64 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
By sashasawchai on 7/17/2010
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.
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 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 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 chaynes on 11/2/2006
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.
By gucciqueen on 5/20/2005
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)
By Mercy on 6/6/2010
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!
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 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.