Aldea

4.6
2151 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
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mediterranean food in NYC for sure...

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, will definitely come again!

M
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

MC
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but the menu is a little limited

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences to be had in Manhattan. True European elegance that is understated and undeniable. Food, wine, presentation, service, hard to replicate in nyc.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top service Nice restaurant and very good food!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite takes on Portuguese dishes I’ve grown up with. Incredible attention to detail. Authentic yet imaginative ingredients and flavors. Can not wait to visit again!

OT
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Reviewed on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

nice ambiance and food was great-- will come again! Service was pleasant and consistent.

OT
Washington DC
71 reviews
Reviewed on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

This is a neighborhood go-to for us. The food is very good and the service is very accommodating. A neighborhood gem, really.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the service was fantastic. Top notch service. The wine pairing for the chef’s tasting was simply enjoyable and delicious. One of the best I had ever had. Thank you.

i
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A group of inconsiderate people were constantly annoying. Maybe tables are too close together!

RH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Most of the dishes were spot on, and the charcoaled octopus and diver scallops were extremely delicious. However, the salted cod dish was missing some flavor and was overall quite boring.
However, service and the wine paring were both great. My only complaint about the service was I felt a bit rushed. Food and wine were served immediately after the previous course, and we finished in a hour. Slowing it down a bit would be appreciated.

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious, beautifully presented dishes. Well balanced ingredients. We ordered the sea urchin toasts twice! I haven’t ever had scallops this good. The service was attentive, even though we sat upstairs of the main dining room. Absolutely coming back!

y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly and the food was excellent.

RM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal at Aldea. The four course menu was perfectly cooked and the wine pairing was spot on. The grilled octopus and the sea urchin were delicious. The service was friendly, attentive and informative. Overall an excellent spot.
The one drawback is that the seating along the stairs is far from ideal, and I wish we had been seated in a place with less traffic. But lesson learned for next time, as we will happily return in the future!

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, each dish was flavorful and unique. Loved it! It is now one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was incredible!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything we ordered was phenomenal! 🙌🏻

OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word encompasses Aldea - Superb!

KB
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New fantastic, highly recommended items on Chef Mendes’ Aldea menu include the delicious iberico ham from the famed acorn fed pigs and the charcoaled octopus. Of course, we also loved the foie gras, divers scallops, and the 60 day aged steak. We will be back again very soon!!!!

M
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors are magnificently simple, coastal, and Mediterranean. Unlike anything I've had anywhere else. We had a wonderful time sitting at the chef's counter seeing the dishes' preparation in action.

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Definitely save for a special occasion. Food is good but still very pricey for what you’re getting.

CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aldea was one of the best dining experience we have ever had! We went to celebrate our recent engagement, and it was the perfect place to celebrate. The service was excellent, from wine recommendations to re-folding napkins if we went to the bathroom. As for the food, every bite was exquisite! What a wonderful, memorable celebration. Thank you, Aldea!

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars all around. Wonderful experience!

AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend it to anyone who likes strong flavors in their food. The food was exquisitely prepared and the cocktails were excellent, too.

P
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at Chef’s counter for the first time (have been several times before”) and really enjoyed the experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal with truly delicious food! Best octopus ever!! The cod was delicious and the amaze-Boucher of crispy beet with goat cheese was outstanding!!, but the frozen caipirinha may have been my favorite! Highly recommend for after theatre special day in NYC!! Or any other day!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.
The new menu is a must try!

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and attentive service as always! Knowledgeable sommeliers! We love Quinta do Moinho 2001 - excellent value. Wonderful dinner!

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent

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

wonderful service. lovely food. wasn’t too hard to get in at 5:30

R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Attentive service. Thoroughly enjoyed the wine pairing and tasting wines we knew little about to discover were excellent. Food also excellent flavors and generous servings. Downside- pricey.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meal i ever had. Everything was perfect.

FG
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual pilgrimage. Always excellent food and service.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little expensive for the amount of food but good quality

c
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here several times and always love it

BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is phenomenal. Only had better at Chef's Table. Service impeccable. It's basically perfect.

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