Nov 292017
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If you follow me over on Instagram, you probably already know that I spent a long weekend in New York City last weekend. We spent three jam-packed days in the city, but managed to find some time to stop into La Pulperia, a restaurant featuring rustic Latin cuisine on the Upper East Side for lunch. Chris and I spent that morning at the Museum of Natural History and really worked up an appetite by the time lunch-time rolled around.

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu at La Pulperia - it's the perfect combination for meeting up with friends, a date or a family dinner.

We were both immediately impressed by the atmosphere of La Pulperia when we walked in. It has a really cool vibe, but at the same time we felt like we had just walked into a really upscale restaurant. The decor in La Pulperia was spot on with handcrafted floor tiles from Mexico, reclaimed wood from Brazil on the ceiling and walls and gorgeous bar with shelves and shelves filled with bottles of liquor. Not to mention the great Latin music that was playing in the background.

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu at La Pulperia - it's the perfect combination for meeting up with friends, a date or a family dinner.

We were greeted and seated as soon as we walked in the door and were both impressed by the reasonable prices on the menu once we sat down and started to look at what they had to offer. The menu itself was simple, but we each saw several things we wanted to try.

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu at La Pulperia - it's the perfect combination for meeting up with friends, a date or a family dinner.

For starters, we got some Empanadas. Two were De Carne, which were filled with Argentinean style ground beef, hard boiled eggs, hydrated golden raisins, cumin and chimichurri. The other two were Ranchera Empenadas and they were filled with braised pork, black beans, cotija cheese, chipotle peppers, roasted corn and cilantro.  So good and the dipping sauce totally made them!

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu at La Pulperia - it's the perfect combination for meeting up with friends, a date or a family dinner.

For the main, I got the Fried Chicken Sandwich, which was topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, fried egg, mozzarella cheese and chipotle mayo.  It was SO BIG and mighty tasty.

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu at La Pulperia - it's the perfect combination for meeting up with friends, a date or a family dinner.

Chris got the Black Pepper Spaghetti Bolognese, which was handmade pasta, ground meats, onions, celery, carrots and topped with tomato sauce.  Let’s just say that he was a member of the clean plate club that day! He loved it.

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu at La Pulperia - it's the perfect combination for meeting up with friends, a date or a family dinner.

La Pulperia also has some really great cocktails and drinks available on their menu.  Since we were just in for a quick lunch and had a show to get to, we didn’t try any, but I definitely want to get back there the next time I’m in Manhattan so I can try some.

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu – it all made for a perfect combination for our lunch-time visit last week. La Pulperia is a great spot to meet up with friends after work, a date or dinner with the family.  I am looking forward to going back the next time I am in the area.

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  52 Responses to “La Pulperia: Great Eats on the Upper East Side”

  1. AHHH! I need some La Pulperia in my life. That is going on my list of must visit restaurants for the next time we’re up that way. OM nom nom.

  2. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love good food! I love your review on La Pulperia. Looks like a great place to eat.

  3. Isn’t New York City the greatest?! This place looks like it has some really tasty food. The menu sounds great.

  4. This meal looks INCREDIBLE! New York is one of my favourite cities in the world.

  5. I miss NYC so much. I lived there while in school. This food looks delicious. I hope to be back in Manhattan someday soon so I can give it a try!

  6. Your reviews are always awesome! I feel like I’m eating there right with you!

  7. Certainly looks like La Pulperia has some great options on the Upper East Side. Delicious options and sounds like a wonderful place to grab a bite to eat.

  8. Your chicken sandwich looks delicious! There are so many cool places to eat in NYC.

  9. YUMMY!!! You had me at eat. I am always in the mood to eat when traveling to new places. I love to ask locals and see what they suggest.

  10. Ahh My mouth was watering looking at all those pictures of delicious food. If eating food/trying new food was a sport, I’d be athlete of the year!

  11. Wow! My husband and I could spend an entire day eating here! Everything looks amazing! I will have to keep this in mind the next time I am in the city.

  12. What a great lunch! Everything looks super scrumptious and the restaurant style seems fun too.

  13. OK, now I am super hungry! That chicken sandwich with the egg on top would be what I would have ordered!

  14. Oh wow. I haven’t had empanadas in like forever! I wish I lived closer to New York! Do they have branches in other places? The pasta dish your husband ordered is so mouth watering! And that fried chicken sandwich is ginormous!

