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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Join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 28th, as Chef George Mendes prepares a Portuguese inspired feast of classic Thanksgiving dishes like Autumn Squash Soup with Spiced Apple and Roasted Turkey with Chestnut-Chorizo Brioche Stuffing. 3-course prix-fixe: $85 for adults and $70 for children

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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JF
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
4 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
1 review
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.

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

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

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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
8 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
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was magnificent!

JA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The service was vevy bad, my wife eat the duck rice and was cold on the inside, it appears that had been prepared before, and reheated was bad.
The appetizers had no taste.

Desert was as expected.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed when we arrived - even though I had made reservations and had confirmation. Never going back to this place

DR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow.
Superb service, I got to watch the magic of the kitchen. I chose the four course dinner with wine pairing.
Presentation was beautiful and the connection to Portuguese dishes was an intimate appreciation for the traditional cuisine with a 21st century mindset. Well done, Chef George.

OT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, refined food from appetizers to dessert. Impeccable service. Excellent cocktails and selection of wines by the glass. The $85 price fixe, four-course menu is an excellent value.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

It’s one of those places that you try and never come back. We used to go to Lupolo and loved it but the quality of he food at this place is not even close to Lupolo. The cod was hard, the urchin tasted bitter and too seafoody. The drinks were delicious though

a
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The cod fish was extremely salty. We mentioned(didn’t complain) to the server when he came over to check on us. He said that all cod fish were salty and the chef didn’t even put salt in the dish. That was quite surprising to us as the cod we normally had were fine

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mediterranean food in NYC for sure...

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, will definitely come again!

M
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, but the menu is limited.

MC
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning experience. Everyone was kind and generous with their service. Food was simple yet mind blowing. Try everything, including dessert.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent but the menu is a little limited

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