Aldea

4.5
2022 reviews
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$50 and over
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Portuguese
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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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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.
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Additional
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 2022 People Are Saying
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E
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The foie gras dish is excellent. The menu is quite limited.

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Manchester
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine pairings at a reasonable price. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Food's presentation is also nice. Staffs are very patient with questions, and the kitchen gave us small treat as well. Decoration and lighting is relaxing. Definitely recommended.

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Calgary
251 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Inventive take on traditional foods that was very well done. Price still reasonable for the food quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, at a good price with excellent winepairings. Unexpected!

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I highly recommend it. We enjoyed all the 4 courses on the fixed price menu.

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C
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Aldea and I was impressed with what Chef George is accomplishing in the kitchen. My favorite dish was the diver scallops, which came with a bit of torchon of foie gras over each scallop. The quality of these ingredients was incredible, and they were both melt in your mouth perfect. I also love the new 2 story mural which is painted along the entire wall between the entrance door and the dining room, containing artistic renderings of wisdom and faith sketches from Portugal. The entire staff was very friendly and professional. My only complaint was that the seating in the first booth had worn out padding, which should be replaced to keep up with the otherwise exception dinning environment.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Amazing food, excellent service, great wine menu,...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great but the table are a little crowded.

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EL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but not enough to justify the price. The wine pairings were good but again, not worth the money.

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TR
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have both been to Portugal, and loved the food and wines. Aldea has all of this, and at its price point, provides unequaled food quality and value. Very simple and elegant decor. Portuguese wines one can't get in non-Portuguese restaurants. Definitely plan to return.

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MC
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptionally thoughtful menu with impeccable service and presentation. Open kitchen shows off the talented team working beautifully together. Food an absolute delight. Service superb. Ambiance OK but no matter.

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TS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we have had in 50 years of travels to NYC. Superb service and knowledgeable, friendly, efficient staff. A definite must for foodies and those who want an exceptional dining experience

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KB
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at this gourmet, Michelin starred Portugese restaurant. Chef Mendes has added new menu items and we very highly recommend the foie gras appetizer, the grilled squid in black ink second course, and the cod and 60 day aged beef entrees. All were delicious. We will be back very soon!!!!

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MB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great modern ambience open to the kitchen. Every bite was incredible. The four course menu was a great price for the experience.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We requested the Chef's Table and what a fantastic experience. Watching Chef Mendes and his team was like watching a well choreographed dance. The skill and precision with which they work was phenomenal to watch. We were mesmerized and could not take our eyes off the show. It was a busy friday night yet the kitchen had this remarkable air of calm and confidence. None of the loud chaos you'd expect in a busy NY kitchen, this was a spotless space with a meticulous staff. We watched beautiful plate after plate come together with eager anticipation and admiration of Chef Mendes as he personally inspected each plate and moved from station to station helping - even mixing dough at the pastry station at one time.

The food was delicious, every dish we had was wiped clean. I'm Portuguese and the flavors in the dishes were reminiscent of flavors from my family home cooking but with a fresh, high end flair. I was a little nervous because good Portuguese food can be hard to "upscale", but Chef Mendez has nailed it. Basic Portuguese spices used in creative, inventive ways to create remarkable dishes. I was so impressed.

The tomato-strawberry gazpacho was like tasting summer. As beautiful as it was flavorful, the perfect balance of flavors and textures. I could have a bowl every day. Even my husband, who normally despises gazpachos, could not get enough. The famed shrimp alhinho did not disappoint. We had the scallops and arroz de pato as our entrees. Even though both dishes had surprising ingredients we normally would not have liked, they were perfect complements and the dishes were phenomenal. We finished with the pasteis de nata, one of my favorite desserts and Aldea's tasted as fresh, warm, and light as my mother's.

Chef Mendes is a genius and his attention to detail is evident in each plate. Overall wonderful experience, I've recommended Aldea to everyone I meet and will make it a stop everytime I'm back in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Over priced and unmemorable meals. Wont recommend it

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Compliments to the chef for an amazing experience. Thank you!

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WW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my fiance's birthday. The service was excellent, and the seafood are amazing!!

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BG
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The upstairs was not comfortable, it was too warm. We complained about it a few times, but no action was taken.

