“Aldea” Makes New York Magazine’s Top 101 Restaurants in NYC
Congratulations to Portuguese American Chef George Mendes who’s restaurant “ALDEA” made New York Magazine’s top 101 restaurants in NYC.
“The talented George Mendes has spent decades wandering the globe, studying under some of the great culinary divas of our time (Ducasse, Bouley, etc.). At this sleek, inventive little restaurant in the Flatiron district, he finally has a kitchen to call his own. The Portuguese-American cook has a fondness for taking traditional Continental recipes and reworking them in all sorts of unexpected ways, but the dish I keep dreaming about is the great paella-like arroz de pato (duck rice), which Mendes folds with duck confit and tiny nickels of chorizo and finishes with crunchy, barely visible wafers of duck crackling.” Adam Platt (NYM)