Mercado Little Spain in NYC to Officially Open on March 14th
The ambitious food hall, a project by José Andrés and the Adrià brothers, aims to offer a more modern spin on the markets found in Spain.
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Tapas are one of the most iconic ways to eat in Spain – small plates shared with friends and family. @chefjoseandres says: “Tapas are at the same time a simple way of eating and an entire way of life...they are a commitment to being together, sharing dishes, and sharing an experience.” #MercadoLittleSpain #HolaNewYork #TheSpanishAreComing
Mercado Little Spain, the eagerly anticipated food hall being put together by José Andrés and the Adrià brothers is celebrating its grand opening pre-party on March 14th at 10 Hudson Yards in New York City. The official grand opening will be held later that evening for the general public. This project will be an “all-day destination for the very best of Spanish food, drink, and culture".
It is inspired in the food halls and markets in Spain, but it will offer a more modern interpretation of those experiences. It will span more than 35,000 square feet and will have both indoor and outdoor seating. From tapas and churros to Ibérico ham and pintxos, Spanish flavors will take center stage in this incredibly ambitious project.
This is the Adrià brothers’ first venture in the US and Andrés’ first in New York. He said, according to foodandwine.com, “I’ve dreamed of opening in New York since I first came to this incredible country through New York Harbor… I cannot wait to tell the many stories of Spain with my friends, Ferran and Albert, collaborating on this vision.”
As a celebration of all things España, the restaurants at Mercado Little Spain will each feature a unique way to eat and enjoy an authentic taste of Spain.
Leña: Dedicated to paellas and grilled meats, Leña will be an ode to live fire cooking. Authentic paellas will rotate weekly, and a diverse selection of meat, whole fish and vegetables will be cooked over orange wood. Leña will join Jaleo in Las Vegas and the upcoming Jaleo at Disney Springs as the only restaurants in the U.S. that cook paella over a wood-fired pit.
Mar: An intimate restaurant and chef's counter, Mar will be devoted to the bounty of fish and seafood, with many selections flown in fresh from Spain. From a fresh-from-the-sea raw bar snack to a sumptuous meal, the menu will span from live scallops and sea urchin to a hearty Suquet, or fisherman stew, and fresh fish-including some rarely available in New York- cooked a la plancha.
Spanish Diner: Open from breakfast until late night, Spanish Diner will be a casual gathering place under the High Line with soaring ceilings and retractable walls for open-air dining in warmer months. Guests can start the day with a variety of egg dishes including Spanish tortilla and huevos revueltos or a la Cubana, stop by for a selection of platos combinados at lunch, or unwind with friends over a cerveza while cheering on their favorite soccer team.
In addition to the restaurants, Little Spain will house two dedicated bars-one devoted to cocktails, and another to Spanish wines-and 15 kiosks serving a wide selection oftapas-from signature Spanish jamon to churros to fried seafoods to Spanish sandwiches, salads and pastries. There will also be two retail areas selling a variety of Spanish imports and gift baskets.
Text: Foods & Wines From Spain.
Photos: Little Spain.