Mercado Little Spain debuts Spanish corner bar
Hudson Yards’s Spanish food hub Mercado Little Spain debuted a new bar last night called Bar Manolo, replacing a space that previously was a coffee shop. This new venue is intended to be reminiscent of bars found on street corners in Spain and will serve small bites with a focus on tapas. It will have a selection of beer, vermouth, and wine, and dishes like chicken fritters, piquillo peppers stuffed with tuna, and pork meatballs in tomato sauce.
Bar Manolo is a revamp of Mercado’s coffee shop, Granja. The new vendor will still serve coffee in the mornings, but due to the popularity of Mercado’s small bites and drinks pairings, the Mercado team decided to rejig it into an all-day restaurant and bar.
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— East Village brasserie the Smith is temporarily closed after a duct fire broke out at the restaurant shortly after 8 p.m. last night. The fire department evacuated the 12-story building the Smith is attached to, and firefighters were quickly able get the flames under control. No one was reported injured and everyone was allowed back in shortly afterward. The restaurant posted a sign on its door earlier today saying it would remain closed today, “due to an unforeseen circumstance.”
— Midtown West’s swanky yakitori restaurant Torishin is serving up a traditional Japanese hot pot, Oden, for the winter season. The omakase version of the hot pot costs $65 per person, while the a la carte options range from $5 to $9 per item.
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— Cake shop Lady M has introduced a new champagne crêpe cake for the holidays.
— Zahav chef Michael Solomonov has teamed up with Whole Foods to create a pre-prepared holiday dinner for eight that costs $139.99.
Ok at the grocery store and was like ummm the highliner man for sure got hotter?? Anyway I was RIGHT!! pic.twitter.com/5hUPMIs7dD— Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs) December 10, 2019
Update: A previous version of this article stated that Bar Manolo is a pintxos bar, but it has switched to be a more general tapas bar.