude "manager" told us we had to leave as a table had been waiting for 30 mins. When I pointed out the other available tables, she dismissed my comments and reiterated her demand that we leave. Nice way to treat a four top that spent $400. I told her that she had lost a customer(s). She said that Chris (Chesnutt), owner, would have handled the situation in the same way. Hope that's not true, Chris. You've got a great place that is in dire need of re-staffing.
By FatBastard on 3/20/2009
Stopped by Alta sans reservation and had to eat in the bar area, which was initially quiet then packed as mid-evening diners arrived. Can be hard to get service when the crowd is at its peak and the drinks are flowing, but enjoyed the food and will definitely make a reservation (otherwise all booked up) for what looked like a more romantic dining area at some point. Good low-key but thoughtful decor in both areas make for a lively ambiance in front, seemingly more subdued in back. As with any tapas places, starting with bacon-wrapped dates is a must. Later dishes were thoughtful even if a bit varied in delivery, but many I'd like to return to try. From what we had, lamb meatballs were superb, pork belly also quite good; pass on the duck two ways -- chewy, less savory than elsewhere. Wines by the glass underwhelmed, red sangria was par, a few specialty cocktails seemed interesting like a ginger mojito.
By arkelemen on 2/19/2009
This is my favorite restaurant in the city - the sharing plates make for a fun, relaxed vibe and the food always delivers. The bacon wrapped dates and cheese balls in lavender honey rock. They have GOT to bring back Truffle Surprise, though...it was the best dish on the menu!
By chunkybeefstyle on 1/3/2009
Easily one of our best dining experiences in the city to date. As with many places, this may have been helped by beating the crowd (we ate around 6), but our table service was attentive and the food prompt. The tapas model works well here, allowing you to sample a number of high-quality dishes without breaking the bank. We ordered five plates for dinner, an ample serving for two, and each one was an outstanding realization of the dish. Anyone eating there must order the crispy brussels sprouts - you'll never think of them the same ever again. For dessert, order the torija - a wonderful blend of textures and flavors that few will have encountered before. As for cost, the plates are larger than your average tapas, and the quality of the food certainly justifies the price. We'll definitely be going back, probably with friends in tow.
By foodista_ on 1/2/2009
From the front door, to the service, to my exit I enjoyed every second of my visit. So much, that as I was finishing my meal I was already planning my next visit. Our waitress recommended some really great options for us and everything she recommended was fantastic. So many choices on the menu for everyone: meat-eaters, vegetarians...Photos could not do this place justice. It is so beautiful inside, sitting next to the fireplace. I felt comfortable all through my meal and I was sitiing with 5 other women. We had a great time. Would defintely recommend for either a romantic evening out OR a group of 10 and ordering "The Whole Shebang!" which includes all 45 dishes on the menu! If you go, take an appetite cause you won't know what to do with yourself.
By abbyroad on 12/29/2008
...we were told upon being seated that we would have to vacate our table within 2 hours for their next reservation. Why is their reservation more important than ours? What restaurant kicks out patrons after a set amount of time?!? I thought that was so obnoxious that I will not go there again.
By 2m5 on 9/5/2008
What a shame that this pretty little restaurant serving some really nice food is staffed with some of the rudest and worst waiters I've ever encountered. It was literally appalling. It took 20 minutes before a waiter even passed by our table (at which point WE had to flag them down and beg for some water); another 20 minutes went by before we were able to hail down another waiter to place our order - and the waiter actually wandered away while I was telling him what I'd like to order. When the food finally came, not even the delicious lamb meat balls and the rest of the so-so tapas (which arrived all at once) or cheap prices could salvage our experience at Alta. It was 2 hours after we sat down that the waiter finally brought us our check, and we couldn't get out of there fast enough.
By missthang on 6/13/2008
This is such a great place to go with groups, sharing adds to the fun, food is so yummy, cozy, such a cute little find! I've been multiple times, each time with different people and everyone I introduce it to loves it and is very impressed with the food. Definitly a crowd pleaser, I am amazed that no previous reveiwer has mentioned the delicious "coca", my favorite, flatbread with cheese and mushrooms, soooo delish! Sangria is also awesome and super potent, beware! I've suggested this place for two friends birthday parties and both could not have been happier, it's the perfect atmoshere for that kind of thing, especially if you get a table upstairs. Highly recomend!
By britneyt03 on 5/20/2008
I went with a friend and we ordered two dishes each-- all were good, but two were fantastic. I highly recommend the Crabmeat Cannelloni and the PEI Mussels. The chef even sent out an extra dish on the house of wrapped shrimp, which we didn't really need because everything came out in a timely manner. The decor and ambiance are great for conversing with friends over a glass of wine. Very relaxing with lots tasty food options. Would love to return sometime soon.