Alta Linea, at the High Line Hotel, Is Literally Built for Outdoor Dining

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Branzino in cartoccio with olives, fregola, fennel, and garlic.
Branzino in cartoccio with olives, fregola, fennel, and garlic. Photo: Melissa Hom

The Epicurean Group — the team behind Italian neighborhood favorites dell’anima, L’Artusi, L’Apicio, and Anfora — has opened a seasonal outdoor restaurant inside the High Line Hotel’s courtyard. The idea behind Alta Linea is that it’s a modern take on a rustic Italian restaurant, and the menu includes comforting dishes like crispy artichokes with salsa verde, a bacon cheeseburger, pork-meatball polenta, and ice-cream sandwiches served out of a vintage gelato cart.

Beverage director Joe Campanale is focusing on summer aperitivi cocktails, which means lots of sparkling-wine-based drinks, punch, and even a frozen Negroni (a collaboration with Kelvin Natural Slush Co.). But what makes this restaurant stand out among all the other fine outdoor-dining options is that each menu item, and design detail, has been optimized for the summer weather. The tree-lined space includes a fountain, umbrellas, banquette seating, a marble bar — and it seats 90, so there will (hopefully) be no clamoring for seats. Take a look:

Summer vegetable terrine with goat cheese, peppers, roasted tomatoes, quinoa, and arugula pesto.
Summer vegetable terrine with goat cheese, peppers, roasted tomatoes, quinoa, and arugula pesto. Photo: Melissa Hom
Grilled summer beans with preserved lemon vinaigrette, chiles, feta, and pine nuts.
Grilled summer beans with preserved lemon vinaigrette, chiles, feta, and pine nuts. Photo: Melissa Hom
Grilled flatbread with dips.
Grilled flatbread with dips. Photo: Melissa Hom
Ice-cream sandwiches: strawberry shortcake and chocolate sea salt.
Ice-cream sandwiches: strawberry shortcake and chocolate sea salt. Photo: Melissa Hom
Frozen Negroni.
Frozen Negroni. Photo: Melissa Hom
It's quite charming.
It's quite charming. Photo: Melissa Hom
Perfect for Happy Hour.
Perfect for Happy Hour. Photo: Melissa Hom

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Alta Linea, 180 10th Ave. (between 20th and 21st Streets), 212-933-9735

Alta Linea, at the High Line Hotel, Is Literally Built for Outdoor Dining