Alfama Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 551 Hudson St # 3

    New York, NY 10014

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  • 212-645-2500

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I've been to Alfama twice and both times had a delicious meal. The seafood was very fresh and the sides were very tasty. I also liked the warm ambiance and the West Village location. Highly Recommended.

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★★★★★

I've been to Alfama twice and both times had a delicious meal. The seafood was very fresh and the sides were very tasty. I also liked the warm ambiance and the West Village location. Highly Recommended.

Pros: Seafood, Ambiance

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Very disappointed. A typical place where city people rediscover their package vacation. Spent close to 200 for 2 people and would probably have enjoyed McDonalds better. Don't fall for the menu posted online. Most will be sold out. You will end up with chewy stinky salt fish. This place might be OK as a cheap fry up in in midtown west or LES but I really need to recover in a nice restaurant soon and wash out the bad taste... What a waste of time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very disappointed. A typical place where city people rediscover their package vacation. Spent close to 200 for 2 people and would probably have enjoyed McDonalds better. Don't fall for the menu posted online. Most will be sold out. You will end up with chewy stinky salt fish. This place might be OK as a cheap fry up in in midtown west or LES but I really need to recover in a nice restaurant soon and wash out the bad taste... What a waste of time and money.

Pros: Seems to be clean

Cons: Terrible overpriced food

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Good but not great...

Appetizers could have been much better than they were.

The entrees were quite good though

Very good wine selection - some great ones in the per glass section on the menu

3
★★★☆☆

Good but not great...

Appetizers could have been much better than they were.

The entrees were quite good though

Very good wine selection - some great ones in the per glass section on the menu

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I was way beyond discontent to even criticize the quality of their food....our wait staff was the most discourteous one i've ever seen at a fine dining restaurant!!! That's really too bad for this well known restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

I was way beyond discontent to even criticize the quality of their food....our wait staff was the most discourteous one i've ever seen at a fine dining restaurant!!! That's really too bad for this well known restaurant.

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5 stars for great and exceptional service.

4 stars for food

food being more important that service in my view, i give this restaurant 4.5 if it were possible.

Favorite thing about this restaurant is the flexibility of the menu. I rather have savory than sweet so this menu absolutely catered to my preference. Did 4 courses which ended up being the 2 apps and 2 entrees. Most memorable dish would probably be the bacalhau espiritual,...cooked perfectly. I would recommend to anyone.

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★★★★☆

5 stars for great and exceptional service.

4 stars for food

food being more important that service in my view, i give this restaurant 4.5 if it were possible.

Favorite thing about this restaurant is the flexibility of the menu. I rather have savory than sweet so this menu absolutely catered to my preference. Did 4 courses which ended up being the 2 apps and 2 entrees. Most memorable dish would probably be the bacalhau espiritual,...cooked perfectly. I would recommend to anyone.

Pros: menu,food,wine list

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I think it is time to write a review about Alfama, afterall, I' ve been a customer there for five years, the same time that I' ve been living in NYC.
Primerely, what I simply love there is the attention that is given to every single detail which makes Alfama a unique place.
The food is so tasty...my favorite dish is the bacalhau espiritual, a very Portuguese one. Not to mention the appetizers, there are so many that I really like, but if I have to choose one, I' d choose the cheese board and the Portuguese sausage that is grilled on the table... I Always save room for desert, since it is perfectly prepared and if I had to suggest one, I'd suggest the 'pasteis de nata'.
To conclude, I have to compliment the service. Helpful and smiling waiters and owners that make you feel at home.

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★★★★★

I think it is time to write a review about Alfama, afterall, I' ve been a customer there for five years, the same time that I' ve been living in NYC.
Primerely, what I simply love there is the attention that is given to every single detail which makes Alfama a unique place.
The food is so tasty...my favorite dish is the bacalhau espiritual, a very Portuguese one. Not to mention the appetizers, there are so many that I really like, but if I have to choose one, I' d choose the cheese board and the Portuguese sausage that is grilled on the table... I Always save room for desert, since it is perfectly prepared and if I had to suggest one, I'd suggest the 'pasteis de nata'.
To conclude, I have to compliment the service. Helpful and smiling waiters and owners that make you feel at home.

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This is a rude restaurant. I was trying to go there during the continental restaurant week promotion. I asked if they are offering that when I make the reservation and they said yes. When I called to confirm reservation, I told the lady that we are going to pick from the regular menu instead. Then, she transferred my call to the manager who is very rude and impolite and told us we cannot order from the regular menu because they put us under the continental list and we have to order the continental menu. We were trying to argue with him since we don't know if we like the menu. How can he force us to order from there? The manager cancelled our reservation right the way. This is a restaurant that provide the worst service. I have been to a lot of restaurant in New York and over the world and I never found one that is as rude as this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a rude restaurant. I was trying to go there during the continental restaurant week promotion. I asked if they are offering that when I make the reservation and they said yes. When I called to confirm reservation, I told the lady that we are going to pick from the regular menu instead. Then, she transferred my call to the manager who is very rude and impolite and told us we cannot order from the regular menu because they put us under the continental list and we have to order the continental menu. We were trying to argue with him since we don't know if we like the menu. How can he force us to order from there? The manager cancelled our reservation right the way. This is a restaurant that provide the worst service. I have been to a lot of restaurant in New York and over the world and I never found one that is as rude as this one.

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I like to start off by saying that I absolutely love to eat. I love trying different foods and different flavors. It's hard for me to write this, since this is the first one I've ever had to write.

I made a reservation for 8 people - and the way the tables were placed, it was very hard for us to get into our seats. I had to basically climb over the chairs to get into our seats, and I'm not a big girl either.

Secondly, the flavors of the food actually seemed very Asian to me. My bf and I had a meatball dish as an appetizer, and to me, it seemed like something I could get at a Dim Sum place, not a Portuguese place. It just seemed like it was flavored with soy sauce.

I had ordered a Duck Confit place, and the flavors were mediocre. Nothing about the dish wow'ed me. On top of that, I also had a huge piece of fat on the duck (roughly 1/2 the size of a dollar bill).

My bf had ordered short ribs. Ribs are probably one of my favorites, and the meat brought out almost seemed crumbly as if it were not fresh.

For dessert, 6 people out of the group had ordered a coconut mousse. Each mousse came with a side of sorbet - in which the flavors don't really match. The sorbet and the mousse did not compliment each other. It seemed like 2 desserts slapped together on one plate.

Additionally, the presentation of the desserts were not consistent. Some of the mousse had already "melted" or "flattened" on the plates. Several of them didn't have the crispy piece to top off the dessert. 1 of the plates didn't have the sauce that topped the mousse. When we had brought this to the attention of our server, she pretty much just shrugged her shoulders and said it's okay, but only replaced one of our plates.

Where was the live music?

Seemed like the restaurant is focusing on making a quick buck by quantity rather than quality. I don't think the food or service meets the expectations of a "Fine Restaurant".

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★★☆☆☆

I like to start off by saying that I absolutely love to eat. I love trying different foods and different flavors. It's hard for me to write this, since this is the first one I've ever had to write.

I made a reservation for 8 people - and the way the tables were placed, it was very hard for us to get into our seats. I had to basically climb over the chairs to get into our seats, and I'm not a big girl either.

Secondly, the flavors of the food actually seemed very Asian to me. My bf and I had a meatball dish as an appetizer, and to me, it seemed like something I could get at a Dim Sum place, not a Portuguese place. It just seemed like it was flavored with soy sauce.

I had ordered a Duck Confit place, and the flavors were mediocre. Nothing about the dish wow'ed me. On top of that, I also had a huge piece of fat on the duck (roughly 1/2 the size of a dollar bill).

My bf had ordered short ribs. Ribs are probably one of my favorites, and the meat brought out almost seemed crumbly as if it were not fresh.

For dessert, 6 people out of the group had ordered a coconut mousse. Each mousse came with a side of sorbet - in which the flavors don't really match. The sorbet and the mousse did not compliment each other. It seemed like 2 desserts slapped together on one plate.

Additionally, the presentation of the desserts were not consistent. Some of the mousse had already "melted" or "flattened" on the plates. Several of them didn't have the crispy piece to top off the dessert. 1 of the plates didn't have the sauce that topped the mousse. When we had brought this to the attention of our server, she pretty much just shrugged her shoulders and said it's okay, but only replaced one of our plates.

Where was the live music?

Seemed like the restaurant is focusing on making a quick buck by quantity rather than quality. I don't think the food or service meets the expectations of a "Fine Restaurant".

Pros: Good selection of wines

Cons: Mediocre and inconsistent food

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Came in with friends who are Portuguese and had one of the best meals of my life. Caldo Verde is the ultimate comfort soup and I now crave it all the time. Mariscada dish is addictive with super fresh seafood, all accompanied by delicious wines. Service was friendly (well, I don't speak Portuguese but I could tell by the facial expressions and the vibe of the place, the staff is just so sweet!) and efficient. My Portuguese friends concur. We finished with a cheese course and some fabulous Madeira wines. Had no room for dessert though. Oh well, what a great excuse to go back. The cocktail list looked really interesting as well. I'm definitely coming back!

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★★★★★

Came in with friends who are Portuguese and had one of the best meals of my life. Caldo Verde is the ultimate comfort soup and I now crave it all the time. Mariscada dish is addictive with super fresh seafood, all accompanied by delicious wines. Service was friendly (well, I don't speak Portuguese but I could tell by the facial expressions and the vibe of the place, the staff is just so sweet!) and efficient. My Portuguese friends concur. We finished with a cheese course and some fabulous Madeira wines. Had no room for dessert though. Oh well, what a great excuse to go back. The cocktail list looked really interesting as well. I'm definitely coming back!

Pros: Food, service, wine list, cocktails

Cons: Can't think of any!

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I have never had Portuguese food before, so I came in with zero expectations. Their wine list does seem good. Ordered the prix fixe meal (Taste of Portugal) of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Everything was incredibly salty. Even my salad (appetizer) was encrusted in salt. The pork was dry, overcooked, and salty. In fact, it was so salty that it parched my lips and I spent the next half an hour drinking water and using the restroom. The chef needs to learn that excessive salt does not make good food. Someone else had the grilled steak, which was terrible. It was burnt, flavorless, and hard. The dessert (tart) was passable, but not 'good' by any means. Like a previous reviewer had mentioned before, it was difficult to get the seat changed due to 'reservations' but this was clearly false. Also, the wait staff took their sweet time with everything. I expected the meal to be an hour and a half at the most, but it dragged to almost three hours. It took an hour to bring out the entrees.

I can appreciate a fine meal, and I understand that the quality of the prix fixe meal may not be indicative of the establishment as a whole, but this was an atrocity. They have got a nice space, but that's about it. For the amount of sodium I must have put in my body that night, I could've gone to McDonald's and had a better tasting meal at a sixth of the price. Definitely skip this place, unless all you want to do is share a bottle of wine in their outdoor seating area.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never had Portuguese food before, so I came in with zero expectations. Their wine list does seem good. Ordered the prix fixe meal (Taste of Portugal) of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Everything was incredibly salty. Even my salad (appetizer) was encrusted in salt. The pork was dry, overcooked, and salty. In fact, it was so salty that it parched my lips and I spent the next half an hour drinking water and using the restroom. The chef needs to learn that excessive salt does not make good food. Someone else had the grilled steak, which was terrible. It was burnt, flavorless, and hard. The dessert (tart) was passable, but not 'good' by any means. Like a previous reviewer had mentioned before, it was difficult to get the seat changed due to 'reservations' but this was clearly false. Also, the wait staff took their sweet time with everything. I expected the meal to be an hour and a half at the most, but it dragged to almost three hours. It took an hour to bring out the entrees.

I can appreciate a fine meal, and I understand that the quality of the prix fixe meal may not be indicative of the establishment as a whole, but this was an atrocity. They have got a nice space, but that's about it. For the amount of sodium I must have put in my body that night, I could've gone to McDonald's and had a better tasting meal at a sixth of the price. Definitely skip this place, unless all you want to do is share a bottle of wine in their outdoor seating area.

Pros: Wine, decor

Cons: Everything else.

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There are no adequate words in the English dictionary to explain my experience at Alfama. I had the opportunity to dine at your restaurant on an evening with a live Fado performance. The artists had such an amazing, a truly penetrating voice; they left tears in my eyes. The food was excellent - to say the least. I had the organic fillet mignon. The presentation and the concept of the meet cooking in front of you on the hot (marble i believe) plate are just one of the things I will never forget about Alfama. The service was excellent, as was the atmosphere. I can say with certainty that Alfama will forever be in my memories and never will I be so fond of a culinary and artistic experience as I have at Alfama. Thank you!

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★★★★★

There are no adequate words in the English dictionary to explain my experience at Alfama. I had the opportunity to dine at your restaurant on an evening with a live Fado performance. The artists had such an amazing, a truly penetrating voice; they left tears in my eyes. The food was excellent - to say the least. I had the organic fillet mignon. The presentation and the concept of the meet cooking in front of you on the hot (marble i believe) plate are just one of the things I will never forget about Alfama. The service was excellent, as was the atmosphere. I can say with certainty that Alfama will forever be in my memories and never will I be so fond of a culinary and artistic experience as I have at Alfama. Thank you!

Pros: Cuisine, Live Fado Performence, Excellent Presentation, Wonderful Service, Beautiful Lighting and Overall Atmosphere, Breathtaking

Cons: Too Magnificent to Forget

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I am not sure who has been writing these reviews but very deceiving. The place is an ok average NYC casual restaurant, nice corner. I made a reservation for 3 with a business client from Italy. We got to the restaurant and greeted coldly by a large-framed waiter. They sat us at a table right at the entrance of the kitchen - the place was empty. When we ask to move due to the smells and kitchen noises - we were told that the other tables were "reserved" as indicated by the tags on the tables. We asked again to move (or we would leave). Angrly they did. We waited about 15 minutes to order wine and food - again the place empty. The food overall was OK - but remember is simple peasant food and totally overpriced. You can get the same in many honest restaurants in the city. We left around 12am closing the place. The about 20 tables with the signs "reserved" were still empty. A suggestion to the owners: with this kind of recession - get real!! My bet - they be closed by the end of the year.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am not sure who has been writing these reviews but very deceiving. The place is an ok average NYC casual restaurant, nice corner. I made a reservation for 3 with a business client from Italy. We got to the restaurant and greeted coldly by a large-framed waiter. They sat us at a table right at the entrance of the kitchen - the place was empty. When we ask to move due to the smells and kitchen noises - we were told that the other tables were "reserved" as indicated by the tags on the tables. We asked again to move (or we would leave). Angrly they did. We waited about 15 minutes to order wine and food - again the place empty. The food overall was OK - but remember is simple peasant food and totally overpriced. You can get the same in many honest restaurants in the city. We left around 12am closing the place. The about 20 tables with the signs "reserved" were still empty. A suggestion to the owners: with this kind of recession - get real!! My bet - they be closed by the end of the year.

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I came in to Alfama for brunch on Mother's Day with my wife, baby and my mother.
Two of us had a Prix-Fixe menu, which was $60 per person. Food was delicious.... special meatballs, Seafood stew, Amish Chicken and a Dessert were great. Everybody loved it. My mother had to choose from the regular dinner menu.... and she was happy about it, since other restaurants were offering only brunch menu at this time. My mother had a Shrimp for Appitizer and Grilled Bacalhau with chickpeas (salt Cod) for her Entree. We enjoyed our meal so much!!! Everything was superb. And I did not mention a Wine list. They have only Portuguese wines on there list. Isn't it great?! Our waitress recommended us a very good white wine.
We will never forget this experience. I am looking forward to come back again and again, and also I will bring my friends to experience Portuguese cuisine.
Very Happy!!!

