Mercado Little Spain opens in New York
The Big Apple is about to take on a very Spanish flavour. From March 14th 2019, the Mercado Little Spain will introduce New Yorkers and the city's visitors to the full range of tastes from our friends in Spain. Basque pintxos will be served next to Andalucían olive oil and the wine from La Rioja. The best ibérico ham from the south will sit next to artisan cheese from the north. Paellas will be cooked over an open fire pit and a whole restaurant will be dedicated to the best seafood, flown fresh in from across the Atlantic.
The market is the brainchild of world renowned Asturian chef José Andrés. Along with his string of restaurants across the US and a mantle piece full of awards, Andrés is best known for his World Central Kitchen, which played a critical role in providing much needed food in the wake of natural disasters in Haiti, Nicaragua, Uganda and Peru. Inspired by New York's long history of European immigration and community creation and the historic food halls of Spain, his vision for the Mercado is to "tell the many stories of Spain" through its food and drink, as well as areas dedicated to artwork and contemporary Spanish culture. He is joined in the venture by the Ferran and Albert Adriá from Catalonia, they of El Bulli fame.
Mercado Little Spain will open at 10 Hudson Yards on the west side of Manhatton, close to the popular High Line. If you live in or visit New York and find yourself inspired by the stories told and the food and drink you taste at the market, we'd love to help you trace the dishes back to source in Spain. Many members of the Pura team have lived in Spain, some still do, and nearly all of us have visited on a number of occasions. We take pride in sharing local regional culture, and sitting down to a traditional meal, tasting cider fresh from the barrel or drizzling honey over soft white goats cheese is one of the best ways to get right to the heart of it.
Spanish food is not only delicious, is the distillation of its history and culture and the explanation for many of its most beautiful and valuable landscapes. So here's a quicky fly-around of our favourite food and drink experiences in our favourite parts of Spain. If you want us to help you trace the ingredients back to source, we'd love to help.
To that end, enjoy our digital tour of Spain's food regions to hopefully inspire your own travels.
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