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We tried out Flatiron newcomer Alison Eighteen restaurant (15 West 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue) last week, and while everything we had was quite good, it’s hard to get beyond their high prices given alternatives in the neighborhood.

Alison Eighteen serves up straight-forward, well-prepared New American dishes, but at $34, the five sea scallops better be the best I have ever had. At $32, the pork chop must be perfect. And at $16, the cocktails better be amazing.

They use very fresh ingredients, and the entrees were cooked perfectly, but there is not much unique about the preparations, so you have a lot of other less expensive alternatives to get a similar meal in the neighborhood.

And I am not talking about some random neighborhood alternatives. You could go to Gramercy Tavern and order off the Tavern menu where no entree is over $22. Or ABC Kitchen, named the best new restaurant in the country in 2011, where prices are pretty much the same. Or Almond (comparable menu item: Heritage Pork Tenderloin for $26.50).

But don’t take one random blogger’s critique. Try it for yourself, as the food was good, and the service was very friendly and timely. This one really just comes down to price versus amazing alternatives in the neighborhood. Fortunately, price is an easily fixable issue.First look at Alison Eighteen restaurant, 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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