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★★★★★

I came in to Alfama for brunch on Mother's Day with my wife, baby and my mother.
Two of us had a Prix-Fixe menu, which was $60 per person. Food was delicious.... special meatballs, Seafood stew, Amish Chicken and a Dessert were great. Everybody loved it. My mother had to choose from the regular dinner menu.... and she was happy about it, since other restaurants were offering only brunch menu at this time. My mother had a Shrimp for Appitizer and Grilled Bacalhau with chickpeas (salt Cod) for her Entree. We enjoyed our meal so much!!! Everything was superb. And I did not mention a Wine list. They have only Portuguese wines on there list. Isn't it great?! Our waitress recommended us a very good white wine.
We will never forget this experience. I am looking forward to come back again and again, and also I will bring my friends to experience Portuguese cuisine.
Very Happy!!!

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This past Mother's day Sunday, Alfama was nearly empty. Now I know why...I have booked a reservation there for my family well in advance, knowing in advance that they had a Brunch menu. On our arrival, we were sat right next to another table with screaming children, while 80% of tables around us remained empty for the entire duration of our so-called brunch. The numerous waiters flat out refused to give us/let us order from Brunch menu, saying that because it was Mothers day - Brunch menu was cancelled for the day and we could either order Lunch (at Dinner prices) or from an overpriced pre-fixe menu. We were very disappointed and felt that the restaurant was ripping off their customers on account of it being a holiday. The food was not impressive and we have had original Portuguese food before. Servings are small for the price. Overall, the experience was subpar and we will not return. What a disappointment for a highly anticipated special Mother's day "brunch".

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★★☆☆☆

This past Mother's day Sunday, Alfama was nearly empty. Now I know why...I have booked a reservation there for my family well in advance, knowing in advance that they had a Brunch menu. On our arrival, we were sat right next to another table with screaming children, while 80% of tables around us remained empty for the entire duration of our so-called brunch. The numerous waiters flat out refused to give us/let us order from Brunch menu, saying that because it was Mothers day - Brunch menu was cancelled for the day and we could either order Lunch (at Dinner prices) or from an overpriced pre-fixe menu. We were very disappointed and felt that the restaurant was ripping off their customers on account of it being a holiday. The food was not impressive and we have had original Portuguese food before. Servings are small for the price. Overall, the experience was subpar and we will not return. What a disappointment for a highly anticipated special Mother's day "brunch".

Pros: Good selection of Portuguese wine

Cons: Standard Brunch menu not presented, forced into a pre-fixe or dinner menu, noise level, inconsiderate seating of customers.

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Around 2 PM Sunday afternoon, I had lunch, my first time at this restaurant. They did not have Sunday brunch menu on that day, only 5 tables were taken. The bread basket came first with some thin sliced bread. The bread was hard like a rock, that supposed to be very soft, only the little center part was soft. The food was a bit salty for me, definitely overpriced. One group came while I was eating, after they saw the menu, they left, did not know the reason though. I did not want to have the dessert so I asked the check, 20% gratuity was already included, that was lunch!

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★★☆☆☆

Around 2 PM Sunday afternoon, I had lunch, my first time at this restaurant. They did not have Sunday brunch menu on that day, only 5 tables were taken. The bread basket came first with some thin sliced bread. The bread was hard like a rock, that supposed to be very soft, only the little center part was soft. The food was a bit salty for me, definitely overpriced. One group came while I was eating, after they saw the menu, they left, did not know the reason though. I did not want to have the dessert so I asked the check, 20% gratuity was already included, that was lunch!

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My partner and I have been going to Alfama for many years. It's one of our favorite, "special night out" restaurants. Yes, the cuisine has shifted away from being predominantly Portuguese, but the quality and presentation remain excellent. It's a superb place for good continental cuisine. The prix fixe menus on holidays and special occasions are always a culinary adventure worth taking ! This year's Valentine's Day dinner was fantastic. We enjoy the simple, elegant, and intimate feel of the restaurant and the service has always been attentive and relaxed (not pretentious or stuffy). Great place for a leisurely night out.

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★★★★★

My partner and I have been going to Alfama for many years. It's one of our favorite, "special night out" restaurants. Yes, the cuisine has shifted away from being predominantly Portuguese, but the quality and presentation remain excellent. It's a superb place for good continental cuisine. The prix fixe menus on holidays and special occasions are always a culinary adventure worth taking ! This year's Valentine's Day dinner was fantastic. We enjoy the simple, elegant, and intimate feel of the restaurant and the service has always been attentive and relaxed (not pretentious or stuffy). Great place for a leisurely night out.

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I'm portuguese and this was may third time to alfama. First time I went there was three years ago and I didn't dislike the food.
I went back over one year ago and the food was excellent.
I went back last week and sadly realized Alfama is no longer a Portuguese restaurant. They have turned themselves into a fiasco where most of their dishes are now suitable to belong to anything other than a Portuguese restaurant.
To be honest, from the three times I've had dinner there, this time I had the worse food.
Service was attentive and the restaurant staff friendly as usual.
Prices are too high - they've always been- and the wine list seems to be getting more expensive everytime.
Next time I want portuguese food I will go somewhere else and I recommend anyone who goes there to ask your waiter to be honest and tell you what is really Portuguese on the menu.
It's worth a try on their promotion day though. You can't expect much for $25, can you?

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★★☆☆☆

I'm portuguese and this was may third time to alfama. First time I went there was three years ago and I didn't dislike the food.
I went back over one year ago and the food was excellent.
I went back last week and sadly realized Alfama is no longer a Portuguese restaurant. They have turned themselves into a fiasco where most of their dishes are now suitable to belong to anything other than a Portuguese restaurant.
To be honest, from the three times I've had dinner there, this time I had the worse food.
Service was attentive and the restaurant staff friendly as usual.
Prices are too high - they've always been- and the wine list seems to be getting more expensive everytime.
Next time I want portuguese food I will go somewhere else and I recommend anyone who goes there to ask your waiter to be honest and tell you what is really Portuguese on the menu.
It's worth a try on their promotion day though. You can't expect much for $25, can you?

Pros: Nice waitstaff, good wines although expensive

Cons: Food not being authentic, prices

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I've always wanted to go to Alfama as I've heard very good things. The food was deleicious and the seafood was very fresh. The waitstaff was very attentive without being bothersome. The ambiance was very nice as well as we were there for my wife's birthday. Highly recommended

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★★★★★

I've always wanted to go to Alfama as I've heard very good things. The food was deleicious and the seafood was very fresh. The waitstaff was very attentive without being bothersome. The ambiance was very nice as well as we were there for my wife's birthday. Highly recommended

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

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I went here on a Wednesday night with my Portuguese friend and family and we had a wonderful dining experience. The food was well cooked and the choices were great. I opted for a salad because I was to scared to try anything else but my friend had the sardines and love it.

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★★★★☆

I went here on a Wednesday night with my Portuguese friend and family and we had a wonderful dining experience. The food was well cooked and the choices were great. I opted for a salad because I was to scared to try anything else but my friend had the sardines and love it.

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I went to Alfama for New Year's and was extremely disappointed. The food was awful. For the substantial meal price we paid we got one scallop and 5 mussels for a seafood meal that was eatable. The atmosphere is nice but food is below average and overpriced.

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I went to Alfama for New Year's and was extremely disappointed. The food was awful. For the substantial meal price we paid we got one scallop and 5 mussels for a seafood meal that was eatable. The atmosphere is nice but food is below average and overpriced.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: food and price

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Last night we went again to have dinner at Alfama. As always, it was a great experience. I ordered an octopus and a 'bacalhau assado'. My husband decided for the 'Discover Portugal' menu, a $25 menu (great value). He had the meatballs and the 'bacalhau espiritual'. We reccommend it a lot. If you prefer a calm evening, try Sunday night! Our 11 months daughter felt very confortable there!

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★★★★★

Last night we went again to have dinner at Alfama. As always, it was a great experience. I ordered an octopus and a 'bacalhau assado'. My husband decided for the 'Discover Portugal' menu, a $25 menu (great value). He had the meatballs and the 'bacalhau espiritual'. We reccommend it a lot. If you prefer a calm evening, try Sunday night! Our 11 months daughter felt very confortable there!

