Chef George Mendes is best known for bringing perfectly plated Portuguese to New York in the form of Michelin-starred counter Aldea. But the hunky young pan-handler is now proving that his grill skills are just as impressive when it comes to turning out faff-free comfort-driven fare.
With indigo tiled walls, worn wooden floors and rustic rope dividers, Mendes’ already-mobbed Chelsea offering, Lupulo, is inspired by the cervejarias of Lisbon. And so, like any of the good drinking dens of Barrio Alto, this diner sports an enormous U-shaped bar stocked with a standout selection of craft draughts, ranging from Brooklyn’s own Just Add Water pale ale to German Mary pilsner to Sagres lager.
Sweet sorts will be down in the mouth, as there is nary a custard tart in sight at this is strictly savoury sup spot, but the dishes do keep coming till the wee hours, with a dedicated late-night bites menu touting double beef burgers and daily oysters. Vamos lá!
835 6th Ave / Chelsea / +1 212 290 7600 / lunch Mon-Fri, dinner & bar daily / lupulonyc.com