Aldea

Row 1

Details
31 W 17th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 675-7223
Portuguese, Spanish, Mediterranean
$ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu: 5:30 PM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 5:30 PM–11:00 PM

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Foursquare Tips

  • Try out the "very New Yorkified, Manhattanized, upscale-refined treatment of Portuguese" Frank Bruni talked about in his NY Diet. He's a fan of the baby goat three ways and the duck rice.
  • George Mendes innovative take on Portuguese is both impressive and adorable. Bonus points for making an actual enjoyable ambiance out of a narrow, difficult space.
  • One Michelin star.
  • We recommend the Red Snapper stew of tomato, leeks, saffron and mussels
  • Looking for a big, sophisticated red wine? Opt for d'Anguera's 'Finca L'Argata' from Montsant, Spain. The Montsant DO offers great, well-priced wines (think of them as value-priced Priorat). Salud!
  • Good choices include the mussel soup with sausage, an open-faced sea urchin sandwich, plank-grilled Spanish mackerel in escabeche juice, and diver scallops with risotto and orange.
  • This place is one of my favorites- fantastic dishes, super food quality, a beautiful space, and a modern yet unpretentious space. It's also at a great price point.
  • request the chef's counter when making a reservation. once seated, look up.
  • get the sonhos (fritters) for dessert.
  • George Mendess Flatiron spot is Adam Platts pick for the best Portuguese in New York. Featured in Where to Eat 2011!
  • Don't skip the stunning small bites and appetizers. During a recent meal, we loved the sea urchin toast with mustard seed and octopus cooked on la plancha:
  • Sleek, modern dining with rustic yet refined seafood dishe
  • Another great (and affordable) red wine option: La Ferme Saint Pierre's 'Roi Faineant', Ventoux AOC. Big, ripe plum-like fruit. 2007 was an outstanding vintage. A no brainer!
  • If you thought you were afraid of sea urchin make this place the one to break you in (especially if you generally prefer meat)
  • Superb food. Snag the chef's counter at the back for a good view of the buzzy kitchen. We loved the beautiful green and white asparagus with hen egg & black truffle ($13).
  • Sit at the chef's bar for amazing insight into how this great food is created!
  • Restaurante portugus como nenhum brasileiro imagina. Acho que nem os portugueses!
  • Get the sea urchin sandwich!
  • Tasting menus are quite reasonable priced for a place with a Michelin star. Also, aim for a seat by the kitchen--enthralling to watch
  • The rack of lamb with shoulder is amazing!!