Alfama
Alfama
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Alfama

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alfamanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127595552
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday through Friday from 12 to 4 p.m.

    Dinner: Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    Weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Arriaga
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Alfama offers on and off-site customized catering packages for all sorts of occasions, from bridal showers to rehearsal dinners to corporate receptions. For on-site events, audio-visual equipment is offered by the restaurant. Please contact Denise Costa, denise@alfamanyc.com to discuss details.
  • Private Party Facilities: An intimate, twelve-seat dining room is tucked behind the bar, while another dining area for up to 30 people occupies the floor below with a large glass window that allows guests to observe the bustling kitchen.
  • Private Party Contact: Denise Costa 9173757024
  • Entertainment: On Thursday night, Tarcísio Costa, one of Alfama's co-owners, sings Bossa Nova and is accompanied by guitarrist David Cordeiro.

    Alfama recreates the atmosphere of a typical Lisbon taverna by offering live Fado music in its downstairs dining room. Performances are on hiatus for the summer, but will come back in late September, on Saturday night. Nathalie Pires, a talented young Fadista is the main act here. There is no cover charge, but dinner reservations are required.
  • Special Events: Alfama, in its continuous quest to promote Portuguese culture, wines and gastronomy, offers a plethora of events throughout the year. The best way to be informed is by signing up to receive our newsletter. Please join our e-club. We will never share your e-mail with anyone. Promise!
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd and 3rd avenues
  • Public Transit: Subway on Lexington and 51st: F, E, and the number 6 train.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are a few parking garages in the area. However, we recommend Connaugth Tower Car Park located at 300 East 54th street, between 1st and second avenues, a three-minute walk from Alfama. Tel: 212-223-4891.
    We have a partnership with them and we will give you a $5 discount. Just present us your claim ticket before leaving Alfama.
A word from Alfama
Modern, mouth-watering Portuguese cooking in Midtown-East in an elegant, relaxing and convivial new space. Executive Chef Carlos Arriaga takes a fresh approach to the country's cuisine, with modern dishes rooted in Portuguese classics and also inspired by the country's many former colonies from Brazil to Goa to Southern Africa.
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Alfama reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great please, testy food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Great please, testy food, nice atmosphere, highly recommend.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We went for a dinner for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    We went for a dinner for the first time. We were always curious about this restaurant by walking by. Grilled Octopus from appetizer menu was amazing... It was tender and spice they use was wonderful. It was our first Portuguese restaurant experience so we took an advice from the server for what to order. We enjoyed their great service and ambiance. It was certainly a surprise discovery in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Could not have guessed what
    CTCommuter
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Could not have guessed what a fabulous dining experience awaited us when we walked in to this rather small space (there is another room and a lower level). The bar is an absolute must as one of the partners creates tasty cocktails using the unique wines and brandies of Portugal - along with fresh citrus...delicious and a perfect preparation for the flavors to follow. We followed his appetizer and dinner suggestions and all 3 of us were delighted! Portions were generous and fish dishes were outstanding! Do save room for the lemon custard tarts- they are to die for!!!! If you are splurging (at least for us it was) try a bottle of Parus wine at $85. Did not know that Portugal is 6th largest wine producing country. Will be back!!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • The food is good and well-prepared;
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    The food is good and well-prepared; the service was attentive. It is difficult for us to recommend this restaurant as we were not made to feel welcome. Immediately upon entering the restaurant, we were asked if we were using a "Groupon coupon", which we were. We then were given a "special" menu with limited choices and some items were not available. We were relegated to a dining room in the basement along with other Groupon customers although there were tables available on the main floor. The bill total was higher than the items on the menu, and then different subtractions were made. The total was acceptable, but the configurations were not understandable.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • The food was good. The owners/mana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    The food was good. The owners/managers are two very uninviting men - they are just very unpleasant. I've eaten there twice and the first time, it was maybe an off night. The second time confirmed it - they would apparently prefer if no one came. The wait staff seems to be easily distracted and fairly inexperienced and the place is noisy. I love Portugal and half of the reason is the food, so I should love this place. The food is good. It's even authentic dishes. If the staff was better and the managers/owners seemed like they wanted people in their restaurant, it would be a place I'd consider going back to
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  • Positive experience, food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    Positive experience, food is great. I had the Marisco Alfama- simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly bland for a Portuguese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Surprisingly bland for a Portuguese restaurant. The service was fine; a bit slow. I found the whole place a bit pretentious. I would not make a special trip to eating there.
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  • The glass was half empty
    TENPINMOM
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Nice place, food was only so-so. $12 for a small glass of wine. If you are only going to fill the glass 1/4, then give me a smaller glass. Ridiculous. Not a very friendly bartender. Would not go back.
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  • Worst dining experience ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Had a terrible experience here. My boyfriend and I were surprised by how rude the host and servers were. Even though we had a reservation, it took a half hour to get a table. The table we were eventually seated at was free from the moment we entered the restaurant. We go out to dinner regularly- at least twice a week. This was by far the worst dining experience I have ever had in New York City.
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  • Excellent food and serrvice;
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Excellent food and serrvice; varied menu, reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • they put us in the basement,
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    they put us in the basement, horrible room, never go back or recommend it. It was so charming when in the village...gone.
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  • Great food and music as well.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great food and music as well. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Good food + fine wine + nice atmosphere + great staff + reasonable price + "the" girl = BINGO
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • BEST RICE PUDDDING ON THE
    gotogeezers
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    BEST RICE PUDDDING ON THE PLANET, BUT...................... OUR PARTY OF 4 VISITED ONE COLD WINTRY DAY. a GROUP OF CUSTOMERS WAITED OUTSIDE IN THE COLD AND THE MANAGER WATCHED US SHIVERING BUT DID NOT OPEN THE DOORS UNTIL 5:30 ON THE DOT. IT WOULD NOT HAVE HURT HIM TO EXTEND GOOD WILL AND OPEN FEW MINUTES EARLIER.HE SEEMED ALOOF AND LESS PESONABLE WHEN SHOWING US TO THE TABLE. THIS COLORED MY FIRST IMPRESSSION OF THE RESTAURANT. THE FOOD WAS REASONABLY GOOD BUT STAFF WAS EFFICIENT BUT IMPERSONAL.
