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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.
Please join us for our 3 course $45 per person Prix Fixe lunch menu of some of our most classic dishes, prepared by Chef George Mendes. $45 per person, limited reservations.
New York, NY 10011
Portuguese, Spanish, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday 5:00pm-Closes two hours after our last seating.
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
$50 and over
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Two parking lots are located on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
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.
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
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer private dining options for 8 to 25 people.
Please call the restaurant for details!
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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.
Aldea Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I took two very good friends to our favorite gourmet Portugese restaurant Aldea for a fabulous dinner. The food was spectacular, the wine was delicious, and our server Autoro was excellent. And Chef Mendes made our evening by twice coming to our table to chat about food and Portugal. I highly recommend the farm egg appetizer and the diver scallops entree. My wife and our friends raved about the foie gras and shrimp appetizers and the duck arroz and pig entrees. We eagerly look forward to returning very soon for another great meal.
They staff was super accommodating and we didn't feel rushed at all through our dinner. The cocktails were delightful and a great way to start our meal. We each got a 2nd course to start. The charred octopus and wild mushroom broth soup were both very tasty and a great star to our meal. The diver sea scallops were the perfect size and flavor combination and left us with a little bit of room for dessert. The Sonhos, or beignets, were 6 per dish and the balance of the passionfruit and caramel dipping sauces made for a fulfilling sweetness. Would definitely go again, though the service in between courses could have been a little bit faster as we waited on wine for a bit.
Beautiful and simplistic. The most outstanding feature of this restaurant was the staff. Everybody was so friendly and profesional that they make you feel right at home. Food was beyond delicious. Had to specially thank our server Marlon, who took the time and patience to explain to us the menu item by item. His recommendation did not disappoint either. Thank you so much for having us and will definitely stop by once again.
Really felt disappointed after this visit given the chef is a fellow portuguese countryman. The main thing that let this down was the service. We were seated upstairs which has a very ‘office’ feel to it. The staff seemed to be short numbered and very inexperienced. When courses arrived they were ‘thrown’ down on the table - at times in front of the wrong person! The explanation of what each dish was was inaudible and frankly the server couldn’t care less whether we knew what he was saying or not.
The food was good but not spectacular enough to outweigh the poor performance.
Another wonderful dinner at this fine restaurant. Chef Mendes was his usual very hospitable, engaging self. And the food and service was excellent. I especially recommend the scrumptious farm egg appetizer and the diver scallops entree and my wife loved the shrimp alhino appetizer and the suckling pig terrine entree. We can’t wait to return for another great meal. 👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏
came here because it was michelin star rated. the food was good but i've had equally good or better food elsewhere where there was no star. i had the sea urchin toast for first course - the toast is like a cracker but no longer crispy, the sea urchin on top was tasty. second course i had the charred octopus, which was not charred at all, more like boiled... main course i had the diver scallop with foie gras. the foie gras was devine but the rest was average. my husband had the egg custard, the spanish mackerel and steak, he loved them all.
Service was excellent, attentive and yet unobtrusive. Artful AND very tasty food. The room invites diners to get comfortable and let the meal unfold - we went with our adult children and all enjoyed the culinary adventure. Spending an evening together at Aldea felt like a mini vacation.
We were served water and then waited more than 15 min for the waiter. He walked up, took out his pad and said “what can I get you?” No welcome to Aldea, no hello my name is xxx.” He became friendlier later, but it was a poor first impression. We had a party of five. Two of us had gray meals, three of us had food, not great meals. We’d read good reviews, but were disappointed.
Always a pleasure to eat at Aldea. Today, Thanksgiving, the prix fixe menu carried an ample selection of different tastes, so one could carve out a program from classical Turkey to the more unusual. Splendid mushroom, bacon, poached egg and mushroom broth appetizer, splendidly refined salad with light touches of goat cheese, trout caviar, sliced radishes, cress and more, followed by a Portuguese duck rice, embellished with slices of duck breast and a more tasty rice concoction than one could ever find in Portugal, and a sea scallop dish with a little fois gras and fermented japanese turnips that perfectly cut the richness of the scallops and fois gras. Dessert a rice pudding from Portugal beautifully accented with fruits and a little liquer. Excellent wines by the glass, including the Niepoort Douro wines of Portugal (as well as their Port Wine). All served with skill and understatement in a quiet lunch-time environment. Congratulations to the Chef and staff, and thanks!
We had the pleasure of an 11 course tasting menu, prepared by George Mendes, and Laurent Gras. Every course was delicious; it's a good sign when we left debating which was our favorite. Gorgeous, gracefully prepared seafood comprised most of the meal, but a little kobe beef course was one of the highlights. The lobster cappuccino was totally loveable. And as a whole, the meal was balanced, light enough, but filling. What a fun experience. And compared to some of the crazily priced places around NYC, a reasonable value for a special event meal.
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