Aleo-GARDEN DINING

★★★★☆
Innovative Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine
  • 7 W 20th St 1

    New York, NY 10011

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  • 212-691-8136

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If I could save one person from going to this place by giving my opinion-- then i'd be glad to.
First of all, the reason this place called Garden Dining is because at the back there's one that is used for events. i cannot make a comment on

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★★★★★

If I could save one person from going to this place by giving my opinion-- then i'd be glad to.
First of all, the reason this place called Garden Dining is because at the back there's one that is used for events. i cannot make a comment on

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I must admit, I have been to many neighbrhood places in the GRAMERCY / CHELSEA area, and ALEO is a sleeper. I used Opentable and got 1000pts. I was amazed at the freshness of the plates and the people were so sweet and kind to us. I ate a

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I must admit, I have been to many neighbrhood places in the GRAMERCY / CHELSEA area, and ALEO is a sleeper. I used Opentable and got 1000pts. I was amazed at the freshness of the plates and the people were so sweet and kind to us. I ate a

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We went there for lunch last week with 3 other people,the restaurant was empty at 1:30 pm(wonder why?),the waitress looked she just came out the bed,and the red hair waiter was having shots behind the bar!(i love his job,free food,free

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We went there for lunch last week with 3 other people,the restaurant was empty at 1:30 pm(wonder why?),the waitress looked she just came out the bed,and the red hair waiter was having shots behind the bar!(i love his job,free food,free

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I had my daughter's birthday party here awhile ago, about 40 guests. They did a great job. I know a few of my guests can be difficult, but they were very professional and kept everyone happy. The food was so good, they kept the drinks filled and everyone enjoyed. I couldn't be happier. So glad I picked this place!

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★★★★★

I had my daughter's birthday party here awhile ago, about 40 guests. They did a great job. I know a few of my guests can be difficult, but they were very professional and kept everyone happy. The food was so good, they kept the drinks filled and everyone enjoyed. I couldn't be happier. So glad I picked this place!

Pros: Neighborhood, Service, Decor

Cons: None

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Nice and clean place

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★★★★☆

Nice and clean place

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Good location for a great meal, intimate and good for a date, cannot loose with any of the menu items......

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★★★★★

Good location for a great meal, intimate and good for a date, cannot loose with any of the menu items......

Pros: Solid Menu

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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I was coming to the city to celebrate my 23rd birthday and was looking for something a little special and saw that Aleo had very good reviews. My experience lived up to all the great reviews! Not only was the food great, but our waiter, Fabio, was honestly the most accommodating and friendly waiter I've ever had! He made it a point to chat with us and make us feel comfortable, and we even got lemoncello shots on the house at the end of the meal! What a great experience, it surely made my birthday that much more special! I would highly recommend Aleo for some classic Italian fare in a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere! I will definitely return on my next visit to the city!

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★★★★★

I was coming to the city to celebrate my 23rd birthday and was looking for something a little special and saw that Aleo had very good reviews. My experience lived up to all the great reviews! Not only was the food great, but our waiter, Fabio, was honestly the most accommodating and friendly waiter I've ever had! He made it a point to chat with us and make us feel comfortable, and we even got lemoncello shots on the house at the end of the meal! What a great experience, it surely made my birthday that much more special! I would highly recommend Aleo for some classic Italian fare in a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere! I will definitely return on my next visit to the city!

Pros: Service, atmosphere

Cons: the only con would be that it was a little too hot in the restaurant

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We just got back from celebrating my mothers 65th birthday and it was so enjoyable. The outdoor garden was beautiful and made for an even greater atmosphere. The food was delicious, from the stuffed clams, to all the entrees and finally that "light as a feather" strawberry cheesecake to top it off! The staff was very friendly and very attentive.

My relatives were asking for business cards as they left. You can't miss with choosing Aleo for a great evening for any occassion!

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★★★★★

We just got back from celebrating my mothers 65th birthday and it was so enjoyable. The outdoor garden was beautiful and made for an even greater atmosphere. The food was delicious, from the stuffed clams, to all the entrees and finally that "light as a feather" strawberry cheesecake to top it off! The staff was very friendly and very attentive.

My relatives were asking for business cards as they left. You can't miss with choosing Aleo for a great evening for any occassion!

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When you go to Aleo, ask to be seated in the outdoor garden even if you have to wait. Bar is comfortable place to wait, or just make a reservation so you don't have to wait at all. We waited because we didn't have a reservation. Garden is beautifully landscaped and has these very tranquil waterfalls. Very relaxing and inviting, which made dinner even better, not that the food at this restaurant needs any help. By the way, read some of the review on Citysearch that were very helpful in us selecting Aleo. We had tuna and a salmon special and shared a pasta. They were very accommodating and we were able to split an entire order of pasta as a course between apps and the main dinner. The portion was so big that the shared order was almost like getting a whole order. We got penne with a meat ragu sauce. They gladly gave us penne even though menu said served with rigatony pasta. Nice wine list. And an even nicer wait staff. Pleasantly surprised how really good this restaurant is considering it's a little off the beaten path, but WELL WORTH finding this path. Do it, you'll be just as glad as us and likely want to return, like us. Great find.

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★★★★★

When you go to Aleo, ask to be seated in the outdoor garden even if you have to wait. Bar is comfortable place to wait, or just make a reservation so you don't have to wait at all. We waited because we didn't have a reservation. Garden is beautifully landscaped and has these very tranquil waterfalls. Very relaxing and inviting, which made dinner even better, not that the food at this restaurant needs any help. By the way, read some of the review on Citysearch that were very helpful in us selecting Aleo. We had tuna and a salmon special and shared a pasta. They were very accommodating and we were able to split an entire order of pasta as a course between apps and the main dinner. The portion was so big that the shared order was almost like getting a whole order. We got penne with a meat ragu sauce. They gladly gave us penne even though menu said served with rigatony pasta. Nice wine list. And an even nicer wait staff. Pleasantly surprised how really good this restaurant is considering it's a little off the beaten path, but WELL WORTH finding this path. Do it, you'll be just as glad as us and likely want to return, like us. Great find.

Pros: serving staff and food

Cons: the wait, if you don't have a reservation

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Food and service

Cons: atmosphere

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: service and food excellent, very warm and inviting place

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: the menu and service

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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!

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★★★★☆

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!

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Impress your lady. She'll think you really know your stuff about Manhattan's best restaurants. If you want trendy and crowded and tourist places, then Aleo isn't for you. If you want service and royal treatment that makes you feel special, food that's a cross between homemade and unique, and a great dining experience in a comfortable and pleasant setting, I highly recommend Aleo. Make reservations and ask for outdoor garden seating.

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Impress your lady. She'll think you really know your stuff about Manhattan's best restaurants. If you want trendy and crowded and tourist places, then Aleo isn't for you. If you want service and royal treatment that makes you feel special, food that's a cross between homemade and unique, and a great dining experience in a comfortable and pleasant setting, I highly recommend Aleo. Make reservations and ask for outdoor garden seating.

Pros: outdoor garden, cuisine and service

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: treat you like you're the only guest

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: bar, food, service

Cons: have to park in a garage but not too expensive

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: seafood and pasta entrees

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: service and cuisine

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Treated like VIPs, owner on site, food and service

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What a find! Tucked away on a side street off Fifth Ave., this is classic, authentic Mediterranean Italian at its finest. Add the simple but elegant environment (the outdoor garden, I hear, is simply romantic in spring and summer) and spoon-fed wait service (they'd probably feed you if you ask), and this is truly a perfect package. From the homemade mozzarella, to the fresh calamari, to the pasta sauces that I later learned are recipes from the owner's mom, Antoinette Raimondi, this was an incredible dining experience. Our favorites: capellini w/ sundried tomato, broccoli rabe, seared chicken in white wine sauce (they'll add Italian sausage if you want, they did for us) was bursting with taste and flavor; and the penne (cooked al dente) with generously proportioned sauteed eggplant and crimini mushrooms and fresh creamy ricotta in a light tomato cream sauce left us speechless. We have a rule that we never order steak in an Italian restaurant. WE JUST FOUND THE EXCEPTION! The menu description of the grilled rib eye intrigued us so, that we had to try it. WOW! It did not disappoint. I would match it against any steakhouse in the city, and with mozzarella whipped potatoes, portabello mushroom fries in brown gravy and slices of pulpy beefsteak tomatoes, it had just the right Mediterranean Italian flair. Our companions raved over the risotto, and appetizers of baby octopus & stuffed calamari (spinach, mushroom, onion and feta-stuffed squid over octopus chickpea stew), and the classic roasted tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil flatbread pizza. There's so much more to talk about, but you need to try Aleo yourself. Now. Don't waste time! Exceptional food, exceptional service in an exceptional setting. If you read this, it means you didn't leave yet. Go, before it gets crowded.

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★★★★★

What a find! Tucked away on a side street off Fifth Ave., this is classic, authentic Mediterranean Italian at its finest. Add the simple but elegant environment (the outdoor garden, I hear, is simply romantic in spring and summer) and spoon-fed wait service (they'd probably feed you if you ask), and this is truly a perfect package. From the homemade mozzarella, to the fresh calamari, to the pasta sauces that I later learned are recipes from the owner's mom, Antoinette Raimondi, this was an incredible dining experience. Our favorites: capellini w/ sundried tomato, broccoli rabe, seared chicken in white wine sauce (they'll add Italian sausage if you want, they did for us) was bursting with taste and flavor; and the penne (cooked al dente) with generously proportioned sauteed eggplant and crimini mushrooms and fresh creamy ricotta in a light tomato cream sauce left us speechless. We have a rule that we never order steak in an Italian restaurant. WE JUST FOUND THE EXCEPTION! The menu description of the grilled rib eye intrigued us so, that we had to try it. WOW! It did not disappoint. I would match it against any steakhouse in the city, and with mozzarella whipped potatoes, portabello mushroom fries in brown gravy and slices of pulpy beefsteak tomatoes, it had just the right Mediterranean Italian flair. Our companions raved over the risotto, and appetizers of baby octopus & stuffed calamari (spinach, mushroom, onion and feta-stuffed squid over octopus chickpea stew), and the classic roasted tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil flatbread pizza. There's so much more to talk about, but you need to try Aleo yourself. Now. Don't waste time! Exceptional food, exceptional service in an exceptional setting. If you read this, it means you didn't leave yet. Go, before it gets crowded.

Pros: Cuisine, Ambience, Service, Price

Cons: I wish we could find one.

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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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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Great Bar. Great food.

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I live in Gramercy Park, and have been to most of the restaurants in the neighborhood. Given, ALEO is a different sort of place than Veritas or Gramercy Tavern. It is a great neighborhood find. The staff is friendly and delightful, and the food is amazing for this out-of -the-way neighborhood Italian restaurant. I had the seafood medley, and my guest had the steak. We both enjoyed everything. The owner stopped at the table and offered an after dinner complimentary cordial which was much appreciated. There are lots of familiar faces from the neighborhood in the place. It is sort of a Cheers type environment at the bar. I have been back two or three times to just hang at the bar and have a few cocktails and the ladies behind the bar are genuine and very helpful. I will be sure to keep going back. I was amazed at the tira misu dessert. I was told it won some sort of award, and can understand why.

2
★★★★★

I live in Gramercy Park, and have been to most of the restaurants in the neighborhood. Given, ALEO is a different sort of place than Veritas or Gramercy Tavern. It is a great neighborhood find. The staff is friendly and delightful, and the food is amazing for this out-of -the-way neighborhood Italian restaurant. I had the seafood medley, and my guest had the steak. We both enjoyed everything. The owner stopped at the table and offered an after dinner complimentary cordial which was much appreciated. There are lots of familiar faces from the neighborhood in the place. It is sort of a Cheers type environment at the bar. I have been back two or three times to just hang at the bar and have a few cocktails and the ladies behind the bar are genuine and very helpful. I will be sure to keep going back. I was amazed at the tira misu dessert. I was told it won some sort of award, and can understand why.

Pros: Food, Service, Friendly Atmosphere

Cons: N/A

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This was probably the most disappointing dinner i've had in New York in years. I dine out regularly and not only was the service awful but the food was barely edible. The lobster bisque didnt have lobster in it. The pasta tasted like it was out of a can and cooked an extra 15 minutes and then left to cool off. The seafood platter was equivalent to something you would get at Red Lobster in Indiana.

The wine they recommened but must be half off at the distributor bc it was terrible. Something I could have made in my closet.

And I am not going to get into the service, which took 2 hrs+. I am willing to wait if the food is fresh and worth it but this was so disappointing. Get worse.

If I can keep one person from wasting their $ at this place, I would feel better about my experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was probably the most disappointing dinner i've had in New York in years. I dine out regularly and not only was the service awful but the food was barely edible. The lobster bisque didnt have lobster in it. The pasta tasted like it was out of a can and cooked an extra 15 minutes and then left to cool off. The seafood platter was equivalent to something you would get at Red Lobster in Indiana.

The wine they recommened but must be half off at the distributor bc it was terrible. Something I could have made in my closet.

And I am not going to get into the service, which took 2 hrs+. I am willing to wait if the food is fresh and worth it but this was so disappointing. Get worse.

If I can keep one person from wasting their $ at this place, I would feel better about my experience.

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Came here with a few friends after reading all the great reviews. Very disappointed with the service and food. Not worth spending your evening here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Came here with a few friends after reading all the great reviews. Very disappointed with the service and food. Not worth spending your evening here.

Pros: None

Cons: bland food, slow service,

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I've been to Aleo twice in the last month and will definately go back soon for a third trip. The service is prompt and friendly, the food is commendable and the prices reasonable. The wine list is impressive. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to Aleo twice in the last month and will definately go back soon for a third trip. The service is prompt and friendly, the food is commendable and the prices reasonable. The wine list is impressive. Highly recommended.

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two friends and i went for a quiet evening at aleo and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. the food was extremely tasty, service was very good and the drinks kick ass!we were not able to get the garden but we were still happy regardless. just writing in to give my many thanks.

2
★★★★★

two friends and i went for a quiet evening at aleo and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. the food was extremely tasty, service was very good and the drinks kick ass!we were not able to get the garden but we were still happy regardless. just writing in to give my many thanks.

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i love going to aleo..the staff treat me as a VIP.they're very warm, friendly and very accommodating.and i noticed that it's not just me who get treated like that. Whenever i go there for dinner or drinks i can see that they give impeccable service to everyone. My favorite server, Danny, is one of the finest servers you can ever have. He knows his stuff and never fails to make the tables happy. I had never had an encounter when service was poor or the tables were complaining. He anticipates what the customers need and he is always ready to give them what they want. Had dinner there wednesday night, the place was hopping, both the floor and the bar and the wait staff seemed very professional in handling the tables without being nervous wrecks. I ordered the sauvignon blanc but they were out of it but it didnt matter.they had other equally good wines at very reasonable prices and we got compensated anyway.we got free cordials and a fruit plate on the house. That is why i dont understand how other people can write negative comments about the service here when it merits nothing but praises and kudos as each and everyone who enters is treated like VIP.

2
★★★★★

i love going to aleo..the staff treat me as a VIP.they're very warm, friendly and very accommodating.and i noticed that it's not just me who get treated like that. Whenever i go there for dinner or drinks i can see that they give impeccable service to everyone. My favorite server, Danny, is one of the finest servers you can ever have. He knows his stuff and never fails to make the tables happy. I had never had an encounter when service was poor or the tables were complaining. He anticipates what the customers need and he is always ready to give them what they want. Had dinner there wednesday night, the place was hopping, both the floor and the bar and the wait staff seemed very professional in handling the tables without being nervous wrecks. I ordered the sauvignon blanc but they were out of it but it didnt matter.they had other equally good wines at very reasonable prices and we got compensated anyway.we got free cordials and a fruit plate on the house. That is why i dont understand how other people can write negative comments about the service here when it merits nothing but praises and kudos as each and everyone who enters is treated like VIP.

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Service took quite a while for a Thursday night. The soup tasted like a' la vodka sauce. The food wasn't so much bad tasting but devoid of any flavor. So uninspiring. Expensive for uninspiring as well. First batch of table bread was OK, second batch was stale. The bread was essential as you are forced to wait so long for your food. The beer selection was awful. Here's a tip for restaurants........there are more bottled beers in the world beyond Bud, Bud Light, Heineken, Amstel Light and Corona. They did have Killians and Stella Artois on tap but those are weak selections in my book. Outside seating in the back smelled like a garlic factory at all times. One member of my party had a dish garnished with mussels. However, not all the mussels were filled. Some were just shells. And that oldie old on the cell phone......you can take off speaker phone you know.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service took quite a while for a Thursday night. The soup tasted like a' la vodka sauce. The food wasn't so much bad tasting but devoid of any flavor. So uninspiring. Expensive for uninspiring as well. First batch of table bread was OK, second batch was stale. The bread was essential as you are forced to wait so long for your food. The beer selection was awful. Here's a tip for restaurants........there are more bottled beers in the world beyond Bud, Bud Light, Heineken, Amstel Light and Corona. They did have Killians and Stella Artois on tap but those are weak selections in my book. Outside seating in the back smelled like a garlic factory at all times. One member of my party had a dish garnished with mussels. However, not all the mussels were filled. Some were just shells. And that oldie old on the cell phone......you can take off speaker phone you know.

Cons: Food devoid of any flavor.

