Alta Calidad

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83 Very Good

A creative Mexican restaurant from chef Akhtar Nawab that plays with influences from India and the American South.

552 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238


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Alta Calidad (Spanish for “high quality”) is a bright corner spot awash in sunlight and succulents. Chef Akhtar Nawab’s food is both approachable and inventive: you’ll find a torta starring chicken-fried steak, and sea scallops finished with shiitake salsa. Tortillas, meanwhile, are made on-site and topped with crispy shrimp tempura, roasted skate wings, and chicken albóndigas anointed with coconut chutney.

What you need to know

Insider Tips Patio seating is available in warmer months.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized