“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.”
“hard to find, family owned, wonderful atmosphere, with great food, Aleo takes the cake!”
“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.”
“At the start of the meal we had good service but the room quickly filled up and the service worsened as a result (sloooow dinner service, mixed up dishes, empty water glasses, no one checking in to see if we were alright.)”
“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.”
“great place for smaller appetites.”
“(other mother's day plan had to be canceled ) due to slow service and the fiasco.”
“the waitstaff is pleasant and helpful, the bartender is a kind, warm person and the manager was extremely generous.”
“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 ”
Do yourself a favor -- skip this one.
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 that except to say if there's a party going on at this place, you can forget about getting any kind of service! The owner's attention is always focused on the party (bec they are paying more money, of course!)
He ignored other guest requests and complaints. He's all bout the dough.
My girlfriend had the veal and it was served dry and cold! Went here becuase of a good review about the veal and didnt realize till too late that the review was from a year ago! Fast forward to present day, this place and the food sucks! Oh and went here also because opentable had bonus points. Beware, that is a trap. They can't get people in the door so they're luring you with points and deals . This is not a good Italian Resto in the Chelsea/Gramercy area. There are waaaay better ones.
Had a WONDERFUL TIME. 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 special VEAL CHOP that was off the hook good. My girlfriend had a plate of pasta that was amazing. The server was a terrific young man who was so sincere that he would not let us buy a more expensive bottle of wine , instead he directed us to a less expensive better wine, and then gave us complimentary cordials at the end. ALEO we will be back.
Very dirty,roaches all over the place!!!.
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 booze)The appetizers came 45 minutes late,the waiters were hanging around and having more shots,includind the waitress,never checked on us,and under the plate was a roach crawling,i almost threw up...
Next table to us,had at list 3 roaches crawling between the silverware,the floor was so sticky,i think the water never touched that floor,since the restaurant was open!
Stay away from this place,very very dirty,smelly,food ok,but i better go to pizzeria,not worth the money,but we got the roaches as a bonus!!
************THE ABOVE COMMENT is obviously from a terminated employee or vendor no longer being used by ALEO. The owner of ALEO,a former US Marine Captain,stood many inspections & keeps ALEO clean & respectable.How do people (actually) have time in their day & negative nature in their sole, to FABRICATE COMMENTS LIKE THE ONE ABOVE, especially when there are family people employed at ALEO supporting families.** WHO GETS TO REVIEW THE PERSON MAKING THE ABOVE COMMENTS AT THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT?
Nice Spot...Great Food. 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!
Good too know they can take care of a large crowd, thanks!
Great Italian. Good location for a great meal, intimate and good for a date, cannot loose with any of the menu items......
Great for special occassions. 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!
Great Food, Great Service.
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!
Great with a date. 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.
Great find.. 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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