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Ferran Adria's new spot

mattdnyc3000 Feb 25, 2011 09:22 AM

Does anyone have information on Tickets or 41 degrees?

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  1. Heeney RE: mattdnyc3000 Feb 25, 2011 10:34 AM

    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
      mattdnyc3000 RE: Heeney Feb 25, 2011 10:49 AM

      Check the website-- http://www.ticketsbar.es/en/ 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
        Heeney RE: mattdnyc3000 Feb 25, 2011 11:15 AM

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

        1. re: mattdnyc3000
          kathryn RE: mattdnyc3000 Feb 25, 2011 04:04 PM

          Eater.com has photos:

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            Aleta RE: kathryn Feb 25, 2011 07:20 PM

            Kathryn, thanks a million for this.

          2. re: mattdnyc3000
            kathryn RE: mattdnyc3000 Mar 5, 2011 02:18 PM

            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
            Aleta RE: Heeney Feb 25, 2011 07:21 PM

            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
              Heeney RE: Aleta Feb 25, 2011 07:34 PM

              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
              Heeney RE: Heeney Mar 9, 2011 01:27 PM

              FYI, the website now shows the menu for Tickets.

            3. f1racegirl RE: mattdnyc3000 Feb 27, 2011 12:18 PM

              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
                Aleta RE: f1racegirl Feb 27, 2011 05:50 PM

                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
                  Heeney RE: f1racegirl Mar 4, 2011 10:16 AM

                  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
                    mattdnyc3000 RE: Heeney Mar 4, 2011 10:22 AM

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


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                  briscopa RE: mattdnyc3000 Mar 5, 2011 11:32 AM

                  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
                    Heeney RE: briscopa Mar 5, 2011 11:37 AM

                    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: Heeney
                      briscopa RE: Heeney Mar 5, 2011 11:49 AM

                      Thanks--I'll try that.

                      1. re: briscopa
                        erica RE: briscopa Mar 5, 2011 08:51 PM

                        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
                          SnackHappy RE: erica Mar 6, 2011 04:56 AM

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


                          1. re: erica
                            Aleta RE: erica Mar 6, 2011 03:13 PM

                            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
                              erica RE: Aleta Mar 7, 2011 02:29 AM

                              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 owner...my mistake!

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                                jinx RE: erica Mar 7, 2011 04:31 AM

                                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!

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                                  SnackHappy RE: erica Mar 7, 2011 04:57 AM

                                  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.

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                        Winkypedia RE: mattdnyc3000 Mar 18, 2011 08:30 AM

                        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
                          Aleta RE: Winkypedia Mar 18, 2011 10:02 AM

                          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
                            Winkypedia RE: Aleta Mar 18, 2011 10:14 AM

                            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
                              sass RE: Winkypedia Mar 18, 2011 10:44 AM

                              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
                                Winkypedia RE: sass Mar 18, 2011 11:34 AM

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

                                1. re: Winkypedia
                                  erica RE: Winkypedia Mar 18, 2011 02:55 PM

                                  "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
                                  f1racegirl RE: sass Mar 18, 2011 04:14 PM

                                  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
                                  Aleta RE: Winkypedia Mar 18, 2011 04:36 PM

                                  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
                                    ihno29 RE: Aleta Mar 19, 2011 09:50 AM

                                    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
                                      Winkypedia RE: Aleta Mar 19, 2011 02:46 PM

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

                                      1. re: Winkypedia
                                        Aleta RE: Winkypedia Mar 20, 2011 07:03 PM

                                        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
                                          Winkypedia RE: Aleta Mar 21, 2011 05:56 AM

                                          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
                                            ihno29 RE: Aleta Mar 21, 2011 09:26 AM

                                            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
                                              Aleta RE: ihno29 Mar 21, 2011 02:24 PM

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

                                              1. re: Aleta
                                                scfinson RE: Aleta Mar 21, 2011 03:44 PM

                                                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
                                                  Sue Style RE: scfinson Mar 22, 2011 07:04 AM

                                                  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, http://www.alkimia.cat/cat/carta.php. Hope it lives up to expectations - it exceeded ours, see an earlier thread Barcelona: dining in Born or Bari Gotic area?

                                                2. re: Aleta
                                                  ihno29 RE: Aleta Mar 21, 2011 03:51 PM

                                                  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
                                                    teethetrav RE: ihno29 Mar 21, 2011 04:40 PM

                                                    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
                                                      Aleta RE: ihno29 Mar 22, 2011 08:03 AM

                                                      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.

                                    2. CEfromLA RE: mattdnyc3000 Mar 23, 2011 09:46 AM

                                      Got a reservation for Tickets this morning for June 21st!

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                                        deepfry7 RE: CEfromLA Jun 6, 2011 01:58 PM

                                        I live in New York City and plan on visiting Spain in mid/late September. I heard about Tickets, but didn't know about the 3 month reservation policy until reading this board.

