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aldea

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$$$
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Flatiron District
Spanish, Portuguese
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31 West 17th Street, New York City, NY 10011 (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
The restaurant is 2 blocks from Union Square/14th Street with access to all major subways, including: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, L, N, R & Q trains. F & M trains at the 14th st stop.
2126757223
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 108
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Aldea--An Epicurean Hamlet

We ate at the fabulous Aldea, a Michelin star restaurant in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood, and for those of you who are going to be in New York City, this is our new gourmet discovery. Aldea means “village” or “hamlet” in Spanish and is a blend of Portuguese and Spanish small plates. Chef... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Carmelites
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Carmel, CA
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Worcester, Massachusetts
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Rarely eaten such uninteresting, flavorless uninspired and completely overpriced for what it is food. Having lived in the South of France I found the dinner menu a great disappointment and embarrassing to offer as Mediterranean to visitors of NYC. It lacked all the flavors, herbs and love that makes great med. food. We ate the 4 course menu as suggested.... More 

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Carmel, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We ate at the fabulous Aldea, a Michelin star restaurant in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood, and for those of you who are going to be in New York City, this is our new gourmet discovery. Aldea means “village” or “hamlet” in Spanish and is a blend of Portuguese and Spanish small plates. Chef Mendes’s menu is eclectic, highly original, and mixes... More 

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Joinville, SC
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Aldea is a beatiful restaurant in Manhattan. The place is cozy and the service, nice. The plates are very creative, well served and delicious. The only problem was my entree (duck rice). It was a little salty. The cost is fair.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Our experience at Aldea was excellent! The restaurant itself has a nice, intimate, clean and modern decor. The staff is friendly and very attentive. We had the spring market menu and chef Mendes does an outstanding job at translating typical, home cooked Portuguese dishes into modern and elevated versions of themselves, yet keeping them familiar to the ones who grew... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
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104 reviews 104 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We have been lucky as our “table” was a countertop facing the kitchen (no glass window or anything), you are in the middle of the show. And what a show. Food was superb. The amuse-bouche was an elaborate shot of caipirinha! Fantastic. Everything we ate was inviting us to go back another day and try what we haven’t eaten. Very... More 

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Elkridge
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120 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I recently visited Aldea based on TripAdvisor and other reviews I'd recently read. I must say, all the reviews were spot-on. Everything from the ambiance (cozy and romantic) to the service (cheerful, attentive, and prompt) to the food (nicely-portioned, well-seasoned, and delicious) was of high-caliber. Request to sit upstairs if you'd like a slightly quieter and more romantic experience. Downstairs... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The regionally inspired food was fantastic. Can't go wrong with the charred octopus or croquetas de bacalhau. Inventive cocktails and affordable wines. Loved sitting in the back facing the open kitchen. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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Ithaca, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is the second time I have eaten at Aldea. It really is a remarkable restaurant that pleased me and my dinner mate enormously. First, it is a comfortable, warm and inviting space. The seats are made for enjoying a long leisurely meal. The lightening is subtle but does not require an iPhone to read the menu. The tables while... More 

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Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Wonderful discovery in NY Union square (17th) After completing its education with the most talented chefs, George Mendes has open this amazing portuguese inspired restaurant. The place is an elegant yet stripped down location, just like the food you will find in your plate. We were sitted on the mezzanine, but both floors look equally nice. We had an incredible... More 

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toronto
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

TIP: Try to get a seat in the back to watch the kitchen at work. This is the most amazing restaurant I have been to in a really long time. The $79 prix fix 4 course meal would have cost way more at any other restaurant. They added a few complimentary starters and desserts. FOOD APPETIZERS Little mojito flavored snowman... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31 West 17th Street, New York City, NY 10011
    (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: The restaurant is 2 blocks from Union Square/14th Street with access to all major subways, including: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, L, N, R & Q trains. F & M trains at the 14th st stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Flatiron District
  • Neighborhood: Flatiron District
  • Phone Number: 2126757223

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Flatiron District
Offering many of the city’s best restaurants and shops set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building, which makes a good picture no matter what angle you photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant architecture as you stroll the streets - much of this neighborhood is part of a historic district that was home to many of the city’s most famous department stores at the turn of the century. At the northern end of the neighborhood, Madison Square Park is best known for being home to a famous burger shack, but it can also be a quiet refuge to spend an afternoon, and it frequently hosts interesting public art exhibits. In the lower part of the Flatiron District you'll find Union Square, a bustling crossroads at all times of day and night.
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