George Mendes

George Mendes

New York

About George Mendes

George Mendes is the chef/partner of Lupulo and Aldea. As a first-generation American born to Portuguese parents, he has fond memories of the elaborate, festive meals his family would prepare while he was growing up in Danbury, Connecticut.


  • Nominee for Best Chef: New York City
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best New Chefs
    Food & Wine
  • One Star
    Michelin Guide
  • Ten Best New Restaurants
    GQ Magazine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in NYC

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Knoll Krest farm egg with bacalhau
$$$, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Midtown
"George balances this dish brilliantly. When the salty and aggressive olive combines with the richness of the egg, simplicity meets perfection. Maintaining a balance of light and airy while leaving the substance that the salt cod deserves is an art form. It can easily be over- or under-shot."
Suckling pig
$$$, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Midtown
"I love the flavors of George Mendes’ suckling pig. He pairs it with littleneck clams, cauliflower and carrot pickles, and golden nugget potatoes. He is a talented young chef who incorporates flavors from his Portuguese heritage with French technique."