This week I review Carbone in my Blooomberg column, awarding 3.5 stars to the high-end red sauce joint in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. It isn’t just one of our city’s best new restaurants, it’s one of Manhattan’s best seafood spots, period.
Carbone’s cuisine is the cuisine I ate while growing up on Long Island, at cheap seafood shacks and affordable Italian-American restaurants. Except Carbone isn’t cheap, or affordable, not by Italian-American standards, and not by New York standards. Dinner for two, after wine, tax and tip, can easily cost $350-$400 for two, almost as much as dinner at Jean-Georges.
Shortly after Valentine’s Day, The Price Hike reported that Aldea, Manhattan’s only Michelin-starred Iberian restaurant, was switching to prix-fixe-only during the weekends, at $75 for three courses, or $95 for six-courses. Chef George Mendes also said that eliminating the a la carte menu during the week was in the cards.
Today, Mendes informed us that Aldea has reversed course, and is again serving the a la carte menu every day the restaurant is open. The reason? It’s what guests preferred. He adds that the $95 tasting menu, available throughout the week, is now nine-courses, and that he’ll be beefing up the small plate section of the menu. Here’s Mendes’ email: