As I walked into Aldea, I felt as though I was at a friend’s home awaiting a lovely dinner party. The low lighting, clean lines and relaxed atmosphere really sets the tone for an intimate evening. Oh, and they’ll seat you even if your entire party isn’t there. This is a rare occurrence in NYC.
You can see Chef George Mendes in action by requesting a table with a view into the open kitchen. This is where he constructs a great representation of new and traditional fine Portuguese dishes.
Tomato-Cucumber Gazpacho with Buffalo Mozzarella, Seared Cuttlefish- One of the most dynamic gazpachos I’ve had.
Slow Poached Egg- A great mix of egg, bacon, peas and truffles- Slammin’ ! Breakfast for dinner- I’ll take it any day!
Shrimp Alhinho- Well executed- bursting with flavor.
Skate Wing- This was a hit- perfectly seasoned.
Arroz De Pato – Wonderful texture…smoky taste with a sweet undertone.
Scallops with Grits- The scallops were juicy with a lovely golden crust, and the side of creamy grits was a great accompaniment.
Pinot Noir and a strong ass cocktail (I forgot the name).
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