Aldea

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85 Very Good

George Mendes’s Iberian-accented, bi-level dining room remains one of the city’s most quietly sophisticated, polished places to eat dinner.

31 W. 17th St., New York, NY, 10011

212-675-7223

http://aldearestaurant.com

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The lowdown

A decade into its life, George Mendes’s Iberian-accented, bi-level dining room remains one of the city’s most quietly sophisticated, polished places to eat dinner. Trends have come and gone, but Mendes (who once worked for chefs like Alain Ducasse and David Bouley) has maintained a steadfast commitment to carefully composed dishes that highlight the flavors of Portugal. Mendes’s food is steeped in fashionable, highbrow cooking techniques, and reveals itself in dishes like cuttlefish in coconut broth, salt-cod caldeirada, and a justifiably famous arroz de pato.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesArroz de pato; bacalhau à Brás.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelHushed