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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Aloe

406 E. Ninth St. (Avenue A) Send to Phone
212-358-8400
East Village spot offering an eclectic, something-for-everyone menu.

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Open
Dinner Mon.-Sat.
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  • Dress code: Casual

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Aloe Restaurant Review

: Aloe bills its menu as a “little bit of everything,” and while there are enough options to please just about anyone, the food here might benefit from a little focus. Head downstairs to the basement dining room and you’ll see wine bottles lining the walls and funky light fixtures above polished wood tables. The “sticky sweet” calamari plays with Asian spices and marinated slices of hanger steak are accompanied by cheese-filled tater tots. The best dishes come when the kitchen gets clever: crispy duck breast atop waffles with maple syrup---a haute take on the popular chicken and waffles phenomenon---or fragrant Kona kampachi wrapped in a banana leaf with plum saké jelly. Alas, there are a few misfires, like bland spaghetti with fava beans and a tepid duck salad with goat cheese and toasted sunflower seeds. Dessert, though, is a coup de grace: “do’boys” are doughy little balls with mascarpone ice cream and chocolate sauce. Delicate they are not, but they are certainly irresistible.
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