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Tried Aleo last night with friends for a birthday dinner. Although it got several good reviews, we should have paid more attention to the negative ones. Our reservation was for 8PM & were seated immediately. We were off to a good start but unfortunately, everything went down hill quickly. Our waiter came to the table to introduce himself & then we didnt see him again for at least 25 min. We wanted to order wine & apps but couldn't find our waiter. When he came back to the table, we ordered 2 bottles of wine & tried to order apps but he left immediately after our wine order. 30 minutes later he came back w/1 bottle of wine. Apparently they ran out of sav blanc last night. He didnt bring enough glasses so he went back for another & didnt return for 15 min. We immediately ordered another bottle & didnt see him again for another 20 min. At this point, I felt terrible b/c I picked this place & after more than 1 hour into the evening, we hadn't ordered food b/c we couldnt find our waiter. We sat there, water glasses empty, bread basket empty, wine glasses empty, waiting to order food. We almost walked out. We finally ordered & at 10:30 our dinner arrived - 2.5 hrs AFTER WE GOT THERE. The place was not busy - no excuse for this nonsense. When dinner arrived, he brought it out ONE PLATE AT A TIME. My friend joked that I should just start eating b/c it could be an hour before anyone else gets their food! The food was actually really good & if the service werent SO terrible, I would consider going back. Unfortunately, it seems like service is not Aleo's top priority. Did i mention that the table next to us had a similar experience? They ordered wine when they sat down & didnt get the bottle until AFTER THEY FINISHED THEIR DINNER. Overall, food was good but NYC has a ton of good places. Only try Aleo if you have over 3 hours to waste & have a TON of patience or just dont order wine & place your dinner order AS SOON AS YOU SIT DOWN. I won't be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried Aleo last night with friends for a birthday dinner. Although it got several good reviews, we should have paid more attention to the negative ones. Our reservation was for 8PM & were seated immediately. We were off to a good start but unfortunately, everything went down hill quickly. Our waiter came to the table to introduce himself & then we didnt see him again for at least 25 min. We wanted to order wine & apps but couldn't find our waiter. When he came back to the table, we ordered 2 bottles of wine & tried to order apps but he left immediately after our wine order. 30 minutes later he came back w/1 bottle of wine. Apparently they ran out of sav blanc last night. He didnt bring enough glasses so he went back for another & didnt return for 15 min. We immediately ordered another bottle & didnt see him again for another 20 min. At this point, I felt terrible b/c I picked this place & after more than 1 hour into the evening, we hadn't ordered food b/c we couldnt find our waiter. We sat there, water glasses empty, bread basket empty, wine glasses empty, waiting to order food. We almost walked out. We finally ordered & at 10:30 our dinner arrived - 2.5 hrs AFTER WE GOT THERE. The place was not busy - no excuse for this nonsense. When dinner arrived, he brought it out ONE PLATE AT A TIME. My friend joked that I should just start eating b/c it could be an hour before anyone else gets their food! The food was actually really good & if the service werent SO terrible, I would consider going back. Unfortunately, it seems like service is not Aleo's top priority. Did i mention that the table next to us had a similar experience? They ordered wine when they sat down & didnt get the bottle until AFTER THEY FINISHED THEIR DINNER. Overall, food was good but NYC has a ton of good places. Only try Aleo if you have over 3 hours to waste & have a TON of patience or just dont order wine & place your dinner order AS SOON AS YOU SIT DOWN. I won't be going back.

Pros: outdoor garden

Cons: service, service, service

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Aleo is one of those finds where you're stuck between keeping it to yourself or telling everybody about the wonderful food and service that was bestowed on you. It is still a restaurant where the service doesnt make you feel like you should be honored to be served by them especially in places with the same caliber as Aleo. As soon as you come inside the door, you are greeted with a warm welcome and are given the option to sit at a table to linger at the bar for as long as you like (which is also a very pleasant thing to do as they have a fantastic and kickass bartender who makes amazing cocktails like the mango and expresso martini and the flavored mojitos). When you do finally sit at a table and are given menus, bread and and good olive oil are at your side in no time (im so spoiled by aleo now that whenever i go to another italian restaurant i always compare the olive oil that they have and decide that aleo still takes the cake). when you finally get to order there would be a plate of antipasti that was offered. no other restaurant would do that at all. i have to admit the food is a little slow in coming but then they do state in their menu, the food is made cooked to order and when it does come,it makes up for the wait. I have favorites in each section; for appetizers the tuna tartare and baked clams are to die for and i have tasted clams in other places, they hold no candle to aleo. the mediterranean salad is light and for the pasta, the papardelle is sheer heaven and you can get almost any pasta you like however way you like it upon availability and they have never failed me yet. The veal cutlet and the halibut are my all time favorite dishes at aleo but sometimes i couldn't help ordering from their specials menu especially the fish. i am so into head and tail and im never happier the way aleo makes it. Dessert is tiramisu (NOBODY makes it better) or if youre into ice cream, chocolate gelato with raspberry sorbet, yummy. Aleo is definitely worth going to.

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★★★★★

Aleo is one of those finds where you're stuck between keeping it to yourself or telling everybody about the wonderful food and service that was bestowed on you. It is still a restaurant where the service doesnt make you feel like you should be honored to be served by them especially in places with the same caliber as Aleo. As soon as you come inside the door, you are greeted with a warm welcome and are given the option to sit at a table to linger at the bar for as long as you like (which is also a very pleasant thing to do as they have a fantastic and kickass bartender who makes amazing cocktails like the mango and expresso martini and the flavored mojitos). When you do finally sit at a table and are given menus, bread and and good olive oil are at your side in no time (im so spoiled by aleo now that whenever i go to another italian restaurant i always compare the olive oil that they have and decide that aleo still takes the cake). when you finally get to order there would be a plate of antipasti that was offered. no other restaurant would do that at all. i have to admit the food is a little slow in coming but then they do state in their menu, the food is made cooked to order and when it does come,it makes up for the wait. I have favorites in each section; for appetizers the tuna tartare and baked clams are to die for and i have tasted clams in other places, they hold no candle to aleo. the mediterranean salad is light and for the pasta, the papardelle is sheer heaven and you can get almost any pasta you like however way you like it upon availability and they have never failed me yet. The veal cutlet and the halibut are my all time favorite dishes at aleo but sometimes i couldn't help ordering from their specials menu especially the fish. i am so into head and tail and im never happier the way aleo makes it. Dessert is tiramisu (NOBODY makes it better) or if youre into ice cream, chocolate gelato with raspberry sorbet, yummy. Aleo is definitely worth going to.

