Friday, May 17, 2013

A Room with a Familiar View

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Anybody home?

Now that some of the controversy around West Village staple Alta has calmed down a bit (Full discretion: The Foodies in NYC ate here way before March), we wanted to reminisce about some of the good times we can remember there...

So first, we ask you all to come clean. We’ve done it and we know you have - you’ve driven by that old Italian restaurant with the stucco-siding, or walked into that classic clam bar with the crab winking from his spot on the wall, and SWORN that you’ve eaten there before.  You can’t remember what you had or who you were with, but you remember it was good.  For us, that place is Alta.

While we admit we’ve never had a bad meal here, nothing about Alta screams out to us.  But it is one of those places you find yourself oddly drawn to time and time again. Maybe it’s the typical fried goat cheese balls, the succulent lamb meatballs or the tangy braised octopus that lumps it into the pack of Mediterranean restaurants in NYC - but yet, still keeps calling us back for more.

Known for its tapas style dining, it’s a fairly traditional menu with a consistent execution. The short rib entree and Brussel sprouts side are classy comfort food but the over-extensive wine list might be the reason we’ve a hard time remembering our past together.  So summing up our relationship with Alta, it’s essentially like having a one night stand after you’ve had too much to think it was pretty good but can’t quite remember until you run into him again and can’t fight the urge to indulge in a fried goat cheese ball.
There's the beef.

64 W 10th St  
New York, NY 10011

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