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Oct 31, 2016

Mundo News – Restaurant Sale and New Menu

Mundo has been sold to The Paper Factory Hotel, and now they have a new chef and new menus.

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We’ve got some news about Mundo, the beloved Astoria restaurant that reopened in The Paper Factory Hotel after years of being closed. WHA staff has lots of good memories of the original Mundo on 32nd Street off of Broadway, and we’ve had some great meals in the new Mundo, so this place is close to our hearts. Now Mundo has taken another new step forward and has been sold to The Paper Factory Hotel.

The sale happened a couple of months ago and the split was amicable, so no worries there. According to the Hotel’s PR department, the hotel’s customer base grew and grew and the whole thing became more than simply a restaurant; it seems that it became a food and entertainment destination. Mundo’s original owners, Willy and Jon, decided to pursue new things, and we wish them all the best—and we hope the current management of Mundo continues to enjoy lots of success.

One of the changes that has come about from the sale, is that Mundo now has a new chef, Leo Bustamante. And with a new chef often comes a new menu, and that is definitely the case here. But first about Chef Bustamante, who is a Queens native. He has a solid resume, starting off his career at The French Culinary Institute (AKA International Culinary Center), and went on to work with Top Chef winners Hung Hyunh at Ajna Bar and Chef Floyd Cardoz at North End Grill; Chef Brian Bistrong at Braeburn; and Chef John Karangis at Union Square Events under Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

You may also know him as co-owner and operator of Afishonado at the LIC Flea and Food. He’s worked as a private chef, and was Executive Sous Chef at Restaurant Associates before arriving at Mundo.

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Photo credit: Mundo NY

As for the new menu, here are some of the things you can look forward to, many of which have strong Latin influences:

  • Vegetable Brodo with kale, parsnip, cannellini beans, roasted tomato, squash and ‘snip chips
  • Cauli & Cream with roasted, grilled and charred cauliflower with shallot confit
  • Butternut Squash Steak with quinoa, red onion, aji dulce pepper, papa morada (Andean purple potatoes) and huacatay sauce (yellow aji pepper)
  • The Factory Burger, an 8 oz. certified Angus beef with pico de gallo, arugula, grilled haloumi, feta and spicy aioli on a toasted brioche served with hand cut fries.
  • Goat Cheese Frittata with kale, roasted tomato, field greens salad and toast (brunch)
  • Artichoke Barigoule with cannellini beans, roasted carrots, rosemary, shaved radish and grilled country bread (brunch)
  • Dark Rum French Toast with marbled challah bread, caramelized bananas and nutella sauce (brunch)

Look for some quality cocktails to accompany it all, including special brunch cocktails on the weekends. Happy hour will take place Monday through Friday, 4-7pm, with $4 beers and $5 house selected drinks and wines.

We look forward to checking out the new Mundo. Good luck to all involved!

Mundo (37-06 36th Street. 718-706-8636)
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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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