Pros: food, service, drinks, atmosphere

Cons: parking at 11pm

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Been to Aleo's a few times, always great. Went Saturday night for a late dinner for my sister's birthday, and it was delicious. I had the ravioli special which was fantastic, and sampled everyone elses dishes. From the steak to the rissotto, to the stuffed sole, everything was awesome. The tiramisu is to die for; i've never had anything better. The service was great. We were there late, and never felt rushed out. The waitstaff, bartender and manager were all very polite and eager to please. I would recommed Aleo to everyone. Great experience every time I go.

2
★★★★★

Been to Aleo's a few times, always great. Went Saturday night for a late dinner for my sister's birthday, and it was delicious. I had the ravioli special which was fantastic, and sampled everyone elses dishes. From the steak to the rissotto, to the stuffed sole, everything was awesome. The tiramisu is to die for; i've never had anything better. The service was great. We were there late, and never felt rushed out. The waitstaff, bartender and manager were all very polite and eager to please. I would recommed Aleo to everyone. Great experience every time I go.

Pros: great food...great service

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This is not the first time my girlfriends and I celebrate one of our birthdays at Aleo. In fact, we lost the count of all the good times we celebrated there. Our passion for Aleo grew from ordering dinner (our favorite, tuna tartare and shrimp risotto) to celebrating several of our family and friends special occasion parties at the place.
And, the wine ... the manager is always there to assist us on finding a superb wine to match our dinner. The list includes an excellent selection they are not as expensive as many other restaurants in the City. And, the after dinner drinks.... Aleo has such a friendly service: they put down so many bottles of after dinner drinks on our table! The proof of that is in our party pictures: We always end up counting more bottles of after dinner drinks on the table than the number of people gathered around it .... no other restaurant has ever done that for us!
We could keep on writing about Aleo and the good times we spent there. Instead, we will leave it by saying that Aleo is the only restaurant that gave us good "food for thought". It made party planning an easy and enjoyable task for us and we are so grateful for having Aleo in NYC.

2
★★★★★

This is not the first time my girlfriends and I celebrate one of our birthdays at Aleo. In fact, we lost the count of all the good times we celebrated there. Our passion for Aleo grew from ordering dinner (our favorite, tuna tartare and shrimp risotto) to celebrating several of our family and friends special occasion parties at the place.
And, the wine ... the manager is always there to assist us on finding a superb wine to match our dinner. The list includes an excellent selection they are not as expensive as many other restaurants in the City. And, the after dinner drinks.... Aleo has such a friendly service: they put down so many bottles of after dinner drinks on our table! The proof of that is in our party pictures: We always end up counting more bottles of after dinner drinks on the table than the number of people gathered around it .... no other restaurant has ever done that for us!
We could keep on writing about Aleo and the good times we spent there. Instead, we will leave it by saying that Aleo is the only restaurant that gave us good "food for thought". It made party planning an easy and enjoyable task for us and we are so grateful for having Aleo in NYC.

Pros: Food, staff and ambience

Cons: n/a

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In Short. Made reservation's a month in advance for Mother's day for a group of Mother's (20 plus)
had talked it over with manager for contingency plan for weather related issue that may happen for the outdoor seating. Manager inform that they will take care of everything, if cold-they will have heaters ready, if rain- they will move us inside. That night of dinner, temp was a bit chilly ask for heater to be turn on waiter said they ran out of gas, started to rain, no room inside, they had a tent that did not cover the entire group. Had to move the tables under the tent ourself. I, myself ended up eating a cold steak in a corner away from the group since there was no space. Waiter were not attentive, very slow, and look overall confused. NO manager at site. Food was not enjoyable due to the above. Had better service at a Chinese fast food place then this place. NOT recommend going with a big group. They do not know how to handle large groups. started dinner at 7pm-end dinner at 10:30.(other mother's day plan had to be canceled ) due to slow service and the fiasco.
Manager finally arrived only to offer a dismal discount for basically ruining what was suppose to be a great mother's day dinner.

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★☆☆☆☆

In Short. Made reservation's a month in advance for Mother's day for a group of Mother's (20 plus)
had talked it over with manager for contingency plan for weather related issue that may happen for the outdoor seating. Manager inform that they will take care of everything, if cold-they will have heaters ready, if rain- they will move us inside. That night of dinner, temp was a bit chilly ask for heater to be turn on waiter said they ran out of gas, started to rain, no room inside, they had a tent that did not cover the entire group. Had to move the tables under the tent ourself. I, myself ended up eating a cold steak in a corner away from the group since there was no space. Waiter were not attentive, very slow, and look overall confused. NO manager at site. Food was not enjoyable due to the above. Had better service at a Chinese fast food place then this place. NOT recommend going with a big group. They do not know how to handle large groups. started dinner at 7pm-end dinner at 10:30.(other mother's day plan had to be canceled ) due to slow service and the fiasco.
Manager finally arrived only to offer a dismal discount for basically ruining what was suppose to be a great mother's day dinner.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Service

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Went last night for dinner. Really enjoyed the experience. We ordered the grilled calamari, the insalata, and the carne of the night (sirloin au povire). Everything was delicious. Service was great, food was excellent. The only problem I had was that I asked for medium rare, on the rare side, I wanted to see the meat bloody. No such luck, it was definitely more on the medium side. And to end the dinner, cheesecake was creamy and yummy. Definitely would recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

Went last night for dinner. Really enjoyed the experience. We ordered the grilled calamari, the insalata, and the carne of the night (sirloin au povire). Everything was delicious. Service was great, food was excellent. The only problem I had was that I asked for medium rare, on the rare side, I wanted to see the meat bloody. No such luck, it was definitely more on the medium side. And to end the dinner, cheesecake was creamy and yummy. Definitely would recommend this restaurant.

