The perfect spot for a business lunch, drinks after work, or a weekend brunch with friends, La Pulperia Midtown serves rustic Latin cuisine with a contemporary twist. The restaurant, which only opened last year, is located between Lexington and 3rd Ave on 57th Street, and serves dinner all week, as well as lunch Monday-Friday and weekend brunch. Co-owned by Victor Medina and Head Chef Carlos Barroz, La Pulperia Midtown has two sister restaurants located in Hell’s Kitchen and on the Upper East Side.
The menu comprises of several fresh seafood dishes, accentuated by select meat and vegetarian options. Inviting as well as adventurous, Chef Barroz brings simple yet refined cuisine with traditional culinary influences from places like Italy and Spain and has received an Open Table Diner’s Choice Award. Guests are also welcome to Happy Hour all day Monday, and Tuesday-Friday & Sunday, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. During weekends, diners can enjoy a Latin twist to a classic brunch including unlimited brunch cocktails between 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.
Signature menu items include Las Tablas, which allow patrons to choose from a variety of grilled proteins such as their famous Pulpo (grilled octopus), and are accompanied by five seasonal “cazuelitas”, a tasting of traditional side dishes such as Eggplant Chambota, Russian Potato Salad and Celery Root Gratin; Pacu Fish Ribs, a rarity in New York, are made with a grilled Brazilian Pacu – a wild and sustainable fresh water fish – and served with an orange chipotle BBQ sauce and coconut rice; and Moqueca Mixta which includes a mix of fresh squid, shrimp, mussels, white fish, scallops, soy beans, Spanish chorizo, bacalao and green coconut rice in dende oil. The Warm Farro Salad with parsnips, beets, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and butternut squash, tossed in orange maple vinaigrette, is an excellent lunchtime choice.
La Pulperia Midtown’s interiors were designed by Andres Gomez (Red Rooster, Whitehall, SoCo) and mirror 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. The modern yet classic feel makes this popular eatery a perfect location for private events and celebrations. The restaurant comfortably seats 75 diners on the first floor and 30 on the private mezzanine.