Since the Second Avenue subway extension officially opened tracks on the Upper East Side, the neighborhood has been opening up doors to dozens of new establishments. The sea of new restaurants can be a bit overwhelming in numbers and underwhelming in delivery. But there is one venue that has stood the test of time and continues to stand out as a knockout in the area. La Pulperia opened in September 2014 and the years have been sweet to this hot spot restaurant.
Chef/Owner Carlos Barroz and Victor Medina have created a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life by establishing an enchanting eatery featuring rustic Latin cuisine from countries of Latin America with European influences from places like Italy and Spain.
The moment you walk in the doors you feel like you are on dream vacation. On a Monday night you will find guests from the bar to the tables swaying to the sweet Brazilian Jazz being performed live in the front parlor. Lights sparkle and romantic candlelight reflects deeply around the magical room. Servers attend you with delightful smiles and happily bring a positive vibe to the venue. It is a story book tale that mirrors the authentic pulperias of South America, with handcrafted floor tiles from Mexico, reclaimed wood from Brazil on the ceiling and walls, and abundant shelving displaying top shelf liquor, fresh produce, and wine.
When it comes to the food from start to finish there is originality in presentation and creativity in display. Appetizer dishes are truly a work of art. The restaurant is famous for their Lobster & Baked Egg in the neighborhood and for good reason. Fresh Maine Lobster, frame baked egg, herbs, crema de blue cheese, fresh cream come to your table hot along with truffled scented toasted bread. Every bite is warm and sweet with perfection.
There is an incredible raw bar that features a variety of samplings including cerviches and an amazing El Salmon Brulee with verlasso salmon tartar, fromage brulee gently covered with strawberry and ginger leche de tigre and micro bull blood greens. In, fact it is the conceptual idea of blending so many beautiful elements together on the dishes are what make La Pulperia a sort of museum of cuisine. This is not just a place to hang out. This is a venue to discover and take part in the richness of divine culinary expertise that is created from a place of passion.
You can tell the owners took their heart and soul and gave it to make the restaurant work. Staff appreciates it as much as attendees when they bring out fascinating wonders to your table such as the Brazilian delicacy Pacu Fish Ribs, and carefully crafted margaritas enriched with sweet fruits from around the globe.
On any given night you will be touched with this magic. Get ready for a great journey and a great meal at La Pulperia.
The restaurant is located at 1626 Second Avenue. Weekend brunch, lunch and dinner are served. Also featured are popular happy hours. For more information and to book reservations today please visit here.