In May 2009, Chef George Mendes opens Aldea in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood. Named after the Spanish word for village, the restaurant’s menu is inspired by the Iberian Peninsula and Mendes’ heritage. The chef adds a modern, seasonal approach to create a menu perfectly balanced between rusticity and refinement. His menu includes a variety of shellfish, various preparations of salt-cod, or bacalao, rice dishes and Iberian-cured hams. Aldea's interior tells a story of the inherent beauty of the countryside of the Iberian Coast and places it within a modern elegant stage. Images of Water, Air, Wind, Clouds, Sky and Earth, Stone, Wood inspire the gestures of the journey through the sequence of unique spaces.