                                        I'm totally fine with an online reservation system. Does anybody know when the next future day's reservations open up (any time zone is fine, and I'll adjust it for US Eastern). From the website (translated in English), it seems like it's right at midnight Barcelona time. I just want to confirm.

                                        1. re: deepfry7
                                          yesilovestotravel RE: deepfry7 Jun 6, 2011 02:41 PM

                                          Yes I do!!
                                          I am going in early September, and have been counting the days...
                                          I live in California, so i'll give you California Hrs...and you can do the conversion, because im really bad at PT, ET, all that! sorry...
                                          so, its 90 days in advance they open @ 3:15 or 3:20pm California time...

                                          for example, I did my reservations this past Saturday (June 4th, @ 3:20pm) for reservation on September 3rd...

                                          Hope that makes sense!
                                          they go really fast!, so don't let it pass by, if you wait until the next day, sometimes, even hrs later, there's no more...
                                          I got mine for 20hrs Tickets, and I made Separate Reservations for 41Degrees the same day after dinner @22hrs...
                                          ****41Degrees has 2 things tickets seems not to have that I must try:
                                          1. their Parmesan ice cream sandwich
                                          2. the Marshmallows
                                          ok 3. a nice coctail to finish the night!

                                          1. re: yesilovestotravel
                                            deepfry7 RE: yesilovestotravel Jun 6, 2011 03:01 PM

                                            So it's really 15 or 20 minutes past their midnight instead of midnight exact?

                                            Thanks for the detailed response!

                                            1. re: deepfry7
                                              yesilovestotravel RE: deepfry7 Jun 6, 2011 03:50 PM

                                              you welcome!
                                              i've been obsessed about these reservations! LOL so i know...
                                              not sure why, i've tried @ exact 3pm many times, and so have other people, and its always around 3:15 or 3:20pm California...
                                              if you do the reservations right away when they open, you'll have all the choices of time slots available.
                                              I can't wait to go!

                                              1. re: yesilovestotravel
                                                f1racegirl RE: yesilovestotravel Jun 6, 2011 04:22 PM

                                                I was at Tickets on May 26th. I made my reservations on February 27th. We had a fabulous time. Our time was 19:30 and the restaurant wasn't very crowded when we arrived - or when we left.

                                                1. re: yesilovestotravel
                                                  needletoofar RE: yesilovestotravel Jun 7, 2011 01:36 PM

                                                  Help! I'm trying to get reservations for Sept 6th or Sept 7th online at Tickets -- and there's no availabilty at all on the online system - plus there's a note on the right that says "It is no longer possible to reserve by internet for this date".

                                                  Yes loves to travel, did you really just make your reservations using this system on June 4, or was that just an example. What am I missing -- is Tickets (and 41 degrees for that matter) closing? Thanks!

                                                  1. re: needletoofar
                                                    yesilovestotravel RE: needletoofar Jun 7, 2011 02:06 PM

                                                    Hi there needletoofar!
                                                    yes, I actually did the reservation june 4th @ 3:30pm (California time)
                                                    if you look at Sept. 6 and 7, they have a line across the numbers that means they have not opened those days yet...you're ok, check in a little while @ 3:20pm through 3:30pm (california time) and September 6th should open up...
                                                    (Notice Sept. 1,2,3 do not have the line across them, thats because those dates were open, and there is no more availability...
                                                    *****Also note, your dates (Sept. 6 & 7) are Dinner only hrs, so the times will be between 19hrs and 23.30hrs)

                                                    I made separate reservations for 41Degrees 2 hrs after Tickets
                                                    **for 41degrees, the snacks are from 18:00 hrs to 23:00hrs...
                                                    so, for example, you can book like i did:
                                                    1. tickets 20hrs (8pm)
                                                    2. 41Degrees 22hrs (10pm)

                                                    don't forget to check in about in about 1.20hrs so (3:20 or so) california time...
                                                    Good luck!!!!
                                                    Let me know if you managed to get the reservations!! :)

                                                    1. re: yesilovestotravel
                                                      yesilovestotravel RE: yesilovestotravel Jun 7, 2011 03:14 PM

                                                      September 6th just opened up!
                                                      hope you are booking! :)

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                                                        needletoofar RE: yesilovestotravel Jun 7, 2011 09:44 PM

                                                        Yesloves, thanks so much! I got home at 6:30p (I'm EST) and Sept 6th was finally open for booking. Now tomorrow I'll book 41Degrees... Thanks much, I was not even thinking about the time zones. -m

                                                        1. re: needletoofar
                                                          yesilovestotravel RE: needletoofar Jun 8, 2011 08:15 AM

                                                          Needle, Glad I could help!
                                                          you're very welcome!
                                                          I too have to wait til September!

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