Almost a year after he left Boqueria, Seamus Mullen is returning to the New York dining scene with his very own restaurant, Tertulia.
Diner’s Journal reports that the restaurant draws inspiration from the cider bars of Asturias, a principality in northern Spain. Its Spanish menu will feature “a lot of seafood, a lot of simple preparations,” according to the chef, as a wood-fired grill and cider on tap.
Tertulia (the name refers to an artistic literary salon) will be located at 359 Sixth Avenue. The space previously housed La Palapa Rockola, a restaurant that, according to Chow, served “massive portions of so-so Mexican” food.
Mullen is also working on Hero Food, a cookbook addressing the connection between food and health; it’s scheduled for publication in 2012. That’s on top of the cookbook he told us he was working on last year, which has a “large focus on Spanish food.” It’s due this August, which means that, all things considered, Mullen has a busy summer ahead of him.