La Pulperia opened in Hell’s Kitchen in March of 2021 to provide diners fun, innovative Latin American cuisine and cocktails, showcasing renditions of familiar dishes infused with cross-cultural flair. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Miguel Molina, who prides himself on his creativity reimagining dishes from Latin and South American countries like Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico, to create and plate dishes that are totally unique.
Chef Miguel hails from Guerrero, Mexico, where he worked at his parents’ small family-run restaurant, helping his mother and father in front and back of house, learning every facet of the industry. He arrived in New York in 1996 and worked in French and Italian restaurants throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, finding a knack for composing seafood dishes and mixing ingredients. He arrives at La Pulperia each morning at 9 a.m.,preparing for the day and testing new dishes to music, getting into his groove. The menu features classic Latin dishes re-imagined and intricately plated showstoppers, which mirror performances on Broadway located just a few blocks away.
Starters highlight: Tuna con Tomate, pan seared tuna sliced and served in a salsa made of grated heirloom tomato, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, chives, and aleppo peppers, served with toast; and Croquetas de Bacalao, filled with tender salted cod and served with citrus aioli.
Raw Bar selections include: Hamachi Tostada, yellowtail tuna over smoked sun-dried tomato tapenade, avocado, jalapeños, and radishes, topped with crispy fried leeks and a dusting of ancho chile powder; and Ceviche Mixto, a twist on classic ceviche that bears resemblance to a cocktail made with shrimp, white fish, squid, jalapeño, red onions, cilantro, and avocado, creating flavor combinations that hit the palate in waves.
Chef Miguel’s creative entrees showcase: Moqueca Mixta, a twist on the national dish of Brazil made with squid, langoustine, mussels, white fish, scallops, clams, cod, and Spanish chorizo in a dandelion-based broth, topped with green coconut-cilantro rice; Argentinian Parrillada for two that includes a New York strip sirloin, skirt steak, short ribs, chicken, chorizo, morcilla, salsa criolla, papas a la provençal, and a green salad, served with chimichurri; Octopus Paella, with Bomba rice, sofrito, saffron, fish fumet, white fish, shrimp, squid, and piquillo pepper aioli; and Vegan Roasted Cauliflower, with sunflower seeds, afilia crees salad, crispy red quinoa, and smoked piquilllo pepper romesco sauce.
Desserts include Volcano Chocolate, a chocolate lava cake in dulce de leche, topped with orange mascarpone cream; and Churros, served warm with dulce de leche.
The Beverage Program was created by Daniel Villanueva, who began his career at Cuba in the West Village. The cocktail menu is composed of classic cocktails redesigned with South American spirits like: Parcero Old Fashioned, Colombian Rum Viejo de Caldas Juan de la Cruz, Amaro, simple syrup, and chocolate bitters, smoked in a decanter, and poured into a smoke-filled rocks glass; Del Callao, Pisco, hibiscus, passion fruit, Chile Morita Syrup, and lime juice; and The Mean Julep, whiskey, fresh lime juice, Chile Morita Syrup, and Mint, garnished with 24 karat gold flakes. Also included in the beverage program are red and white Sangrias and Sparkling Wine, served to guests in an oversized wine glass.
La Pulperia’s interior was designed by Andres Gomez and follows a nautical theme to match the restaurant’s seafood-leaning menu with hooks hanging from the ceiling. The interior is anchored by a large marble bar and lined with exposed brick. The back wall is overlapped with different shapes and sizes of framed mirrors to evoke a vintage rustic look. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the far side of the restaurant give diners a clear view of the streets. La Pulperia
Hidden at the rear of the restaurant is Nxt Room, an intimate soon-to-be-launched cocktail bar.