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Posted by Dave on 07/16/2007
This is a nice find in the neighborhood with good value and an interesting wine list as well. Try the cripsy brussels sprouts for a treat, the "Cubano" and the Catalonian flatbread as a main course for two. Tasty and quick, but bordering on not being prepared quite to order.... But last night was way way too noisy, both at the bar, where a group was suffering the dynamic of forgetting there were others around (or just loud and drunk), and when they went to that cute second floor and got noisier. Take shelter on the sides of the main floor to avoid the overhead noise and enjoy a fine bit of tapas. The staff was nice but a bit distracted at times, hard to get their attention for a refill.... Overall, recommended with a nice bar and tasty choices.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/24/2007
the food is good but the service is unbelievably and unnecessarily pretentious for a place in such a delightful location. we were a party of 3 going for an early dinner. place was empty. i mean EMPTY. hostess said since we didn't have a reservation we had to go someplace else for dinner. we couldn't beleive it. i wanted to try the food and at least have a drink so we sat at the bar. bartender was ok and served us a few tapas dishes which were really nice but we were SO ANNOYED that the restaurant didn't fill up-- not until about 8:30. we could've sat at a table had a full meal and left happy by that point. instead, we were apparently not good enough for a table and left disappointed.
Posted by Kristen & Phill on 05/28/2007
Wanted to take my fiance for a nice tapas for his birthday and last night in NYC. I had made reservations a few weeks in advance at Flor de Sol, and when I called to confirm, the lady said she "didn't think so." They were closed. Thanks for telling me. I frantically, and tearfully infact dialed the tapas restaurants that looked even slightly good and romantic. We went to Alta blindly and were blown away. The food is fantastic. We loved the cauliflower, chorizo wrapped shrimp and Coca flatbread with truffles. As with everyone else - the brussel sprouts were out of this world as were the bacon wrapped dates and cold peanut soup with shrimp. Service was excellent, and the atmosphere was rustic and romantic. The price was right and we left very satisified. Unlike alot of tapas restaurants - we didn't feel like I got ripped off for the amount of food we got. A great find and definetly somewhere we will be visiting again!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/16/2007
Such a great find in the city. Fun and lively atmosphere, great value and the food is so amazing. It comes out immediately so if you don't want everything at once I would stagger your order. The brussel sprouts are out of this world and I don't even like brussel sprouts. One of my favorite places in NYC and a must for a group of girls or date.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2007
My boyfriend and I just had a terrific dinner at Alta -- our second time there. The restaurant is very cozy -- cozy in a homey, wood beams, candlelight, fireplace way (not in a cramped way). We went on Sunday at 8:30 -- it was relatively quiet, though certainly not empty. We sat upstairs on the balcony, which we enjoyed. The balcony is great -- seating is very private and there's a nice view of the ground floor. Our server was pleasant and helpful. Service wasn't perfect -- after we put in our order, we didn't get that much attention aside from the delivery of the food (which, by the way, was very quick -- so quick that you might not want to order all at once). But at the same time, it was nice not to be hassled. As for the food itself, we followed the advice of many other reviewers and ordered: bacon-wrapped dates, lamb meatballs, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, scallops, and duck. I would without reservation recommend the dates, meatballs, and brussels sprouts. They were all delicious and interesting, and I will definitely order them again next time I eat at Alta. The scallops and duck were fine, but not memorable -- and (as might be expected) their portions were much smaller than the others. Though the cauliflower is a very popular dish, it didn't particularly appeal to us. We didn't really enjoy the clams mixed in, and we just didn't enjoy the taste in general. We drank the $30 Gessami (Spanish white), which was light and tasty. Our bill with tip came to $100. We left full and satisfied. All in all, it's good restaurant and a great date spot. I'll definitely be back.
Posted by Romantic on 05/01/2007
Perfect place for an early date! Good atmosphere, great food, quiet environment, candlelight, and we had perfect service. Plates would come and go at the right time, but we were rarely asked about how things were, and the waitress wasn't pushy at all (a NYC rarity). The fried goat cheese with honey is a perfect amuse bouche, brussel sprouts were FANTASTIC, asparagus was good, but not great, potatoes au gratin with manchego were really good, as was the pork confit. Sangria was not the best I've ever had, but it was strong enough to give us a good kick! For dessert we split the bananas with Kahlua and coffee mousse, very highly recommended. I have heard mixed thing about the food from others, but we both really enjoyed this particular tapas bar. Again, if you are going on a date, this is an EXCELLENT choice.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2007
Great tapas made of unique combinations. They are moderately priced, too, but as they are only tapas, the portions are small and the bill adds up quickly. It's also probably best to make a reservation first. I went there at 7pm on a Friday with a friend and every table they had was reserved so we wound up at the bar, which is nice as well.