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Aldea - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
2231 Reviews
$50 and over
Portuguese

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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Portuguese, Spanish, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 675-7223

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    George Mendes

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Beth Sugrue: (212) 675-7223 ext. 3

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    Between 5th and 6th Avenues

  • Parking details

    Two parking lots are located on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

  • 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. <br />F & M trains at the 14th st stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 2,231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. SH

    SashaH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall3food5service3ambience2

    The food is amazing, as always, but the service comes with a side of resignation. I ordered a glass of bubbles to begin, the server emptied the flat remainder of a bottle from the night before and attempted to top it off with a fresh one. When I asked to have the half-poured glass replaced with a fresh pour, he acquiesced, acknowledging that the first pour was the dregs. This would never ever have happened when there was a future there. It was depressing.

  2. T

    Tatiana

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Slow service, but very great food. Glad to have gotten in during the final week of service. We also got to meet the chef after sitting at the chefs table. It was an awesome experience to round out our week in NYC.

  3. RK

    ReneK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    I could not believe they charge $12 per person for flat water and $12 per person for sparkling water for a chef’s tasting menu and do not warn people they charge for water for a meal that costs $200 per person. The staff description of each dish was incomprehensible, and with the exception of the amusebouche, the food was inedible due to sinewy pork and repugnant combination of flavors.

  4. a

    anotherday

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We went there for Valentine's Day and everything was great. The server was wonderful, the food amazing and innovative without being fussy, and the room was well set up (we didn't see upstairs).

  5. RB

    RonB

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aldea is one of our top, go-to restaurants in NYC. We enjoy eating there alone as well as with friends. We have been seated at tables and also at the counter where we can watch the kitchen staff in action. Either location is excellent. The food is always beautifully prepared, and preparations vary from time to time. The 4 course menu with wine pairing is well worth the cost. Wines are beautifully matched to each course of food and unusual (at least for us, as they are from Portugal). Don't miss the Arroz as a main course - like a paella Portugese style. Service is always warm, professional, and knowledgeable. Our server this time, Steven, did a wonderful job. Thank you for all the times you have welcomed us and fed us so well. We hope to return soon.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aldea met every expectation! It lives up to its 1 Michelin star and we’d give it a second. The food is made with love and you can taste it in every bite. Very good wine list. Our new top pick for intimate dining!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The worst experience ever. From the seating at the table, to food service including hair spotted on my pork, and to charging us twice more money and on top of that mixing up the credit cards and double charging, I mean no wonder why this place is closing this month. The manager got us half the price off for all the unpleasant experience, it came down to $130 ish. Honestly, I would say the whole pacakge that night was worth $30 experience. Then I wouldn’t be this upset. There’s no professionalism in the team, the chef doesn’t care - he is having a good time with his gal pal in the kitchen area. Oh, maybe the chef doesn’t know, or he doesn’t care to find out what happens in the dining area? Great. Everything explains all. No philosophy, no passion. Bye Aldea, I feel relieved that you will be replaced by something else soon. You don’t deserve any star. Truffle night? Come on. I would say you name it “last minute money squeezer night” because everyone is too lazy to work decent when they already know the place is closing soon.

  8. EF

    EnriqueF

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Phenomenal food and warm service.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food was perfection! Really delicious and well prepared. Artfully presented. Small portions, but we left very satisfied.

  10. d

    davkron

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual... truly innovative yet delicious dishes, great service, and intimate ambiance.

  11. K

    Kwei

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    I celebrated my birthday at Aldea and enjoyed seating at the chef’s counter. Due to a delayed lunch, we decided to go with the 4-course tasting and wine pairing instead of the full tasting menu. But my fiancée and I managed to pick up most of the signature dishes from the full tasting course. We love the foods and concepts - ingredients were fresh and the dishes were not overly seasoned. The ambience was superb as we could see all the movements in the kitchen, highly recommended if you enjoy cooking or watching professional kitchen actions :) Few issues with food and service: my fiancée could taste a little sand in her scallop dish and the black truffle was too light (but the scallop was very fresh and it’s prepared right in front of us), the cauliflower purée was a bit too strong and was competing with the Hokkaido uni, breads were not served until our 3rd (main) course, and paired wines were not delivered with the food throughout the dinner. Overall, we consider the courses solid and enjoyable at Aldea. It would have been a much better experience if the service part were improved and we could just focus and enjoy the foods

  12. RB

    RobertB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous meal...everything was impeccable.

  13. AB

    AliceB

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delightful experience. We had the food and wine pairing for a birthday dinner. All of the dishes were meticulously done and delicious. Portuguese wines/champagnes were wonderful. Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere as well.

  14. GS

    GabeS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service, and ambiance were all top notch. I would highly recommend to a friend!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friend going away travel to New Zealand.

  16. TC

    TomC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in Portugal in October and planned this meal to revisit the cuisine we enjoyed so much. The food did not disappoint and the open kitchen allowed us to admire Chef Georg at work creating his wonderful food. It was a great night!

  17. A

    Alma

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dining experience very much. The food was excellent. The ambiance was welcoming and elegant. The service was attentive and professional. I would highly recommend this restaurant and will return next time we are in town.

  18. L

    Lopes

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    The somelier is fantastic,difficult to relax and enjoy on the table waiters is to intense and not necessary, we do not felt confortable with,no portuguese carater anymore and also in the plates.

  19. M

    Mken30338

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    George Mendes is the nicest chef I have ever met. We were seated at the chefs counter and just being in the kitchen was a wonderful experience. The aroma when you walk in the door is intoxicating, especially when you arrive when it’s snowing and bitterly cold. The first course of uni was divine. The scallop crudo had magical flavors. Everything the kitchen produced was beautiful presented and was even tastier than it looked. This restaurant is a magnificent gem.

  20. FS

    FrancescoS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience. We had 4-course menu with wine pairing. Food was excellent, wine pairing as well. Very attentive to details, will definitely come again when in NY.

  21. FB

    FatimaB

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yes! Delicious food. Great presentation . Wonderful service. We went on Monday when George’s mom prepares a special tasting menu. The Portuguese wine was also superb.

  22. P

    Pavel

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very interesting food selection - we went with two prix-fixes to try most of the menu, and it was worth it. Wine selection is also notable. Overall very good experience.

  23. C

    Christian

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorites. Year after year.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall3food1service2ambience3

    The Bacalhau in the pre-fix menu was extremely salty ... very unhealthy !! Need to either soak longer or adjust the seasonings

  25. KB

    KenB

    New York Area

    236 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    236 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and two friends had a spectacular dinner created by Chef Mendes and his mother. Everything was superb...the food, the wine, the service, and the atmosphere. We are eagerly looking forward to returning for another fine dining experience.

  26. SG

    SarahG

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The dinner was delicious, especially the soup and fideo. Unfortunately, the cod dish was overly salty. Our very nice server happily substituted it for an extra portion of soup.

  27. JK

    JacquelineK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Overall the food was incredible. We were so happy to enjoy this experience with Mamma Mendes in town. The only reason I didn't give it a perfect 5 stars was based on the service. It was pretty slow and tables who were sat after us received their food before us. It was nice to be welcomed by Chef & his mother and greeted with a glass of sparkling wine.

  28. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    We did the tasting menu and were quite underwhelmed. Most of the dishes were overpowered (cod by salt, sea urchin by itself -- would have been nicer in a better ratio with bread, chocolate dessert by orange zest) and it was oddly unpalatable. I would not recommend sadly, though it has a lot of potential. The shrimp, venison, and cheese plates were quite nice. It was far too expensive to score this poorly on the kitchen execution. Drinks were good.

  29. S

    Spikey

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    My birthday dinner. The food was excellent. Sea urchin appetizer we both enjoyed. I had cod for entree great flavors. Food presentation was very good. For a 1 Michelin Star a few things to be noted. We waited a long time for our cocktails and bread. It has a very limited menu. Worse yet one of the desserts they didn’t have or a replacement offered. Overall we really enjoyed the craft cocktails, food and wine.

  30. RH

    RodneyH

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    As several other reviewers have thematically commented, the food is uninspiring, the choices are overly narrow, and the portions are small. Its Michelin rating is unwarranted, an emerging trend that undermines the usefulness of Michelin. This restaurant does not properly profile Portuguese cuisine. On the plus side, the wine list has some Portuguese gems.

  31. F

    Fildiner

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    The food is delicious. The setting is beautiful. We could actually hear each other. But the pacing was so off that we didn't get our entree until 21/2 hours after we sat down. Though our restaurant reservation was 7:30, I had to inhale my duck entree, because I had to leave at 10:30 for an 11 pm jazz show. The restaurant gave us a bottle of wine because of the wait, but something was seriously off either with the server or the kitchen.

  32. BC

    BruceC

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Bar area was loud, but most of restaurant was quiet enough for easy conversation. THe food is very good with an interesting selection. I would go back!

  33. JM

    JohnatanM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Aldea was great! GF and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner here and had a great time exploring the pre-fix menu. Food was great. Recommend!

  34. MA

    MASH

    New York Area

    87 reviews

    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a very thoughtful menu. We had a wonderful vegetable soup and sea urchin toast to start - both delicious. The Seafood sauteed in garlic was great and the paella was superb. We had 2 wonderful glasses of wine from Esporao. Service was great.

  35. LG

    LucG

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience as always!!

  36. SF

    StevenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service are always wonderful. We had a Spanish organic wine I have not seen elsewhere that made the food come alive. Cod is a fish that most places cook poorly. Aldea gets it, the cod dish was one of the best I have had anywhere.

  37. AK

    AngelosK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I guess since this restaurant has a Michelin star our expectations were high. I think the food was good but nothing special. Not particularly tasty - nothing really memorable.

  38. SG

    SarahG

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We enjoyed a special Momday dinner. Pacing was a but slow but the food was fabulous!

  39. c

    culinaryhappygolucky

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Food was just ok. Service was very slow. Very disappointed. Definitely not a Michelin star restaurant.

  40. H

    Hyshe

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Very expensive, small portions, very limited menu. We were there early because we were attending a lecture so there weren’t many other patrons and the staff really hovered, wanting to clear plates when we had barely taken the last bite or even before. The food was fine but not extraordinary.

FAQs

Aldea - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 2231 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 5th and 6th Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Portuguese, Spanish, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Two parking lots are located on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    George Mendes

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 675-7223

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Beth Sugrue: (212) 675-7223 ext. 3

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