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  • Food was good but wasn't the
    BarflyVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Food was good but wasn't the most hospitable of dining experiences. Service was also very spotty.
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  • Very tasty food
    Maysin
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    Delicious food. I will definitely go back again and again!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Be sure to try the codfish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Be sure to try the codfish cakes as an appetizer. If you like shrimp order the "acorda de camarao" - a peasant dish made with shrimp and bread, very delicious. The "bacalhau espiritual" is rich and delicious. We had a wonderful meal.
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  • The Portuguese wine list was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    The Portuguese wine list was wonderful. Service was gracious, helpful, efficient. The interior design added to the experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't care for the tiny martini
    Stu11VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Didn't care for the tiny martini with tiny olives, but the wine list is good and the food great. Service was limited and very very slow, but we weren't in a rush and didn't care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • The Portuguese food here is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    The Portuguese food here is more traditional than others, I would rate it excellent. But American food like steak and fries are ok only, no comparison to their Portuguese dishes. Ambiance was nice with the guitarist and live singing. Staff are very nice and polite. The egg tarts are best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Very good
    Traveler
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Delicious traditional Portuguese cuisine. Service a little slow, but friendly and helpful. Whatever you do, do not leave without tasting their pasteis de nata (custard tarts) for dessert or take out. Best I have had outside of Lisbon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best participating restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    The best participating restaurant during "restaurant week". Very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Romantic Portugese gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    My girlfriend and I had a lovely time in this warm romantic portugese escape. The servers were attentive,the matre'd charming and the food was delicious. Definitely an unexpected delight.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alfama is okay
    Mimi
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    The service easy excellent but the food- brunch was average
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  • It was my second time visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    It was my second time visiting the restaurant during Restaurant Week. We weren't very impressed by the food and service. It took a while for the food to arrive even though there were not many people at the time we were seated. The appetizer were good, but the main dish were not that impressive. The egg custards were served cold which we all thought it would be better they were served warm. It was a so so experience. Maybe it is just the Restsurant week. Maybe we will give another try during the regular days.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was nice! I enjoyed the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    It was nice! I enjoyed the food but its not a place that I would be excited to return
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  • We had a very nice mushroom
    CrombieVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    We had a very nice mushroom soup. My main course was a pasta with spinach, shrimp and ginger. Very unusual and good taste. My companion had a large dish of pork and clams which he enjoyed very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Good food nice wine. A bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Good food nice wine. A bit pricy but very high end Portuguese food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Food was great, but the host
    MetFanVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Food was great, but the host was gruff, thereby taking away from the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't enjoy how most tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    I don't enjoy how most tables are so close to each other...
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  • Not Great, But Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Good but not great. But good. Food was good, better than other places, but not as good as others. Good overall. There was nothing that stood out about the restaurant. Nice architecture and flow. My wife and I went there to sample the cuisine and it was... good. I wouldn't call it special in any way.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really remarkable Portuguese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Really remarkable Portuguese food. The rather traditional Brazilian live music (Bossa Nova classics) was ok but not really necessary.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • My friends and I were there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    My friends and I were there specifically for fado. The group started a bit late, but performed at least 3 or 4 sets. The atmosphere was lively, but not overwhelming. The music was pleasant and the food very good. We lingered because of the music, but no one bothered us. It appeared as it they were not concerned about another seating. The wait staff was mature and polite
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  • Food with Fado
    luv2dine
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Once more I enjoyed the great food of Alfama. This time I have the great opportunity to see a new Portuguese group singing Portuguese and Brazilian reomantics and hat a surprise: One of the owners just prove havin an extra talent besides anfitriate well, he can sing Fado pretty well, with all his soul and charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had pork and clams dish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    I had pork and clams dish which was too oily. The soup and dessert were excellent.
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  • Appetizers (squid and mushroom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Appetizers (squid and mushroom soup) were excellent. Also excellent were the desserts (meringue in custard and natas). My dinner partner liked the pork dish he ordered. My chicken was not too dry and the greens with red pepper were very fresh. I tried one potato, supposedly fried, and left the rest. Not what I would expect from a french fry.
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  • The cook prepared the salmon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    The cook prepared the salmon medium-rare, which some might find unusual but provided a fascinating texture contrast with the blackened surface. The restaurant looks amazing, with a classy but relaxed ambiance.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Went here with a groupon.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Went here with a groupon. I'm not a fan of groupon only menus that then show other dishes that aren't included in the deal. With that being said, the food we did eat was very good. i wouldn't go out of my way to return, but i wouldn't be opposed to returning if the opportunity arose.
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  • We visited for brunch and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    We visited for brunch and the restaurant was quiet - which was nice. Eggs benedict and octopus/broccoli rabe appetizer were underseasoned and not spectacular. We are used to eating at Avra and Kellari Taverna (Greek, but similar in style/menu) which ranks above.
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  • I went for brunch and enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    I went for brunch and enjoyed the entire experience! Delicious food!!!!
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    great for brunch
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