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Craftbar or Aldea?

ecwashere7 Dec 16, 2009 04:58 PM

I just noticed that Aldea was rated one of the 10 best new restaurants by GQ. Worth the hype? I'm going to be in town for just one night and wanted to eat near Gramercy without breaking the bank.

I think I've narrowed my options to Aldea or Craftbar

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    rrems Dec 16, 2009 06:20 PM

    I haven't been to Craftbar, but Aldea is really, really good.

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      ml77 Dec 16, 2009 07:02 PM

      Conversely, I haven't been to Aldea, but Craftbar is really, really good.

      The pork belly is one of the best dishes I've had in a long time. And the olive oil cake dessert was fabulous, all the elements bringing different flavors that complemented each other to create a whole that was even better than the sum of its parts.

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        kathryn Dec 16, 2009 07:26 PM

        Aldea is Portuguese cuisine -- do you have that kind of cuisine near you? Aldea is excellent AND pretty unique even for NYC.

        1. financialdistrictresident Dec 18, 2009 02:12 PM

          SO had dinner at Aldea last night and said service was a little off. He mentioned pacing. Food was very good (cuttle fish, etc.). We've both been before and it's one of our favorite restaurants. Their signature dish is the duck paella.

          Note: Aldea (or some mystery person) cancelled my opentable.com reservation even though it was used. When I called today they said there was nothing they could do about it after the fact . . .

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            Lucia Dec 21, 2009 11:51 AM

            Aldea hands down.

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              UWSEater Dec 22, 2009 04:17 AM

              Granted I've only been there once for dinner, and it could have been an off night, but Aldea wasn't all that creative or spectacular. One dish stood out as great (uni toast) one was pretty good (arroz con pato) and everything else was largely forgettable. They forgot our foie, service was hit or miss, and pacing was a little off. We ate at the kitchen bar/pass, and that part was enjoyable, but other than that I don't think it lived up to the hype. The shrimp alinho was off tasting (a little too much of that iodine-y taste), the sea bass was dry and a bit overcooked, and under seasoned.
              I've been back for lunch, and the food was a little more even, but I think there are better options than there.

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