Reservations can be made here or by calling 646 952 0828. Walk-ins are welcome.
Café Altro Paradiso
234 Spring Street
between 6th Avenue and Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday-Sunday, 12:00pm-Until closing
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am-3:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:30pm-11:30pm
Café Altro Paradiso opened in 2016. A bright corner space with a brass bar and big windows that look out onto Hudson Square, the restaurant serves Italian food with chef and owner Ignacio Mattos’ light and quietly inventive touch. Mattos first learned to make pastas and ragús while growing up in Uruguay, from his Italian grandmother. Later, he would focus on the cuisine at Manhattan’s beloved Il Buco, where he ran the kitchen for five years.
At Altro, he cooks appetizers like arancini, grilled octopus with chickpeas, and a house-made sausage; pastas like candele cacio e pepe and strozzapreti all’amatriciana; and mains like a steak with blue cheese butter and a pork chop with caramelized fennel to share. The burger, offered on all of our menus, is frequently ranked among the city’s best. The beverage list focuses on natural and small Italian producers, but there is also a selection from Burgundy, the Rhône, and several other non-Italian regions.
Altro holds two stars from the New York Times and was named one of the best Italian restaurants in the city by Condé Nast Traveler.
Ignacio Mattos, Owner and Chef
Ignacio was born in Uruguay and learned to cook in the kitchens of the Argentine grilling master Francis Mallmann, Zuni Café’s Judy Rodgers, and Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters. In 2006, he moved to New York City to become the chef of the NoHo institution Il Buco, where he cooked for five years before opening Isa, in Williamsburg, which earned a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant in 2011. In 2013, he opened Estela, downtown, which earned a place on the World's 50 Best Restaurants List. He went on to open the Italian-inspired Café Altro Paradiso in 2016 and, shortly thereafter, was approached by the Metropolitan Museum to create a restaurant for the Met Breuer, Flora Bar.
In 2017, Esquire named Ignacio America’s Chef of the Year, and he has been nominated four times for Best Chef: New York by the James Beard Foundation. His cookbook Estela, released in 2018, was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review.
Michael Lassins, General Manager
Zach Zeidman, Chef De Cuisine
Natasha Pickowicz, Pastry Chef
Amanda Smeltz, Beverage Director
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