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Posted by Aldea on 12/24/2014
I am quite disappointed by the food of this overrated over priced restaurant. I even had to send back my meat course as it was unedible, baby pig which was stringy, dry and tasteless. The fashion of serving tiny portion of air instead of vegetables, n0 fresh greens (Salads). I am not familiar with Portuguese food, but I had only heard favorable things, this was an immense disappointment.
Posted by AKR on 02/04/2013
Great chef tasting menu and wine pairing menu. This was one of the best meals of my life, service was impeccable, food was too die for, the chef was surprisingly down to earth and unpretentious-a true food genius. Call and make reservations.
Posted by alan on 01/29/2012
My npartner and I were looking for something different and were intrigued with trying this restaurant from the description and the menu on this site, despite some of the negative reviews. We were both impressed as soon as we entered the restaurant-- a scene of modern elegance-- and greeted by a personable and courteous hostess. The rest of the evening was truly enjoyable--excellent service and delicious and creative food. Since neither of us is a carnevore, we were happy to have several good fish choices. I would highly recomment this place.
Posted by Justin Kurth on 11/22/2011
10:30 reservation, I understand you may want to go home but the quality of the restaurant should not decrease. Yes the chef thinks he is a big shot, especially after I sent back ammonia flavored sea urchin and he insisted they buy the freshest sea urchin in the city. You should buy your sea urchin else where, it was unappetizing. Foie Gras pate was tasty. Amuse Bouche of cod croquettes was given to us that tasted of old frier oil and tasteless gooey center of unrecognizable fish, one of the most uappetizing t things I have put in my mouth. We then went on to the next course of farm fresh poached egg, broth and Bok choy. Three of my favorite ingredients, all were disappointing. Egg was hard, broth tasted as if it came from a box and sat in the bain marie all day, and the bok choy was just there, it had no significance what so ever. My wife had the shrimp of something that tasted like shrimp tossed in flavorless chili oil and stunk of ripe shrimp. I was embarrassed for the restaurant, especially after I specifically went there based on his reviews as chef. We could not carry on eating after this experience and left before our main course. The only item we could finish was the almonds, olives and pate. Everything else I hope was tossed in the trash after he sampled the poor quality of food that was sent out of his kitchen. It was a real disappointment. The funny thing is we had to pay for our disappointing experience and we were offered a bag of treats with Aldea across the side of the bag so we could advertise such a poor experience. It also was left behind. We will not be returning to Aldea
Posted by Rachel on 02/27/2011
I can't believe that it was hard to get a reservation here. The service was spacey and the food was really bland. We started with octopus, which had no flavor and was chewy, and fluke, which also had no flavor. Then we had venison, which was bland, and char, which was mediocre and arrived cold. There was nothing special about the food; I am baffled by the decent reviews.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 10/16/2010
I was preening when I discovered that, the day after I had made my reservation at Aldea, the restaurant received a Michelin star. This seems to prove, once again, that French values do not necessarily apply to American restaurants. The look of the restaurant is pleasant enough, but the noise (as is so often the case with popular spots) was unbearable: conversation with my dining companion was almost out of the question. The service was quite nice. And then there was the food. Our first "bite", a teeny-tiny bit of sea urchin toast, raised my hopes very high: it was excellent. Everything after was sadly downhill. My slow-poached egg with bacon and sausage was almost repulsively soupy, and the featured chanterelles turned out to be dessicated disks with no taste whatsoever, while the featured truffles were completely absent taste-wise. We ordered the popular Arroz con Pato for a main course, and that too was a huge disappointment: over-cooked rice with a strange and unpleasant slice of limp duck on top. At these very high prices, the restaurant needs to try much harder if it is to match its reputation.
Posted by Preggo on 09/25/2010
We are a pair of jaded New Yorkers. When the time came for the picking of a birthday restaurant, I was secretly cringing at the thought of being rather pregnant and battling miniscule space, crowds, and mediocre food. Aldea was an absolute delight. We did talk to them ahead of time about accommodating my need for some space as I do get up often these days. We also really wanted to try the tasting menu, however one of them was foie gras, which they happily substituted with a cooked item. The menu included a curried soup (which they also substituted out the raw oysters), shrimp, a cod dish, a duck paella and a banana creme brulee. I cannot think of one bad thing on this menu. the duck paella, shrimp, and soup were amazing. The cod dish was good, but paled in comparison to its other company on the menu. Although it is a five course tasting menu, it comes with bread, petite fours, and a predesert dish, so it is really more than five. We were never rushed, each dish was well timed. The only reason for a 4.5 /5 for servce was that the check took about 25 minutes to come to the table after being done.