Pros: ambience, food, service

Cons: none

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I decided to try this restaraunt for my birthday partly based on reading the reviews in citysearch but I was more impressed by the fact that someone from the restaraunt read and tried to respond to negative reviews. We were a group of 14 but some of the party couldnt make it on time due to the fact they were performing in a play. The restaraunt seated us anyway and one of my friends joked he was really hungry. The waiter gave us a free appetizer to ease the hunger. The food was good and the service was awesome. The waiter was personable, funny and made several nice drink suggestions. The dinner was fun but the desert was the big surprise, the waiter gave us free fruit which was nice. The waiter then surprised us again but bringing bottles of Alize, Envy, Port and Limoncello all on the house. Its funny as it gets later and emptier most restaunts want to hurry you out so they can clean up not offer drinksto make you stay it was a really nice gesture. The bartender was also was nice enough to tell us that after 1000pm cars parked on the street would be towed. This was an awesome birthday dinner all my friends and family had so much fun and my sister in-law ended up going back for new years eve dinner.

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★★★★★

I decided to try this restaraunt for my birthday partly based on reading the reviews in citysearch but I was more impressed by the fact that someone from the restaraunt read and tried to respond to negative reviews. We were a group of 14 but some of the party couldnt make it on time due to the fact they were performing in a play. The restaraunt seated us anyway and one of my friends joked he was really hungry. The waiter gave us a free appetizer to ease the hunger. The food was good and the service was awesome. The waiter was personable, funny and made several nice drink suggestions. The dinner was fun but the desert was the big surprise, the waiter gave us free fruit which was nice. The waiter then surprised us again but bringing bottles of Alize, Envy, Port and Limoncello all on the house. Its funny as it gets later and emptier most restaunts want to hurry you out so they can clean up not offer drinksto make you stay it was a really nice gesture. The bartender was also was nice enough to tell us that after 1000pm cars parked on the street would be towed. This was an awesome birthday dinner all my friends and family had so much fun and my sister in-law ended up going back for new years eve dinner.

Pros: Awesome service

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I went to Aleo last night with my girlfriend. In my opinion, the food was good, but nothing to really write home about. My girlfriend, on the other hand, thought the food was absolutely fantastic, mainly because the pastas we chose were more cream-based (more her thing than mine). The meal was pretty reasonably priced - appetizers, entrees, desert and a bottle of wine came out to $100, post-tax, pre-tip.

The atmosphere seemed a bit more like a corporate lunch-spot than a cozy date spot to me. The walls were a little too white and the lights were a bit too bright for my taste (especially on a Saturday night). The garden in the back, however, looked like an entirely different story.

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★★★★☆

I went to Aleo last night with my girlfriend. In my opinion, the food was good, but nothing to really write home about. My girlfriend, on the other hand, thought the food was absolutely fantastic, mainly because the pastas we chose were more cream-based (more her thing than mine). The meal was pretty reasonably priced - appetizers, entrees, desert and a bottle of wine came out to $100, post-tax, pre-tip.

The atmosphere seemed a bit more like a corporate lunch-spot than a cozy date spot to me. The walls were a little too white and the lights were a bit too bright for my taste (especially on a Saturday night). The garden in the back, however, looked like an entirely different story.

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Ever since my first visit to Aleo it became and remains my favorite restaurant. I have since then been going weekly with my entire family. The service is fantastic, the waiters really want you to enjoy your evening. The owner is always there and takes the utmost care to make sure every single person is happy, and after being there weekly for over a year now, I have seen my share of unpleasable patrons. Peter (the owner) always keeps himself in check to do his absolute best to please them, long after any normal person would have had enough. The FOOD is amazing, anything you want that there are ingredients available for can be made for you. They used to have a "Create Your Own" pasta dish on the menu but it has since been removed because some one apparently complained that they could not make a very specialized dish that required hard to find ingredients. (the menu also said that it was based on available ingredients). You can still create your own of any dish you want, all you have to do is ask, and as long as there are indeed ingredients, they will make it for you. I am also a vegetarian which makes it difficult to eat most foods in most restaurants. Peter and the rest of the staff have created several original dishes just to suit my personal needs, all fantastic. As for the deserts, each one is delicious, the Tiramisu is the best I have tasted and I have probably tried that dish in over 100 different restaurants over the past 10 years. The specials are also fantastic and their soups are amazing, I personally don't like soup, but Aleo has a special touch when it comes to making soups that can please even the most picky of people. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone. The outside dinning area is so quaint and beautiful during the summer, and during the winter, they put up a tarp and have high powered expensive heaters that keep it cozy. Also try the hot chocolate, its fantastic! Don't miss this special place!

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★★★★★

Ever since my first visit to Aleo it became and remains my favorite restaurant. I have since then been going weekly with my entire family. The service is fantastic, the waiters really want you to enjoy your evening. The owner is always there and takes the utmost care to make sure every single person is happy, and after being there weekly for over a year now, I have seen my share of unpleasable patrons. Peter (the owner) always keeps himself in check to do his absolute best to please them, long after any normal person would have had enough. The FOOD is amazing, anything you want that there are ingredients available for can be made for you. They used to have a "Create Your Own" pasta dish on the menu but it has since been removed because some one apparently complained that they could not make a very specialized dish that required hard to find ingredients. (the menu also said that it was based on available ingredients). You can still create your own of any dish you want, all you have to do is ask, and as long as there are indeed ingredients, they will make it for you. I am also a vegetarian which makes it difficult to eat most foods in most restaurants. Peter and the rest of the staff have created several original dishes just to suit my personal needs, all fantastic. As for the deserts, each one is delicious, the Tiramisu is the best I have tasted and I have probably tried that dish in over 100 different restaurants over the past 10 years. The specials are also fantastic and their soups are amazing, I personally don't like soup, but Aleo has a special touch when it comes to making soups that can please even the most picky of people. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone. The outside dinning area is so quaint and beautiful during the summer, and during the winter, they put up a tarp and have high powered expensive heaters that keep it cozy. Also try the hot chocolate, its fantastic! Don't miss this special place!

