Aldea

4.6
2106 reviews
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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.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with Portuguese flavor.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 10, 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 10, 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
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was above standards.

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KB
New York Area
217 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always have a great dining experience at Aldea. We highly recommend all of the delicious food and eagerly look forward to our visit every month. Give your tastebuds a real treat and visit this wonderful Michelin starred restaurant!!!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. The courses were gastronomical heaven, service was top, and the ambience was clean and simple. I appreciated the attention to detail, as well as the subtle showcasing of Portuguese cuisine.

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GP
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently, outstanding restaurant with excellent and warm service.

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OT
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

the food was spectacular, the prices a bit steep. Service was attentive & when it was time for dessert, we were given plenty of time to relax and enjoy our final course

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DG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's my second time at this restaurant and I loved it as much as the first one. Creative cuisine, great service, excellent dishes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Must try the egg tarts! Amazing

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

Simply outstanding

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice intimate space. Great food and service. Very happy with our meal.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance, every single dish was cooked to perfection and the flavors were well balanced. Less is more and here is perfectly displayed; dishes with only 2 or 3 components that allow you to taste every single flavor. Outstanding

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IB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portuguese Finest, the quality of the food and the execution is espectacular, remarkable wine list. Well deserved Michelin star!

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OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was a perfectly crafted experience. Fantastic!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I treated my parents to dinner at your restaurant. They enjoyed their experience so much! They loved the complementary dishes from the kitchen. The pictures from my parents meal made me so hungry. Next time I’m in town I will definitely stop by to eat.

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J
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Was underwhelmed by the food due to the caliber of the restaurant. The sauces or broths often lacked flavor or seasoning

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SI
Phoenix
191 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aldea was an excellent representation of fine dinning Portuguese cuisine. The food was fun with a great amuse bouche and truly stellar service. There is a tasting menu in addition to al a carte. Do not miss dessert as it was excellent. The menu is seafood heavy but also has options for those who are not seafood people. Overall a wonderful experience.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place. Not like all the others. High quality and gracious service.

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

Boyfriend’s birthday & New Year’s Eve

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Perfection!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiters welcome us kindly during the new year eve. The interior design is simple, and atmosphere is good. We ordered the vegetarian four courses to pair with wine - it was quite an experience. The food itself is good but not mind-blowing, but it is magical to do with wine pairing. The only thing I’d say is that the background music selection is quite distracting for dining.

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RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food! Amazing service! The wine pairing is a must! Absolutely fantastic chef' menu and the services was absolutely stellar and knowledgeable.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe menu was on the pricier side for us but was an amazing experience! Every dish amazed.

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KB
New York Area
217 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dining experience at this fine restaurant. Highly recommend the fresh crab first course, the farmhouse egg second course, and the third course diver scallops with foie gras!!! My wife and I will be back very soon!!! Absolutely delicious food!!!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great wine, very nice and attentive service! For sure will come back.

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GL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Had reservations and when we arrived no one was there to receive us, once the hostess did pop out they didn’t have a table ready so we waited a little longer. Food was good. Not a great ambience overall. Not sure why the michelin star. Don’t think I would go back.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overhyped and overpriced. Having just returned from Portugal and looking to satisfy my cravings, I found Aldea to fall short of my expectations.

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ID
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is my third time here in five years . The food has gone down. It is not as special as the first two times I was there . The cocktails and wine list is still great . Service is good but not exceptional. I felt that the menu is not very intersting. And execution of the food could be better

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu and wine pairings were among the best I’ve ever had.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grate as always, service, food and wine selección all was excellent.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not what I was expecting. Food was pretty good with the exception of one of the amuse bouche (although they called them something different) which really tasted like something had died in your mouth. Both of us had the same reaction and thought it was a pretty off way to start a meal. For the following dishes, some nice flavors and textures, but plating and service was much more informal than I expected for the price of the meal. Also, the space was quite loud.

I wouldn't say it was a bad meal, but for $500 for two (with one cocktail for one person and one glass of wine for the other), I had higher expectations.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was impeccable. Flavors we're top notch. Very attentive and friendly staff. Coming back again.

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S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I read reviews for this, I saw a few negative one stars... those people are crazy. One of the best dining experiences my wife and I had. We were celebrating my wife's 30th birthday and Chef, George Mendes and his amazing team delivered. The Sea Urchin Toast was delicious to start with and the Cod and Lobster were incredible entrees. It was all paired with a beautiful white wine recommended by their incredible team. They brought out a special dessert for my wife with Happy Birthday written on it in chocolate sauce on the plate and a candle to boot. Great experience, don't listen to the haters.

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MS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Meah! It was not very memorable. The Sea Urchi toast was all of 2.5" x 1" and I couldn't identify any flavors in the two bottles you get (definite minimalist). Looking back to Sat. I can't even remember the entree! The grape sorbet was good.... I've eaten in many countries around the world at great place where I can remember everything about the place and the meal. This place was not one of them. Maybe just a bad night. Excellent service

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HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and food was awesome. Service incredible. Aldea is our obligated stop Every time we visit NY.
Gracias por el gran servicio.

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