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“Eat well in Eataly!”
Review of Eataly

Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I learned about Eataly during a flight from Rome to Boston. We were in the city enjoying a special weekend occasion and took a taxi from our hotel to Eat Italy at 200 Fifth Avenue, NYC. We were blown away by the immense size of this complex - about 50,000 square feet of restaurants and food from every region of Italy.

OMG, the visual impact is amazing. The sights and aroma of Italian fruit, vegetables, meats,fish, cheese, pasta, and wine are incredible. They offer cook books for sale and just about anything you can think of from bella Italy/Sicily.

We ate lunch at Birreria, a brewery/restaurant on the 5th floor. What a great find! My wife and I split Apricot Pork Piatto @ $22.00 (signature dish) and a fabulous brew called Allagash Interlude FDT @ $ $9.00.

We wanted to purchase some white truffle but were told that it was past its due date and would not be fresh - probably a good idea because the cost was outrageous!

Eat Italy can also be found in Rome, Italy and will soon be built in San Francisco.

You must visit Eataly if you love Italian food ~ Most highly recommended!!! We will definitely be back when we can spend more time.

1  Thank KenBoston_MA
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We ran into this place while strolling in NYC. We did not expect such a big place when we entered. I felt in Italy, nice people, nice food, lots of olive oil, pasta, etc. It is pricey though to eat there, but I definitely recommend such an experience

Thank Kolman879
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Eataly is a fairly new spot in Madison Square Park featuring all-things Italian, all part of the B&B Hospitality Group, owned by Mario Batali and both Lidia and Joe Bastianich. It features six distincts markets alongside five restaurants all inside of a gigantic space where thousands roam elbow to elbow in order to look, sample and smell various items from wines and limoncello to imported cheeses and meats and fresh pastas. There's a ton of look at and one can easily kill a couple of hours just perusing through the various aisles.

While the concept is very unique and very interesting, there's very little that one can really buy here that you wouldn't be able to find at your local Italian deli however the fact that it's all under one roof does make it a lot more fun and the place does feel very interactive. You can touch, you can taste (in some cases) and just take your time and walk around. Unfortunately though, the place is absolutely packed during most times so it's not as enjoyable as one would like it to be as you get pushed, shoved and stepped on.

Unfortunately for us we made the mistake of not going to the roof beer garden but we were short on time and honestly, we felt like quickly getting the hell out of there because the crowd made us claustrophobic after a few minutes. Plus almost everything in there was blatantly overpriced and we didn't feel like getting ripped off.

What we should have done however is had some food on location at one of their tiny restaurants. We should have ordered a small plate of antipasto and a good bottle of wine. Maybe next time? That's to be decided, we might be better off going to a solid Italian restaurant instead that will be much quieter. But there is a fun factor in being at Eataly and I don't think that it's all negative. There are some products in there that are hard to find and the staff was very friendly and they do seem to put a lot of genuine hard work and care into what they offer and serve.

My best word of advice would be to try and go either very early in the day or late and to avoid the weekends. The place is an absolute mob-scene a lot of the time and that does have a negative impact on one's experience there. That being said, I'm still floored over their pasta section, it's absolutely gigantic. And that's ignoring the ones that they make fresh in front of you on the other side of the store.

1  Thank JeremyKrantz
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

It feels like you've traveled to a marketplace in Europe. If you're a foodie, then this is the place to go. Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Ice Cream/aka Gelato parlor, markets of all kids, roof top beer garden and even a cooking school...all under one roof. Check out their web site. It's worth a look: www.eataly.com/

Thank Ben O
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This italian marketplace is crowded all the time, so if you're not one of those who enjoys a big bunch of people trying to eat standing up or waiting for a small table for hours this is not your place to have lunch or dinner.

The marketplace is beautiful, reminds a little bit of the "El Mercado de San Miguel" in Madrid, but Eataly can be a bit "touristy".

There are thousands of italian products to choose from.

We ate at the Pizza and Pasta Restaurant. Worst italian food we've ever tasted in our lives. We waited for more than an hour and a half to get treated as animals. The pasta was extremely cooked and the sauces were "right from the can", so don't imagine "Mama Lucia" cooking at the kitchen with tomatoes all over the place. We were all served in 10 minutes after we were seated, except for my wife whose plate came 1/2 an hour later, with the poorest taste ever. Waiter service was raw, unpolished, touristy like hell.

For sure this is not the restaurant we will come back again! So beware!!

Thank Mikeve
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