El Internacional Tapas Bar & Restaurant was conceived as an artistic project carried out between 1984 and 1986 by artist Antoni Miralda (born 1942) and chef Montse Guillén (born 1946) in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City. One of the first restaurants to introduce Spanish tapas in the United States, El Internacional quickly became a cultural icon and a creative hub of New York’s downtown in the 1980s. It combined the social ritual of eating with installation and performance art, blurring the boundaries between food, art, design, architecture and mass media.
If you were in TriBeCa in the 1980s, you knew El Internacional, the outrageously experimental tapas bar run by chef Montse Guillén and artist Antoni Miralda. More commonly known as "El Teddy's," the restaurant was haunted by regulars including Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, David Byrne, Bianca Jagger, Lorne Michaels, Robert DeNiro, Umberto Eco and Michael Douglas - not to mention the hungry revelers gearing up for long, drug-fueled nights at nearby clubs.
Antoni Miralda’s El Internacional (1984-1986): New York's Archaeological Sandwich documents the restaurant’s history through the memories of the people who contributed to it. Richly illustrated and featuring some of El Internacional’s most successful recipes, this volume tells the story of a crucial piece of urban history from a city not always able to protect its landmarks.
The AIA New York chapter – Center for Architecture organizes a discussion of the book and a celebration of the historic restaurant with its founder Antoni Miralda. A contemporary spin on El Internacional's famous blue margarita will be provided; books will be available for sale.
Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History; Chair, History of Science, History of Medicine Program, Yale University; Author, El Internacional (1984-1986): New York's Archaeological Sandwich
Kim Hastreiter, Co-Founder, Editor, PAPER Magazine
Antoni Miralda, Artist, Founder, El Internacional
James Wines, Founder and President, SITE
Felix Burrichter, Editor/Creative Director, PIN-UP
Organized by: Center for Architecture and PIN-UP
With support from the Institut Ramon Llull.
Price: $15 for AIA members and students with valid ID; $20 for general public.
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