Who better to open a Spanish tapas joint than a native Barcelonian? Owner Jaime Reixach has set out to do just that in a sleek Noho space on Bond Street, serving spanish small plates with a Catalan-bent (pasta, cod & fish stew). With the not so shabby resumes of chefs David Seigal (Bouley) & Ryan Lowder (Jean Georges), Mercat has the potential to make waves in the vogue pursuit of tapas. Don’t get me wrong: Mercat’s serious about its patatas bravas, hams, tortilla espanola, all-Spanish wine list and homemade sangrias.
But while Mercat’s teasingly deemed open by many a media outlet, it remains closed due to a gas issue with the city. Alas, we’ll just have to wait until March 21st to sample their wares.
Until we eat again,
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