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Manhattan: La Pulperia371 W. 46th Street , Phone: (212) 956-3055
Reviewed by: Casole from MA, review #4119
A unique dining experience, both food and drink!
Directions: at 9th Avenue
I don't usually write restaurant reviews, with Yelp and TripAdvisor there are so many out there. However this restaurant deserves another accolade.
We were seated quickly for our 7:00 reservation. Very small so you definitely need a reservation. It took a bit to get our menus, we weren't in a rush. A waiter brought it over and apologized, he said that happens too much, he was very apologetic, and it seems that they are truly paying attention to any mentions of this in reviews.
Drinks: OH MY! Like others have mentioned the drinks are simply so unique. I would call the bartender a mixologist. Both of our drinks had passion fruit and you could really taste it. Mine had a little foam which stayed put through my entire sipping of it. As did the sprinkle of cinnamon, so I could smell it with every sip but it was not overpowering.
We ordered and Victor (everyone's best friend LOL!) came over and said we did a great job of ordering, but he had one problem. Huh? We didn't order the salmon brulee. The empanadas are good he said, but you really need to try the salmon brulee, and if you don't like it then I will bring your empanadas. He was so passionate about this, we said "OK!" and thank goodness we did!!
OH MY GOD. I am a little sad because I will never taste this again, unless I go back! I am usually very hesitant of tartare I don't eat it generally. This was amazing. It actually tasted like a brulee, the crunch, the sweetness combined with the salmon which was outstanding and did not have that "raw fish" taste that scares me!
ENTREES: My husband had the sangria braised short ribs, so tender and flavorful and I had the fish ribs with coconut rice. AGAIN, I am sad! I will never have this again unless I go back! The fish ribs were unlike anything I've ever eaten. Very meaty, when I saw the rib casing of the bones I said oh my God a river monster fish! The glaze was delicious (orange chipotle bbq).
DESSERT: We let Victor pick for us, since he hit such a home run with the salmon! We had a plate of mini cookies with salted caramel in the middle served with a Peruvian fruit ice cream I wish I knew the name of the fruit! It was soooo good! Along with coffees with brandy.
The waiter who had brought our menus got my coat for me and put it on for me and apologized again for the initial tiny delay. NO NEED, the food speaks for itself., as do the drinks, and most importantly the caring, passion and ZEST of all who work here. But again it showed the level of care and concern and for that La Pulperia get extra points from me!
Again, I am sad! I was describing the meal to my dad and he said "so we can't get that here" and I said...right. :(
Had we not been so full and satisfied from this amazing dinner we would have gone back for brunch the next day! Price for two was $137.00 before tip.
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