The Quick and Dirty: Alta

 A romantic tapas bar in the West Village. Set in an open, bi-level townhouse on w.10th street, Alta's fireplace and stoned walls, create a cozy, South American inspired atmosphere.The food, while not traditional Spanish, is fun and inventive. Fried goat cheese with lavender infused honey. Crispy brussels sprouts with fuji apples, creme fraiche and pistachios. Grilled gulf shrimp and chorizo skewers with avocado creme, warm garlic and sherry vinaigrette. Good luck narrowing down your order.

Best to go with a handful of friends and make your way through their extensive menu at one of their long, rustic tables, perfect for groups.

Hot: The bar - generous in size, but still cozy, it's where tapas are meant to be munched.

Cold: The Mexican music they blasted throughout the restaurant - and no, it was NOT salsa.

Must Try: Recommended by our waitress, the best dish of the night was the Spaghetti Pepperoncini. Back the truck up - spaghetti at a tapas place? Crazy, I know. And especially since I only recognized roughly half of the ingredients in the dish (bottarga di muggine, dried bonito, shrimp oil, pepper cress?) - but the waitress wins this one. It was a hit.

64 W 10th St
New York, NY 10011-8702
(212) 505-7777

- The Heat


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