31 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011Neighborhood:
Gramercy / Flatiron
MediterraneanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://aldearestaurant.com/
- Phone: 2126757223x
- Hours of Operation:
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean, Portuguese
- Executive Chef: George Mendes
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Special Events: We offer private dining options for 8 to 25 people.
Please call the restaurant for details!
- Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Avenues
- Public Transit: The restaurant is 2 blocks from Union Square/14th Street with access to all major subways, including: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, L, N, R & Q trains.
F & M trains at the 14th st stop.
- Parking: Public Lot
- Parking Details: Two parking lots are located on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
A word from Aldea
In May 2009, Chef George Mendes opened Aldea in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood. Named after the Spanish word for village, the restaurant’s menu is inspired by the Iberian Peninsula and Mendes’ heritage. The chef adds a modern, seasonal approach to create a menu perfectly balanced between rusticity and refinement.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Aldea reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since May 21, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (118)special occasion (87)romantic (61)notable wine list (44)neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (24)hot spot (13)late-night find (8)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- inconsistent serviceBfoodieVIPDined on 9/13/2014Sat at the bar for dinner. Bartender was nice enough and able to explain the menu. However, he offered inconsistent service. The rest of the folks dining at the bar got bread and bar snacks. Not me! I don't think it was deliberate on his part, as he seemed nice enough. But the inconsistency is still not OK and makes me not want to return. Food was good from start to finish and just the right portions.Special Features:
- disapointingjohnDined on 9/12/2014does not deserve a michelin star it has declined. the lamb was greasy and terrible needs a new chefSpecial Features:
- Good food/service, not best valueliluaidezDined on 9/12/2014We reserved a table at Aldea, after seeing their online menu. We were not disappointed - the food was as advertised, well prepared from excellent ingredients, the decor beautiful, and the service attentive and accommodating. Two main issues prevented me from giving 5 stars: first, for the portion sizes, Aldea is overpriced. With tax and tip, we ended up with an almost $200 bill for two starters, two mains, 1 cocktail, 1 dessert and water. I'm not one for stuffing the guests, but had we been bigger eaters we would not have been full. Second - saltiness of dishes, which slightly hindered us from experiencing the full range of additional flavors in them. I would return, and recommend it to others, but this constitutes fair warning.Special Features:
- ERVUESERVUESVIPDined on 9/11/2014Expensive - trying too hard and missing the basics - several amuse bouche that were almost tasteless - had the trout - dry and did not taste at all fresh.
- Service embarrassingly bad......FatmanDined on 9/9/2014Had no table for us when we arrived. Tried to seat us at a counter near the kitchen. It was so hot there we refused. Forced to wait out front for 20 minutes until they finally came up with a table. They are incredibly disorganized and although there were many empty tables, we still had to wait a long time. Had to wait outside since there was no suitable waiting area inside. Sat at the table for another 15 minutes before someone finally asked us if we'd like a drink. Food was good but not good enough to overcome the disastrous service. Don't go.Special Features:
- maravilhoso restauranteFoodieVIPDined on 9/6/2014An excellent choice for perfectly prepared, interesting food, great service, and beautiful setting. Highly recommended, but don't tell everyone or it will be too hard to get a reservation.Special Features:
- Aldea lives up to reputationrich1178Dined on 9/6/2014Outstanding food and service, had baby squid, soup and tomatoes as apps all very good, entrees we had cod, pork chop, and lamb. Incredible flavor especially cod was out of this world.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MalMDined on 9/5/2014Very friendly vibe. The staff have time for you: that's rare.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Never failsDrSteveBDined on 9/5/2014This is the highest food quality for the price asked to pay for it in Manhattan. Chef Mendes gives new meaning to consistency. I brought two very wealthy friends to dinner Friday evening who can afford to eat anywhere they want in Manhattan. They were very impressed and then the check arrived and they were impressed again. You will be very happy after an evening at Aldea so get going and make a date to dine thereSpecial Features:
- Another excellent meal at AldeaKenBVIPDined on 8/30/2014My wife and I dine at Aldea every month now for four years. Yesterday we had another excellent meal there and will be back soon for another, and another, and another.Special Features:
- Great ChoiceGreatFindDined on 8/29/2014My wife and I were looking for a nice dinning experience and found Aldeas. Great choice! Friendly and food was amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food...rushed from the startWLNY7VIPDined on 8/28/2014When booking online there were 9:30pm and 9:45pm available. I took the 9:30pm slot and my guests arrived 5 min early. As soon as they sat down they were asked when I was coming (I arrived 1-2 min before 9:30pm) as their kitchen is closing. If they wish to close the kitchen early then they should not list either time slots as available. None of us were late but were pressured to order as soon as we sat down - this wasn't even the last seating according to the listing online. I have spend three birthdays at this restaurant and loved every experience - this time was a disappointment even though the food was great as always. Not what I expect from a top NYC restaurant.Special Features:
