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aldea

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Flatiron District
European, 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.
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5:30 pm - 11:00 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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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 8
    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
Portuguese food meets Michelin star

The food was spectacular. The staff were very attentive and accommodating. Shortly after our drinks arrived, we requested a table change, and our waitstaff happily accommodated us. We wanted to be closer to watch Chef Mendes and his staff prepare our food. Our food was absolutely wonderful. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
soninhausa
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Parsippany, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Parsippany, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The food was spectacular. The staff were very attentive and accommodating. Shortly after our drinks arrived, we requested a table change, and our waitstaff happily accommodated us. We wanted to be closer to watch Chef Mendes and his staff prepare our food. Our food was absolutely wonderful. I am actually Portuguese, grew up with Portuguese food, and was ecstatic to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A very pleasant restaurant, but the hype got ahead of itself. The meal started with a perfectly pleasant salted cod croquette, followed by a very average tomato salad and the nicest scented dish I have possibly ever had, prawns in a garlicky sauce. For main we had a distinctly average tile fish in an insignificant sauce and a surprisingly successful... More 

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had it eaten here in a few years and needed a quest spot for a great meal where we would catch up with an old friend. Couldn't have been happier. Had a great table in the back where we could enjoy watching the kitchen prepare a terrific meal. The waitperson walked us through the wine list and helped us... More 

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Cranford, New Jersey
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Upscale Portuguese restaurant. Excellent food. Very attentive staff. Great wine list. Only slight complaint is that it was a bit tight inside and our closest neighbor was a bore!

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Westfield, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We have eaten at Aldea a few times now and each time we are blown away by the beautiful and delicious meals that they turn out. We were amazed the last time we were there how the kitchen worked. Flawless.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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128 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Not the best and not the worst. This was an unsuccessful attempt at high-end Portuguese food. To start we had the bacalhao croquettes. They were a pretty solid choice; crunchy outside and soft savory inside as they should be. There was a bread tray with several options. The olive bread was inedible and should never have been served. It was... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful restaurante in a very nice zone. I had a sepia rice that I will never forget. We were four and all of us enjoyed our meal a lot. Great wines. We will deffinetly go back. Other dishes, mainly fish and desert, excellent too.

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Irvine, California, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The sea urchin toast was fishy and not very fresh. I also had the Jamon Iberico which was very good. For entree, I had the smoke suckling pig and I t was too smoky for my taste. It completely overwhelmed the taste of the pork. The service was very slow and not too attentive.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Yes, it is a bit expensive, but Aldea is an exceptional dining adventure! Each course is beautifully presented and delicious, and the service is impeccable! The chef sends some additional goodies throughout the meal, and the sommelier is knowledgable and friendly. We were catching up with old friends, and the atmosphere was quiet enough to be heard, and we had... More 

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New Jersey
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87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Our meal was good, but we found this restaurant is overpriced for the value they offer. The wines are much more expensive than other restaurants in the city with similar fare. Wines by the glass are around $20 a glass. Service is decent, and the dishes were tasty. We will not return to this restaurant.

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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: European, Spanish, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic
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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