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Posted by Maria NY on 08/16/2010
Maybe I expected too much, plus below reviews sound up hi. But being objective, the Chef works on presentation harder than on the taste. Three aptz we tried were artisticaly presented. Taste wise,,, I would say good, but nothing special. Baby goat for main coarse took my heart, but fish my husband ordered was plain, though fresh. Dessert was good. Service is very attentive, atmosphere nice and relaxing. Best of all prices are reasonable. Bottom line, Chef throws a lot of dishes on the menu (20 apptz or so) and work around each dish as an artist. But he certainly misses the taste part of the dish. You go there for one time diner experience, but I don't see myself a customer.
Posted by Basspro on 07/29/2010
Went to Aldea last night at 5:30 for dinner before a concert. Walked in as the first customers and were seated in front of the open kitchen. The chef was bent over his work station painstakingly picking apart various herbs and garnishes and placing them in plastic bins for later garnishing; nice to see such attention to detail. Ordered the Sea Urchin Toast to start, thoroughly enjoying the artistic display put forth to create the dish before my eyes. Almost as enjoyable as the taste itself; A buttery smooth blend of oceanic flavors and textures. Octopus La Plancha came next followed by the Chatum Cod and Arroz de Pato. All dishes served were a unique and palate pleasing experience. Desert was the only minor complaint. My sugared dougnuts were served too hot and airy and the dipping sauce was not on par with the rest of the meal. However, the sorbet dish was one of the best I've ever had. Another note, all the chefs were easily approachable and although they were working non stop, took the time to answer any and all dining questions. Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous on 07/09/2010
excellent white wine selection. good food. went with a friend after hearing good things. it is quite a trendy yet very well put together place, good service. solid 4 star overall.
Posted by msslumdogmil on 06/25/2010
I've had the pleasure of dining at ALDEA a few times now. Watching Chef Mendes in action and speaking with him (just one advantage of an open kitchen) about his passion for Portuguese food and culture will make you realize that he is the "real deal." Oh and I was there the night he was chatting with Andrew Carmellini. It was literally for a few minutes. Nothing wrong with that. ALDEA is a keeper!
Posted by Scott k on 06/13/2010
I have to admit that I've been to aldea a number of times and enjoyed it. Last night was another story. I think the chef now thinks he's a big shot since he was speaking to Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verdi most of the time we were seated at the kitchen table. Watching them cook makes you realize that 75% of the food is prepared in advance, particularly the dryest, most tasteless and most overpriced octopus I've seen anywhere. $15 for five tiny dry pieces. Monk fish was a small potion of very bland fish that needed salt and pepper and garlic....you know what I mean. waitress was clueless, I'll never go back.
Posted by Always Lunching Out on 05/05/2010
Boy, wouldn't you hate to have to please all the whining New Yorkers. You read the reviews of this place and they complain about sophisticated ingredients, or the people at the next table. Simply put, this place is great. The menu is full of complex, tasty choices for hearty and light fare. I've been here twice and both times, my dining companion thanked me for introducing them to Aldea and vowed that they would be back. Its really a great place.
Posted by NYBonVivant on 04/27/2010
This was one of the worst meals that I have had in New York City in quite awhile. I ordered the wild striped bass for my entree, which I considered a safe bet considering this was known to be a seafood restaurant. The bass and the accompanying mussels were COLD and the sauce literally tasted like dishwasher soap. Absolutely deplorable! To add insult to injury, the "black rice" that came with the dish was made with squid ink - which was never clearly specified on the menu. Squid ink is not the type of ingredient that everyone likes, and to be served that with no advanced warning from the waiter nor menu was just inconsiderate wrong. Thank goodness for the bread basket, because I would have left this place starving. I will never return and would recommend that you stay clear of this fowl and overrated establishment.