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Posted by Anonymous on 10/28/2008
You can really do much better for an Italian place in NYC. Decor is nice, and service was good when I went (although the place was half-empty on a Saturday at 8:00, bad sign), but the food is simply average at best. The flatbread pizzas come out warm, not hot, and tasteless. My salmon was ok, but other people in my group did not like their ravioli dishes. After spending $60 a person for appetizers, entrees, and drinks, there are many other places in NYC I'd rather go to spend that kind of money.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/09/2008
Last night, a Sunday, we arrived for our 8 PM reservation and were suprised to see only one couple dining in the entire restaurant. They finished and left soon after we were seated. A little while later one other couple came in, and a little after 9 a group of 7 or 8 came in (mainly for drinks, I think). Wow. This place was deserted! The female bartender did not know what a Dewar's Dry Robroy was, so came and asked me and I told her the results were perfect. We both ordered specials. I had perhaps the greatest entree salad of all time. It was a huge mound of very frest baby arugula tossed with chunks of gorgonzola and red wine vinagrette, then topped with strips of roasted red peppers, asparagus spears, and lots of slices of seared rare hanger steak, surrounded with large Kalamata olives. The entire dish was pure heaven and perfect for this HOT summer night. My partner had fettucine with home made meatballs, sausage, roasted peppers, and olives in a wonderfully rich chunky tomato sauce. Really one of the most flavorful and delicious pastas I've seen, with perfectly cooked al dente fettucine to boot. Our service was great (but then to be honest, they had nothing else to do but wait on us). I don't know what it might be like if they were busy. The bus boy kept our water glasses filled as we drink a lot of water which never got below half empty. The food was absolutely sensational!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/03/2008
Like the other review below, I also asked myself how a place like this stays in business? When we ate there the other night it was practically empty at 8pm. And even though there weren't many people in there the service was very inattentive and the food was lacking and was definitely not worth the price paid. Only plus to this place might be the cheap happy hour in an area lacking many choices for an early evening beer.
Posted by foodnut on 05/13/2008
I ate here with a bunch of friends and we all had a great time. The service was superb and the food was tremendous. I personally thought the price was very reasonable and the people in the place are very sincere.
Posted by Jason on 06/26/2007
“How do places like this stay in business when Manhattan has so many incredible restaurants?” I asked my dining companion one recent evening about Aleo. I had eaten here several times before, and though nothing special, it apparently warranted another visit. We were led through the very dark dining room to the back outdoor area, which has a barebones patio-ish feel. Similarly, the indoor dining area seems more like a mid-priced Italian dive, complete with the big-screen TV by the front bar. Our waiter, who resembled David Lochary from the movie Pink Flamingos, was pleasant if indifferent about serving us. We waited patiently for our appetizers, which finally arrived about 30 minutes after we ordered. One person at the table sent the calamari back, which he said was incredibly rubbery. The waiter offered to bring out a different calamari, but at that point we were over it. The sausage and broccoli rabe appetizer, though, was very flavorful. The salads were… salads. Nothing special. I would, however, recommend the green vegetables, which are fresh and delicious. But moving right along, albeit slowly. 30 more minutes, a few nudges to our waiter (“Um, can you check on our food… again?”) and the entrees arrived. My lamb was flavorful and rich, if nothing special. Messing up a steak is hard, but Aleo sure managed. Dry, flavorless, and fatty are not complimentary terms for sliced steak. The salmon, similarly, was just ok. The food was presented quite nicely, but a beautiful plate doesn’t compensate for lackluster food. And then the bill came. And our waiter had charged us for the defective calamari. “Surely you’re not going to charge us for this!?” I asked. Oops, he replied, he forgot to take it off. And he brought some sort of dry chocolate cake to compensate. Aleo is not a cheap restaurant, though it has all the feel of an upscale diner or middle-brow eatery. How it survives in a city that thrives on excellence is beyond me. You can do better. Much better
Posted by rnene2000 on 06/14/2007
I went here for a casual business dinner and it truely delivered on good food, nice atmosphere and good service. The Homemade cheesecake was very light - amazing for cheesecake! The entrees and salads were delicious. Our Waitress was attentive but not annoying and did not rush us out. Although we did not sit in the garden area - it looked lovely!
Posted by Christina on 05/17/2007
Aleo's was amazing. The food was unbelieveable and service was at its best. We had a wonderful time at an affordable price.