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My wife and I were given a table without a reservation on a Wed. night when they have live Portugese music and most tables are reserved. I explained it was our 15th wedding anniversary and they found a table.

The staff was very helpful with suggestions, explainations and checking with the kitchen about my wife's allergies to gluten.

The food:

We started with the cheese selection which was outstanding based upon suggestions. We then had the apps which were a very nicely done potato and collard green soup with chorizo and the most tender and delicious grilled octopus over fresh salad I have ever had. It rivaled my favorite Greek places!

We then moved to the entree (I had the $25 prix fix taste of portugal) and I had the grilled sardines (awesome) and my wife had the roasted salt cod with a wonderful tomato compote (terrific).

We finished with a deep red delicious raspberry sorbet and a custard tart with some great port.

The wines were fantastic and I would highly recommend it!

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★★★★★

My wife and I were given a table without a reservation on a Wed. night when they have live Portugese music and most tables are reserved. I explained it was our 15th wedding anniversary and they found a table.

The staff was very helpful with suggestions, explainations and checking with the kitchen about my wife's allergies to gluten.

The food:

We started with the cheese selection which was outstanding based upon suggestions. We then had the apps which were a very nicely done potato and collard green soup with chorizo and the most tender and delicious grilled octopus over fresh salad I have ever had. It rivaled my favorite Greek places!

We then moved to the entree (I had the $25 prix fix taste of portugal) and I had the grilled sardines (awesome) and my wife had the roasted salt cod with a wonderful tomato compote (terrific).

We finished with a deep red delicious raspberry sorbet and a custard tart with some great port.

The wines were fantastic and I would highly recommend it!

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The roast salted cod was unediable. the vegetables were very salty and the fish was very rough. when I mentioned it, the manager did not even bother to replace it. He also did not know what was in another dish and gave us wrong information. Also, be prepeared to get your clothes stink after eating at this place as it is tiny and the ventilation is poor. The steamy sausage dishes dont help.

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★☆☆☆☆

The roast salted cod was unediable. the vegetables were very salty and the fish was very rough. when I mentioned it, the manager did not even bother to replace it. He also did not know what was in another dish and gave us wrong information. Also, be prepeared to get your clothes stink after eating at this place as it is tiny and the ventilation is poor. The steamy sausage dishes dont help.

Cons: food quality, service and environment

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If this was a high-class diner I'd be very pleased with the food. But being a $$$$ restaurant in a trendy location and having high aspirations, it does nothing but fail. The food is fresh and nicely seasoned..but that's about it. Having travelled extensively through Portugal, I've had sardines and bacalhau that were just as good or mostly better for $5 dollars, not $30. And even that would be ok, afterall it is New York, but the sides offered with the food were plain offending. The rice offered with a flavorful, though dry pork, was bland and overcooked. Boiled potatoes that came with sardines lacked any hint of salt. And the salads given with most entrees featured measly strips of stale letuce and a complete lack of any spice/salt/flavor. That reduced the fresh and salty, if not remarkable, sardines to a second rate dining experience. The desert ranged from edible, Creme Queimado , to a complete joke- merenque with pineapple featured canned pineapples! (Although the tuna appetizers that one of our party got featured unsalted canned tuna and dry beansas well). The good thing about Alfama? Cozy atmosphere, great wine list.. and a very pretty hostess..yeh thats about it.

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★★☆☆☆

If this was a high-class diner I'd be very pleased with the food. But being a $$$$ restaurant in a trendy location and having high aspirations, it does nothing but fail. The food is fresh and nicely seasoned..but that's about it. Having travelled extensively through Portugal, I've had sardines and bacalhau that were just as good or mostly better for $5 dollars, not $30. And even that would be ok, afterall it is New York, but the sides offered with the food were plain offending. The rice offered with a flavorful, though dry pork, was bland and overcooked. Boiled potatoes that came with sardines lacked any hint of salt. And the salads given with most entrees featured measly strips of stale letuce and a complete lack of any spice/salt/flavor. That reduced the fresh and salty, if not remarkable, sardines to a second rate dining experience. The desert ranged from edible, Creme Queimado , to a complete joke- merenque with pineapple featured canned pineapples! (Although the tuna appetizers that one of our party got featured unsalted canned tuna and dry beansas well). The good thing about Alfama? Cozy atmosphere, great wine list.. and a very pretty hostess..yeh thats about it.

Pros: wine list, location

Cons: food

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I walked by with a couple of friends and the placed looked inviting enough that we decided to go in for a quick drink. Well, two and a half hours later we walked out with a full stomach and a smile on our faces. The cocktail menu was amazing, filled with things we had never heard of or tasted. It turned out that the man behind the bar, Tarcisio, was the creator of those exotic concoctions -- and they were delicious! He turned us on to the "smokin' orange," a cocktail made with Laphroaig single malt that was just out of this world and from there on, things made with Ginja, a Portuguese sour cherry liqueur, Portuguese brandy and an amazing variation on the Sidecar. We needed to "sponge up" and he ordered some appetizers. Once again, our host pointed us in the right direction: great Portuguese cheeses, super tender octopus and the most succulent steamed clams in a garlic, wine and cilantro sauce. We can't wait to come back for dinner. What an awesome experience!

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★★★★★

I walked by with a couple of friends and the placed looked inviting enough that we decided to go in for a quick drink. Well, two and a half hours later we walked out with a full stomach and a smile on our faces. The cocktail menu was amazing, filled with things we had never heard of or tasted. It turned out that the man behind the bar, Tarcisio, was the creator of those exotic concoctions -- and they were delicious! He turned us on to the "smokin' orange," a cocktail made with Laphroaig single malt that was just out of this world and from there on, things made with Ginja, a Portuguese sour cherry liqueur, Portuguese brandy and an amazing variation on the Sidecar. We needed to "sponge up" and he ordered some appetizers. Once again, our host pointed us in the right direction: great Portuguese cheeses, super tender octopus and the most succulent steamed clams in a garlic, wine and cilantro sauce. We can't wait to come back for dinner. What an awesome experience!

Pros: Cocktail selection, great tasting food, friendly host

Cons: none

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I always try to make it to Alfama when I am visiting New York City -- it is such a jewel of a restaurant. The staff is very friendly and accomodating and I've always had a wonderful experience there. The dinner menu, though not extensive, has plenty of choices for everyone in our party of diverse eaters. Order the cheese plate with drinks as you persuse it. Sometimes we order a table of various starters and make a meal of them. I love the tasty Chourico Assado (isn't anything that comes afire exciting in itself?) and the grilled octopus. For a main course you cannot go wrong with the Bacalhau in any of its presentations. I am definitely trying the filet mignon on the sizzling stone the next time I'm there! Remember to save room for dessert. We've also gone for brunch, taking advantage of the wonderful West Village location we sit outside and watch the passersby. If it's too early to eat a Portuguese hamburger have the omelette with your paprika fries. Alfama is a great choice for both casual dining and special celebrations -- enjoy!!

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★★★★☆

I always try to make it to Alfama when I am visiting New York City -- it is such a jewel of a restaurant. The staff is very friendly and accomodating and I've always had a wonderful experience there. The dinner menu, though not extensive, has plenty of choices for everyone in our party of diverse eaters. Order the cheese plate with drinks as you persuse it. Sometimes we order a table of various starters and make a meal of them. I love the tasty Chourico Assado (isn't anything that comes afire exciting in itself?) and the grilled octopus. For a main course you cannot go wrong with the Bacalhau in any of its presentations. I am definitely trying the filet mignon on the sizzling stone the next time I'm there! Remember to save room for dessert. We've also gone for brunch, taking advantage of the wonderful West Village location we sit outside and watch the passersby. If it's too early to eat a Portuguese hamburger have the omelette with your paprika fries. Alfama is a great choice for both casual dining and special celebrations -- enjoy!!

