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Alta

64 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
212-505-7777

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7
Food: 8
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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60% would go back.

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good food & wine but overpriced

By boris1 on 3/8/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

most tappas portions are asininely small in everything but price. food is delicious and wine list is great, as is the decor.

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62 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

A Happy Birthday Indeed

By purpleswirl333 on 1/24/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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133 out of 282 people found this review helpful.

Great for Drinks & Appetizers

By kurban on 12/14/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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149 out of 286 people found this review helpful.

Escape Manhattan Streets!

By tomitom25 on 11/23/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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169 out of 411 people found this review helpful.

Great food and nice environment

By shadyadi on 10/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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195 out of 405 people found this review helpful.

A Sure Thing

By Foodie212 on 8/24/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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260 out of 520 people found this review helpful.

divided response

By percy on 5/20/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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275 out of 606 people found this review helpful.

Great place

By Mushy32 on 5/9/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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237 out of 510 people found this review helpful.

Nice try, but no

By CTherese on 5/8/2007

  • Overall Rating: 0
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: (NA)
  • Décor: (NA)
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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290 out of 554 people found this review helpful.

Great Ambience

By zooky on 3/7/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Anyone complaining that the food was salty and oily, and that wine drinking was encouraged, obviously doesn't understand the point of tapas. Tapas are salty, oily, wine bar food. Therefore, it would make sense that the restaurant is set up for drinkers. As for them trying to make a profit on the food, I'd agree with that-- the portions are tiny for the price you pay, but at least the dishes aren't as overpriced as some other tapas joints in the city. I went there in the bitter cold. The huge fireplace instantly warmed us, and we loved the smell-- like a ski lodge or a barbecue pit. We had the goat cheese in lavender honey, the oxtail ravioli, the spinach salad, the bacon-wrapped dates and olives, the confit of pork tenderloin, and the fondue. The food was pretty good except for the bacon-wrapped dates, which were exceptional. Our server was very sweet, and we lingered over our meal and weren't rushed at all. The adventurousness of the food, and the abilty of the place to handle large groups means I'll probably be back.

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