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Mar 27, 2009 10:25 AM

In Search of Small Plates/Tapas to share


I am looking for a restaurant/lounge that has an extensive small plate/tapas menu. I'd love to be able to order a few small dishes to try different things, and not have to spend an absolute fortune. I'm looking for delicious food, and an upbeat environment. I'll be heading to the MOMA first, but am willing to travel anywhere in the city for this type of restaurant. I'm just craving it! Looking forward to hearing your responses. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Alta on W. 10th b/w 5th & 6th has exactly what you're looking for!

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    1. re: sam920

      I really enjoyed Alta. My only complaint is that the plates come to the table too quickly.
      I also enjoyed Stanton Social.

      1. re: trishottawa

        Stanton Social had some excellent small dishes. The red snapper tacos, the wild mushroom risotto cakes, butternut squash ravioli, tuna tartare, were great. I wanted to try the crabcake corn dog but they were out of it,,,, I was really suprised how good the food was,,and upstairs was quieter than downstairs. A good experience
        Stanton Social 99 Stanton St

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Is thereanything else like Alta or Stanton Social?

          1. re: trishottawa

            Also in LES, 'inoteca at Rivington for some good Italian small plates and rovbust Italian wine list.

      2. re: sam920

        Went to Alta last night (after reading the suggestion on this thread) and we had a good time, it was seven of us and we shared around 17 dishes, 6 desserts plus drinks and it came out at $65 per person with tip and taxes included. Food was good, some dishes awesome (short ribs, empanadas, ricotta balls, octopus), some good (mussels - no bread - crab ravioli), and some had something missing ( foi gras, skirt steak, tuna tartar, gnocchi). Overall, we had a good meal, sangria was too strong and the desserts did not taste bad but did not live up to the premise. Ambiance and decor was good too. Would go back, just skip dessert and stick to the wine list.

      3. I don't know what a "small fortune" means to you, but right inside the MOMA is the Bar Room at the Modern. This is a terrific restaurants with small, medium and just-bigger-than-medium plates specializing in Alsace-inspired cuisine. The good wine list at reasonable price points are an added bonus.

        1. Does upbeat involve dancing and such?

          1. pipa might work for you.

            1. Love Alta & Pipa, I think Stanton Social is delicious but adds up quickly.

              Consider L'Artusi for a more of an Italian twist on small plates.

              What about Degustation? Or Dieci? Or your perrenial tapas places like Txikito, Tia Pol, Boqueria, Casa Mono,

              Stanton Social
              99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

              228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

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              1. re: kelea

                "Love Alta, I think Stanton Social is delicious but adds up quickly."

                They *all* add up quickly.

                Stanton Social
                99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: Bob Martinez

                  hhaha this is true, but almost every dish at Stanton Social is in the teens while Alta and Pipa and the like have a good number of under $10 options. Also for the teen at L'Artusi, you're getting a sizable portion of pasta.

                  Stanton Social
                  99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                  38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

                  228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014