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As neighborhood residents, my husband and I have a myriad of dining choices, ranging from an inexpensive burger at Corner Bistro to Jean-George's very upscale Perry Street. Often times, with no particular destination in mind, we find ourselves pulled in by the relaxed vibes coming from Alfama. Set on a lovely corner in the West Village, Alfama is a cool place to have Caipirinhas (okay, they?re Brazilian ? but SO good here) and wonderfully eclectic hors d'oeuvres (have them al fresco in nice weather!) Or to meet friends or clients for an elegant dinner amidst polished dark wood, white linen and crystal, elements which transport you immediately to the Old World. Always attended to by friendly, efficient, virtually snob-free wait staff and enveloped in the accents of fado, the national music of Portugal.

But more to the point, it's the consistently delicious and beautifully presented food which makes Alfama special. A few of our favorite dishes: seasonal surprises like the Cape Verdean shrimp-papaya-passion fruit salad, a baked chicken Frango infused with flavors from Macau or variations of Portuguese standards like Caldo Verde or Bacalhau Espiritual. The drinks are inspired and potent, the wine list clever, the deserts rich yet delicate (try the Farofias Gulosas) and the maitre d?/co-owner, Miguel is an affable consultant who bears a mild resemblance to the character Hercule Poirot!

Alfama feels like a mini-adventure to another country on a limited visa stamped ?Excellent?.

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★★★★★

As neighborhood residents, my husband and I have a myriad of dining choices, ranging from an inexpensive burger at Corner Bistro to Jean-George's very upscale Perry Street. Often times, with no particular destination in mind, we find ourselves pulled in by the relaxed vibes coming from Alfama. Set on a lovely corner in the West Village, Alfama is a cool place to have Caipirinhas (okay, they?re Brazilian ? but SO good here) and wonderfully eclectic hors d'oeuvres (have them al fresco in nice weather!) Or to meet friends or clients for an elegant dinner amidst polished dark wood, white linen and crystal, elements which transport you immediately to the Old World. Always attended to by friendly, efficient, virtually snob-free wait staff and enveloped in the accents of fado, the national music of Portugal.

But more to the point, it's the consistently delicious and beautifully presented food which makes Alfama special. A few of our favorite dishes: seasonal surprises like the Cape Verdean shrimp-papaya-passion fruit salad, a baked chicken Frango infused with flavors from Macau or variations of Portuguese standards like Caldo Verde or Bacalhau Espiritual. The drinks are inspired and potent, the wine list clever, the deserts rich yet delicate (try the Farofias Gulosas) and the maitre d?/co-owner, Miguel is an affable consultant who bears a mild resemblance to the character Hercule Poirot!

Alfama feels like a mini-adventure to another country on a limited visa stamped ?Excellent?.

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We went to Alfama for my birthday a few weeks ago. It just happened to be a Monday night, and we were pleasantly surprised to discover their Monday prix-fixe menu, which at $25 was an excellent deal. Though we looked over the regular menu as well, there was nothing there that seemed all that much more interesting than the prix-fixe, so we went with that. I was disappointed to see that several of the dishes that were recommended in other reviews were not available the night we went.

The Food: We started with a lovely glass of vinho verde for me (very nice wine list) and a beer for my boyfriend (very limited beer selection). We supplemented the prix-fixe with an excellent selection of 5 cheeses, with bread and a delicious green olive roll. Next, the Caldo Verde and the flambeed chourico - neither lived up to expectations. The soup was bland and a bit mealy, and the sausage was also bland and a little dry. For the entree course, we had the lamb over nutmeg potatoes (dry and flavorless) and the bacalhau espiritual, which was delicious! It was the winner of the night for sure - a very interesting blend of cod, shrimp, shredded carrot and cheese in a bechamel sauce. Desserts were unremarkable - disco voador was cloyingly sweet and meringue with sour cherries was good but nothing special.

Would I return? I don't know - the restaurant is beautiful, the service was good, and we really enjoyed the atmosphere, the live music, etc. However, without the prix-fixe, I don't think the food is worth the price, unless of course the regular menu entrees are substantially better than what we had from the prix-fixe menu. We spent a very reasonable $110 with tax and 20% tip, but the bill would have been closer to $200 if we'd ordered from the regular menu. I would tell anyone who is interested in Alfama to try it first on a Monday, and then if you like it, go back on another night!

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★★★★☆

We went to Alfama for my birthday a few weeks ago. It just happened to be a Monday night, and we were pleasantly surprised to discover their Monday prix-fixe menu, which at $25 was an excellent deal. Though we looked over the regular menu as well, there was nothing there that seemed all that much more interesting than the prix-fixe, so we went with that. I was disappointed to see that several of the dishes that were recommended in other reviews were not available the night we went.

The Food: We started with a lovely glass of vinho verde for me (very nice wine list) and a beer for my boyfriend (very limited beer selection). We supplemented the prix-fixe with an excellent selection of 5 cheeses, with bread and a delicious green olive roll. Next, the Caldo Verde and the flambeed chourico - neither lived up to expectations. The soup was bland and a bit mealy, and the sausage was also bland and a little dry. For the entree course, we had the lamb over nutmeg potatoes (dry and flavorless) and the bacalhau espiritual, which was delicious! It was the winner of the night for sure - a very interesting blend of cod, shrimp, shredded carrot and cheese in a bechamel sauce. Desserts were unremarkable - disco voador was cloyingly sweet and meringue with sour cherries was good but nothing special.

Would I return? I don't know - the restaurant is beautiful, the service was good, and we really enjoyed the atmosphere, the live music, etc. However, without the prix-fixe, I don't think the food is worth the price, unless of course the regular menu entrees are substantially better than what we had from the prix-fixe menu. We spent a very reasonable $110 with tax and 20% tip, but the bill would have been closer to $200 if we'd ordered from the regular menu. I would tell anyone who is interested in Alfama to try it first on a Monday, and then if you like it, go back on another night!

Pros: Service, prix-fixe, wine list, cheese plate

Cons: Beer list

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My partner and I just returned from New York. I have been to New York many times and I'm thrilled we found this incredible place on this trip. We actually visited three times. The first time we were on our way to another restaurant at which we had reservations and just loved the way Alfama looked from the sidewalk, so we decided to stop and have a drink at the bar. The inside did not disappoint. First thing you notice is how elegant and inviting it is. We were greeted warmly and provided a menu of drinks and a wine list. Service was friendly and prompt, without being intrusive.

The second time, we were walking through the neighborhood and decided we liked Alfama so much the first time, we would stop again. (We had made reservations at another restaurant a month prior, so couldn't eat). Again, the service was perfect. We decided immediately we would come back the next night for dinner (Sunday). Both Miguel and Tarcisio introduced themselves and told us a little about the restaurant. They are obviously proud (and should be!!) of their restaurant.

On Sunday, we were seated promptly and service was absolutely perfect. The food was just amazing. I am still dreaming of the kale soup with linguica. The meatballs with sweet potato puree were DELICIOUS! Make sure you have (LOTS) of the Alfama reserve wine. It went perfectly with our meal.

I cannot say enough about this jewel of a restaurant. The food, the wine, the service...even the music was wonderful. This is a do not miss stop for those enjoy food.

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★★★★★

My partner and I just returned from New York. I have been to New York many times and I'm thrilled we found this incredible place on this trip. We actually visited three times. The first time we were on our way to another restaurant at which we had reservations and just loved the way Alfama looked from the sidewalk, so we decided to stop and have a drink at the bar. The inside did not disappoint. First thing you notice is how elegant and inviting it is. We were greeted warmly and provided a menu of drinks and a wine list. Service was friendly and prompt, without being intrusive.

The second time, we were walking through the neighborhood and decided we liked Alfama so much the first time, we would stop again. (We had made reservations at another restaurant a month prior, so couldn't eat). Again, the service was perfect. We decided immediately we would come back the next night for dinner (Sunday). Both Miguel and Tarcisio introduced themselves and told us a little about the restaurant. They are obviously proud (and should be!!) of their restaurant.

