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Aldea Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://aldearestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 675-7223
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER:
    Monday-Thursday 5:30-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:30-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, 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 & Promotions: We offer private dining options for 8 to 25 people.
    Please call the restaurant for details!

Getting there

  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "food varied from very good to excellent and the squid outstanding. tables a bit close together--perhaps that is new york"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Came 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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Everything we ordered from the unique gazpacho twist , to sea urchin toast , to the amazing custard tartlets to finish the meal was first rate !"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went 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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Be 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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "With a table for four. Service and food all of the highest standard."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The flavors of each dish were just outstanding! The food was beautifully presented, served and absolutely divine. I'd give this place 10 thumbs up!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My 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!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My 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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a party of 6 and we were all blown away by great food and service. Will be back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We 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?"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Celebrated our 45th here with son & fiancee. Food was spectacular. Service was impeccable. Great wine list. We are coming back often."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Sat at the kitchen bench as I was dining alone. Great view of a busy kitchen. Food was of a very high standard. I enjoyed the Portuguese wines too!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "How is it possible I did not know about Aldea before? This Iberian gem of a restaurant, with an open kitchen, does everything possible to please! From the amuse bouches to the final custard tarts, compliments of the chef, it was sublime. I especially loved the serrano ham and baby squid appetizers, as well as the Arroz con pato main course. Service is most attentive and the ambience is warm and friendly. Just go!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • " This is one of those rare restaurants at which you find an innovative menu, well prepared , delicious, unusual food, a charming, unintrusive and unpretentious staff. You're able to leisurely enjoy your evening in modern, elegant surroundings."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Sit at the kitchen counter, order the tasting+wine, and enjoy."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I have been to Aldea in the past, and I found it superb. This time I found it just to be ok. Not sure if it was the choices we made but things were fine but nothing to shout about. Portions are definitely on the small side."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food at Aldea was as good as any michelin we have been to. However, we have become accustomed to a certain level of service to compliment the food that was sadly lacking on this occasion, particularly when a 20% service few is all but mandatory. The tables were also very close together so we were able to involuntarily overhear the graphic conversation of the couple next to us. Glad we experience the food, but as one off the list we won't be hurrying back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Went there on a quiet monday night. The service was wonderful and the food was a great mix of textures and flavors. Would go back again. A good bargin for a NYC tasting with a wine paring"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Taste and size of foods were much more moderate than restaurants in Newark. However, it is questionable why Michelin gave a star to this restaurant. Staffs and servers were very friendly and helpful, but elegance or class or sophistication which most of highly classified restaurants have were not sensed in combination with interior and atomosphere unfortunately. Please note that this critic doesn't mean this restaurant was bad. Truly enjoyed the food and service. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Loved the meal! You can get a $40 finely cooked entree or go all out with app and wine for ~100/head."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We were very keen to dine in Aldea as it came highly recommended, but sadly, it was disappointing on every level. We started with a glass of Cava, but it was warm. Thereafter, the sommelier assisted us with a choice of white wine, but it was served at room temperature - when questioned, she advised it was served at cellar temperature - what nonsense, on that basis, one would have serious concerns about the wellbeing of the cellared red !! The hanger steak lacked flavour and was under cooked. The floor was understaffed and in all, the meal was well short of its very expensive mark - wouldn't return or recommend it to others. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "There are many places to eat in Manhattan that offer good food at elevated prices. George Mendes offers great food at reasonable prices. My test for a great dinner is whether you can list the things you ate 3 days later. At Aldea that is very easy. Intimate, focused and memorable food is the Aldea trademark. $100 per person with tax, tip and spirits for a shared small plate, appetizer and entrée and a shared dessert. You can not eat this well for this price ANYWHERE in Manhattan. For a special treat ask to sit at the banquet overlooking the kitchen to understand how much thought goes into every plate and DO NOT miss the "little dreams" which will surpass any New Orleans Beignets you have ever eaten."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We knew the food was going to be Great At Aldea. But what really surprised us was how much effort went into the design and layout of each course. The squid was excellent. The octopus was ok but could have been better. The Chatham cod just melts in your mouth and the sorbets were great too! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A few hits. A few misses. The little 'dreams' of dessert dipped in 3 sauces was wonderful. Octopus was tender and generous, but was not a great fan of the accompanying tamarind sauce as it overwhelmed delicate taste of octopus. Worst was the 'crispy faro' on the sardines, as they had the texture of hard stones and added no flavor at all. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We went to Aldea to celebrate our Anniversary, and the food was amazing, great flavors and lovely presentation. Service was outstanding and they take care of the minimal details."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Second time at this restaurant. First time we went as a couple, this time, we enjoyed it with another couple. We had the tasting menu and we loved it, everyone did! We were sited next to the kitchen, so we were able to live an overall experience! The service is very good, as you can expect when you go in such a restaurant. The noise was moderate but may be because it was Memorial day week end so the entire city was quiet...! The first time we came, the level was much higher, but it's typical for a New York's restaurant, isn't it?!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It seems a shame to fault a restaurant with pleasant trendy ambiance, and excellent service, but here it goes. Generally we go to a restaurant with an expectation: food will be the equal of service and surroundings. Although each course was nicely presented, what appeared on the menu was misleading to say the least. Duck confit (even "re-deconstructed) has no resemblance to what appeared. Cod entree was strikingly under-cooked.... a kitchen error or the chef's intention...it failed. Ingredients seemed to be assembled without rhyme or reason. In short, striving to be clever, but missing. As to the Michelin single star...Seriously?"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Absolutely lovely meal with a sophisticated yet approachable flair."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Excellent food, a waiter who had great passion for the food -- explaining it to us and sharing recommendations, complimentary dishes from the chef. The service was a bit slow but surely could have been faster if we had asked."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We ate at the Chef's Counter. The food was impeccable but, as someone who has worked in restaurants, I was incredibly impressed with the zen-like atmosphere in the kitchen. Every person was focused on their particular tasks, there was complete calm even as the kitchen obviously got very busy, and each dish was prepared with such attention to detail! It shows because each new dish that came out was just more spectacular than last. The Shrimp Alhinho and Suckling Pig were perfection. The panna cotta pre-dessert was superb! I can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "love the food, but the noise level at the restaurant is high and space cramped."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Simple and non pretentious courses.Attentive staff but never invasive during the course of our dinner."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Another stellar round at our favorite restaurant, even seated downstairs instead of the ultra-quiet upstairs, which was closed for the evening. From shared bites & starters to quietly celebratory birthday plates--the message artfully written in chocolate, & no embarrassing chorus of singers--all was perfection. The rosy little slabs of lamb loin, with a counterpoint of shredded & rolled shoulder: merely sublime. Thank you again for a warm welcome, caring & patient service, & perfect seasonal cooking. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Aldea. The roast pig was outstanding. George continues to impress."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner with two close friends. We had ordered tasting menu for the table. The food is incredible, every bite is flavorful, fantastic. Service was also attentive and excellent. Brian did great job. We had four hours of wonderful unforgettable experience !!!!! Would recommend this restaurant to everyone."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed. This is an elegant, modern, quiet restaurant with a creative chef who offers postmodern reinterpretations of Portuguese cuisine. Each dish was a revelation. The menu is very strong on seafood: the dayboat scallops were a standout. We also had the arroz de pato and recommend it highly. The wine list is excellent."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Great service, excellent food. The wine and drink list is amazing. A must go to restaurant in Manhattan."
    Dined on 5/2/2014