Gastroarte, we've received word that chef Jesús Núñez will be launching tapas spot Barraca in the West Village. After a brief hiatus from August 18-27, his Lincoln Center Spanish restaurant reopened today with the chef still currently at the helm. As far as his future involvement, we spoke to Núñez just now, who says he hopes to "resolve [the matter] in the next few days."
As far as the new project, in addition to what we've already reported, we've learned that the 80-seat restaurant aims to continue serving until 2 AM, giving New Yorkers the opportunity to grab late-night bites (much like the scene in Spain). Many ingredients will be imported to ensure authenticity, as will special compartmentalized paella pans, allowing diners to sample two or three options simultaneously. Barraca will also feature a sangria bar with custom-made barrels, and one or two nightly specials will complement regular offerings created with various grape varietals and spirits. Lunch and a 40-seat outdoor cafe are in the works. The launch is scheduled for the second week of September.
Barraca, 81 Greenwich Ave.; opening hours 5 PM-3 AM