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MZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Rice in arroz con pato was undercooked. Waiter in a condocending fashion said it was the cooking style. Later a manager came to apologize and say the rice indeed was undercooked. We had two of these entrees and they offered to take one entree away. Doesn’t make sense. The deserts were supposed to have some salt, but in this case they had overdone it. The potato crisps in the bacalao were soggy. The main waiter had an attitude that didn’t match the average to poor quality of the food. There were bugs in the wall and the airco was dripping water on my son. Overall doesn’t even come close to one Michelin Star.

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DB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely anniversary dinner!

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AM
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service here were excellent. Very modern, fresh take on Portuguese dishes. The calamari was sublime as were the beignets.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food

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SC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food presentation and taste was exceptional. Paprika flavor in main course overpowered subtle lobster flavor rendering main course far less than acceptable for a restaurant of this caliber. Having eaten in many restaurants in Portugal, some of them considered the best in the world, Aldea is not particularly Portuguese. It is just one of many very high end NYC restaurants.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was fabulous and very friendly but the food was disappointing. I think the Michelin star may have raised my expectations too much, but there was nothing anyone at my table raved over or would go back for. Nothing was terrible, it just wasn't outstanding.

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MG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I recently came to Aldea to surprise my girlfriend for her birthday. I made my reservation weeks in advance and spoke to people numerous times to ensure that my girlfriend’s gluten allergy could and would be accommodated for. I also requested anything special they could do for her birthday and informed them that we would be doing the tasting menu.

Unfortunately, when we arrived, all of this information did not get passed along to our server(s). We had to remind him that she was gluten free, and even after that, they brought out two items that had bread. On the fourth course, our server stated “we omitted dairy from this dish to allow for your allergy”. What?! Has no one been listening?! Just an enormous lack of communication and attention to detail. Particularly disappointing service considering that the food was overall very delicious and well presented.

I am not a celebrity. I am not a super important food critic. But when people are willing to pay this amount for a special meal, you expect a higher sense of care. Thank you for the absolutely beautiful and wonderfully tasty dishes, but please raise the bar when it comes to your service. That can leave an ever worse taste in your mouth than a bad meal.

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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Michelin star? I found this completely overrated for the price. Maybe it was great a year ago.

Wine pairings were uninspired. Food was good but nothing amazing about it.

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C
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very happy with this choice for one of our few dinners on a visit to New York. Food was creative and delicious. Wine list decent, but rather overpriced.

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PS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, calm, and cool upstairs. Service is attentive. House wines recommend, matched perfectly. Menu is creative and satisfying. Good value for the high quality ingredients, creative menu, and overall vibe. Will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

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Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good meal. Helpful sommelier. Excellent service. Fair prices for Manhattan.

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always stellar all around; wines are fantastic, servers are affable, and great to see Chef in the kitchen taking charge.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with delicious food and wine pairing. Staffs were friendly and professional, well known with their food

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Average at best.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was abysmal. We ordered from the $89 four course menu and added the wine pairing. They were out of 2 dishes - both of them were the dishes that I really wanted to try. We ordered the mackerel and it was ridiculously salty. When I tried to talk to the server, it didn't go well plus the gentleman tried to serve us the same wine pairing for 2 separate dishes and when we called him on it, at first he tried to act like it was the right wine but after we made a point of naming the wine, he came back with the right pairing and acted as if nothing had happened. The night was a mess and a huge disappointment.

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reallyyyy liked Aldea! We came here to here to celebrate my mom's birthday and everyone thought it was a great choice! The food was very good, from the presentation to taste! The service was excellent, the waiter was really helpful and everyone was very nice. The ambiance was nice and cozy, not too loud but not too quiet. I would definitely recommend Aldea!

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BM
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for anniversary dinner and we were very impressed, the menu is very concise and well executed. The setting is very comfortable but still has a nice ambience about it.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolute magic. The service was very attentive. The courses were very aesthetic, delicious and clean. The chef, Romain, is an absolute sweetheart. Always a joy dining at Aldea and I always look forward to their seasonal dishes. Thank you team Aldea for always making our experience so special!

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SJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an update of a previous review:

We were invited back by Chef George Mendes. the food (chosen by the chef) was absolutely on point. Favorites continue to be the shrimp Alhinho, but so were scallops with foie gras and the the duck confit. The host, Irene, was incredibly friendly and was very accommodating. They even served us Natas which brought back fond memories of our trip to Portugal. Would especially like to mention our waiter Arturo who was incredible throughout.

The fact that the chef himself wrote to us to correct a bad review shows his passion and the pride with which he runs his restaurant. Not only do we stand corrected - but were given among the best experiences we've had in any restaurant - better than even a couple of 3 Michelin star restaurants we've been to.

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