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience, Outdoor Dining

Cons: None

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I am an avid fan of Citysearch and pretty much follow their recommendations. ALEO was selected in the TOP TEN OUTDOOR DINING last year, and in the TOP TEN FAMILY FRIENDLY, and TOP TEN SPECIAL OCCASION places to eat THIS YEAR. Finally I decided to try it. Well, the food was actually better than I expected. The young energetic staff is obviously instructed to PLEASE, and the atmosphere was so cozy and relaxing. CITYSEARCH is on THE MARK again. I will continue to use the guide and disregard intermitent/silly review(ers).

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★★★★★

I am an avid fan of Citysearch and pretty much follow their recommendations. ALEO was selected in the TOP TEN OUTDOOR DINING last year, and in the TOP TEN FAMILY FRIENDLY, and TOP TEN SPECIAL OCCASION places to eat THIS YEAR. Finally I decided to try it. Well, the food was actually better than I expected. The young energetic staff is obviously instructed to PLEASE, and the atmosphere was so cozy and relaxing. CITYSEARCH is on THE MARK again. I will continue to use the guide and disregard intermitent/silly review(ers).

Pros: Food (Obviously), People, Atmosphere

Cons: Side street?

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I'm not the type to tip toe around with words, so let me just get to the point. The appetizer's were ok however the entrees were a train wreck, the service was horrible...the waiters were slower than molasses rolling down a hill on a cold snowy day, and as far as being romantic...FORGET IT, unless you find 2 woman arm wrestling and carrying on as if they were in a sports bar romantic.You may go one time to this restaurant(because you think this review is untrue) but i can guarantee you wont go a second time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm not the type to tip toe around with words, so let me just get to the point. The appetizer's were ok however the entrees were a train wreck, the service was horrible...the waiters were slower than molasses rolling down a hill on a cold snowy day, and as far as being romantic...FORGET IT, unless you find 2 woman arm wrestling and carrying on as if they were in a sports bar romantic.You may go one time to this restaurant(because you think this review is untrue) but i can guarantee you wont go a second time.

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I love everything about this place - the food, the service, the music, the ambiance, the owner, the bar - this what NY is all about. I get back to ALEO's (from Virginia) several times every year and I'm never disappointed. The shrimp risotto and the halibut are my favorites.
If you have time, stay late and get to know the owner, Pete. As another reviewer stated, this is what NYC is all about!

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★★★★★

I love everything about this place - the food, the service, the music, the ambiance, the owner, the bar - this what NY is all about. I get back to ALEO's (from Virginia) several times every year and I'm never disappointed. The shrimp risotto and the halibut are my favorites.
If you have time, stay late and get to know the owner, Pete. As another reviewer stated, this is what NYC is all about!

Pros: Food, Bar, Outdoor dining area

Cons: None

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My date and I truly enjoyed ALEO. The service is energetic and dedicated. The people are more than helpful from seating us to helping with the wine and desserts. The food was extremely flavorful, and quite varied. A little more than your typical Italian NYC restaurant.
The cost was even more quite mild considering the neighborhood. We are planning our rehearsal dinner here since we were so impressed.

2
★★★★★

My date and I truly enjoyed ALEO. The service is energetic and dedicated. The people are more than helpful from seating us to helping with the wine and desserts. The food was extremely flavorful, and quite varied. A little more than your typical Italian NYC restaurant.
The cost was even more quite mild considering the neighborhood. We are planning our rehearsal dinner here since we were so impressed.

Pros: costs, people, food

Cons: parking after 11 PM

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Had a nice meal at Aleo. The food was good but not inspired. Everything was cooked well and tastes were good just not wow. Service was amateurish--had to keep asking waitress to not fill wine glasses so high up but she seemed puzzled by this. Another couple moved tables because it was so dark where they were--and they didn't even try lighting the candle on the table first. Wine list is long enough but average labels and vintages. Prices were again fair however. Oddly disconcerting and somewhat loud Italian covers of american pop music playing and a bar with a TV which faces the seating areas didn't add to the ambience. Garden in back looks nice but it was too cold to sit out. Would stop in again with toned down expectations.

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★★★☆☆

Had a nice meal at Aleo. The food was good but not inspired. Everything was cooked well and tastes were good just not wow. Service was amateurish--had to keep asking waitress to not fill wine glasses so high up but she seemed puzzled by this. Another couple moved tables because it was so dark where they were--and they didn't even try lighting the candle on the table first. Wine list is long enough but average labels and vintages. Prices were again fair however. Oddly disconcerting and somewhat loud Italian covers of american pop music playing and a bar with a TV which faces the seating areas didn't add to the ambience. Garden in back looks nice but it was too cold to sit out. Would stop in again with toned down expectations.

Pros: Fair prices, Pleasant staff, Garden in back

Cons: Amateurish service, Music choice and TV, Lighting in back

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Living around the flatiron-gramercy district I have frequented Aleo on a number of occasions and in a number of capacities. I have gone there on a date, and the owner is so nice and the waitstaff is so welcoming my date thought that I owned the place (needless to say the date went well and ended well), I have gone in with some friends for a couple of drinks and appetizers before going out in the Meatpacking District and that was great, I have been in on business lunches the service is always mindful of my daily agenda.....I love Aleo's and this place always makes me happy.

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★★★★★

Living around the flatiron-gramercy district I have frequented Aleo on a number of occasions and in a number of capacities. I have gone there on a date, and the owner is so nice and the waitstaff is so welcoming my date thought that I owned the place (needless to say the date went well and ended well), I have gone in with some friends for a couple of drinks and appetizers before going out in the Meatpacking District and that was great, I have been in on business lunches the service is always mindful of my daily agenda.....I love Aleo's and this place always makes me happy.

