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214 East 52nd Street, New York City, NY 10022
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Ranked #5,671 of 11,866 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $50
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd and 3rd avenues
Transit: Subway on Lexington and 51st: F, E, and the number 6 train.
Description: Modern, mouth-watering Portuguese cooking in Midtown-East in an elegant, relaxing and convivial new space. Executive Chef Carlos Arriaga takes a fresh approach to the country's cuisine, with modern dishes rooted in Portuguese classics and also inspired by the country's many former colonies from Brazil to Goa to Southern Africa.
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English first
Elizabeth, New Jersey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

What can I say, refined Portuguese cuisine . This place is small , cozy and friendly. It's a Portuguese restaurant with a New York flair and prices to go with it. What do you want it's NY. Parking can be a problem. I would say one of the top 3 Portuguese eateries in the metropolitan area. So if you feel... More 

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Pleasantville, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We had a Groupon and they had a special menu, which we assume was restricted. The servings were ok, except for the steak, which looked to be close to half a portion. The waitstaff was nice, but they cleared the bread plate with bread still on it before I could say anything. The food was rather tasteless for a Portuguese... More 

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New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We were a little disappointed with the food. I started with the sausage appetizer - it was like rubber, not good. My husband had the stone soup and it was good, not great but good. It was the best thing we had there all night. I ordered the salmon as my main meal, it was bland. My husband had the... More 

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Ithaca, NY
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Food was tasty and well prepared, but not impressive in any way, What is impressive are their little pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg tarts) available for dessert or take out. The best we've had since a visit to Lisbon. Only wish they were BIGGER.

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North Wales
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Bought a Groupon and made a reservation. My partner and I were seated at a cosy table (on the main floor) and had very friendly and attentive service. I had the Chourico Flambeado for the appetizers and the pork medallions for my entree. Both were cooked perfectly. Although some of the appetizers on the menu were not included with the... More 

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Shohola, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

As a Portuguese-American I thought the food was great. I was disappointed in the portion size of my meal though. I also felt the sangria could have been stronger. We were a large party of 12 people and the staff was very accomodating. The bathroom is unisex and only 1 person can go at a time.

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Londo, United Kingdomn
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

One of the few places in New York to experience good traditional food - and trust me - finding authentic Portuguese cousine is not easy but Alfama beats all expectations! Really delicious food, friendly staff, professional attitude! Loved it! Wish we didnt pay as much but it is definitely worth it!

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New York City, New York
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231 reviews 231 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I think the restaurant survives on Groupon. They even have a Groupon menu. You see a very pretty dining room that's empty upstairs, but everyone dining is seated in the basement that has all the charm of a high school cafeteria. The food is tasteless and not worth the money. It's a rip off all the way around. The service... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

ZAGAT is never wrong. But we did not really need their recommendation to realize that Alfama is, by far, the best Portuguese culinary ever. Starting with the owner Miguel and Tarcísio, hosting with enthusiasm, kindness great sense of humor. We could then move to the venue itself with a decoration set to its perfection within the balance between conteporary and... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Great little spot for brunch. We had a Groupon brunch deal, which made it very reasonably priced. My friend and I both had the french toast, which we were completely in love with. The bellinis and mimosas were very tasty as well, with good portion sizes. The only downfall was that our server, while friendly, was not very attentive. He... More 

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Additional Information about Alfama

Address: 214 East 52nd Street, New York City, NY 10022
Phone Number: 212-759-5552
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Portuguese

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