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14 Great Lunches in the Flatiron District

The Flatiron District, named after its iconic wedge-shaped building, is always bustling, especially around lunch. But finding an especially good one in this busy office neighborhood can be more of a challenge than you'd think. With that in mind, we've compiled 14 of our favorite lunches in the area: budget-friendly sandwiches, filling noodle bowls, and some nicer sitdowns. More

NYC FoodFlood: Chefs Bring Their Dishes to NYC's Hardest Hit

"All of us wanted to do something, to give back, to help and feed people hit the hardest," George Mendes of ALDEA explains. "We thoughts about cooking and donating the proceeds to charity, but then we realized we wanted to take it one step further—to take those funds, rent a truck, and feed those in need." In the days and weeks following a fundraiser dinner, NYC chefs plan to rent a food truck and take turns driving to the hardest hit parts of the outer boroughs to cook hot food for the people who need it most. More

We Chat With: George Mendes of Aldea

"My friends were having pizza and I had to go home to eat cod. Little did I know I would revisit those ingredients in my later years as a chef." Aldea's Portuguese chef George Mendes chats with us about his journey from the child of poor immigrants to a celebrated Manhattan chef, and what flavors he picked up along the way. More

A Modernist Meal at ALDEA with Aki Kamozowa & H. Alexander Talbot of Ideas in Food

Last night ALDEA hosted the latest dinner in their guest chef series featuring the recipes and techniques of Aki Kamozawa & H. Alexander Talbot, the pair behind the modernist cooking blog (and book) Ideas in Food. The innovative menu was a fantastic display of restrained modern techniques and unexpected flavor pairings that came together in uniquely delicious ways. More

7 Autumn Cocktail Recipes from Aldea in NYC

Bar manager Brian Block has been in residence at Aldea for roughly two years, and the drinks menu highlights his finesse, featuring innovative flavor combinations and thoughtful updates on the classics. Block recently introduced a new fall cocktail menu that features a slew of perfectly autumnal drinks. Here's a look at a few of the fall-friendly offerings that you can sip at Aldea or make at home. More

Ximinez Martinez

Instead of using sweet vermouth in this variation of the Martinez, a combination of Manzanilla and Pedro Ximenez sherry maintains a comparable level of sweetness when mixed with maraschino liqueur. A subtle orange flavor brightens this savory fall cocktail from Aldea in NYC. More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Aldea

Aldea 31 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011; map); 212-675-7223; aldearestaurant.com Service: Precise and familiar Setting: Sleek modern room perfectly reflects the innovative and contemporary cooking. Compare to: Momofuku Ssam, Tocqueville, Casa Mono Cost:3 courses, $24.10 George Mendes... More

Finding Pulque, the Ancient Mexican Drink, in Williamsburg

Pulque is made from fermented maguey nectar (maguey is a species of agave). You may recognize it from an episode of No Reservations when Anthony Bourdain tried it in Mexico—or you've spotted it next to Coors Light at a Williamsburg market. Younger people are rediscovering the drink that had fallen into grandpa domain over the last half-century. More

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