Where Does Ferran Adrià Eat When He’s in Town?

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While Ferran Adrià was in town to give a lecture at the CIA (the Feed tweeted it), David Chang called over to the John Dory to snag him a seat at the chef’s counter. April Bloomfield, generally not a big fan of chefs watching her every move, was especially nervous about having a god of gastronomy a foot away, so she was relieved when Adrià and his companion, D.C. chef José Andrés, were delighted by the fish tank (even taking cell-phone photos of it) and decided to sit next to that instead. The Dory’s proprietor, Ken Friedman, tells us Adrià congratulated them on the restaurant’s five-star review in the Times of London. “He was talking to us through José Andrés, saying ‘A. A. Gill is a tough motherfucker! The last time he gave five stars in the Times was for my restaurant.’” (Actually, Gill also handed five stars to London’s River Café — April Bloomfield’s last place of employ before she came to the States.) Adrià also stopped into another Chang hang, PDT, while in town.

Where Does Ferran Adrià Eat When He’s in Town?