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Feb 25, 2011 09:22 AM

Ferran Adria's new spot

Does anyone have information on Tickets or 41 degrees?

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  1. What kind of info are you looking for? Last I heard: 41 degrees was opened. Serving cocktails and elBulli-style snacks. No reservations taken. So they say the wait can be pretty bad. As for Tickets: I heard it was not ready yet but supposed to open any day now. They take reservations and do tapas. Classic and elBullified.
    Any new info would be appreciated by me too. I'm gonna be in Barcelona in about 10 weeks and since I missed by chance to eat at elBulli forever I am dying to drown my sorrows at Tickets and 41. ;)

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    1. re: Heeney

      Check the website-- Both places are now taking reservations.

      We are going in March and I got a reservation at 41 degrees.

      I was just curious if anyone had been and what the vibe is like.

      1. re: mattdnyc3000

        Wow! Thanks. I didn't notice that.
        I snagged reservations for Tickets and 41.

          1. re: kathryn

            Kathryn, thanks a million for this.

          2. re: mattdnyc3000

            Looks like they're taking bookings about 3 months in advance?

            For Tickets you can get all the way up to May 31. For 41 Degrees, it's June 4.

          3. re: Heeney

            Heeney, you can always fly down to Seville and eat at La Alqueria. They serve the El Bulli "best of" menu and it's very, very good.

            Or go over to Madrid and eat at La Terrazza del Casino.

            1. re: Aleta

              Aleta, Yeah, I read about that when I was in Seville a couple years ago. But didn't go. I'm gonna spend my time in Barcelona and San Sebastian. Since I now have reservations at Tickets I think I can get my Ferran-fix. And I'm eating at Mugaritz, which I am very excited about.
              elBulli can be "the one that got away." ;)

            2. re: Heeney

              FYI, the website now shows the menu for Tickets.

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              1. Thanks to Aleta's suggestion on another forum, I've made my way over here. Am so excited - just made reservation at Tickets for my trip to Barcelona in May.

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                1. re: f1racegirl

                  Hi again, f1racegirl! I'm very excited for you! I have to wait until July. Check out the article linked by Kathryn, above.

                  1. re: f1racegirl

                    Just wanted to check back here and see if anyone had been and had a chance to taste the menus at Tickets and 41. The website was updated recently and it looks like the place is already fully reserved.
                    41 has it's menu up and it looks cool. But no menu online for Tickets.

                    1. re: Heeney

                      Check this post by erica. looks like she paid a visit to Tickets.


                  2. I went on the website and saw reservations for Tickets (which I got for late May), but how do I make reservations for 41 Degrees?

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                    1. re: briscopa

                      You do it the same way as Tickets, but you have to switch the website to 41. There should be a "41" in the top right corner, click that and the screen should flip. Then you can select reservations for 41.

                        1. re: briscopa

                          Please note that Tickets has no connection with Ferran Adria that I know of; it is owned by his brother Albert, along with two partners.

                          Albert was much in evidence when I ate there, tasting and conferring with his cooks.

                          1. re: erica

                            AFAIK, the Adria brothers are both involved in the Tickets / 41° venture along with the the three Iglesias brothers.


                            1. re: erica

                              Erica, on the Tickets/41 website, there is a video and Ferran is very much in it. In fact, he's the one interviewed and shown "moving crates", ha ha. I don't think Albert would be using his recipes if Ferran wasn't involved. For instance, the spherical olives and prosciutto on a mini-baguette are signature El Bulli dishes that I had at La Alqueria in Seville, at the El Bulli hotel.

                              1. re: Aleta

                                Thanks for the updates! People I spoke to in the city referred to it as Albert Adria's new place, so I assumed that his brother was not an actual mistake!

                                1. re: erica

                                  Perhaps luckily for me--because I probably would not have gotten a reservation this late--Tickets/41 is closed all of Easter week, when I'll be in town. Next time!

                                  1. re: erica

                                    Well, FWIW it probably is more Albert Adrià's place. Calling it "Ferran Adria's new spot" is either dismissive or misinformed. I'm sure Albert spends more time in there than his older borther. Inopia was Albert's place and this new project seems to be the continuation of what started there.

                        2. I tried going to Tickets website and it seems to have no table available at all, even if it is distant dates. Does anyone know what is the booking policy exactly? Do they do it by say 3 exact calendar month? Or do bookings are on the 1st date of each month, for 3 months later, like Dinner by Heston?

                          Many thanks for your tips!

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                          1. re: Winkypedia

                            The website is new, like the restaurants, and it's a bit of a 'work-in-progress'. Every time I look at it, something is a little different. Some days, it doesn't seem to work.

