Restaurant Review: La Pulperia, New York City

By Jonathan Spira on 18 September 2018
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Yorkville, a neighborhood in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is something I associated largely with German and Austrian restaurants and shops and, to a lesser extent, Hungarian ones. Austrian and German cafes and establishments shut their doors as the neighborhood changed, replaced by high-rise residential complexes.

I was therefore not surprised to find a wonderful South American restaurant, La Pulperia, on Second Avenue there.

You won’t find something called Pulperia on the menu, however. La Pulperia is named, as the menu explains, for the general stores found throughout South America. Indeed, the magnificent interior design by Andres Gomez is intended to mirror the pulperias, replete with handcrafted floor tiles from Mexico, reclaimed wood panels from Brazil on the walls, and the elegantly curated grocery store-like shelving displaying a variety of products one would expect to find in a South American general store.

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Seafood, however, is the star of the menu.

My dining companion and I arrived a few minutes early on a hot summer day after an afternoon of theater and a walk through Central Park. We needed liquid refreshment and La Pulperia didn’t disappoint.

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