It only took me five minutes of being in Mercado Little Spain, the brand new part-market, part-eatery brain child of master Spanish chef José Andrés, to know I had found my new favorite place in New York City. Situated in the Hudson Yards section of Manhattan, this place is like getting a little culinary tour of Spain — no travel needed.
Mercado Little Spain is, despite its title, quite large. The “Mercado” section of it is divided into several different counters with grab and go options. Your options here include Jamón and Queso (ham and cheese right from Spain) Paella, Bocatas (little sandwiches) and Empanadas, Churros, Pasteles (desserts ), Helados (frozen specialties), and lots more. Looking for tapas and drinks? Head to the Vinos or La Barra. There are also a few sit down options- Mar, featuring seafood from all around Spain’s vast coastlines, Leña for grilled specialties, and Spanish Diner for a Spanish take on the American diner. There’s even a vermutería, Bar Celona and typical vermutería tapas.
A visit to Mercado Little Spain reminds me fondly of my travels to Spain and it has become a welcome addition to New York City. By visiting it, you can sample what makes Spain such an amazing country without ever leaving New York City. It’s very close to the new observation/art installation, the Vessel, the new Hudson Yards shopping center, so it’s the perfect for a bite during a visit there.