Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/29/2015
Photo: Anna Webber
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835 Sixth Ave., 212-290-7600, Chelsea, Manhattan
Unbelievably tender octopus, fragile yet crisp salt cod croquettes and ember-charred, super-moist organic chicken with piri-piri pepper sauce await diners at Lupulo, a Portuguese gem. George Mendes, whose nearby restaurant Aldea is Michelin starred, further explores his heritage at this soaring, urbane Chelsea tavern with a horseshoe bar as its centerpiece. To match the food is a compelling list of local and Portuguese beers, wonderful Portuguese wines and generous cocktails. Baked items also make a strong showing, from a basket of irresistible bread with a pool of grassy olive oil to pastéis de nata, classic, fluffy custard tarts with whiffs of butter and cinnamon. Only a few reservations are accepted each night, making it easier for people to spontaneously stroll in and find a seat.