Spanish Market-Bar ‘Pulperia’ Now Open at 131 Essex Street

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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Remodeling on the ground level of 131 Essex Street lasted over a year, but the fruits of that labor have finally ripened. In other words, that Spanish market-cafe-bar amalgamation we previously told you aboutPulperia – is now fully operational. The interior was pretty much completed by August, while the facade was painted with branded artwork. None of which was obscured by any window paper or the like. Nevertheless, the newcomer sat vacant. Probably waiting for its beer-wine license to activate at the SLA. Well, that happened last week, so the switch was flipped Friday evening.

The Pulperia menu offers small dishes (not tapas) consisting of “Pintxos” and “Montaditos” for $3.50 to $4.00. But the space doubles as both cafe and grocery for items such as “exotic” canned goods, charcuterie (prepared meats), cheeses, and by-the-pound sundries. Harlem restaurateur Erick Caceres and partner Emanuel Pena are the brains behind the operation.

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Here’s more description from the Pulperia Twitter handle: “The Pulperos Erick Caceres and Emanuel Pena invite you to embark on a journey through the rural areas of old Latin America and Spain.”

And one more Hell Square storefront is now a nightspot. What do you think of this addition?

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