For the uninitiated, Eataly is an Italian food dining / wonderland that started out in Turin, Italy, and has spread across the world. There are food stalls, restaurants and bakeries; it’s a beautiful concept that could and should work for every kitchen. Fortunately for us, we are on the verge of having a Spanish equivalent.
The food hall, which does not yet have a name, has already been described as the “Spanish version of Eataly.” It’s a collaboration between DC chef JosÃ© AndrÃ©s and the AdriÃ brothers. JosÃ© AndrÃ©s mainly brought small plates to the United States, and Ferran and Albert AdriÃ are the chefs who created El Bulli, a restaurant known worldwide for its modernist cuisine with a focus on molecular gastronomy. (This is the AdriÃ brothers’ first New York business, which in itself makes this opening a huge event.)
In short, this palace of Spanish cuisine will be ruled by three kings of the food world, and it will be much less intimidating than the words “molecular gastronomy”.
The dining room will have three restaurants: “a restaurant specializing in rice, a Basque grill house, maybe even a traditional Catalan ‘granja’, where you can enjoy hot chocolate with the classic cakes Ancient”, Albert AdriÃ told Eater. He adds that one should also expect a market space with stands fitted out for different products, as well as a counter space for a gourmet bar.
In a follow-up with Eater AdriÃ added: “This is our tribute to Spanish cuisine … I can tell you that there will be three restaurants and smaller places to taste Spanish specialties, mainly tapas. It will serve coca, la most unknown Spanish pizza, which we intend to put on the map of world food, churros and other Spanish pastries.We will also have a world class tapas bar, jamon bar and tortilla stand for eat there or take away. “
The food hall will be located in the Hudson Yards complex in Midtown West in Manhattan and will be open in early 2018. In addition to the 35,000 square feet dedicated to this project, Hudson Yards will include 4,000 residences, as well as other restaurants from heavyweights like Thomas Keller and David Chang.
As for the rest of the country, if it takes off like Eataly, there may soon be one near you.