7 W 20th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.740066 -73.991785
Mon-Fri 12pm-11pmSat 4pm-12amSun 4:30pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Flatiron District
best pasta around – In from out of town recently and just getting a chance to give props to this great little restaurant in NYC called Aleo. Yo, the food is intense. Servers kept it real. None of them had a NY attitude like most restaurants there. Baby lamb chops exploded with flavor as did the seafood medley, which had a lot going on but you could still make the distinction of all the flavors and different types of fish that was in it. You ain't missin anything by not going to Ruth Chris because the steak at Aleo was probably as good or better. Can't wait to get back to NYC for Aleo.
Great seafood – I just reviewed Aleo for Zagat and figured so many people read this site that I should do the same here, although here you get to say lots of things about your experience. Overall, food and service was just spectacular at Aleo. Everything was great, but the best thing on the menu is the seafood medley. It was seafood heaven for this seafood lover. I consider myself an expert on seafood and eat my way through some of the finest establishments in Mass., Maine,Cape May, NJ, and other places. All I can say is, Oh my!, about the seafood medley at Aleo. It was served in this huge clay type bowl filled (and I mean filled) with shrimp, scallops, squid, clams and mussels that were so fresh and sweet tasting. The flavor was enhanced with Italian sausage, diced potatoes, capers, olives and pine nuts, all of this in a fresh tomato and shellfish broth served over angel hair pasta. All of the falvors complimented one another. Others in my party went for the steak that was served with potatoes that were whipped with mozzarela, and another entree that was mainly pasta. They raved about their meals too. The homemade cannolis and capuccino topped off a great meal. We were so happy with the meal and the service that we tipped an extra ten percent. And they really showed their appreciation by offering an after-dinner cordial. Going back real soon.
Super espresso martini, super bar, super food, super time. – Check out the bar at this place if you just want to have a few drinks without the crowds and amateurs. A few of us just intended to have a few drinks after work, but we ended up ordering some appetizers and sandwiches from the bar menu, a hearty platter of meats and cheeses, some grilled tuna and chicken sandwiches, and lamb pitas that were over stuffed with the best tender lamb I ever had, which is why I went directly to the baby lamb chops when we decided to stay for dinner. We worked up quite an appetite after several really super martinis. My buddies had different pasta, all great stuff. The beauty of it, after we ate, we had martinis for dessert because they make this super espresso martini. I know what was in it becasue I asked the bartender before we left -- vanilla vodka, frangelica, baileys, kaluha and espresso. We go to this place at least a couple times a month, sometimes for lunch. I would rate the service and food super excellent. I ain't one for atmosphere, so I really couldn't tell you if the atmosphere is good. But I'm gonna say it again. Food and service super excellent.
Great romantic setting – My husband and I decided to do an overnight in the city for our 15th wedding anniversary, so we wanted to have dinner in a special place since we had a day free from kids, family and obligations. But the restaurant didn't necessarily have to be a trendy place and one that everyone goes to. Relaxing and good food would be fine with us. The desk person at the hotel recommended Aleo. She had a friend who used to wait tables there. So we figured we'd give it a try since we really don't know the city and who better than a hotel person to get a recommendation from. So we went to Aleo. We had to wait about 20-25 minutes for a table. That's what happens when you don;t make a reservation. But we were in no rush, so we sat at the bar, something we haven't done in years, and had a couple of cocktails. When they showed us to our table, they led us all the way to the back of the restaurant. We figured we'd be sitting near the kitchen. But there waiting for us in this beautiful outdoor garden was a romantic table for two, with a plate of fresh mozzarella, provolone, sopressattta, salami, olives and roasted peppers already set on the table. It was on the house. The maitr'd thanked us for waiting and told us to enjoy. We ordered one appetizer to share since we already started on the plate of meat and cheese. We ordered grilled calamari in a lemon vinaigrette. It was so tender and delicious. We had the baby lamb chops and pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage as entrees. The food burst with flavor. We took our timeand no one rushed us. We had told the waitress that it was our anniversary, so after the meal they came over with a slice of creamy heavenly cheese cake with a candle in it. We though that was just so romantic. The capuccinos were a perfect conclusion to a perfect anniversary celebration. If you are celebrating a special day, this is the restaurant to do it. Quiet, romantic, out of the way from the noise.
Make you feel special. – We came down to the city from Connecticut for my birthday and went to Aleo on the recommendation of a co-worker. We wanted to go to I Trulli but were swayed by this co-worker. There were 10 of us and I figured a lot was riding on this recommendation. It was my birthday so I was going to have a good time no matter where we went, but I didn't want anyone in my party to be disappointed. I'll give you the punchline now: NONE OF US WERE DISAPPOINTED. Aleo IS GREAT. We arrived and the table wasn't ready so the guy who greeted us seated us near the bar in small groups, bought us a round of drinks and came out with what they call flatbread pizza, which was so good I am still tasting it. We could not have gotten the drinks and pizza five minutes before when we were brought to the dinner table. They really didn't have to buy us drinks, but I thought that was fantastic the way they treated us. The guy was the manager. I thought he was the owner because he was so nice. The waiters made me - actually all of us -- feel special. The food was was great. The best part, with ten of us, we were sharing appetizers and tasting each other's dinner. I must have tasted everbodies dinner. I had baby lamb chops, tuna, steak, at least three different kind of pasta - and one thing was better than the next. Then they came out with this tiramisu cake that I could have eaten all myself. They gave me a piece and some of the flatbread pizza to take home as a present for my birthday. Thank you Aleo for making my birthday special.
