Aldea

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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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
Business Casual
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Executive chef
George Mendes
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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Beth Sugrue: (212) 675-7223 ext. 3
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
71 reviews
Reviewed on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

This is a neighborhood go-to for us. The food is very good and the service is very accommodating. A neighborhood gem, really.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the service was fantastic. Top notch service. The wine pairing for the chef’s tasting was simply enjoyable and delicious. One of the best I had ever had. Thank you.

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i
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A group of inconsiderate people were constantly annoying. Maybe tables are too close together!

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RH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Most of the dishes were spot on, and the charcoaled octopus and diver scallops were extremely delicious. However, the salted cod dish was missing some flavor and was overall quite boring.
However, service and the wine paring were both great. My only complaint about the service was I felt a bit rushed. Food and wine were served immediately after the previous course, and we finished in a hour. Slowing it down a bit would be appreciated.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious, beautifully presented dishes. Well balanced ingredients. We ordered the sea urchin toasts twice! I haven’t ever had scallops this good. The service was attentive, even though we sat upstairs of the main dining room. Absolutely coming back!

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y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly and the food was excellent.

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RM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal at Aldea. The four course menu was perfectly cooked and the wine pairing was spot on. The grilled octopus and the sea urchin were delicious. The service was friendly, attentive and informative. Overall an excellent spot.
The one drawback is that the seating along the stairs is far from ideal, and I wish we had been seated in a place with less traffic. But lesson learned for next time, as we will happily return in the future!

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, each dish was flavorful and unique. Loved it! It is now one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was incredible!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything we ordered was phenomenal! 🙌🏻

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word encompasses Aldea - Superb!

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KB
New York Area
224 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New fantastic, highly recommended items on Chef Mendes’ Aldea menu include the delicious iberico ham from the famed acorn fed pigs and the charcoaled octopus. Of course, we also loved the foie gras, divers scallops, and the 60 day aged steak. We will be back again very soon!!!!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors are magnificently simple, coastal, and Mediterranean. Unlike anything I've had anywhere else. We had a wonderful time sitting at the chef's counter seeing the dishes' preparation in action.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Definitely save for a special occasion. Food is good but still very pricey for what you’re getting.

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CS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aldea was one of the best dining experience we have ever had! We went to celebrate our recent engagement, and it was the perfect place to celebrate. The service was excellent, from wine recommendations to re-folding napkins if we went to the bathroom. As for the food, every bite was exquisite! What a wonderful, memorable celebration. Thank you, Aldea!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars all around. Wonderful experience!

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend it to anyone who likes strong flavors in their food. The food was exquisitely prepared and the cocktails were excellent, too.

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P
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at Chef’s counter for the first time (have been several times before”) and really enjoyed the experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal with truly delicious food! Best octopus ever!! The cod was delicious and the amaze-Boucher of crispy beet with goat cheese was outstanding!!, but the frozen caipirinha may have been my favorite! Highly recommend for after theatre special day in NYC!! Or any other day!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.
The new menu is a must try!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and attentive service as always! Knowledgeable sommeliers! We love Quinta do Moinho 2001 - excellent value. Wonderful dinner!

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a
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful service. lovely food. wasn’t too hard to get in at 5:30

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R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Attentive service. Thoroughly enjoyed the wine pairing and tasting wines we knew little about to discover were excellent. Food also excellent flavors and generous servings. Downside- pricey.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meal i ever had. Everything was perfect.

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FG
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual pilgrimage. Always excellent food and service.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little expensive for the amount of food but good quality

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c
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here several times and always love it

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BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is phenomenal. Only had better at Chef's Table. Service impeccable. It's basically perfect.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience.

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JW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely stunning meal. Every course was full of flavor and texture and beautifully presented. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and excited to share the chef’s vision of Portuguese cuisine.

We appreciated the choices offered within each course; there was something for everyone in our party.

And, our waiter recommended a perfect bottle of Portuguese wine to accompany our meal.

Finally, if you do not treat yourself to the Dessert Cocktail you will be missing one of the greatest pleasures ever... EVER!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

delicious but pricey

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, superb, as always Aldea exceeded my expectations! Highly recommend doing the wine pairing too, all Portuguese wines presented by a very knowledgeable female somm.

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OS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visited Aldea when it just opened - the foodie culture was just beginning and the place felt original and I was blown away by the affordable haut cuisine. 10 yrs later Aldea is still here, which is impressive and a testament to its quality. Although it doesn't feel as delicious or inventive as it did back then it's a solid dining experience with attentive service. I suggest taking the counter for a more informal feel and to see the workings of the well-oiled machine that is George Mendez's kitchen.

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FQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant, from the monument you walk in to the place to the end.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is nice, different than the hectic New York style at other comparable restaurants. Food was amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with Portuguese flavor.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

They ran out of an entree selection. The best one. Very disappointing. They should have anticipated this and had the adequate supply or simply not listed it as a menu offering when it was not.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waited 30 minutes to be seated as well as several other couples.

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was above standards.

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