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Aldea is a gem of a restaurant with a number of distinctly different dining options. If you want to maneuver the waters of this Iberian paradise without fail, continue reading below to figure out where you’d like to sit, how to make a reservation, what to wear and more.

Reservations
Reservations are strongly recommended. They can be made by calling the restaurant directly, on OpenTable.com or simply by clicking the “Make a Reservation” icon at the top of this page.

Seating
Seating is quite comfortable at Aldea with a variety of options, including banquettes, freestanding chairs and elegant barstools. Most seats are about 17 inches wide and all freestanding chairs include the signature rectangular cutout in the back. Tables for four are about 45 inches long and 30 inches wide. Although the restaurant is on the more intimate side, every effort is made to ensure that you have enough room to dine without feeling like you’re on top of your neighbor.

Atmosphere
The atmosphere at Aldea is quite lovely. Music plays throughout the two levels, but never gets too loud. The tables are generously spaced and you have several unique options in which to dine: the chef’s area, with a view of the exposition kitchen, niche dining or regular dining in the main dining room, the lounge or upstairs. The restaurant is quite popular, so it does fill up during prime times. Even at its busiest, however, the service is lovely. Our server was Mee and she couldn’t have been more helpful, as she explained everything from the restaurant’s interior to the ins and outs of its menu. The general manager, Heather, is nothing short of wonderful. She runs the house as tight as any five-star restaurant while still providing gentle touches -- such as wine tastings -- that keep the staff motivated, up to date and in the know! All in all, the atmosphere is not pretentious, but rather gentle, elegant and fun, full of opportunities to discover avant-garde cuisine! You won’t be disappointed.

Restrooms
The restrooms are in the restaurant and on the same level; no stairs are required. There are restrooms on the upper level also, if you choose to dine upstairs.

   
     
    
Dress Code
The dress code is casual, but use discretion.

Parking
Aldea is easily accessible by subway, taxi or bus. Subway lines include 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, L, N, R and Q trains. You could take the 4, 5, 6 or L train to 14th Street/Union Square; the 1,2, 3 or 4 train to 14th Street/7th Avenue; or the F train to 14th Street/6th Avenue. If you choose to drive your own vehicle, there is street parking and also two pay lots on 17th between 5th and 6th, as well as a garage on 16th between 5th and 6th.

Awards
Because Aldea has only recently opened, it hasn’t yet received any awards. We certainly expect it to earn some awards in the near future, however. We should note that Chef Mendes has cooked for the James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne in New York in 2008.

*Please note that the restaurants featured at TravelsinTaste.com may have changed their personnel, menu, pricing, decor, hours of operation, etc., since our last visit. The competitive and creative nature of the fine dining scene virtually assures that changes will occur on a frequent basis in order to make diners happier, meals more pleasurable and visits more frequent. Given their frequent fluctuations, most restaurants welcome inquiries about their current hours, menu and more.

   
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