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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 106
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    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
It really is worth the try!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
Fernando R
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Rio de Janeiro
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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178 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rio de Janeiro
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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NY
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Food was solid and creative. Not that I'd have any say in this, but its first Michelin shouldn't be too far away. Will definitely revisit soon. P.S. Sit at the chef's table in the back for more a more interactive experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

After being asked to sit at the counter facing the kitchen, probably because there were only two in my party, it was interesting to watch a well organized crew working preparing meals under the supervision of owner/chef who was apparently not a happy person. Better he say out of sight. A glass of wine should really be a glass of... More 

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New York, NY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We booked, reconfirmed and arrived on time for a special evening. Were told out table would be ready soon. Waited at the bar for one hour until we were seated. During that time no one offered us an apology, a drink or an appetizer. We finally found the manager and told him this was outrageous and his response was perfunctory.... More 

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Irvine, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I consider my self a gourmet. Been to excellent restaurants. This one did not disappoint!! Started with an amuse bouche, then onto mussel soup, which was delicate and rich. On to beets and burrata and octopus on the plancha. Both were delicious. We had nice fish dishes as mains and some lovely dessert. The service was superb. The cocktails were... 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: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, 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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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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