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Posted by Kim on 04/25/2009
We're huge fans of tapas. My husband spent a year and a half living in Spain, so we were really eager to try Alta - it's right around the corner. We decided to sit at the bar for dinner. First mistake was to order a Mint Julep - today's the first real day of spring and we couldn't resist, but we'd have been better off sticking with wine. After sipping our drinks for a few minutes we ordered 6 plates, all of which arrived in our table in about 2 minutes. The food is mediocre. The plating is nice, but it's clearly all made ahead of time. Also, I'm always a fan of attentive service, but it would have been nice for there to have been a little more "flow" to the dinner instead of shoving everything in front of us at once - hey we also would have ordered a glass or two of wine, but we finished everything in about 20 minutes and were still on cocktails. When we went to pay, we gave the bartender our credit card and he literally tossed it back to us saying "we only take American Express." Luckily we had cash, but his attitude solidified our decision to never go back. Too bad, the atmosphere is great, but if you want truly great tapas, try Tia Pol.
Posted by anonymous on 01/23/2009
i have eaten at alta before and absolutely loved the food, and have recommended the restaurant to friends. i was appalled, however, when i went to make a reservation for a group of 6 and was told that they only seat parties larger than 4 at 7pm and at 9:30. considering this is a small plates restaurant and is advertised as "good for groups," how can they not seat groups at prime dinner hours? i called to make the reservation exactly one month in advance--the earliest in advance they allow you to make it--so it was not an issue of availability. even when i called early on in the evening of our reservation (we took the 9:30 slot), i was told that despite there being open tables at the restaurant, our group would still not be seated until at least 9, because "that is when we seat groups." i love the food at alta but doubt that i will ever go with a group again.
Posted by boybrooklyn on 01/06/2009
Went last night (Monday) for my birthday. Walked in to a stunning atmosphere and the host was really gracious in understanding that people cancelled at the last minute and that my friends are just late by nature. They had no problem and sat us although only 3 out of 10 of us were present. The waitress was understanding as well (although just a little blah by nature hence the 4.5 rating) and also had no problem. fast forward 25 mins.. everyone has arrived and the waitress was well versed in the extensive menu. She gave us her favorites and the restaurants favorites and the 9 of us ordered to share everything. Everything came out like clock work and one thing was more delicious than the next. The moraccan spiced cashews are so tasty. We had to try the brussel sprouts that everyone talked about and they were delicious as well! Other stand out dishes were the lamb meatballs, the empanadas, the avocado relleno, the foie gras..actually everything was really really really good. Our least favorite out of the 30+ dishes we ordered were the smelts.. they just were a little lackluster. The most amazing dish we had was the Wild Boar I wish i had a vat of it to bathe in it was sooo delicious! This was all our first time and we left happy and full and didnt really break the bank. We will all be going back soon!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2008
We had 12 people from my office there last night for dinner, at a large corner table on the second floor. We ordered what they call "the whole shebang" (the entire menu, basically), and they served us with nearly military precision. They were prompt, courteous and had no qualms about a group that large, like some other places we tried to book. Two thumbs up (especially for the ribs, the duck and the calamari).
Posted by Hungry New Yorker on 10/09/2008
I dined at Alta with my girlfriends recently. I was thoroughly impressed by the atmosphere and food. The restaurant is tucked away on a mostly residential street and all the activity inside is a welcome surprise. I thought that the food was delicious and creative, as well as moderately priced. This is New York nothing is cheap, but I thought it fared well against over restaurants with a similar theme. The only downside is that they only except American Express, an inconvenience for those of us who don't carry around wads of cash. All in all, a fabulous meal and I am definitely going back!!
Posted by NY2 on 10/08/2008
Have returned here several times and always, a great selection of solid tapas and great drinks. The back room is great feels like the inside of an old european castle. Love this place and highly recommend!
Posted by Gscha91 on 09/27/2008
If you like leaving a restaurant either hungry or broke then this place is for you. I realize that it is a small plates restaurant, but when you order the grilled shrimp w/ chorizo for $10, you expect, or at least I expect there to be more than 3 miniature over cooked shrimp on a plate. I was with one other person and we shared 4 plates together which ended up being about $65. I'm not overweight but for me to actually fill up there I would probably have to eat at least 5 plates on my own, which would be over $70... just to feed one person.