31 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011Neighborhood:
Gramercy / Flatiron
MediterraneanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://aldearestaurant.com/
- Phone: (212) 675-7223
- 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 WinnerMediterranean
Aldea reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (112)special occasion (78)romantic (62)neighborhood gem (48)notable wine list (43)hot spot (19)good for groups (18)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Wow the Striped Bass!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/24/2014Wow the Striped Bass! We had the tasting menu, and overall it was great. A number of the dishes sang to the high heavens, a couple were very good but just not heavenly special, and the squid a la plancha was overwhelmed by the romanesco sauce. BUT THAT STRIPED BASS! WOW! I nearly licked the bowl. If nothing else, you need to go to Aldea just to try it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always ExcellentMichelleDined on 11/21/2014Aldea is our go-to for a pleasant evening of great wine, marvelous food, and amazing service. Sitting at the chef's table is a plus, watching the busy staff dance around each other as they put together beautiful plates of deliciousness.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing mediterranean restaurant!FoodhunterVIPDined on 11/7/2014Aldea is one of those places that make you really believe that the Micheli Guide is really right and useful! And the desert is also amazing...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Second time aroundGrantVIPDined on 11/7/2014A year ago we ate at Aldea with a business group, probably 8 people, and although my wife and I loved it, it seemed others were only ok with it. We knew we had to return the next time we were in NYC. So, Saturday November 7, 2014 was the second time around. We started with the farm egg and the croquetas, followed by main dishes of swordfish and suckling pig. For the last course we each had the salad. The wine may have been the first Portuguese red I've had in years; Luis Pato's Quinta do Moinho, made with Baga grapes, a Portuguese grape with high acid and tannins. With decanting, it turned out to be the powerful wine we enjoy with nice fruit and great depth. Our server and the sommelier provided excellent and friendly service.Special Features:
- great mealeatingnycDined on 11/7/2014Thought the food was overall excellent. We sat at the bar and got to watch the care that went into every dish. Desserts were ok but I think they could step up the game to match the rest of the menu. Only down side was the cost. Have had equally good meals for %25 less.Special Features:
- MikeMikeDined on 11/6/2014To repeat Aldea was a hit. Excellent ambiance, discreet and efficient service. George Mendes cares and supervises his kitchen. Food quality and timing was superb. Good portions. The personnel is very well trained. I consider that this place is not far from its second Michelin star, although it could improve on its wine list.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fancy Portuguese!LisaSezDined on 11/1/2014Updated, fresh interpretations of classic Portuguese combinations and preparations make this a great restaurant to enjoy Portuguese food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It was alright.meekaVIPDined on 11/1/2014Didn't really stay for dinner but i sat @ the bar an had they shrimo dish & that was delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unparalleled dining experienceDanMVIPDined on 10/29/2014First, I was seated at the chefs table overlooking the kitchen, which was an amazing treat to watch the way the chefs so elegantly worked their magic. I ordered the 4-course menu which was amazing---the mussel soup was my highlight. I will certainly go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Memorable Mealdv8811Dined on 10/28/2014A friend and I recently celebrated a special occasion at Aldea and we couldn't have be more pleased with the experience at all levels. From the friendly staff, to the elegant decor, to the delicious food, Chef George Mendes and his staff provided one of the best dining experiences I've had in quite a while. I would highly recommend Aldea to all and look forward to returning again soon. Thank you!Special Features:
- Amazing Portuguese-fusionHighstndrdsDined on 10/24/2014We went here on a recommendation and it was great! Mussel soup with chorizo and coconut curry broth, suckling pig with carrot puree' , tiny donuts with dipping sauces. Staff was lovely. Ask for a booth.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ChasTowneDined on 10/23/2014We were referred here several years ago by our local chef and our dining here never disappoints. The service is attentive without being intrusive. The offerings are an appetizing representation of the food of Portugal and Spain. Each is visually appealing and, best of all, delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/16/2014really good inventive take on Spanish/ portugese. don't miss.Special Features:
- Great food--inexperienced serviceevrgreen1VIPDined on 10/13/2014Food very good, subtle, maybe a little expensive for what it is. But filet amazing. Swordfish too. Servers seemed poorly trained--salad delivered to wrong party. Wrong dessert sent to Birthday girl. Maybe because it was a holiday?Special Features:
- Wonderful interesting dinnerYogafriendVIPDined on 10/13/2014The four of us were delighted with the service and the quality of the food. The duck confit and the hanger steak were amazing as was the mussel soup. The deserts were fresh, interesting and delicious. Service was excellent. We could hear each other talk. We can't wait to go back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice modern take on PortugeseDaleWDined on 10/13/2014Food was excellent. A couple of amuses (I particularly like the "frozen gimlet" topped with cucumber). I started with a gorgeous egg, with bacalhau, black olive, & potato crisps. Next I had baby squid with a romesco sauce and squid ink, followed by venison steak with mushrooms and baby vegetables. My wife started with uni toast, then had matsutake and chanterelles with Benton’s bacon , greens, and egg. Her main was a variation on the classic Portugese pork and clams, with suckling pig. Every thing delicious, and well-presented. Service was efficient and polite but not intrusive, lovely space. It was our anniversary and they were great about corkage ($35) so I could bring a wedding year wine. We'll be back.Special Features:
- Enjoyable Experience MediterraneanFuninnycDined on 10/10/2014The food at Aldea is very well presented and prepared. One exception, we were presented with a appertizer starter from the kitchen and were told to grab it off the tray. We noticed the tray was actually placed on the table for other. The food is off excellent quality, the timing of our entree was delayed and we had to inquire about the status after a period of time, this affected our overall opinion. We would we go back and try to sit in the kichen observation area, looked like fun.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing!TigrrrDined on 10/4/2014Love the food and ambience! Must go! This place has a great wine selection and great service . I would definitely go againSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- excellentOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/2/2014experience was great from start to finish. hosts were great. bartender was great when i was waiting for my friend to arrive. food was excellent. wines were spot on. enjoyed every bite of food.Special Features:
- Great food, great experience!SarafdaDined on 10/2/2014Every dish we had was just amazing! We loved the place!Special Features:
- A side of seafoamMargDined on 9/27/2014Aldea bills itself as a Portugese seafood restaurant, but the decor is Asian and the food is basically iberian inspired nouvelle French cuisine. The service is truly friendly and super-helpful. The wine list is very good. The entrees are quite good, but the appetizers, sides, breads and desserts are an odd mix of experimental--yet blandish--affectations. For example, I had a lovely piece of tender cod as an entree, served with a side of seafoam. Yes--what at first appeared to be perhaps a side of frothy potatoes turned out to be a very plain whipped air foam-thing, not really for eating. My companion had a soft and tender pork entree which she enjoyed. Overall: somewhat disappointing given the high prices.Special Features:
- Foodieover50VIPDined on 9/26/2014Second visit to Aldea and once again sat at the chefs table. Food continues to be amazing, especially the Cod. Highly recommendedSpecial Features:
- Adored itGennDined on 9/25/2014What clean, creative, beautiful food! I've been wanting to try Chef Mendes' restaurant for a long time and this certainly did not disappoint. The $75 four course prix fixe is the way to go. I'm dying to try the tasting menu but have to wait for a special occasion. Go here!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food great, service poorlive2eatVIPDined on 9/23/2014This restaurant can hold its own in the NYC food scene. Everything was beautifully plated and tasted incredibly good. The Portuguese wine was outstanding. The service was slow and the noise level a bit too high. Otherwise a great evening. Definitely going back.Special Features:
- A New favoritekabongVIPDined on 9/23/2014A second visit to Aldea was even better than the first. The expertly prepared and delicious food is Spanish and Portuguese with a modern presentation. Delicious. Varied. Richly flavored. Unusual. And in keeping with an excellent kitchen the food you order is the food it is. Today that is a big deal. We made a reservation for two weeks hence.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous every timeOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 9/22/2014Aldea is one of our favorite NYC restaurants, especially for their tasting menus. The service has always been excellent and the food delicious.Special Features:
- First stop in New YorkthisguyDined on 9/22/2014- arrived significantly early, but host was happy to seat us - two patrons behind us were excessively loud, but out of restaurant's control - had the tasting menu and were offered complimentary bread and butter - service was quick, descriptions were thorough and staff was very well mannered and knowledgeable - some of the wine/dish pairings didn't come out exactly on time - dishes grew in flavour and boldness further into the meal and we were full by the end - overall great experienceSpecial Features:
- Good food, service slowAJiLVIPDined on 9/19/2014Octopus appetizer was really good, the diver scallops were pretty good as well. The salted cod was okay, nothing amazing. The service was slow and our waitress was a little snippy sometimes which sucked, but the food is decent. Space is nice too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 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.
- 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.