LUPULO: George Mendes’ new Portuguese spot

LUPULO: George Mendes’ new Portuguese spot

lupulo review

Dear Food Diary,
Starting a new look for restaurants reviews this week. Integrating Instagram (my new obsession) and honestly a quicker way for me catch up on all my posts without losing on the foodporn aspect of it all for you guys.

First review in this style is Lupulo in Midtown West. Been a big fan of George Mendes. For his new spot, think coastal, fun vibes. Great food and beers.



These are what shrimp dreams are made of. Umami filled from head to tail. At $13 each, the babies are definitely a treat. Worth every darn penny.  We went specially for the carabineros!

Flown in from the coast of Spain, my first experience was in Madrid (which were better than these) but I’m just so glad to taste it again in NYC and in Lupulo. With so much flavor, you really don’t need much on it. Simple grilled, olive oil, salt and pepper do the job just fine.

The head is the best part! All the roe and juices flowing out. Sucking on it isn’t pretty, but it must be done. No apologies necessary.



Charred Cucumber and Razor Clam Salad
Very refreshing and mild. Great for a hot summer day. Herbs and citrus bloomed in each bite. But there were very little razor clams (maybe just one or two chopped). Wish there were more to make it a bit more substantial.



Salt Cod Casserole
Layers of salt cod, potato, olive and eggs. Simple but so comforting. Felt like being in a mom’s kitchen. The portion was huge for 2, we brought left overs home and added a runny egg the next day.



Summer Squash and Mint
The coconut milk gave it an almost green curry feel. Fermented bell peppers adding some saltiness. Great side dish.


Overall, StalkerHubby and I had a great semi “light” dinner. We can’t wait to go back for more.
835 Avenue of the Americas

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