The Spaniards are coming to New York. Mercado Little Spain will be opening next week, March 15th, in New York’s Hudson Yards and it’s set to be ‘the’ destination for the best Spanish food in the city, quite possibly the entire US. We don’t expect any less of course, considering it’s a project lead by three phenomenal figures in the world of gastronomy, who happen to be Spanish - José Andrés, Albert Adrià and Ferran Adrià.
With a format that feels very much like the famous food markets in Spain such as Barcelona’s La Boqueria, Mercado Little Spain is expected to be an all-day dining and shopping destination with two bars, 15 food stations, three full service restaurants and retail stores.
Expect the foods that form the basis of Spain’s diverse food culture: fresh produce and excellent seafood as well as specialties such as 2-4 year cured Jamon Iberico from acorn-fed black pigs, artisanal Spanish cheeses from a producer in chef Andrés’ hometown, rich, buttery, briny anchovies, artisanal Spanish breads, coffee, sherry and all the popular tapas to make you feel at a bar in Barcelona as you wash it down with some sangria.
It didn’t take much for Andrés, known as the forerunner of Spanish cuisine in America, to convince the Adrià brothers, of El Bulli fame, to be on board the project. The three friends wanted to bring the best of Spain to the US for years now, and Mercado Little Spain is the first NY project for chef Andres, whilst being the first ever venture in the US for the Adrià brothers.
On deciding on the market format, Albert Adrià said on social media: “The mercado is a meeting point. The mercado is a culture point. Cuisine is culture and we are going to #NewYork, well, to show our culture. And what better way than through gastronomy, which is a beautiful way to learn about culture?”
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