By Ilija Sekulovski
Here’s how Mundo describes themselves,
“Mundo takes its inspiration from the exotic markets of the world and the comfort of homemade international dishes. Mysterious, adventurous, and decadent, savor our signature eclectic cuisine: a wholesome and sumptuous blend of Mediterranean and Latin influences.
Mundo’s culinary philosophy is to look beyond the current day geographical borders and instead appreciate the culinary and cultural richness as a whole. We believe that straight forward recipes using fresh, high quality, gourmet ingredients, coupled with caring and consistent execution is what it takes to achieve flavors that our guests will cherish and keep coming back for.
Mundo’s contemporary presentation of authentic recipes began in 2005 when owners Guillermo “Willie” Lucerofabbi and Canalp “Jon” Caner were in search for their favorite dishes across New York. To bring all these international flavors under one roof, Willie and Jon discovered Mundo [defined: “world” in Spanish or Portuguese], turning into the famed culinary adventure of Astoria. The indulgent flavors, seductive aromas, and a one-of-a-kind culinary experience has captured the recognition of Executive Chef, Gonzalo Otoya.
Mundo’s swanky spot can now be found at Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City. The grand two-level space features avant-garde designs, including a 30-foot column embraced with vintage books, an original printing machine and out-of-this-world lighting collected across the world. Charmed by the candlelit tables, vintage floors, exposed industrial ceilings and intimate corners hiding within the industrial-chic space, the vibrant setting plays host to the fabulous and the fashionable nightly, where a hip crowd gathers to soak up the convivial atmosphere and groove to the DJs at Mundo Underground. Mundo has made its mark once again, but this time, you won’t believe it until you see it.”
Before temporarily closing, Mundo was open for 7 years, and through their cuisine made lots of fans. They serve up Argentinian and Turkish cuisine – an extremely unique mix – with lots of vegetarian options in between. The menu will remain mostly the same – with a few new items.
Check them out tonight – and let us know what you think!
The Paper Factory Hotel
37-06 36th Street
Long Island City, 11101