Marc Vidal is king when it comes to tapas in New York, and Washington D.C…and Hong Kong for that matter! His growing Boqueria empire is a Spanish lovers’ favorite, and for us it’s surprising how rare it is to find truly authentic Spanish food that we could consume all day every day. Well, we’ve found it. It was born from a chef hailing from Barcelona, who’s challenged the norm and satisfied our needs and stomachs. It was about time we here at The New Potato sat down with Vidal for all the juicy tidbits surrounding this New York restaurateur…
Describe your ideal food day…
My ideal food day would entail grilling Paella Mixta in my backyard at my house in the Costa Brava (Catalunya) with my family and friends, along with a salad and fresh fruits. We’d have never-ending bottles of Albariño.
What’s your drink?
Hendricks and tonic.
What would your last meal be?
Gambas de Palamos – a ton of them. Fresh, red shrimp from the town of Palamos in Catalunya, simply grilled on the plancha with olive oil and salt.
How do you start your day?
Coffee! I wake up and immediately make coffee in my apartment. I read The New York Times and El Pais. I then check my emails and Avero reports from all the restaurants.
Favorite place to travel for food?
Spain. I’m originally from Barcelona, and I love the food culture of Spain. I can’t wait to go back and travel to keep learning things about it. I travel a lot, and to be honest, Spain is still one of the best places in the world.
What ingredient do you consider overrated?
What ingredient are you convinced makes everything better?
Salt is the obvious one. I also like to always have a bottle of sherry vinegar close by for a final touch.
Your afternoon snack…
I’m usually at Boqueria in the afternoon, so I typically snack on Pan con Tomate or Ham Croquetas from our kitchen. If I’m in the mood for something sweet, Churros are one of those things that I can’t stop eating.
What’s always in your fridge?
Cheeses – I work with a company called Forever Cheese and they just gave me a sample of a cheese called Tou de Tillers from Catalunya that is amazing! I recommend it to everyone!
Favorite night of the week, and why?
Sunday is my favorite night of the week. I usually don’t work and I have the chance to spend some time relaxing and listening to music. It’s my time to think about and plan for the following week without the daily stress of the restaurants.