- Good but not as edgey as when newKwdinerVIPDined on 8/23/2014Our second visit here after several years when it was new. Seems to have lost the edgey vibe and energy. Wine list not kept current - they were out of our first selection. Server was not at all familiar with list - for a 1 star I was surprised. The wine person on duty simply pointed at other " popular" bottles without really trying to pair with food choices - never even asked about what we'd be eating which was disappointing at this restaurant. Food was delicious but the wine choice experience subpar. Also the bare tables - seemed wrong and I don't recall that from when it was new.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun dinner in NYCWinedinnerVIPDined on 8/14/2014Interesting, eclectic Mediterranean menu. Great service and small but very well chosen wine list. The open kitchen is great. Would definitely come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OUtstandingRolstoDined on 8/9/2014From start to finish, an exceptional meal with impeccable service. We did the tasting and wine pair (and a beer thrown in too with the octopus course), and we loved the entire presentation.Special Features:
- It was fine.meandhetravelDined on 8/9/2014Service was terrific, the tables are small for serious eaters, the space is nice. Bacalao croquettes were very smooth but benign. Squid ala plancha was gooey/pasty and we didn't care for the overpowering sauce with the grilled octopus. Scallops were very nice, excellent hen of the woods mushrooms. Smoked trout was prepared perfectly but the confit potatoes were so bland and unsalted - it could have been a perfect dish, The thinly slice apples added a fresh, interesting, crunch. Very nice, reasonably priced wine list. Everything was original and the thought behind it evident, not always well executed, generally lacking salt and texture. We really appreciated the quality of the service. So much potential here to be a great restaurant.
- Loved it!mnkyboyVIPDined on 8/9/2014We did the tasting menu with wine pairing & everything was delicious!! The staff really took care of us!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good restaurantOtavioSFarahVIPDined on 8/8/2014Everything really nice. Good food, good service in a nice place! Recommend!!Special Features:
- the perfect orchestraJessyloveDined on 8/8/2014The place is smaller than what I saw online but the staff was amazing... Very friendly, they work as a team to ensure our table was clean between each course, our drinks ready. The food was fantastic drinks were really good. I didn't think it was pricey a little over $300 for four celebrating a birthday is very good to me. Food range from $8 snacks to $30 dinner. Overall, I loved it and would go again for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GastonSingeVIPDined on 8/8/2014The octopus appetizer was really good. The rest of the food (shrimp appetizer, Arroz De Pato, etc) was kind of bland and uninteresting. Very surprising given what we had read about the place. Not likely to return nor to recommend to others. Service was strangely rushed although the manager was quite responsive to this issue.
- Good, but not a good valuenjsfDined on 8/8/2014The shrimp appetizer was ok, a tad too garlicky and I did not care for the saffron sprigs. The duck rice deconstruction from the traditional dish did not deliver. The rice had an unpleasant acidic aftertaste, the chouriço slivers were minuscule and crackling instead of the traditional moist and flavorful and generous. The duck itself was very nicely done a good departure from the traditional twice cooked breast. The codfish was the most disappointing dish, as it was bland and the charred corn did not balance the dish.
- Five course / Five StarsRobbobVIPDined on 8/7/2014My special occasion was made extra special by the exceptional cuisine we enjoyed at Aldea. We ordered the prefix five course menu and enjoyed it along with the two additional tastings offered by the kitchen. At every turn there was a new experience in taste. Each dish was a complete surprise to the senses. Aldea helped ensure that my special occasion was not only special, but memorable as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AwesomeGeobehDined on 8/2/2014Excellent food, service and atmosphere. No doubt I will be backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always A FanJay89Dined on 8/1/2014Aldea is deserving of its accolades by having the makings of every great restaurant. By each natural restaurant dimension they perform well. The Mediterranean cuisine is thoughtfully and carefully prepared and the flavors are wonderful. Have been several times and expect to do the tasting sometime in the future when the time is available.Special Features:
- Outstanding!ElaineVIPDined on 7/30/2014Aldea is a jewel of a restaurant. The decor is sophisticated, spare and easy on the eye. The food is a delight. The noise level is such that four people can converse over dinner as though at home, i.e., mercifully quiet. I had the scallops, my husband had the delicious gazpacho and lamb shoulder, I don't recall what our friends ate, but we all had clean plates by dinners end and were well beyond happy and satisfied. With the exception of our waiter, the wait staff could not have been nicer. He had an unfortunate personality being officious when asked a question. He was the only clunker in an otherwise sterling evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hidden gem in ManhattanrestaurantmavenDined on 7/30/2014The cooking by Aldea chef George Mendes rivals that of the "big deal" restaurants in town that are impossible to get into. He is awesomely talented and the preparations his kitchen turns out are delicious -- you want to stop talking and savor every single bite.Special Features:
- Amazing and delicious!cmbuDined on 7/25/2014From the hostesses to our server and everyone in between the service was outstanding. Food was delicious and we were so glad we went for the pix-fixe menu. Great cocktails and loved the Portuguese and Spanish wine selections. Sat at the chef's counter and had a wonderful time! We will definitely return!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/18/2014food varied from very good to excellent and the squid outstanding. tables a bit close together--perhaps that is new yorkSpecial Features:
- Simply amazingMunchi8VIPDined on 7/17/2014Came here with a friend on a Thursday evening, received the best seat in the house (chef's counter). I personally love the open kitchen concept, enjoyed watching the chefs work their magic. Every dish was nothing short of amazing. I have to say my fave was the Spanish octopus. The buttery uni will melt in your mouth, indulge in a beautifully plated Portguese sardines, warming up to a generous portion entree wild stripe bass (thumbs up) and their signature sea salt Chatham cod, can't forget the scrambled eggs with bacalao(innovation at its best). Dont forget to check out the dessert menu, to all the yuzu lovers please try the honey sponge cake. Had a fantastic evening at Aldea would definitely come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent imaginative and uniqueDazzled1VIPDined on 7/17/2014Everything we ordered from the unique gazpacho twist , to sea urchin toast , to the amazing custard tartlets to finish the meal was first rate !Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of a kind experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/17/2014Went here for my girlfriends birthday. Aldea exceeded every expectation. The service was outstanding. The food and presentation was top notch. Not one dish on the tasting menu was less than perfect. Great cocktails and wine selection with a knowledgable staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Alert re $75 prix fixe dinnerWestchesterFoodieDined on 7/14/2014Be careful about ordering the $75 4-course prix fixe dinner. Depending on what you choose for each course, it may cost less to order the same choices a la carte. Of our two prix fixe dinners, one would have been $77 a la carte but the other would have been $71. Desserts were spectacular.Special Features:
- Another excellent mealKim1VIPDined on 7/11/2014With a table for four. Service and food all of the highest standard.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect EveningElaineDined on 7/11/2014We needed a place near Union Square to meet some friends so we could talk and get better acquainted. We got our reservation same day for Friday night, and the whole experience great. The most remarkable thing about the restaurant was that it was quiet enough that we 4 50-somethings could hear through the whole 2 and 1/2 hour dinner even when 2 large parties were seated by us an hour in. The food was delicious--extraordinary bread, lovely mussel soup, trout, diver scallops and arroz con pato all outstanding. The flan and sherbet desserts also excellent: the flan brought an unusual twist to this old standard and delighted us. The decor was subdued but lovely, and contributed to our sense of calm and rest at the end of the work week.Special Features:
- My best meal in NYC!Lablover123VIPDined on 7/9/2014The flavors of each dish were just outstanding! The food was beautifully presented, served and absolutely divine. I'd give this place 10 thumbs up!Special Features:
- Another wonderful dinner at Aldea..KenBVIPDined on 7/5/2014My wife and I have had another wonderful dinner at Aldea. I ordered by usual 2 eggs as a pre-appetizer and the octopus as an appetizer. For my entree, I had the lamb and treated myself to scoops of brunt bread ice cream and pear and orange blood carrot sherbet for dessert. We have never left unsatisfied and always look forward to our next meal by Chef Mendes. Try it...you'll like it!!!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/2/2014My wife and I went to Aldea for my birthday. My wife had seen George Mendes on a food show and was impressed. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu, which was excellent. That way, we were exposed to the variety of his food. All of the courses displayed his creativity. The seafood reminded us of the Italian feast of seven fishes. This is the Portugal version. The duck breast was also excellent. The pre-dessert and the dessert were delicious. The service was superb. The restaurant was very quiet, which we like. They knew it was my birthday and they showed that at dessert time by inscribing Happy Birthday on my plate and inserting a candle in my dessert. A perfect dinner!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent serviceerobithaDined on 7/1/2014We were visiting whilst on vacation, having found out this restaurant had acquired a Michelin star. We weren't disappointed with the quality of the food or service. We found the staff attentive and well-mannered. We had the set menu and were very satisfied. Standout dishes were the Sea Urchin on Toast, Pork Belly & Duck confit.Special Features:
- RecommendedGeneDined on 6/30/2014We had a party of 6 and we were all blown away by great food and service. Will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- $450 dinner for two. And worth it!ValueHunterVIPDined on 6/30/2014We had our first dinner at Aldea on a Monday evening at 6 PM. We had the Chef's Tasting menu and wine paring. With tax/tip, the bill came to a bit over $450. But, we both agreed that it was a wonderful and memorable meal and, while tres expensive, we thought it was worth it. Months later, we still talk about it. We sat at the counter looking into the kitchen so we could watch the action. We watched how each of the eight dishes made their respective way from prep station to prep station. Many of the dishes involved seafood and we saw our trout being open grilled, the octopus torched and the oysters opened. It was fascinating and engrossing. Each dish was a tiny masterpiece. We've walked by Aldea for years. Why'd we wait?Special Features: