Welcome to Tertulia, Chef Seamus Mullen’s award-winning Spanish restaurant in NYC, which brings together the spirit of the tertulia with a menu that celebrates Spain’s exquisite products and flavors. After exploring the region of Asturias in northern Spain, Chef Mullen discovered the singular charm of the sidreria, or the local cider house. There is a distinct energy created by the waiters pouring cider from high above their heads, the buzz of guests around the bar, and the simple, delicious food coming out of the kitchen.
Chef Mullen’s first solo project, Tertulia offers a menu that honors Spain through his distinct approach. From a variety of tostas to sartenes (small, grilled sharing dishes), to tapas and larger platos familiares, it’s the ingredients which are the real stars. This is, at its essence, what they refer to in Spain as cocina de producto.
Tertulia opened in 2011 to rave reviews of Chef Mullen’s cooking. Adam Platt of New York Magazine said, “At Tertulia, [Chef Mullen] finally has a restaurant to call his own, and the result is a rich, deceptively sophisticated menu which does for tapas-style Spanish cuisine what Batali did for Italian pastas and April Bloomfield did for English pub food.” Sam Sifton of The New York Times declared that “[Chef Mullen] is cooking now at the very top of his game.”