Let me start by saying that I love 71 Clinton and AKA Cafe and you can probably find my posts about them somewhere on this board. So, going into Alias, I was excited and a little cautious as I really wanted to like it and didn't want to be disappointed.
The menu is small. Not a good or bad thing, but there are 5-6 apps and 5-6 entrees. My wife and I zeroed in on the hearty meat dishes. Lamb spareribs and duck confit to start and pork tenderloin and hanger steak as the mains.
The first course was a tough debate over which was better, but they were both superior dishes. The lamb was falling off the bone and had an amazing sweetness and richness that really knocked me out. The duck was terrific as well, great crispy skin and over some delicious black eyed peas.
As for the mains, no letdown. The pork was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was very tasty, especially the cheeks which were mixed in with some broth and noodles. The hangar steak though was the better dish. Ordered rare, it was exactly that and delicious.
Out of the 3 desserts, one popped out. A mini bundt cake with pecan butter and vanilla ice cream. Really good.
Had a nice pinot noir and some good dessert wine.
As for it being the "middle-tier" restaurant, I would agree as I'd give the edge to 71 Clinton for the creativity, but Alias is great and a place I know I'll return to. I look forward to trying some of the other dishes (but I think I may have to get the lamb spareribs again, mmmmm).
Does Marc Federman of Russ and Daughters fame count as a celebrity sighting? If not, it should.