64 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
By food_is_amazing on 3/12/2008
The food at Alta is average, at best. The famed fried goat cheese was frozen solid on the inside; the caramelized cauliflower was just plain burnt. The rest of the food was more than edible, but less than incredible. NEVERTHELESS--it is a lovely restaurant. The fireplace, the warm colors, the beautiful window on the second floor (past the kitchen): these are the reasons to go. Take a date and order the sangria. The food will matter much less after that.
By boris1 on 3/8/2008
most tappas portions are asininely small in everything but price. food is delicious and wine list is great, as is the decor.
By purpleswirl333 on 1/24/2008
I originally had the reservation for 10 people but when the guest list grew to 18, they were able to accommodate us. The Whole Shebang was great and kept the evening lively. All the dishes weren't all the same quality but food just kept coming and coming so there were plenty of fantastic things to try. The staff was great and attentive and it was an overall great experience. I recommend it to everyone from first dates to large parties like mine. Thank you Alta!
By kurban on 12/14/2007
Hard to find, but well worth it. We started at the bar (the bartender was so helpful and funny), and then we were led upstairs, through the kitchen and into the back alcove dining area. It was so loud...but still a great atmosphere. Loved the bacon wrapped dates and the fried goat cheese balls. I will definetly be going back, but next time I want to sit in the two story dining area.
By tomitom25 on 11/23/2007
It took me some time to find the entrance. and If they say never judge a book by its cover, this apply here big time. once inside you will be carried away to another world and very spacey. A great place to take a date.. and very eclictic and chic. The food is great and range from Spanish to Moroccan to French and more. I have been there 2times and going tonight again:) the wine selection is fantastic. Cheers, HMY.
By shadyadi on 10/28/2007
Blink and you'll miss the entrance to this restaurant! Once inside the ambience is lovely, with low lighting and a busy but casual feel. The bar is nice and you can eat here too. The food was excellent - true tapas, very small plates and very tasty. My only complaint would be that we ordered and within 5 minutes half of them had come, but the service then slowed down and we ordered a second load and the meal lasted three hours. Would definitely go back and would definitely recommend this to friends.
By Foodie212 on 8/24/2007
Alta's my go-to place that on any given night, for any given group of friends, family, or out-of-towners - it's bound to thrill. The space is delightful, and manages to transport you out of the city and into some rustic, appetite-inducing sphere of existence - especially when the fire's roaring in the winter. The wine list rocks and the "tapas" are an endearing misnomer - they're more than tapas, they're little tasting plates. DO NOT MISS the goat cheese with lavender honey or the brussel sprouts. A palate that enjoys rich, hearty flavors will delight in this chef's offerings. Disparaging reviewers who seem troubled by "oil, sugar, salt" might want to avoid tapas in the first place.
By percy on 5/20/2007
At 11:00pm on Saturday (perhaps not the best time to judge) the place bore no resemblance to the blurb with 3 stars in NY Magazine. It was over-crowded and extremely loud. The floor was littered with used napkins, silverware and bits of food. Service was curt and frantic. The food (a nice spinach salad, sticky sweet and greasy bacon-wrapped dates, roasted and cured duck breast) though it seemed carefully prepared, was not revelatory and was delivered in cat-size portions, belying the pricing. The blood-orange margaritas made me sad and I'm not sure I know why. I may try again on, say, a Tuesday evening. But only if someone else is buying. I wish there was a MAYBE button below.
By Mushy32 on 5/9/2007
I like this place and can't believe others have given it bad reviews. The food is awesome, the sangria is great and overall it is a fun, casual, yet nice environment. I definitely recommend the gnocci, tartar and brussel sprouts, but everythign is good. I've been several times and will continue to go.
By CTherese on 5/8/2007
No no, this place gets it all wrong. Everything seems contrived - from the barn-esque interior (amazing how paneling can attempt to transform a room) to the standard Vintage-Euro advertisement prints adorning the walls. Plus, while not shy on prices, the tapas are mediocre at best. Some of the goat cheese fritters I ordered were lukewarm, and added extra flavorings (a floral infusion) they could have done without. Meatier, more flavorful olives should be a priority, rather than dainty presentation. For a tastier experience with a more authentic Spanish atmosphere (small, intimate), try Las Ras Ramblas nearby. It may be in a less chic part of the West Village, but it's a sacrifice worth making.