  15. I love empanadas! All of the food here from Pulperia looks delicious. I would love to eat there.

  16. I love neighborhood joints like this one. I am also a fan of a perfectly cooked egg on a sandwich. Yummo.

  17. La Pulperia looks like the place to dine! Everything looks and sounds so delish!

  18. You have good taste in places to eat! I love their empanadas! It’s definitely a must stop at place if you’re in the city!

  19. Oh I need to keep this in mind for the next time I am in NYC. The menu and your food pics look delicious.

  20. That sounds like a really nice restaurant. We’re always making notes of neat places like this to eat.

  21. Ohhhhhh wow, the food looks SO good. I love awesome spots like this!

  22. That’s such a good list. I miss living in NYC! It’s definitely one of my most favorite places in the world especially when it comes to finding a good restaurant.

  23. I would love to travel to NYC just to try this restaurant! It’s been months since I was last there! There are so many things to love about NYC and one of those things is their food.

  24. Never heard of this place before but that sounds like a great place to visit. I’d love to try their Fried Chicken Sandwich, looks delish.

  25. I have been wanting to visit NYC. I have never been and it looks so pretty this time of the year. Maybe next year I can get up that way and check out all the amazing looking food!

  26. This does sound like a fabulous place to eat. I’m hungry now. I would SO get that spaghetti. Carbs are my friends. I miss NYC. I was there YEARS ago and I need to get back there.

  27. this makes me so hungry! I would love to visit NYC, it’s on my bucket list!

  28. Love the look of this place. Everything looks so delicious from the starters to the main course. It is always great to find a place you enjoy going too.

  29. What a delicious meal. I will have to check this place out!

  30. Everything that you post on here when it comes to places that you eat makes me jealous that I don’t live closer to you. This looks delicious I would definitely try it.

  31. GAH! All that food looks so good. I love trying new places like this. The empanadas look delicious.

  32. Oh yum! NYC has so many amazing food spots, anytime we drive down we hunt out new spots, I’ll have to remember this one!

  33. Everything looks so delicious. I like restaurants that keep it simple and don’t overwhelm with a menu that looks like a novel.

  34. I’m heading to NYC on Monday so I’ll definitely have to check out La Pulperia while I’m there. One of my favorite things to so while I’m in NYC is try out new restaurants.

  35. If you’re a foodie, New York City is a must! The Upper East Side has some great choices.

  36. That bolognese looks so good. I love finding great new places to eat. So many in the city.

  37. I am very familiar with the UWS of Manhattan but not the Upper East Side. This sounds like a fabulous restaurant. I would love to check it out in person!

  38. Those portions look really large! I love it when I find good food with generous portions, it’s really a good value and also makes you want to return.

  39. Those Ranchero Empanadas look absolutely amazing! Latin food is my favorite so I know that I would love this place!

  40. It sounds like a wonderful place. Man, that fried chicken sandwich looked big, the fried egg on sandwiches seems to be a new thing a lot of restaurants are experimenting with. I might have to give that a try sometime.

  41. This food looks amazing. I would love to go to La Pulperia and try the food. I will have to check it out the next time I am in the area.

  42. These are some really good eats. The pasta especially looks really tempting. Loved the ambience of The Pulperia.

  43. Wow both of those dishes look great and are making me super hungry!

  44. Super place to eat. Good food and great atmosphere. I know you enjoyed every minute.

  45. I have a trip planned to NYC in January so I’m going to add La Pulperia to my list of must eat at places. I love trying out restaurants people have recommended.

  46. This food looks amazing when I plan my trip for NYC I just might add this to the list.

  47. Oh, I love a good restaurant. New York has the best food and this place looks delicious. Any place that adds eggs to burgers and sandwiches is a winner in my book!

  48. This all looks so so good! It seems like a great spot for date night with my husband.

  49. This looks like a great restaurant. One of these days I need to get back to NYC and check it out with my husband.

  50. Oh wow! The food has me drooling! I would have ordered the Fried Chicken Sandwich too! Never had it with an egg before though.

  51. That Spaghetti Bolognese looks delicious and satisfying.. you will never go wrong with handmade pasta. It’s the best!