On Sunday, we were seated promptly and service was absolutely perfect. The food was just amazing. I am still dreaming of the kale soup with linguica. The meatballs with sweet potato puree were DELICIOUS! Make sure you have (LOTS) of the Alfama reserve wine. It went perfectly with our meal.

I cannot say enough about this jewel of a restaurant. The food, the wine, the service...even the music was wonderful. This is a do not miss stop for those enjoy food.

Pros: Atmosphere, food, service, music, everything

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My friend and I tried Alfama during New York Restaurant Week mainly because I was anxious to try Portuguese food (ironically, I am Portuguese but had never had the food from the "homeland"). We weren't sure what to expect, but our experience was phenomenal. The menu had countless things that we both wanted to try, and the wine pairings were very good, but the specialty cocktails, especially, were out of this world. Service was prompt but not overfriendly. I'd go back to Alfama in an instant.

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★★★★★

My friend and I tried Alfama during New York Restaurant Week mainly because I was anxious to try Portuguese food (ironically, I am Portuguese but had never had the food from the "homeland"). We weren't sure what to expect, but our experience was phenomenal. The menu had countless things that we both wanted to try, and the wine pairings were very good, but the specialty cocktails, especially, were out of this world. Service was prompt but not overfriendly. I'd go back to Alfama in an instant.

Pros: Amazing specialty cocktails, fantastic menu

Cons: N/A

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I am working in sales and my job is to drive my car from one customer to another. I am always passing by this gorges Restaurant . When I saw it for the first time, my thoughts were " Oh, my god, it might be so cool to dine one day in this beautiful place." Than I did my research and I did find out that Alfama is a Portuguese cuisine restaurant. "Must be somethings special"- I said to myself..
So, my point is that I finally went for a dinner to Alfama with my colleague from work. It was "fantastico", from start to finish, they were treating us like kings. Talking about food. The food was very unusual in a good way. And the service was unbelievable, I think my friend enjoyed it the most, since those girls were very pretty.
Doesn't it sound like paradise? That's what I thought after the diner. And it was. :) Try it yourself, it also was not so expensive.

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★★★★★

I am working in sales and my job is to drive my car from one customer to another. I am always passing by this gorges Restaurant . When I saw it for the first time, my thoughts were " Oh, my god, it might be so cool to dine one day in this beautiful place." Than I did my research and I did find out that Alfama is a Portuguese cuisine restaurant. "Must be somethings special"- I said to myself..
So, my point is that I finally went for a dinner to Alfama with my colleague from work. It was "fantastico", from start to finish, they were treating us like kings. Talking about food. The food was very unusual in a good way. And the service was unbelievable, I think my friend enjoyed it the most, since those girls were very pretty.
Doesn't it sound like paradise? That's what I thought after the diner. And it was. :) Try it yourself, it also was not so expensive.

Pros: food, service, music, wine....

Cons: our stomachs were too small

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Went here for Winter Restaurant Week 2007 and had reservations for two at 6:30 pm. Place was still quiet when we arrived, adding to its romantic and intimate feel. A few minutes later, it was packed and alive. Still, the servers were attentive and my hubby and I did not feel rushed after we finished our three-course meal. We ordered the wild boar meatballs with sweet potato puree, the cilantro casserole with shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and crab, and had the creme brulee and tropical sorbet for dessert. The meatballs were average, nice touch to have the sweet potato puree though. The seafood tasted fresh, but I wasn't a fan of the casserole, a bit too soggy for my taste. Dessert was delicious albeit the sorbet was a tad bit tangy so order something else if you're craving something very sweet. Don't go here if you want big portions; our meal was just right.

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★★★★☆

Went here for Winter Restaurant Week 2007 and had reservations for two at 6:30 pm. Place was still quiet when we arrived, adding to its romantic and intimate feel. A few minutes later, it was packed and alive. Still, the servers were attentive and my hubby and I did not feel rushed after we finished our three-course meal. We ordered the wild boar meatballs with sweet potato puree, the cilantro casserole with shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and crab, and had the creme brulee and tropical sorbet for dessert. The meatballs were average, nice touch to have the sweet potato puree though. The seafood tasted fresh, but I wasn't a fan of the casserole, a bit too soggy for my taste. Dessert was delicious albeit the sorbet was a tad bit tangy so order something else if you're craving something very sweet. Don't go here if you want big portions; our meal was just right.

Pros: Service, Fresh Seafood

Cons: Small Portions, Seating can get tight

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I went for the first time for brunch with my wife and godmother this afternoon, and it was a fantastic experience. The bartender (who also turned out to be one of our servers once we sat down) was warm and welcoming, and had great knowledge of their unique wine list. All of the other servers were very hospitable too. Ambience was great: the live music really set the mood, and the number of people who stopped by just to say hi to the owners really gave the place a very charming neighborhood feel. The brunch menu was truly unique, and I enjoyed both my caldo verde and francesinha. The only caveat I'd offer is that if you order the francesinha, you probably won't need to order anything else: delicious, but a very rich and heavy sandwich. My mother (who is originally from the former Portuguese colony of Macau) is going to be in town next weekend, and I can't wait to take her to check this place out.

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★★★★★

I went for the first time for brunch with my wife and godmother this afternoon, and it was a fantastic experience. The bartender (who also turned out to be one of our servers once we sat down) was warm and welcoming, and had great knowledge of their unique wine list. All of the other servers were very hospitable too. Ambience was great: the live music really set the mood, and the number of people who stopped by just to say hi to the owners really gave the place a very charming neighborhood feel. The brunch menu was truly unique, and I enjoyed both my caldo verde and francesinha. The only caveat I'd offer is that if you order the francesinha, you probably won't need to order anything else: delicious, but a very rich and heavy sandwich. My mother (who is originally from the former Portuguese colony of Macau) is going to be in town next weekend, and I can't wait to take her to check this place out.

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Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a restaurant whose good reviews are all written by the owners! Any way, onto the review.

First the good. If you stick to the basics you'll have a decent meal. The sardines, the lobster capuccino, the steak are good, although their seafood is not exactly jumping off your pate. Plus, they do have a decent wine collection, with names you normally wouldn't find elsewhere.

Now the not so good. I recently went on a night when the place was completely empty, and its obvious they're trying to fill the place up on such nights. Avoid the gimmicks like the new trademarked cocktail names and their "tapas", they're just a waste of stomach capacity.

Also their service has take a huge tumble since my last visit. The waiters now loudly exclaim "EXCUSE ME!" Whenever they come over to fill the glass or take the plates away. Anything they do now completely interrupts your meal.

I don't know what happened, I used to like this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a restaurant whose good reviews are all written by the owners! Any way, onto the review.

First the good. If you stick to the basics you'll have a decent meal. The sardines, the lobster capuccino, the steak are good, although their seafood is not exactly jumping off your pate. Plus, they do have a decent wine collection, with names you normally wouldn't find elsewhere.

Now the not so good. I recently went on a night when the place was completely empty, and its obvious they're trying to fill the place up on such nights. Avoid the gimmicks like the new trademarked cocktail names and their "tapas", they're just a waste of stomach capacity.

Also their service has take a huge tumble since my last visit. The waiters now loudly exclaim "EXCUSE ME!" Whenever they come over to fill the glass or take the plates away. Anything they do now completely interrupts your meal.

I don't know what happened, I used to like this place.

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The waiter's English is terrible. They obviousely don't know what they're doing there. As a result, they made us order much more than what we wanted. Besides, don't order their cocktail. I've never had any drinks worse than that. Will never go back again!

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★☆☆☆☆

The waiter's English is terrible. They obviousely don't know what they're doing there. As a result, they made us order much more than what we wanted. Besides, don't order their cocktail. I've never had any drinks worse than that. Will never go back again!

Pros: seafood is ok

Cons: Service

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Service : Great
Decor : Great
Food : Great
Overall : Great

I had a great meal on a friday night. Everything went smoothly and the food was exceptional.
Highlight : The "Lobster Cappuccino" was one of the best I've ever had.
Do yourself a favor and go check it out.
I'm going back next week.

