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Alma - not so crazy about it anymore

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Alma - not so crazy about it anymore

Louise | Jul 25, 2005 03:50 PM

I initially really liked Alma, then I began to feel comfortable recommending it for the view but with the caveat that one needs to order carefully and not have too high of expectations. I went there last night and unfortunately am downgrading my review to not-really-worth-the-view.

Yes, it's beautiful and yes, it's one of the few (only?) places in Brooklyn where one can get such a view, but the whole experience is just leaving me cold at this point. Despite the beautiful setting, the atmosphere feels cramped, harried, and unrelaxed, which kind of negates the physical beauty of the view. The staff give off an unpleasant, officious vibe and are quite inattentive.

I have definitely felt all of these things in the past, but the food was good enough to let it slide, along with the view. But the menu is uninspiring these days - they took off the hands-down best and most unusual dish, the pork ribs with pumpkin seed sauce, ages ago and don't seem to have made any other interesting or innovative changes or additions. My main issue is that the guacamole is $8.75 for a quite small portion, and it's not as good as it used to be. It either used to cost a lot less or you got a lot more, and it was definitely better.

My husband had the grilled salmon salad - it was okay but not too similar to the menu description, a little dry, and served with a huge pile of chipotle mayo that is better suited to Bonnie's fries. I think there was more chipotle mayo on his plate than there was guac in our mortar.

I had steak fajitas - the steak was cooked well but not very tasty. I REALLY hate to say this, but I feel I have had better fajitas as a teenager at my local suburban Applebee's. The guac that accompanied the faitas seemed to be a watered down-version of the appetizer guac (really smooth - hate to raise the spectre or mayo but you never know...then again I guess more high test guac would have added several dollars to the cost of the dish, judging by the appetizer-portion cost!).

Some good points: the arroz con queso continues to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures and the drinks are big and affordable if not amazingly made. And yes, again, the view.

It just seemed amateurish, unrelaxing, and overpriced for the food we received. And we waited over 1/2 and hour on a Sunday night at 7:00. I just feel like after a dinner like I had at Canteen on Saturday (see my previous post), I don't want to settle for paying twice us much for half as good food with less than half as good service.

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