Fried Goat Cheese and Angus Beef Sliders
My favorites of the dishes were the brussels sprouts and the shrimp and chorizo skewer. The sprouts were perfectly cooked to a point of salty caramelization, and it was nice to get a bit of each element of the dish in one mouthful. The shrimp and chorizo was delicious as well; the shrimp was cooked perfectly and the avocado mousse was so light and tasty.
Shrimp and Chorizo
Some of the other dishes, however, were underwhelming. I thought that the pizza was a bit lame and sparse on toppings. The pork empanadas and beef sliders were both satisfying, but with the sliders I found that I didn't know where all of the ingredients were in the dish. I could not make out any cheese or pickle relish on the sliders and although they were cooked to a nice rareness I thought they could have used something else. We ordered two more dishes towards the end: Bacon Wrapped Dates and Olives stuffed with almonds, and the Crostini of House Cured Duck Breast, ricotta, sundried tomato, orange and truffle honey. I enjoyed the duck crostini but we all pretty much hated the dates and olives.
I don't often go out for small dishes but all in all it was really nice to be able to try a bunch of different things off of the menu. Some of the dishes were hit or miss but others were delicious. If I were to go back again I would definitely try the lamb meatballs or the spaghetti pepperoncini, which were both recommended by the waitress. We each paid about 30 dollars which I thought was quite reasonable. The place was loud and really social but drinks were a bit pricey and we were happy we went for a few before going to the restaurant.
ALTA: 64 W. 10th St. between 5th and 6th Aves. (212) 505-7777