For Mrs. Pattis Magician and Ms. Pastry Chef's birthdays, we went to Aldea to celebrate. This George Mendes restaurant focuses on Spanish and Iberian Peninsula cuisine. Seafood is showcased here as well as any seasonal ingredients. You may choose to dine a la carte but the $75 4 course meal is ideal if you prefer to get more bang for your buck. You get to pick any snack, first course, main course, and dessert from the menu. The dishes are not made smaller if you choose the prix fixe. So if you're a big eater, this would work very well for you. For myself, I had some issue finishing all my food but that's just me.
To start, the snack I picked was the Croquetas de Bacalhao ($11). These creamy little balls of bechamel and fish was light as can be. The side of roasted garlic aioli was nice addition of strong garlic flavor without overpowering the lightness of the croquetas.
Mr. M&P had the Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Toast ($14, +$4 supplement) with a smooth cauliflower puree, mustard seed, shiso, and lime. If you enjoy sea urchin, then you would love this snack. Lots of whole pieces piled neatly on a thin piece of toast. A few accompaniments to brighten up the dish.
31 W 17th Street
New York, NY 10011