Aldea

4.6
1973 reviews
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$50 and over
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Portuguese
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  • Tasting Menu
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.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Monday 5:30-8:45pm
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30-11:00pm
BAR:
Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-Closes one hour after our last seating.
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Phone number
(212) 675-7223
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Mendes
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Cross street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
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Parking details
Two parking lots are located on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We offer private dining options for 8 to 40 people.
Please call the restaurant for details!
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Aldea's unique bi-level space lends itself to a variety of special events and occasions, from intimate seated dinners or corporate gatherings in our Wine Room; to a buyout of the Mezzanine for cocktail-style soirées; or a private kitchen demo and multi-course tasting menu in the Chef's Area.

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Daily 5:30PM - 5:45PM

What 1973 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.0
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and ambiance. Dishes were fresh, clean and simple - that’s really all you need. We were able to see Martin’s influence of George. Definitely a return place.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had Avery enjoyable evening at Aldea. The food was well prepared and the wine pairing was nicely done, except that the sommelier always poured less wine for the females at the table than the males. The dessert course was our favorite. The cheese plate and chocolate cake were excellent!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Enjoyable and well presented meal with excellent service, but food was a few dishes were overly salted and food, while good, was less creative / interesting than one might expect from a Michelin starred kitchen. Decor was very professional / elegant, if a little dated.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The service and the food were both excellent. Wine pairings are worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was superb, wine pairing was great and interesting. Service was amazing. All around a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Dinner was worth it. Food was good. Service is ordinary

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was very good. The main course was very good for both my husband and myself however both our first courses were outstanding. Light and delicious. The salted cod and the white asparagus with crab were both fantastic.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

It’s too expensive for what it is.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was really disappointing. Loved Aldea in the past, but it’s obviously in decline; I would recommend dining elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The food was really wonderful. The beignet dessert was worth the trip alone, the lightest I've every eaten. They even have an amuse bouche which was terrific. The food arrived warm, and the service was very friendly but a little distracted. We were upstairs, the table are close together and it got pretty noisy by 8pm+. I'll try it again at lunch.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The experience at Aldea was unforgettable! The food was delicious, the service outstanding and the ambience delightful. I highly recommend Aldea for a special occasion!!! You will love it!!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Simply a wonderful dining experience!

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We had the best expectations going to this Michelin Star restaurant. We did the tasting menu hoping for a experimental food story about Portuguese food. Unfortunately this was far from the case. This review is not about the service, but about the food & environment.

Our first clue should have been that no one else was ordering the tasting menu but off the menu. However, IMHO the tasting menu should showcase a chef's POV and take us for a journey.

We got seated in the back room and it was hot and stuffy. The first course started out with a great taste. But as we went along there were major misses: Shrimp was over cooked, mushrooms used the same way in too many dishes, and a couple of heavy courses too close to each other without palette cleansers. In fact that was my favorite part! Mostly because it was cold and refreshing where i felt heavy and hot in the room.

Also the plating was often too much, uninspiring and it was hard to understand how to eat and enjoy the flavors. Instead they are all separate so you had to "choose your own adventure".

The service noticed we were not enjoying and gave us extra dessert. Like waaaay too much at the end, when we were already full. I appreciated the gesture, however we were done.

I would not recommend the tasting menu. Perhaps something on the regular menu - since the people around us seemed happy. And to be sure NOT to sit in the back room.

