Aldea, Chelsea, NYC


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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Foie Gras, Shrimp Alhinho, Knoll Krest Farm Egg


Aldea is where George Mendes brings Portuguese/Iberian cuisine to the table.

Everything about Aldea is simple and clean from its flavors to its design. However within this simplicity, lies a layer of culinary sophistication, which is Mendes’s gift.

Almost all the dishes we tried were very good. The best of them being an Early Tomato Gazpacho with Lobster, which was quite dazzling. So was their Special Grilled Prawns and the Monkfish with Coriander-Citrus Crust equally enticing.

I was rather disappointed by the Octopus, which was uneven in its texture and chewy in parts – other than that every dish we tried was no less than good.

However I will say that I’m not sure I would go back to Aldea in a rush. Even though the food was wonderful – everything there was a little bit too bland for me. I had a hard time connecting to the soul of the flavors but that is just me!

Rated with a Michelin star, Aldea is definitely a great Chelsea spot to visit.


Here is some of what we ate:


Amuse Bouche



Sea Urchin Toast

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Knoll Krest Farm Egg



Croquetas De Bacalhau



Rustic Pork & Duck Terrine



Cured Foie Gras

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Early Tomato Gazpacho


Special Prawns



Shrimp Alhinho



Spanish Octopus



Diver Scallops



Monkfish coriander-citrus crust



Sea-Salted Chatham Cod



Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Flatiron / Mediterranean
* Street Address
31 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011
* Phone
(212) 675-7223