Restaurant Review - Alta

>> Monday, May 19, 2008

Before I started the Frugal Foodies I used to send out weekly emails to my girlfriends to describing the restaurants I would eat at. This was my first email review and since having eaten at Alta I've gone back with my Dad and Jef.

Here's the email in its original form so you can see why I needed a blog to write about food :)

Anyways Friday night we went to this little restaurant in the West Village called Alta and seriously it we had some of the finest culinary masterpieces that have every grazed my expanding palate. They are all really small portions (its not actually a restaurant its more of a tapas places...) so we ended up ordering 4 things and with the guidance of our sever we really knocked this one out of the park. I sipped on a lavender martini and Tracy on a floridirita (a grapefruit and white grape juice vodka drink) and then the food...WOW here's a brief overview:

  • Fried Goat Cheese with lavender infused honey
  • Smoked Mozzarella in shredded filo, tomato and red onion salad, caramelized balsamic
  • Skirt Steak chimichurri, shoe string potatoes and rosemary butter truffle cheese with a stewed jersey tomato
  • Pork epinadas with a chipotle lime dipping sauce
  • Chocolate fondue with orange biscotti (I LOVE FONDUE)
  • Strawberry tart

I swear the people next to us probably thought that we were food critics because after every bit there was a discussion about the contrasting textures and the was a sight to see!

Since having been back with my Dad and Jef, there are some additional things that we tried that definitely should be noted

  • Coca (Catalonian Flatbread) oven roasted mushrooms, fresh ricotta, truffled boschetto, herbs
  • Crispy Duck Confit Tatsoi Salad with frisee, whole grain mustard & Forum Vinegar
  • Brussel sprouts roasted with apples
  • Venison with an apple chutney
  • Lamb Meatballs spiced butternut squash foam, toasted sesame seeds and lebne

Overall Alta is one my absolute favorite places in Manhattan and for good reason. All the plates are reasonable priced between 6.50 - 15 dollars. Everything is made to order and comes out as its ready, oh and the food is amazing!!

If you are ever in Manhattan this would be my suggestion for a light dinner (or heavier dinner depending on how much you order) and if you get a big group together (I'd say 8+ people) I would definitely suggest doing the "whole shebang" for $350 and sampling EVERYTHING on the menu!!

64 W. 10 (at 6th ave)
NY, NY 10011
(212) 505-7777


Clarke May 20, 2008 at 2:14 PM  

Suzanna B had her birthday dinner at Alta and (as you point out) it was truly lovely and not too 'spensive either.

I am still dreaming about that lavendar-infused honey

Ilovetoeat May 20, 2008 at 8:06 PM  

I love that place!!


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