Pulperia, Latin-Themed Small Plates Restaurant Comes to 131 Essex Street
We’re learning more about a restaurant called Pulperia, which is going for a wine/beer license at Community Board 3’s February 11th SLA Committee hearing. The Latin-themed small-plates venture is being opened by Erick Caceres, who operates Oregano, a French/Iberian bistro in the Bronx and helped build Mamajuana, which started in Washington Heights.
On the application submitted to CB3, the cuisine is described as “Latin American dim sum, small plates” with pintxos and montadito (a Spanish style sandwich). A sample menu includes skewers for $3.50, including “bone marrow with smoked sea salt,” “lamb tenderloin with mustard sauce,” and “escargot with garlic and herbs.” Entrees, for two to four people, are served in hollowed out baguettes. Options include suckling pig ($40) and Argentinian style steak ($80.) According to the application, the “cocktail program will take on a very unique approach in that the creativity will rely solely on wine, beer, bitters and juices, etc., for each recipe.”
The application notes that multiple locations of Pulperia are planned around the city and that the company hopes to become a “leading food and lifestyle brand driving new areas of business in the Hospitality industry through our food and also in-house retail products sold in store and via our website.”
Caceres will be approaching CB3 at an interesting time, since a controversy surrounding another Latin-themed restaurant at 106 Rivington, shows no signs of dying down. That restaurant, unlike Pulperia, wants a full liquor license. The application for this new spot will likely not be as troublesome because the State Liquor Authority usually approves wine-only licenses. The operators of 106 Rivington have argued that there’s a lack of Latino-oriented restaurants on the Lower East Side.