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Holy Crap: Brothers Behind El Bulli Are Now in on Jose Andres' Spanish Food Hall

This is Ferran and Albert Adrià's first U.S. project

Ferran Adria In Conversation With Colman Andrews at The International Culinary Center, Home of The French Culinary Institute
Ferran Adrià and José Andrés
Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for The International Culinary Center

Ferran and Albert Adrià, perhaps the most famous modernist chefs in the world, have officially signed on to José AndrésSpanish food hall headed to Hudson Yards. It’s a major development to the already exciting project, which now has a veritable Spanish dream team behind it — there are eight Michelin stars between the three chefs.

The Adrià brothers made their culinary mark at El Bulli, the Girona, Spain restaurant that introduced molecular gastronomy to the world. This 35,000-square-foot, all-day food hall is their first U.S. project. It’s an indoor/outdoor space that will include a tapas bar, retail shop, wine bar, wood-fired restaurant, and more — essentially the Eataly of Spain.

In a statement, Andrés called Ferran a “mentor” of his saying it is an “honor” to open with them. Ferran and Adrià added that they “can’t think of a better way to debut in America.”

News just keeps rolling out about the Midtown West project, with David Chang, Thomas Keller, Costas Spiliadis, and Michael Lomonaco all now confirmed as bringing restaurants to the massive development, which will include over 100 shops and restaurants, 4,000 residences, 14 acres of public open space, a public school, and a luxury hotel.

The food hall will be Andrés’ 29th restaurant (after another slated to open this summer inside the SLS New York), while Albert Adrià helms five restaurants in Barcelona, and Ferran Adrià runs El Bulli Foundation: a project dedicated to memorializing the work of the restaurant.

There’s no timeline attached to the food hall just yet, but developers say late 2018. In the meantime, here’s a trailer for the announcement: