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Probably one of the best food finds for me during my latest NYC trip is Mercado Little Spain. Located inside The Shops at Hudson Yards, Mercado Little Spain is a Spanish-themed food hall offering a wide variety of authentic Spanish dishes and delicacies from major cities in Spain. I spent a fair amount of time at Hudson Yards during this trip, and Mercado ranked high on my list. It reminded me of the DeKalb Market Hall at Brooklyn, where I used to hang out with my friends.
Here are some of my recommendations when you chance upon Mercado Little Spain:
These are Barca style sandwiches served in Pan de Cristal, which was so pillowy soft. I even bought one pack of buns back home for myself, because it was that good. It lasted for more than a week in my fridge.
But I tried the Bikini Ham and Cheese sandwich, which is probably the most popular type of Barcelona sandwich out there.
Look at that giant Paella Valenciana. I didn’t get a chance to try this, because I was so full from the Bocatas sandwich, but just by looking at the portion size, it looked amazing.
Spanish Diner, Mercado Little Spain, Hudson Yards NYC
Spanish Diner is a restaurant tucked inside the Mercado Little Spain. If you’re looking to have a sit down meal (because you’d have to stand most of the time eating at Mercado), I’d recommend Spanish Diner. The food prices are reasonable and you can get the Molletas de Jamon Iberico. I love the bread. It tasted so good.
You can also grab an oxtail croquetas to share. Very different from the usual croquetas we know, and the oxtail is strong in taste. Reminded me of a Filipino dish tbh.
Pan con tomate is a recommended appetizer btw.
Also, their Arroz ala Cubana is very unique. A really filling meal that comes with two fried eggs and generous portion of ground meat.
Some traditional empanadas are always a good idea. I was tempted to try this out but I was so full from the earlier food trips.
Of course, no trip to a Spanish food hall is complete without vinos and sangrias. Best to get a glass.
I had a chance to try out the churros from the Spanish Diner, but the food hall also has a stall that sells Churros. Great for an afternoon snack.
Finally, a slice of basque cheesecake is in order for the sweet tooth. Lots of travelers were having coffee here; it almost felt like Eataly. But if you feel like heading out of the city for a night cap, there’s always plenty to see in NYC.