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★★★★★

Service : Great
Decor : Great
Food : Great
Overall : Great

I had a great meal on a friday night. Everything went smoothly and the food was exceptional.
Highlight : The "Lobster Cappuccino" was one of the best I've ever had.
Do yourself a favor and go check it out.
I'm going back next week.

Pros: Live Portuguese music (when I was there)

Cons: Lighting is a little bright for a romantic setting

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I read reviews here before going, and the negative reviews were very wrong. The place far exceeded my expectations. I went on a Saturday night with 5 others, and each of us thought the service was excellent, the food was fantastic and the wine selection was great. None of the people there were intrusive, on the contrary, they constantly filled our glasses and attended the table when we needed. The food was great (try the filet mignon and warm chocolate hazelnut dessert), and the wine was exceptional (stick with the chef recommendations). The food wasnt too expensive (excluding wine and dessert, $40-$50 a person, if you think thats too much, try new jersey) and the atmosphere was great. I have no idea if it was the best portugese food in the world, but its one of the better restaurants of its kind I have had in new york.

The only recommendations I would have is to dim the lights in the back, or turn up the AC, it gets a little hot back there and try adding some more non-seafood and vegetarian options (Vegetarian friend couldnt eat a lot, but they did make her a special dish, which was nice)

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★★★★★

I read reviews here before going, and the negative reviews were very wrong. The place far exceeded my expectations. I went on a Saturday night with 5 others, and each of us thought the service was excellent, the food was fantastic and the wine selection was great. None of the people there were intrusive, on the contrary, they constantly filled our glasses and attended the table when we needed. The food was great (try the filet mignon and warm chocolate hazelnut dessert), and the wine was exceptional (stick with the chef recommendations). The food wasnt too expensive (excluding wine and dessert, $40-$50 a person, if you think thats too much, try new jersey) and the atmosphere was great. I have no idea if it was the best portugese food in the world, but its one of the better restaurants of its kind I have had in new york.

The only recommendations I would have is to dim the lights in the back, or turn up the AC, it gets a little hot back there and try adding some more non-seafood and vegetarian options (Vegetarian friend couldnt eat a lot, but they did make her a special dish, which was nice)

Pros: Excellet food, new tastes, great wine, fantastic service

Cons: Needs some more non-seafood selections

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I went with 2 girlfriends last week and we were disappointed. The food was expensive and mediocre. The host would not stop telling us about his amazing cocktails and wine list, even though we were were trying to politely excuse ourselves to just catch up, as the 3 of us had not seen eachother in a while. The one saving grace: the cute young bartender who was friendly, sweet and attentive, while we waited for our table. I had heard good things about this place, but was extremely disappointed.

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★★☆☆☆

I went with 2 girlfriends last week and we were disappointed. The food was expensive and mediocre. The host would not stop telling us about his amazing cocktails and wine list, even though we were were trying to politely excuse ourselves to just catch up, as the 3 of us had not seen eachother in a while. The one saving grace: the cute young bartender who was friendly, sweet and attentive, while we waited for our table. I had heard good things about this place, but was extremely disappointed.

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Alfama continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. My husband and I have been coming here for quite some time and have taken out-of-town family and friends for dinner. We have also dined at Alfama on special occasions (e.g. Valentine's Day) when they have a plated menu in several courses. I personally love the sardines (although it is seasonal and you can't find it in the menu all the time) and the "flaming" chorizo adds a little pizzazz to any appetizer. They have one of the most extensive wine lists I've seen among higher end restaurants and the selections are excellent (e.g. some Portugues standards Dao and Vinho Verde).
The restaurant never gets too crowded or noisy and it is an ideal place for a tete-a-tete. Yes, it is pricey, but I believe it is worth it. We love to cook ourselves, eat well and entertain at home most of the time, so going to Alfama is always a treat for us. The wait staff is generally friendly and well-trained. I tend to favor places where it is all about the food and the passion and flair is reflected in what I taste.

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★★★★★

Alfama continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. My husband and I have been coming here for quite some time and have taken out-of-town family and friends for dinner. We have also dined at Alfama on special occasions (e.g. Valentine's Day) when they have a plated menu in several courses. I personally love the sardines (although it is seasonal and you can't find it in the menu all the time) and the "flaming" chorizo adds a little pizzazz to any appetizer. They have one of the most extensive wine lists I've seen among higher end restaurants and the selections are excellent (e.g. some Portugues standards Dao and Vinho Verde).
The restaurant never gets too crowded or noisy and it is an ideal place for a tete-a-tete. Yes, it is pricey, but I believe it is worth it. We love to cook ourselves, eat well and entertain at home most of the time, so going to Alfama is always a treat for us. The wait staff is generally friendly and well-trained. I tend to favor places where it is all about the food and the passion and flair is reflected in what I taste.

Pros: Great wine and food. Ideal date place.

Cons: May be too small for very large groups but that's how the place keeps its charm.

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My dinner at Alfama gets mixed reviews. The food, was good, albeit a bit overpriced (not horrible for Manhattan, but higher than we felt it merrited.) The waiter (Justin) and bartender (ponytail) were both cute and friendly, and made the overall experience worthwhile. All in all, I would go back were it not for an unfortunate incident.
As we were leaving, we overheard the host talking to some people seated at the bar, about his feeling that it is rude to "waste expensive space" at the bar, if one is not ordering a cocktail, (also overpriced, in my opinion), while waiting to be seated for dinner.
Considering that my dinner companion is a recovering alcoholic, we were a bit taken aback by that statement, although it was truly not directed at us.
There are too many high quality restaurants in NYC for this type of attitude, so I am left unsure what to think.

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★★☆☆☆

My dinner at Alfama gets mixed reviews. The food, was good, albeit a bit overpriced (not horrible for Manhattan, but higher than we felt it merrited.) The waiter (Justin) and bartender (ponytail) were both cute and friendly, and made the overall experience worthwhile. All in all, I would go back were it not for an unfortunate incident.
As we were leaving, we overheard the host talking to some people seated at the bar, about his feeling that it is rude to "waste expensive space" at the bar, if one is not ordering a cocktail, (also overpriced, in my opinion), while waiting to be seated for dinner.
Considering that my dinner companion is a recovering alcoholic, we were a bit taken aback by that statement, although it was truly not directed at us.
There are too many high quality restaurants in NYC for this type of attitude, so I am left unsure what to think.

Pros: waiter/bartender

Cons: host

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This hide-away, jewel of a restaurant is a real treat in NY. This past week was our fifth visit to the establishment and it proved to be as good as the previous dinning experiences there. There are a few things that I would like to share with others about this place: fresh and eclectic cuisine that is not pretentious, wines that are incredibly matched to compliment the wonderfully presented dishes, a happening, warm and cozy atmosphere without being pretentious and more importantly managed by a gracious host and owner (who seems to be there every time I visit), a very talented chef, who is a delightLuis Caseiro (he actually comes out to speak with clients and asks for feedback on dishes). To us, all of this is very different and refreshing from a typical restaurant experiences in NY. We highly recommend the salt-cod---its simply delicious, and the baked salmon this was superb!

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★★★★★

This hide-away, jewel of a restaurant is a real treat in NY. This past week was our fifth visit to the establishment and it proved to be as good as the previous dinning experiences there. There are a few things that I would like to share with others about this place: fresh and eclectic cuisine that is not pretentious, wines that are incredibly matched to compliment the wonderfully presented dishes, a happening, warm and cozy atmosphere without being pretentious and more importantly managed by a gracious host and owner (who seems to be there every time I visit), a very talented chef, who is a delightLuis Caseiro (he actually comes out to speak with clients and asks for feedback on dishes). To us, all of this is very different and refreshing from a typical restaurant experiences in NY. We highly recommend the salt-cod---its simply delicious, and the baked salmon this was superb!

Pros: Exceptional dishes, warm serivce and delighting/romantic atmosphere.

Cons: Parking.

