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Aldea

4.5
1933 reviews
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$50 and over
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Portuguese
Perfect For:
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  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Monday 5:30-8:45pm
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30-11:00pm
BAR:
Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-Closes one hour after our last seating.
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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
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Mendes
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We offer private dining options for 8 to 40 people.
Please call the restaurant for details!
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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

Private Dining

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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Daily 5:30PM - 5:45PM

What 1933 People Are Saying
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4.5
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 11 hours ago

Wonderful! Loved every morsel! Great service! Big fan of Chef Mendes! Thank you!

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5.0Dined 11 hours ago

Outstanding as always, food is delicious, service impeccable, wine pairings on point.
This was my 5th visit at Aldea and it gets better and better every time!

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Unfortunately, the food was quite bland. The descriptions sounded delicious, great ingredients and combinations. The execution, however, was mundane and uninteresting. With each ensuing dish in the $135 Harvest tasting menu, we kept expecting something to improve, but most dishes fell short, largely because they lacked flavor. The exception was the squid, which was excellent. Cocktail menu tended toward light, so we ordered martinis, both of which tasted watered down. Service was pleasant, accommodating and efficient.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We had the four course meal with wine matching. The food was ok, but very expensive. Slightly marred by the fact one of us had a chipped glass and a hair in their dessert.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is really delicious! We really enjoyed everything that we ordered. My friend and I ordered a la carte and they still sent us out amuse bouches and pre-desserts, which added value to an expensive meal. It was a wonderful, unexpected touch. The restaurant is really clean and sleek. I will definitely recommend it to friends and I can't wait to come back!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We did the chef’s tasting menu and all but one dish was outstanding. We didn’t love the mushroom & salmon dish - salmon skin was soggy but all other dishes were amazing — the uni/mackerel dish was outstanding & changed my perspective on uni. Food gets 5 stars. But the service was average at best. Many plates were dropped off with inaudible descriptions and we also got the wine pairing — most pairings were poured with no description and I often had to ask what grape, where is this from? I don’t know if the wine steward was off but the presentation was not great but the wines were excellent and well paired and highlighted lots of great Portuguese regions - just the delivery was bad.

Service was eh.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Lovely food, each course small but very adequate dishes (including amuse-bouche dishes) so you leave feeling very satisfied, not heavy. Good service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and service. Definitely deserves the Michelin rating!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, diferent food, good wine, healpfull waitress
Some souces were to strong

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

One of the best meals I've ever had. Chef Mendes has found his niche here and created an excellent menu of Portuguese-inspired dishes. My favorite was the arroz con pato (a high-end version of fried rice with three different preparations of duck). It was one of the best plates of food I have ever had put in front of me, and each bite was practically orgasmic.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Go to’s: arroz con pato and the Pasteis de nata for desert

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. Unique flavors and presentations

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing experience, a Gem in NYC.
Well done
Looking forward to going back

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had a delicious meal. The 4 course tasting menu was great value. Every dish we had was superb. I loved the sea urchin toast, the squid in coconut milk, and the scallops with foie gras. For dessert we had the Portugese pastries. Highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I don’t recommend you eat here unless you want a cold shoulder experience. I asked a staff member dropping a meal off what a component was made of and he didn’t know, said he’d ask, but never returned. A real gem of a location but terrible portion size/value and even worse service. They need to educate their staff on the menu and the staff needs to have a little more enthusiasm when dropping a meal off. Won’t return or suggest other friends/family come visit.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

What a joy! Aldea was recommended by a friend in the restaurant community and she was so on target. We sat in the room just past the bar where 2 pairs of tables are. The diners behind us were moderately loud but not offensive. We could not hear the people at the other tables. Every thing about the restaurant contributed to taking care of us, from every server to the food itself. It's pricey but you want to leave a big tip because it is so special. Absolutely would recommend and will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

One of the most memorable meals my wife and I have had.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Me and my girlfriend agree, Aldea was the single greatest restaurant we have ever experienced across the country.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great restaurant will be back soon. 👍🏻👍🏻

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was spectacular, and so was the service. We had specific food allergies/restrictions and the server was very careful with them. The only complaint was that the place echoed other people's conversations and laughter really loudly - so much so we can't even talk.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We enjoyed their 4 course tasting menu, but it was not as impressive as i expected it to be. The tastes were closer to comfort food rather than uniquely prepared tastes. The only exception were the appetizer treats from the chef that were very unique and amazing. The remaining servings were nice but nothing impressive. The next time we are in NYC, we will try the 8 course tasting menu to see if they excel in there. The service was also inconsistent and they did not take the time to explain their dishes. they were always rushed. We also ordered more bread which never came to our table.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent service, amazing food!

