The 80's stretch of Second Avenue-newly accessible -thanks to the Q train...(upper east side Manhattan)...doesn't lack for eateries...including the spacious La Pulperia-with its festive outdoor bulbs lighting up its entrance.
Still...that may not be enough to beckon passersby inside.
"That would be a big mistake," opined my dining companion-a confirmed gourmet foodie...who's earlier in the week -had lunch at the fancier Jean George-deeming it "meh."
What had both of us gushing about every itty bitty morsel of food...was Chef Carlos Burroz's winning ways with sustainable seafood, inventive pairings of textures and spices...and welcoming service-with a no rush, aim to please MO.
On a recent mid week night-his casual"rustic' spot-with a back dining room -simply decorated with typical south of the border touches-wide dark wood plank and black-white tiled (handmade, Mexico) floors, wooden grocery shelves proffering small goods (hence the name)...was filled with local couples (regulars)-relishing the specialty cocktails made with Pisco (Peruvian) and a top shelf tequila (there are CHOICES-mezcals too -Mexico), a pack of office workers dropping by and loading up on starters and sangria, and gal pals sipping Rosé wines -with its refreshing fruity acidic tastes- pairing well with the menu selections.
|yes-that grilled Broccoli Rabe was good...seasoned with a bit of heat-flecked red peppers|
|Fresh made crepe-caramel sauce-fresh berries and a creamy gelato like ice cream-mango -passion fruit flavored.|
|Also crazy good...a scoop of gold flecked rich chocolate mousse-which has a thicker more ice creamy texture than airy French version-with aromatic soothing vanilla ice cream and a bursting fresh berry-chocolate chunk 'salad' side.|
Details: La Pulperia: 1626 Second Avenue btw 84th/85th Streets, Lunch (M-Fri 12-4PM), Dinner (M-Th, Sun 4-11PM, Fri-Sat 4-12AM), Brunch (Sat, Sun 11AM-4PM) and Happy Hour Sunday-Friday 4-7PM, all day Monday,
Other fun stuff-Brazilian Jazz on Monday night (7PM). On demand cooking/signature cocktail making classes,
FYI: There are two other La Pulperia locations (Theater District-371 West 46th Street -Btw 8/9th Avenues , Midtown East-151 East 57th Street)...plus offsite catering and festive party rooms are available.