Best appetizers. – What a great restaurant! What it lacked in mood, which wasn't all that bad, just kind of plain, it more than made up for in the food and service. And isn't that why we all go out to eat. I'll get right to the best. Appetizers: flatbread pizza was unbelievable; fresh mozarela, tomato and basil best of the two. Aleo tart, a fluffy and flaky and off-the-charts tasty pastry stuffed with cheese,olives, fennel and carmelized onion. And the yellow fin tuna tartare was probably the best of the choices. Dinner: Shrimp and chicken rissotto - it came either or but they did both chicken and shrimp when I asked, which I thought was quite accommodating - and the steak were full of flavor. Portions more than healthy. Service terrific. Too attentive if you ask me. I like to call the waiter when I need them, but they were on top of us at every turn. All around great meal. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Great outdoor ambiance – Discovering Aleo was lucky for us. We were driving by and decided to park the car in the garage right on the same street. Glad we found this restaurant! We?ve been back twice since. And we always sit in the outdoor garden. Pasta is creative with great tasting sauces, and this coming from a traditionalist who usually eats pasta with basic marinara. A must-have is the pasta with pancetta, peas, mushrooms and onions in a cream sauce. I've had it twice out of the three times I've been there, that's how much I enjoy it. You know how in some restaurants the pasta is doused in sauce. Not here. It's just enough sauce to cling to the pasta and other ingredients, and enough left at the bottom of the bowl (huge portion) to dip a little bread. Definitely try the calamari, either the stuffed or the almond encrusted for an appetizer. We tried both! Seafood dishes are great as well. Can't go wrong with any of them. Not big on wine, but my boyfriend is, and he thought the wine list was actually above average. The outdoor seating, which was enclosed because still cold outside, was kind of romantic because they have this waterfall. And the soft Italian music that was playing when we were there made it feel like you could have been in a romantic cafe in Italy. If you want to sit in the garden, definitely call for reservations. We didn't, but got lucky due to a cancelation. No matter where you sit, meal will be great, always has been for us. By the way, reason we give four stars is because nothing is ever perfect, but Aleo is close to it every time we go!
Best Find in Gramercy/Flatiron Area – This clearly is one of the best restaurants in the city for Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Our dining experience was fabulous, starting with the way we were greeted by the owner at the entrance. The friendly and welcoming environment, and the simple but elegant decor, really set the tone. Our server was remarkably knowledgeable of the wine list and poured as if she was a sommelier. The menu had some wonderful and unique and creative choices, so our group went with a few traditional dishes and a few adventurous ones. And none disappointed. We all tasted each others appetizers, which were like a meal in themselves. Tops were the Aleo tart, which was a puff pastry that has goat cheese, olives and carmelized onions and other great flavors, and a portobello mushroom salad that had gorgonzola and proscuitto and other distinct flavors. And YOU MUST order the flatbread pizza appetizer, which I could have eaten for dinner and dessert, too! The pasta with the parmesian cheese sauce with peas, mushrooms and pancetta was so flavorful that I couldn't wait to get the next forkful in my mouth. My companions raved about the angel hair pasta with the broccoli rabb, sundried tomatoes and seared chicken. I think it was in a white wine sauce (I can't recall because they wouldn't let me taste it and hoarded it all for themselves). They also loved the shrimp risotto cooked to perfection. The sides of veggies were also cooked perfectly, al dente and with the right combo of garlic and oil. Spinach and broccoli rabb were the best. We forced down tiramisu and cheesecake and the owner offered us after dinner cordials on the house. What a meal! It was almost like eating in your own house. We have already made a reservation for my wife's birthday.
Just Like Mama's – As an Italian who could still smell the armoa of her mother's gravy (we call it gravy, not sauce!) on Sunday morning simmering on the stove, Aleo is the next best thing! The rigatoni with the beef ragu tasted homemade. And understandably so, when I found out from my waitress that it is a recipe of the owner's mother. But that wasn't the only mouthwatering dish on the menu. We also had flatbread pizza and stuffed calamari appetizers to die for. The yellow fin tuna entree was also a great choice. The cheesecake was so creamy that it had to be made in the kitchen. Our waitress could not have been more helpful and pleasant. She answered all of our questions we had about menu items before we made our choices. It's a rarity in NYC when the server actually can talk intelligently about the menu. We can't wait to get back for Mama Aleo's gravy!
Bar: Great Drinks, Great Food – Okay, so four of us headed uptown after work (we're Wall Street amigos) with the intention of ducking into Aleo (on the recomm. of a buddy who couldn't join us that night). The plan was to have a few drinks at the bar (we heard they make great martinis), then dinner in the dining room. We never made it passed the bar. That's how great the drinks AND FOOD were at the bar. Surprisingly the bar was lively and happening, so we started with some real interesting and creative martinis, along with the best homemade pizza we ever had. It was called flatbread pizza, we had one with mozzarella and roasted tomatoes, and another with proscutto, carmelized onions and provolone, everything fresh and homemade. As the spirits were flowing, we decided to order the imported Italian soppressata and cheese, which kept us busy until the homemade caponata and almond crusted calamari came from the kitchen. The more we ate, the more unbelievable the food was, and the more we just kept eating. We mowed through several grilled sandwiches. The mozzarella, soppressata, mushrooms and roasted peppers on grilled panini bread (I think) was the best of the group. Honestly, I can't remember all of the ingredients in the other appetizers and specialty sandwiches we had that night, but I do know that it was the best bar menu of any Italian restaurant we have ever been to, and we go to several a month. I know people reading this want to hear about the atmosphere and service. The service at the bar was second to none. Unfortunately I'm not big on atmosphere but I am sure it was nice. Hey, we never got to order from the dining room menu because we decided to eat at the bar, but we already made a date (this time our other buddy can make it, and we have three or four other guys coming) to return to Aleo for a real dinner. I just hope we can get passed the bar. But if we don't, I know we'll have a great meal anyway, even if it's at the bar.
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