Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Alma
187 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123140.685637 -74.002303
Tues-Thurs 5:30-10 pm, Fri 5:30-11 pm, Sat 10 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-11 pm, Sun 10 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10 pm
Neighborhoods: Columbia Street Waterfront District
Not what it used to be – I agree that Alma's isn't what it used to be. I've been going here for a few years and used to find the food really quite good. I was very dissapointed last time I was there. The view is still great, and I've always found the service to be pleasant, but the food isn't what it was. It's a shame because I used to really like this place. Although its still light years better than other mexican/texmex places in the neighborhood like Lobo, which is godawful.
Had it's day, now it's just annoying – AGree with the reviewer who had to wait 2 hours. That's not 'hip', that's just attitude. We went to Alma years ago, and had a great time (up on the roof). Though even then they brought the wrong food and we had to wait too long (Kitchen in the basement?) . Now it's just a joke. We went again with another couple, and had (approximately) the same experience -- waiting, waiting, no eye contact, no politeness, groups of people coming in (party of 4) and getting seated ahead of us. The food is cold, the staff is harried, the front of house people are not house-trained. Go to Fairway and get some takeout and sit on the patio and watch the sunset over the statue of liberty. At least you can choose your own food.
Wonderful evening out! – Right from our entrance into the downstairs bar, I knew this evening was going to be a top NY event! The drinks were very reasonable in the bar while we waited for our entire party to arrive. There were 9 of us total, and we didn't have reservations, and we were hoping to surprise our friend for her birthday. The seating staff was MOST accomidating, taking our cake (with no plating charge) in the back and allowing us to be seated before the birthday girl arrived. We were taken to the rooftop which is arguably the best view in the city and were immediately served delicious sangria (the best I've ever had) and chips and dip. Our waiter was VERY kind and delivered everything in a timely manner, even with our large party. The food was DELICIOUS. I had the shrimp dish and sampled the enchiladas and both were amazing. Then, to top the evening off, they presented our cake with candles and allowed us the option of cutting it ourselves or they said they'd be "happy to do it for us". I have rarely encountered such accomidation in New York. The pretty girl hosting upstairs was most kind to us, as was our host (possibly the manager?) and waiter. I highly recommend this place for large parties OR casual evenings out.
Never ever, EVER go there! – I wish I could put negative stars, because quite frankly this place doesn't even deserve that! From the very beginning you get told one thing by the staff but get extremely different results....Just so you know: an hour and a half wait for a table is in reality TWO PLUS HOURS (and we didn't even get seated upstairs for the "view"), the food isn't worth the high prices and the staff (our hostess and waitress excluded) were the RUDEST BUNCH OF PEOPLE TO EVER BE WORKING IN A CUSTOMER SERVICE SETTING!!! The "manager" thinks she knows how to run the place, but her attitude towards potential diners was appaling (apparently it is customary for a good manager to seat people not according to who came first, but rather to whom she felt like seating). After admittidly losing my altogether (waiting two hours then getting told it will be another 30 min or so will do that to a person), she further presented me with the WORST ATTITUDE, getting extremely confrontational and stating that she had the right mind not to seat me and my husband. Regardless of that, we tried to enjoy our meal...though it was difficult with the "manager" walking around the dinning room talking loudly on her cell phone while people are still trying to enjoy their overpriced meals....in fact, it must be company policy because EVERYONE seemed to be doing it....I guess when the cat's away the staff will play.....I would have had a more romantic evening buying TACO BELL and going for a walk over the brooklyn bridge...."Better food, Better View"...
Loved it all the way..Great drinks, friendly service...food was totally great just what i expected bold and delicious....you can't beat that view it's magical..Good job!!!!!!!!!!!
So much unfulfilled potential... – I was very hopeful at first...cute decor, lovely view, nice service, however the food is subpar here. The $10 guacamole is a shame - watery, overly tart and lacking in all things that make guacamole so irresistible- presenting it in a beautiful Mexican mortar still doesn't make it taste good. The huge, beautiful poor red snapper filet tasted like it was deep fried and cooked in spicy orange juice, and the spinach (also saturated in OJ) was inedible.
DONT BOTHER – Absolutley the worst food and service in New York. Anyone who thinks anything beyond the drinks and view are any good either has no taste buds or has been deceased for quite sometime but refuses to lay down.
Nice view - NO Flavor - NO SOUL !!! – It was a beautiful Sunday evening and we decide to dine at an outdoor restaurant. Drove to Alma with great anticipation on a recommendation from a friend. We sat upstairs on the outdoor patio with a nice view of Manhattan. Our Pineapple and Cucumber margaritas were great. The chips and salsa was good. Everything after that were bland and tasteless. The seafood ceviche (snapper, scallop, shrimp) was mostly shrimp and had very little scallop or snapper. The ceviche, more reminiscent of a Ecuadorian style ceviche than Mexican, needed more citrus to balance the prodominant tomato flavor. For the main course the Seitan Tacos were bland and had the consistency of a sponge that did not soak up much flavor. The accompanying vegetable medley was also tasteless and undercooked. After the Seitan tacos, the mediocre steak fajitas was not much better. Although the quality of the steak was good, the marinating spices were non-existent. Overall, a tasteless dish that doesn't even match the fajitas at chain Mexican restaurants. In an attempt to spice up my meal, surprisingly, the restaurant does not have any "hot sauce" or chilis (Odd that a Mexican restaurant does not have any chili or hot sauce). At the end, we were quite disappointed with the food. We expected bold Mexican flavors with "soul" and instead, the food was weak in every way. For the price, definitely not worth it. Alma is great for drinks and chips and salsa in an outdoor setting. Anything more, go somewhere else. Unfortunately, the food at Alma has lost it's "soul".
Yuck. – I have to agree with the other negative reviews. The food was OK, but I have had better Mexican from cheap places. (I do have a great deal of experience with Mexican food) But even if you liked the food here, and found it good, the prices at Alma are not worth it. The service here, forget about it. Our waiter was flippant and distracted. I think he felt he was too good to be serving us. And we were sitting in the downstairs dining room, which on this Sunday evening was half empty. There is no air conditioning, so we were sweating from the heat, with all the room's windows open, waiting for some water, which when they came by to fill, was warm. Maybe we went on an off-night, who knows.
Who needs Smith Street? – B61 renders Smith Street totally useless. Friendly and talented bartenders whip up whatever you need from this well-stocked bar. Many beers on tap and great margaritas. Gets a bit crowded on weekends due to spillover from Alma, but once the dinner crowd dies down there's no place I'd rahter be in the neighborhood.
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