I would also not consider this a Michelin restaurant at this time. It is currently a disappointment to that honor.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Went here to treat my husband for his birthday. Had a great time! Had the Chef's Tasting Menu, and everything was excellent. Wait staff were very attentive and knowledgeable. It was a bit pricey in my opinion, but maybe that's really what you get when dining at a Michelin-starred place. Nevertheless, we were very satisfied and would come back again.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had the four course tasting menu with wine pairing. The pairings were outstanding, so was the food. Pricey, but worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

As always, the meal was delicious. A great way to celebrate my birthday with my wife.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The food was delicious and I would highly recommend requesting to sit at the chef's table so you can see them prepare the meals. It was expensive, but definitely worth it for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We did the chef’s tasting menu and wine pairing. It was phenomenal. The preparation and presentation are beyond. Sat at the chefs bar beside the kitchen. Recommend!!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Wonderful tasting menu and great selections of wines from the wine pairing menu. Really well prepared, presentation, interesting and delicious menu. Will go again.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Terrific Food, amazing professional service! Lovely, relaxing atmosphere, great for a romantic date or special occasion. Excellent selection of wines and food tasting options. Food was well prepared and presented and delivered on flavor and taste.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We had the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings. It was delicious and innovative without being self conscious. Just slightly more than the right amount of food - which is perfect. Thoroughly enjoyable, and the staff was attentive but respectful of our privacy. I’d definitely recommend Aldea to friends.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

What a meal! Top shelf Michelin Star!! A “must go” in Manhattan! The attention to detail on each course is heavenly! Eat HERE!!!!

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

very average - no idea why it has Michelin star:
okay food, poor ambience, ok service but nothing to write home about!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Went with a food friend, sat downstairs. We chose a 4-course menu of our own choice with wine pairing, but not the tasting menu.
Overall a great experience, some dishes better than others but simply a matter of taste. The squid was a favourite. Good wine pairings, too.
The only strange thing was not having a coat room or at least not offering it to us or to anyone around us. We visited in May, so we were only wearing light jackets, but considering the rain outside it would have been nicer to leave our wet clothing and umbrellas somewhere other than on the floor or bench next to us.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

One of the best scallops dishes I've ever had. Also the beignets were the best dessert I've ever had.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

A very nice restaurant with a low key ambiance, great service attentive staff and a varied take on Portuguese cuisine.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

food was excellent. service was perfect. only dessert... just fine...

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

First and second course were fantastic - must try grilled squid and uni toast. Entree we had the scallops and cod. Everything was cooked perfectly but not as good as the first and second course. Dessert was fantastic. We loved the benet.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Delectable dinner paired with world-class service. A delightful experience, indeed.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The menu is very small, so yu may want to see it before going to this very quiet and intimate restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

NY es sin duda una de las muchas capitales gastronómicas del mundo, dándote la opción de comer de acuerdo a tú presupuesto. Específicamente la experiencia en Aldea es maravillosa ya qué se trata de un restaurante de alta cocina portuguesa pero con ambiente más bien casual que elegante. La comida que sirven es perfecta para los amantes de los mariscos y la atención por parte del personal es excelente. Sin duda lo recomiendo.

Presupuesto: Mínimo de usd $100 por persona y máximo hasta el límite que tú pongas.

Gracias por todo

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Superb blend of flavors in all courses for the food. Well worth it!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had an outstanding meal. Everything from the service and food was excellent. We had the price fixe with the wine pairing and everything was special. We will return.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was average at best

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Wonderful food and service! We called the day of reservation to increase from 2 to 6 and they were able to accommodate us.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Celebrated our son's 50th here in May. We had the tasting menu which was truly fabulous. Our son said it was the 'best meal of my life'! Kudos to the chef and to all who helped make this a terrific evening.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

A warm and inviting atmosphere with delicious, beautifully executed food and cocktails. The service was friendly, professional and efficient. Every dish we tried from the four course, fixed price menu was better than the last. It’s a great spot for a mid-week dinner, but I could easily imagine a special occasion dinner here as well.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Thank you again for the great experience and wonderful meal. We really enjoyed it and I appreciated the effort the staff made to make our evening special.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The food was delicious! We ordered the prawns, scallops and duck rice! I really like the sauce for the prawns! The restaurant was slightly cosy and we were able to listen to the conversation on the next table. However, it was a great restaurant for a date. I like the decor of the restaurant, very warm. The bar is spacious and love the lamp. Modern and chic

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful! Loved every morsel! Great service! Big fan of Chef Mendes! Thank you!

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