Aldea

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Portuguese
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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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience as always!!

SF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always wonderful. We had a Spanish organic wine I have not seen elsewhere that made the food come alive. Cod is a fish that most places cook poorly. Aldea gets it, the cod dish was one of the best I have had anywhere.

AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I guess since this restaurant has a Michelin star our expectations were high. I think the food was good but nothing special. Not particularly tasty - nothing really memorable.

SG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a special Momday dinner. Pacing was a but slow but the food was fabulous!

c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was just ok. Service was very slow. Very disappointed. Definitely not a Michelin star restaurant.

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Very expensive, small portions, very limited menu. We were there early because we were attending a lecture so there weren’t many other patrons and the staff really hovered, wanting to clear plates when we had barely taken the last bite or even before. The food was fine but not extraordinary.

J
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyable. This was our first time there but it will not be our last.

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

If you needed another example of how the Michelin rating has fallen asleep at the wheel and completely irrelevant look no further than Aldea. Service is brusque and spotty and inefficient. All told cannot n good conscience recommend this establishment when there are so many gems in Manhattan. For NYC, the food and service is tantamount to a very good Latin diner in Jackson Heights, Queens but 20 times more expensive.

MZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish and seafood we ever experianced, good wines and very good service, can’t forget the food! Reasonably priced for 4 dish menu! Will come back

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Not sure how this place is still open. Overpriced, tiny servings with sub-par food. They have a Michelin sign suggesting they have a Michelin star...would be shocked if this is still true

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Aldea is a good place to eat, either at the table, the bar, or the kitchen counter. I like the last option if you have one guest because one can see the preparation and even chat with the kitchen staff if it is not too busy. I can catch a few tips while eating and awaiting the next course prepared step by step.

ST
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Beware. Not anywhere near a Michelin star experience. Food very mediocre. Someone is greasing the palms of the Michelin reviewer on this one. Very disappointing. On top of it, called beforehand to see if they could accommodate a vegetarian, which they assured me they could, then had to check with the chef when asked if she could order the cheese plate. Will never trust Michelin again.

JF
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very original and delicious food, in a very nice setting. Bravo!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We went to Aldea 1 year ago and it was exceptional.
We went again last week, and were disappointed by the food. We understood that a French chef left the restaurant; and this might be the reason for the decrease in quality.
We will not go back again...

PS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the chef's kitchen table to see the kitchen in action. Menu was simple and elegant as the service was spot on. The food showed the beauty of the country.
Need to go back !!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had been once before and loved it. Years ago. Have since been to Portugal. Lisbon and Algarve. Thought would be awesome, since kept Michelin Star, to bring friends in town from SF who are also foodies. And we traveled to Portugal and ate great food with. Was very disappointing. Food. Service. Prices. Def open to paying good money for great tasting menu, but this was more miss than hit, unfortunately.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat upstairs and shared a wonderful evening with friends. Excellent, creative dishes beautifully presented. Impeccable, attentive service, professional but not stuffy. Very good wine list.

PS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience with food quality, presentation, service and great wine..highly recommend!

a
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding and the price fixe choices were great. Wine wS very good and priced about right. The staff were very friendly.

I have one minor criticism: we arrived at 705 for a 715 booking and were made to wait ten minutes even tho’ our table was free and the place was not busy. This is not the hospitality you’d expect from a Michelin 1*.

MA
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely incredible experience. The food was AMAZING, the service outstanding. We were offered and took a counter seat overlooking the kitchen. Other than, it was a bit warm, it was sheer perfection. It felt like being at the ballet, watching a well orchestrated group of professionals with obvious pride in the preparation and presentation of their food. Chef George Mendes worked as hard as and often harder than his sous chefs. An absolute pleasure watching the owner take such pride in his work. The food was AMAZING and a good value considering it is Manhattan and a Michelin starred restaurant. Very creative preparations result in beyond the ordinary flavors. I cannot wait to go again!!!

LW
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a great find. The dishes were interesting and tasty. For the 3 of us, we shared a total of 6 dishes, of which 5 were outstanding and the other very good. That represented about half of the available dishes, including all 3 categories (essentially small bites, first, and second courses); the restaurant should expand their menu! We were well-advised by our server about the wine and had an excellent Portuguese bottle at a reasonable price.

KS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our meal was delicious. We had two Prix Fixe meals with wine pairings, and each course was full of flavor, depth, and beautifully presented. We really enjoyed the experience.

My partner has gluten and dairy allergies, and that did pose some difficulties (that is why I am giving 4 stars, not 5). I called ahead to make sure that accommodations could be made, and was told that it would be fine. While ordering, there were a number of confusions by the staff about what could be made gluten-free, what had dairy, etc. One server would say something had dairy, while the next said that it didn't, which made us nervous. This issue was most likely not just the service staff's fault, as it seemed the kitchen was giving them mixed signals. Initially, my partner's dessert was served on cookie crumble that contained dairy, which was quickly remedied.

Aside from the hiccups with the allergy accommodations, the food was good, the service was warm and friendly, and the space was really cute.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great! Would recommend.

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Good food, but there was a lack of flavors from the dishes considering their price point.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Food and service were excellent. Shrimp appetizer was very tasty and duck was very nice.

k
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Completely undistinguished, surprised at high ratings

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere.

C
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner

GK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food was excellent, traditional, as far as I can tell, with some creative twists. Service was friendly but not what you would expect in a one star Michelin restaurant. But the noise! The small tables! The ambient! Very, very uncomfortable and repellent. This is too bad, because the quality of the food was not matched with the rest of the experience. Sadly, not a good restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The server spilled an entire beer on me. We were there for almost 4 hours (in soaking wet clothes) for a 4 course meal. To top it off, we were overcharged at the end of the meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, absolutely great value! Must try the Portuguese sardines and the Sohnos for dessert!

UE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting, sophisticated, small menu. Lovely, quiet atmosphere. Attentive service.

BN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t beat the price for a four-course Michelin-starred NYC eatery! Dining here is a transporter jaunt to Portugal. Delish. Muito bem!

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Took my daughter here. I am Portuguese and I can't rave enough about the Chef and his cooking of Portuguese food!

F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Portuguese Michelin starred resto. 4 course menu is the way to go. Outstanding. Obrigado.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th wedding anniversary

HN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful space, delicious food, excellent service...not cheap, but worth it

PA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great.

AO
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had dinner at 7pm on a Saturday and it was nice and quiet, started filling up quickly afterwards but the noise level remained moderate. Great place for a conversation. Service was immediate and excellent, but not pretentious. The prix fixe dinner is great value for the quality. Try the sonhos for dessert.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was magnificent!

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