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Chefs' Favorite U.S. Restaurants

Alta

David Alexander Arnold

New York

“During my first year in New York I was wandering through the Village—with no money and not a clue where to eat—when I stumbled upon Alta (64 W. 10th St., New York City; 212/505-7777; dinner for two $60). Disguised as a town house and located on one of the city’s most beautiful blocks, Alta is tapas heaven. How many nights since have I spent sipping sangria; nibbling on lamb meatballs, bacon-wrapped dates, and the most amazing roasted brussels sprouts; gazing out onto ivy-lined West 10th Street? It’s still one of my all-time favorites.” —Nick Curtin, Compose, 77 Worth St., New York City; 212/226-1444.

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