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Posted by Kate on 01/27/2010
I've heard great things about Aldea and decided to try it with my friends. We came on a Friday night around 9pm and it was very busy. There was a cancellation, so they were able to seat us. We got a table upstairs, which is much quieter than downstairs, so it was nice. My friend and I shared the La Rossa salad as an appetizer and I must say the way the flavors came together was amazing. I had Arroz de Pato and really enjoyed that as well. The portions were moderate but I left feeling full. Overall a truly delicious meal - dessert and everything.
Posted by Lisa on 01/15/2010
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.
Posted by nina on 01/06/2010
very talented chef and a fantastic pastry chef! Great meal - excellent deal for lunch and a fantastic overall experience!
Posted by RR on 12/10/2009
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.
Posted by pinner on 10/26/2009
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."
Posted by John from Chelsea on 09/18/2009
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2009
Wonderful food. Excellent service. Lovely atmosphere.