Pros: Garden, Food, Hospitality

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service was very attentive and especially from warm welcome and attention from mangaer was impressive. food was like homecooked meal. gnocchi was especially melting in your mouth. Lingiui was perfectly cooked with subtle, yet great flavor sauce. would definitely go back. price was very decent, which is always important factor for choosing resataurant.

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★★★★★

service was very attentive and especially from warm welcome and attention from mangaer was impressive. food was like homecooked meal. gnocchi was especially melting in your mouth. Lingiui was perfectly cooked with subtle, yet great flavor sauce. would definitely go back. price was very decent, which is always important factor for choosing resataurant.

Pros: service, food, price

Cons: wine

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we had reservations, were sat quickly. food arrived over an hour after we were seated. Food was cold and bland. We had to chase down the waiter to order and refresh our drinks. for the $150 bill, a diner would've done just fine.

ambiance was nice - we had a nice cozy corner table, that was about the only good thing about this restraunt. with bad service, cold food, there isnt much reason to visit again.

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★★☆☆☆

we had reservations, were sat quickly. food arrived over an hour after we were seated. Food was cold and bland. We had to chase down the waiter to order and refresh our drinks. for the $150 bill, a diner would've done just fine.

ambiance was nice - we had a nice cozy corner table, that was about the only good thing about this restraunt. with bad service, cold food, there isnt much reason to visit again.

Pros: romantic, seated quickly

Cons: bad service, cold bland food

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Food was good, but for the price of a plate of pasta here, four raviolis doesn't cut it as an entre for a big guy. In spite of a great tuna tartare and a wonderful salad, I left hungry. Staff was attentive, service was great, atmosphere was nice and I'm sure that the garden is a wonderful spot in the summer. As a November diner, I left a little cold. Pietro's smile (the last thing I saw as I left) can warm you up, though. I dig that he named the joint after his parents and shows up on the scene.
Pete from Chicago

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★★★☆☆

Food was good, but for the price of a plate of pasta here, four raviolis doesn't cut it as an entre for a big guy. In spite of a great tuna tartare and a wonderful salad, I left hungry. Staff was attentive, service was great, atmosphere was nice and I'm sure that the garden is a wonderful spot in the summer. As a November diner, I left a little cold. Pietro's smile (the last thing I saw as I left) can warm you up, though. I dig that he named the joint after his parents and shows up on the scene.
Pete from Chicago

Pros: ambience, staff, menu

Cons: portion size

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Are you kidding me. Where have I been??? This place ia amazing. It is a hidden gem in Chelsea/Gramercy. Pictures of Sinatra on the wall as soon as you walk in, then black and whites of the owners parents (who the restaurant seems to be named for). The food was great, there is an Outdoor Garden, and a great bar menu. The owner is a real New Yorker who has served time in the military and can talk to you with your Mom, your partner, or a bunch of friends. More New Yorkers should be supporting this place. This is New York.

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★★★★★

Are you kidding me. Where have I been??? This place ia amazing. It is a hidden gem in Chelsea/Gramercy. Pictures of Sinatra on the wall as soon as you walk in, then black and whites of the owners parents (who the restaurant seems to be named for). The food was great, there is an Outdoor Garden, and a great bar menu. The owner is a real New Yorker who has served time in the military and can talk to you with your Mom, your partner, or a bunch of friends. More New Yorkers should be supporting this place. This is New York.

Pros: Owner, Food, Outdoor Garden

Cons: none noticed

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I truly enjoyed ALEO from beginning to end. The food was fabulous, and truly well presented. Aleo is tucked away on 20th Street between 5/6 Avenues and is a true destination. The Outdoor Garden was a treat. We stumbled upon the place and are sure to go back again and again.

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★★★★★

I truly enjoyed ALEO from beginning to end. The food was fabulous, and truly well presented. Aleo is tucked away on 20th Street between 5/6 Avenues and is a true destination. The Outdoor Garden was a treat. We stumbled upon the place and are sure to go back again and again.

Pros: food, service, wine list

Cons: parking after 11 PM

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the veal and the wine are my favorites at this small little northern italian restaunt. the atmosphere is like no other place i have been. the waitstaff is pleasant and helpful, the bartender is a kind, warm person and the manager was extremely generous. i would recommend this restaurant to everyone: first daters, parents with kids, as well as grandparents celebrating an anniversary.

2
★★★★★

the veal and the wine are my favorites at this small little northern italian restaunt. the atmosphere is like no other place i have been. the waitstaff is pleasant and helpful, the bartender is a kind, warm person and the manager was extremely generous. i would recommend this restaurant to everyone: first daters, parents with kids, as well as grandparents celebrating an anniversary.

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This restaurant has it all; I've eaten here several times and never been disappointed. Besides having a diverse menu of excellent choices and a great wine list, the staff aims to please. Each time you make a return visit, you feel more like one of the family. This spot is anything you need: romantic, business lunch, family meal or party. There is a great open-air courtyard in the back. And you stay as long as you like; no one is rushing you after you finish your meal like some restaurants do. Give this one a try; I promise you won't regret it.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant has it all; I've eaten here several times and never been disappointed. Besides having a diverse menu of excellent choices and a great wine list, the staff aims to please. Each time you make a return visit, you feel more like one of the family. This spot is anything you need: romantic, business lunch, family meal or party. There is a great open-air courtyard in the back. And you stay as long as you like; no one is rushing you after you finish your meal like some restaurants do. Give this one a try; I promise you won't regret it.

Pros: Friendly, Prompt Service, Good Value

Review Partner
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It was pretty good. Could have been doper doe

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★★★☆☆

It was pretty good. Could have been doper doe

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Aleo, a name derived from the owner's parents' first names, focuses on southern Italy (also the home of the owner's parents) as well as Cyprus and, most improbably, Queens. Yet it somehow all works together harmoniously. There's…

 

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