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Alta

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

Avg. Rating

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

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60% would go back.

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Great date place ... for a price

By sashasawchai on 7/17/2010

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

Truly brilliant decor and ambiance. Great date spot - though it get's quite noisy for my tastes - try to get a table upstairs for a slightly quieter atmostphere. Food was all excellent, really top-notch. Service was pitched exactly the right, friendly and helpful but not in your face. Comes at a price though, two of us had two cocktails, six small plates and one dessert. Bill came to $96 after tax and before tips.

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212 out of 431 people found this review helpful.

Excellent experience all around

By vercordio on 6/15/2009

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

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.

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121 out of 237 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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214 out of 497 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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296 out of 584 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful, Marvelous

By chaynes on 11/2/2006

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

Carlos Santana said that good music re-arranges your molecular structure. He could've been talking about good food as well: Chef Harrison Mosher has re-arranged my molecules. The black fig dessert is the most delicious thing I've ever put into my mouth.

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359 out of 661 people found this review helpful.

All I can say is DELISH

By gucciqueen on 5/20/2005

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

I love everything about this place from the rustic decor to the lively crowd, friendly service, and delectable food. Here are the five things I tried which were all AMAZING. 1. Fried goat cheese with lavender-infused honey 2. Serrano ham with Valdeon cheese and pineapple on sourdough bread 3. Gigantic grilled prawns 4. Carmelized Cauliflower with Manila clams, chorizo, and raisins (this was my favorite) and 5. Risotto with mushrooms and parmesan cheese (my second favorite)

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355 out of 715 people found this review helpful.

Perfect

By Mercy on 6/6/2010

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

First off, it's as pretty as they say it is...very romantic, dim lighting, nice candles...but it is a bit loud..I found myself yelling so my boyfriend could hear me. Nonetheless, if this does not bother you, it's truly the perfect place for a date or a celebration. Almost each plate we had (churrasco steak, rabbit, spinach and marscapone dip, pork empanadas) was good and quite different from anything we've had before. The avocado relleno was not that great at all though and I don't recommend you order it. The sangria was strong and refreshing, not out of this world, but not bad by any means and we were disappointed they didn't offer pitchers of it...although 11 dollars a glass is quite reasonable for the City. We had a great time there and can't wait to go back!

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203 out of 415 people found this review helpful.

Amazingness!

By arkelemen on 2/19/2009

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

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!

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91 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

Who knew brussels sprouts could taste this good?

By chunkybeefstyle on 1/3/2009

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

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.

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90 out of 175 people found this review helpful.

My new favorite restaurant...

By foodista_ on 1/2/2009

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

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.

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65 out of 136 people found this review helpful.

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