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Despite my reservations about visiting this place after a poor experience a year ago, I was dragged here again by Portuguese friends. They came away with the same assessment I did a year ago: the food was expensive and unremarkable; the portions tiny, stale and poorly prepared; and the service patronizing, rude and slow. These aspects tremendously diminish the otherwise romantic potential of this place with its dark ambience and wailing Portuguese music.

By the way, looking through the reviews, it is interesting to note that each critical one is immediately followed by one so gushing with praise and with such detailed description of Portuguese food that it could only be written by the owner. I think that Citysearch should investigate.

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★☆☆☆☆

Despite my reservations about visiting this place after a poor experience a year ago, I was dragged here again by Portuguese friends. They came away with the same assessment I did a year ago: the food was expensive and unremarkable; the portions tiny, stale and poorly prepared; and the service patronizing, rude and slow. These aspects tremendously diminish the otherwise romantic potential of this place with its dark ambience and wailing Portuguese music.

By the way, looking through the reviews, it is interesting to note that each critical one is immediately followed by one so gushing with praise and with such detailed description of Portuguese food that it could only be written by the owner. I think that Citysearch should investigate.

Pros: Good live music (certain days only)

Cons: Expensive, unremarkable, occasionally stale food; tiny portions; patronizing staff

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Food was way below average. They rush you thru dinner and then you have to pay alot of money for overcooked flaccid food.. yuck. Not coming back, waste of time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was way below average. They rush you thru dinner and then you have to pay alot of money for overcooked flaccid food.. yuck. Not coming back, waste of time and money.

Cons: expensive, food not worth it.

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Very sophisticated interior and food. The service is great! Not only dinner, but also brunch is wonderful!

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★★★★★

Very sophisticated interior and food. The service is great! Not only dinner, but also brunch is wonderful!

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I go to the Alfama because I go often to Lisbon, and I find the authentic Portuguese food and wine in Alfama of very fine quality. Delicious. Excellent wine list, too.
The decor creates a sophisticated replica of the old moorish quarter of Lisbon, the Alfama, and the service and food are on the level of New York highest standards.
I go for special events and any other opportunity I can think up.

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★★★★☆

I go to the Alfama because I go often to Lisbon, and I find the authentic Portuguese food and wine in Alfama of very fine quality. Delicious. Excellent wine list, too.
The decor creates a sophisticated replica of the old moorish quarter of Lisbon, the Alfama, and the service and food are on the level of New York highest standards.
I go for special events and any other opportunity I can think up.

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I had to get on and write a thank you to Alfama for a great dining experience. Two friends took me to Alfama for dinner Monday, and they promised me a great dining experience, and boy, they really came thru. I enjoyed my meal so much, I wanted to let everyone know about this West Village jewel. The waiter was amazingly friendly, he took care of our every whim, We got grilled halibut in a carrot sauce, compliments from the kitchen..and then we ordered scallops - cooked perfectly! then our Steaks came and it was Carnivore Heaven! To end the meal, we received Custard cakes after our desserts , again compliments of the kitchen-we really felt pampered. Our waiter was kind enough to bring the Chef out, and that really made the night. Again, thank you for the great experience, You have earned yourselves a new Fan!!

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★★★★★

I had to get on and write a thank you to Alfama for a great dining experience. Two friends took me to Alfama for dinner Monday, and they promised me a great dining experience, and boy, they really came thru. I enjoyed my meal so much, I wanted to let everyone know about this West Village jewel. The waiter was amazingly friendly, he took care of our every whim, We got grilled halibut in a carrot sauce, compliments from the kitchen..and then we ordered scallops - cooked perfectly! then our Steaks came and it was Carnivore Heaven! To end the meal, we received Custard cakes after our desserts , again compliments of the kitchen-we really felt pampered. Our waiter was kind enough to bring the Chef out, and that really made the night. Again, thank you for the great experience, You have earned yourselves a new Fan!!

Pros: Great Wines, Superb Service, Amazing Food

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A work-related project took me away from New York for a while and upon my return one of the first things I did was to have dinner at Alfama. I'm glad to have encountered a magnificent spring menu with new and creative dishes, but with the same delicious flavors as I recall them. I was also glad to encounter the same fantastic wine list but with some amazing additions - the 1968 Boal Madeira wine is not to be missed! I was told the summer menu will be coming up shortly, around June 20, and I can't wait to sample that either. The staff, as I recall them, are really sweet, efficient and friendly. Bravi!!!

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★★★★★

A work-related project took me away from New York for a while and upon my return one of the first things I did was to have dinner at Alfama. I'm glad to have encountered a magnificent spring menu with new and creative dishes, but with the same delicious flavors as I recall them. I was also glad to encounter the same fantastic wine list but with some amazing additions - the 1968 Boal Madeira wine is not to be missed! I was told the summer menu will be coming up shortly, around June 20, and I can't wait to sample that either. The staff, as I recall them, are really sweet, efficient and friendly. Bravi!!!

Pros: Fantastic new menu, Delicious wines, Great service

Cons: n/a

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I discovered this place earlier this year and was pleasantly surprised. The food was fresh, especially the seafood. The service was iffy. This was reinforced as I recently went there with my friends. The person at the coat check was pompous, the waiter didnt know the wine list and we had to work hard to get his attention.
The food was OK - go there if you dont mind the bad service.

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★★☆☆☆

I discovered this place earlier this year and was pleasantly surprised. The food was fresh, especially the seafood. The service was iffy. This was reinforced as I recently went there with my friends. The person at the coat check was pompous, the waiter didnt know the wine list and we had to work hard to get his attention.
The food was OK - go there if you dont mind the bad service.

Pros: Seafood

Cons: Poor service

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I took my girlfriend for Valentine's day there and was received by THE rudest guy at the front desk. It was snowing because of which we were 5 mins late - this guy began REPRIMANDING us and "advised" us that "in the future, please call ahead". Thank god - there would be no next time!

Then the bread arrived *after* our appetizers (unclear whether the 2 were correlated). The food was OK - we tried the cheese platter (which was pretty good), the salt cod (too rich) and the chicken (nothing extraordinary).

Also the tables were a little too close for any sort of conversation - hardly expected from a restaurant calling itself 'romantic'. There are lots of good places in the village - take your money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my girlfriend for Valentine's day there and was received by THE rudest guy at the front desk. It was snowing because of which we were 5 mins late - this guy began REPRIMANDING us and "advised" us that "in the future, please call ahead". Thank god - there would be no next time!

Then the bread arrived *after* our appetizers (unclear whether the 2 were correlated). The food was OK - we tried the cheese platter (which was pretty good), the salt cod (too rich) and the chicken (nothing extraordinary).

Also the tables were a little too close for any sort of conversation - hardly expected from a restaurant calling itself 'romantic'. There are lots of good places in the village - take your money elsewhere.

Pros: Cheese platter

Cons: RUDE, Cramped

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I've been going to Alfama for dinner for a number of years, but had never had the opportunity to experience brunch since I live outside of the city, so it's not like I can roll out of bed and be there in just a few minutes. This past Saturday though I had to entertain some guests from out of town and we decided to get up early to try Alfama's brunch. I'm glad we did -- it was fabulous! They make a great Bloody Mary and the codfish burger they served was just delicious and what a creative, clever concept! Who knew? My friends had more traditional items like omelets and pancakes, but they had a nice Portuguese touch to them. Although it's a track for me to come into the city on Saturday morning, this brunch definitely makes it worth my while!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Alfama for dinner for a number of years, but had never had the opportunity to experience brunch since I live outside of the city, so it's not like I can roll out of bed and be there in just a few minutes. This past Saturday though I had to entertain some guests from out of town and we decided to get up early to try Alfama's brunch. I'm glad we did -- it was fabulous! They make a great Bloody Mary and the codfish burger they served was just delicious and what a creative, clever concept! Who knew? My friends had more traditional items like omelets and pancakes, but they had a nice Portuguese touch to them. Although it's a track for me to come into the city on Saturday morning, this brunch definitely makes it worth my while!

Pros: Fab Bloody Mary, Delicious brunch, Reasonable price

Cons: None

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