Café Altro Paradiso
234 Spring St.
(at Sixth Ave.)
More fancy than casual

Three years after opening Estela on Houston Street, sommelier Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos partnered on a second restaurant, Café Altro Paradiso, at the corner of Spring and that offshoot of Sixth Ave. The square, high-ceilinged room brings to mind Balthazar, and the corner space allows for windows on two sides, with the bar on the right as you walk in. The rear left corner, near the kitchen, is down a few steps. The decor is simple but handsome, with wooden wainscoting, leather banquettes, and Art Deco light fixtures. The whole place aims for a chicness born of simplicity; the same can be said for the food, which is tasty without being especially memorable.

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