                            I just tried it and it allowed me to choose dates for May. Going further out (eg late July), dates were shown in black (which means the restaurant will be open those dates) but clicking on them didn't allow me to choose dining times.

                            To figure out what the window is, you could select your date first (you'll get the message that you can't reserve yet). Then, keep trying closer dates until the booking service allows you to choose a dining time. That'll give you an approximate idea about when you will be able to book. Just mark that in your calendar and check a few days before.

                            1. re: Aleta

                              Thanks. I tried several times over a few days, all the dates looked grey on the calendar to me. Is it just me or everyone else experiencing this?

                              just tried again. you are right, the graphic has changed! some days are grey but a lot of days are black. i could 'click' and choose time. but after i chose i was told i couldn't book. the system's very confusing!!

                              1. re: Winkypedia

                                I had the same problem today. I was trying to book for any time between June 3-8 and it says that everything is completely full. I find this hard to believe, but since I'm in the US, I can't call to confirm. Oh well....

                                41 degrees' booking system shows plenty of openings, so I made one there. Was really hoping to eat at Tickets, though.

                                1. re: sass

                                  i can't find Ticket's number on their website. Does anyone know please?

                                  1. re: Winkypedia

                                    "We have decided to use a program located in our website which will reserve a table automatically dependent on availability. It is not possible to book by email or telephone, only on the website. At this moment, we are not able to answer requests sent by email or by telephone. " from their new website

                                  2. re: sass

                                    I made reservations at Tickets for May 26th, on Feb 27th. I remember having frustrations one day - and then the next day it worked.

                                  3. re: Winkypedia

                                    Winkypedia, don't give up! I just tried almost 15 times and finally I got through to the 'information page' where I was asked to provide my personal information for a reservation on June 17 (today is March 18).

                                    The website is misleading in many ways: it's hard to tell what is the real cut-off date; sometimes it appears that there are places but you can't tell for how many people. Once you make a selection and it's not available, you have to go back to the very beginning. But it IS working, to some extent.

                                    1. re: Aleta

                                      I contacted them via e-mail re: problems with their online reservation system. They replied and said that you can book up to 3 months in advance. So every day, a new date (3 months to that day) becomes available to reserve. In theory. (And this explains how people are suddenly able to book one day, after previous failed attempts.) But who knows what the website is actually doing!

                                      1. re: Aleta

                                        I wish I knew this earlier! I am going in late April. Too late to resume my booking challenge now! :(

                                        1. re: Winkypedia

                                          If I were you, I would keep checking up to departure. BTW, the restaurant saves some spaces for walk-ins and Friends of Adria, so you could always show up at opening (7 pm?) and see if you get lucky. If you don't get a table, go down the block to Quimet i Quimet for some montaditos and then head back to Tapac24.

                                          1. re: Aleta

                                            Good idea. I got a table at 41-dgree for 6:30pm. Perhaps I can just go next door and ask when we arrive!

                                            1. re: Aleta

                                              Thanks for the tip! Can't hurt to try. I leave this Saturday, so haven't been able to get last-minute reservations at 41-degrees either. But I did get in at Alkimia -- and I've heard great things!

                                              1. re: ihno29

                                                I love Alkimia! Are you going for lunch or dinner?

                                                1. re: Aleta

                                                  Aleta you recommended Alkimia in another thread as a good place near the Sagrada Familia. Do they serve tall the menus at lunch or just the 37.80€ menu only?

                                                  1. re: scfinson

                                                    Alkimia serves all three menus at lunch - mediodia @37.80, tradiciones contemporáneas @ 65 and Alkimia @ 84 - unless it's a public holiday in which case no mediodia menu, Hope it lives up to expectations - it exceeded ours, see an earlier thread Barcelona: dining in Born or Bari Gotic area?

                                                  2. re: Aleta

                                                    Great to hear! For now, it's just lunch. The menu quality looked about the same for lunch and dinner. I'm still lining up more reservations and trying my best to keep total dining-out costs from spiraling out of control! Here's hoping I can cajole my way into Tickets... (I'm inspired by the walk-in availability!) Will send updates!

                                                    1. re: ihno29

                                                      Try Trobador; there's one on La Rambla and another near the Cathedral. Great meal and great value. BTW the website for Tickets is open and accepting reservations

                                                      1. re: ihno29

                                                        Sue's link doesn't seem to be working. Hope this is okay:

                                                        Last summer, we went for lunch and ordered the Traditional Contemporary (65 Euros). Enjoyed it immensely, especially the chicken canelones in almond cream sauce and the lamb cooked sous vide.
                                                        I asked about lunch service for a friend who couldn't eat that much food at lunch. The server said that a la carte orders would also be accepted at lunchtime. I'm not sure if their policy has changed since last summer.