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  • Portuguese, Mediterranean, Seafood, Cocktails
  • 31 W 17th St, New York NY10011 40.738787 -73.993743
  • (Btwn 5th & 6th Ave)
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  • (212) 675-7223
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User Ratings (Based on 21 reviews)

3.785
Food 3.7 Value 3.6
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 675-7223
Fax:
fax
(212) 675-7277
Website:
www.aldearestaurant.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm Dinner Mon: 5:30pm-10pm Tue-Thu: 5:30pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-12am
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Business Dining, Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Trendy, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Aldea

    Posted by Lisa on 01/15/2010

    Perfect Score..Still Underrated

    Simply put: one of the best meals I've ever had in my entire life. We've gone a half a dozen since the opening and will keep going back. The shirmp is to die for and you will never find a more succulent hangar steak on the east coast. The wine list is unbelievably reasonable and obviously created by an expert. Mendes may be a rising star, but you still see him humbly thanking guests before they leave. And did I mention he's a total fox!? 5 stars doesn't do it justice.

  • Aldea

    Posted by nina on 01/06/2010

    excellent restaurant!

    very talented chef and a fantastic pastry chef! Great meal - excellent deal for lunch and a fantastic overall experience!

  • Aldea

    Posted by RR on 12/10/2009

    Another Victory for Mediocrity in New York

    Go to this restaurant if you'd like to hear a nasally voiced woman shouting next to you as you try to eat. The set up is chaotic, claustrophobic and loud, and no effort is made to diminish the reverb of the sound between the row of tables where customers are placed shoulder to shoulder. The promise of this restaurant is high. It aspires to a limited, seemingly refined, dedicated menu, but there is nothing exceptional about the food. The cuttlefish appetizer was small and pathetic. The shrimp appetizer - a giant plate with 4 shrimp for 15 dollars. The duck confit tasted mostly of chorizo, an upgraded chinatown fried-rice with a few strands of duck. Adding the insult to injury, the price point is on par with much better restaurants, all of which offer a more pleasurable eating experience and environment. Even "loud" can be done so much better and more comfortably than this. The overall experience of dining here was stressful and the food was uninspired. Another victory for mediocre, over-priced food in New York.

  • Aldea

    Posted by pinner on 10/26/2009

    Ehhhldea

    The atmosphere and service were solid. The food was mixed. I think you really have to know what to pick off of the menu in order to succeed. For example, the shrimp appetizer is excellent. The goat entree, not so much. Mine smelled and tasted poorly, despite it being crowned "house specialty."

  • Aldea

    Posted by John from Chelsea on 09/18/2009

    Ah, Ah Aldea

    After reading glowing reviews of Aldea, my friend and I went last night for dinner. We were warmly greeted and several apologizes were made to us for having to wait a few minutes for our reservation. The place was humming on a Thursday night at 9 p.m. The short wait was definitely worth it. The downstairs dining room has a low ceilling and, although a bit noisy when we first arrived, it quieted down as the meal went on to a very pleasant tone for conversation. The service had a few bumps in it, but the food was excellent. Our only complaint was that the portions were a bit small for the price. However, this is a great neighborhood place, with a friendly staff and great food, and a return visit is surely in order.

  • Aldea

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2009

    Great Restaurant

    Wonderful food. Excellent service. Lovely atmosphere.

  • Aldea

    Posted by JPS on 05/24/2009

    A Sure Thing

    My wife and I wanted to try a place which was absolutely new. One magazine mentioned that Aldea was too new to have a review and there are no postings on menupages. After looking at the menu, we had a feeling that this was the place. The phone call to the restaurant was pleasant and welcoming. We were on our way. The decor is simple and elegant. There is a feeling that you are stepping into a coastal hamlet. The lines and colors gives a billowy impression to the place. We really liked being there. The food did not disappoint. The sardines, razor clams, cod and escolar (my mother always called it butter fish) were prepared with care and precision. There was a dash of sand in the clams, but the flavor was subtle. Obvious care has also gone into the wine list. Offerings from many areas and prices in many ranges. I always like to go on a restaurant's website and see if they have the good sense to include their wine list. Aldea does. This is a place preparing really delicious food and I'm sure it will be around for a long time.

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