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Massively overpriced. A meal for two with a bottle of wine came to $250, before tip. Diver scallops with foie gras (there were three) was almost $40. I don’t mind spending money, but this was not worth it

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We went expecting too notch service with the set tasting menu. It was $50 more than listed online. When asked about it they said that it wasn’t available in Monday’s (didn’t say that online). Manager argued but then appeased us with an appetizer. Not what I expect at this kind of restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Everything we ordered was excellent. The tastes were sophisticated and complex, while still being identifiably Iberian. I had never been to a "high-end" Portuguese restaurant before, but Aldea certainly qualifies!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was excellent. The service was a little slow and it took them 3 times to get the coffee we ordered correct but still charged us for it.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent overall. Will return.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is a superb restaurant. We have been there a few times and let me tell you it became one of our favorites. From the food, to the wines to the excellent service . Just an impeccable place.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food. Warm service. Relaxing ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My wife and I had another wonderful dinner at one of our favorite NYC restaurants, Aldea. The service was excellent and the food was superb, as always. And Chef Mendes was his usual very cordial self. We especially recommend the farm egg and mushroom soup appetizers and the diver scallops and cod entrees. We’ll ne back very soon!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Outstanding meal at the chef's counter. Food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Astonishing food

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

food is amazing, atmosphere is great

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I was searching for a great Portuguese restaurant to go to and discovered Aldea. I first walked in to a beautiful atmosphere and the most amazing smells of food. I couldn’t get to my table fast enough. The service was outstanding. I sat at the chefs counter which was an amazing experience that a lot of restaurants don’t offer. I tried the prix-fixe and was beyond happy with my choices. To start I had the foie gras which my waiter told me was prepared with just a hint of brandy. It made for an absolutely incredible taste. The spiced pineapple, quince-vanilla purée, and roasted quince added to the delight of the dish. My second dish was the Shrimp Alhinho.. I could have repeated this dish 2 more times but I was excited to try others. The diver sea scallops were so delicious and tender- fermented with Japanese turnips, foie gras, and apples which was a perfect blend to the dish!!! My last dish was the 60 day aged beef strip, all I can say is WOW!!!! No words for this dish!! Just simply incredible. I ended with the Sonhos. Little dreams, big flavor!!! They literally melted in my mouth. Everything and everyone in Aldea was outstanding. They by far live up to their Michelin Star! The service, the food, the ambiance....I highly recommend dining there and also recommend the wine pairing. Irene’s knowledge of wine is impeccable and she will not steer you wrong. If you want a memorable night with amazing quality of food and service, then this is the place!! Will absolutely be returning and telling everyone about it!!! There have been 2 remarkable moments in my life. The first was when I was born, and the second was discovering Aldea!!!! Thumbs way up!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

What a wonderful experience! From start to finish. Great service, AMAZING FOOD!!
I highly recommend the 4 course prix fixe menu with the wine pairing.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Creative and authentic food. Excellent kitchen theater by a dedicated hard-working team putting out wonderful food. Recommend ringside seating so you can look into the kitchen and see the ballet in there. Definitely would return. Excellent meal all around with matched wines or cocktails.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The drinks and food were very good however portions were very small. It felt more like an upscale New York restaurant than an authentic Portuguese restaurant which is really what I was looking for. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Tasting menu was absolutely outstanding. It was presented in a flawless journey.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Excellent experience, great food textures, flavor and presentation.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My wife and I ordered the chef tasting. With wine pairing. The entire meal was a huge disappointment from start to finish. Our waiter forgot to bring cocktails we ordered then argued we hadn’t actually ordered them before we could finally convince him to just bring us the drinks. As each course was brought out, we got no description of the dish. We asked for several of the courses and got one-word answers: it’s salmon. Obviously there were garnishments and purées, but we couldn’t get anyone to tell us what they were. Hard to appreciate when you don’t even know what you are eating. The worst was with the wines. My wife was particularly offended as every wine was introduced to me while the waiter had his back to my wife, so she couldn’t see or hear anything about the wine. When she asked to also get a description with the first pour, the waiter actually told my wife it was a red wine. That’s it. Here, have a red wine. Good luck finding a manager to alert them because we never met one, despite asking. We didn’t care for the food either, but the service was truly inexcusable and downright offensive.

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