New York Restaurants

Eataly in New York

July 21, 2013

store front

As I’ve mentioned in my first article about this trip (Sleepless in New York), I am in a super charged city where there are just too many places to see, too many things to do, too much food to eat — and too little time to do all of them! In my first week here alone, I’ve eaten in a couple of restaurants that serve fantastic food, but amongst all of them, there’s one that stood out and left an impression on me.

This is about celebrity chef Mario Batali’s giant food emporium / super store / amazing Italian restaurant called EATALYย located in 200 5th avenue. The name alone is a play on two words that are related to food and gastronomy : “eat” and “Italy”. So when you combine both, you know you’re going to be in for a wonderful treat!

pasta for sale

Eataly is one big food market that sells, cooks and features everything about Italy and its produce!

Here, you will find all shapes and sizes of pasta from the imported, packaged ones shipped all the way from Italy to…

fresh pasta

…the fresh, made on-the-spot pasta right in front of you!

black truffles

They also have these black summer truffles from Umbria that you can have with any of your pasta dishes!

pasta sign

They have signs like these all over the store that explain their food and dining concept. I especially love this sign, that allows me to eat my pasta and carbs without the guilt! ๐Ÿ™‚

bread making

Eataly is a very interactive market. Aside from showing its diners that they make their own pasta, they also have a bakery in one area of the superstore that shows customers they make their own bread fresh!

meat 2

In another corner, they have their fresh meat section. Here, they sell meat that is hormone-free, antibiotic free, and “humanely raised”. A dream store indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

cheese 2

Italian Cheese heaven. From Parmigiano Reggiano to Grano Padano to Burrata…everything is here!

piazza

The vibe inside is fun, vibrant and hungry! ๐Ÿ™‚

books

Of course the owner/celebrity chef Mario Batali’s books are for sale here too! ๐Ÿ™‚

fruits

Aside from all these, there is a another market inside that sells the sweetest and juiciest fruits I’ve ever tasted! Got myself this hybrid of Peach and Nectarine called Peacharine! ๐Ÿ™‚

heart desserts

There are probably about a hundred kinds of Italian pastries and desserts scattered all over the store… and I wanted to try all of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

bread and olive oil

And here’s what we had for lunch!

Bread and Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil were served immediately as soon as we settled on our table…

salad chickpea

Salad with Chickpeas, Onions, and Parmigiano Cheese.

green pizza

Pizza with Mozzarella, Ricotta, Tomatoes, Prosciutto and Housemade Pesto Sauce.

pizza egg

Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Asparagus, Sunny Side Up Egg and Parma Ham.

pizza ham

Pizza with Light Tomato Sauce, Cherry Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Basil and Olive Oil.

pasta ragu

Housemade Pasta with Braised Short Rib Ragu and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese.

squid ink pasta

Housemade Squid Ink Trenette Pasta with Bluefish, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Chives.

lasagne

Lasagne with Ragu alla Bolognese.

orrechiete

Housemade Orrechiette with Crumbled Italian Sausage and Pesto Genovese.

ravioli

Housemade Mushroom Ravioli with Brown Butter, Asparagus and Toasted Bread Crumbs.

cannoli

Dessert! 3 kinds of Cannoli with fresh cream : Original, Pistachio and Chocolate!

gelato sign

Dessert no. 2 : freshly churned Italian Gelato!

2 gelato

Ordered 2 giant cups with 2 flavors each : Banana Chocolate Chip and Coconut, Tiramisu and Salted Caramel.

I loved the Salted Caramel the best. It had a great mixture of sweetness and saltiness to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

funny sign

Eataly has everything I ever want in a market and restaurant. It is one gigantic food emporium that sells and serves only the freshest, organic and unique food items from Italy. It is a place that spoils you to no end and gives you a memorable dining experience altogether.

But more than that, what I love about this place is that it is also filled with lots of positive energy, good vibes, and a sense of humor. I had never been to a place before that left me this full, this impressed and this happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Eatalyย is located atย 200 5th avenue NY. Tel +212-229-2560.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sheryl July 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Wow, I can only dream of ever getting to try that in my lifetime. Thanks for sharing the pictures and letting us experience the fresh and delicious Italian fare in NYC. xx

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy July 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jocelyn July 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    You made this pasta lover very happy with this post! Thanks for sharing, Grace, though I am hungry right now after reading it. LOL.

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy July 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Pasta is good for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lerrey July 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I could get lost in this food market and I’ll be glad if I couldn’t be found! I would even want to live here. Haha!

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy July 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I myself got lost inside too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply alicia July 24, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Love Eataly! When they opened Lupa last year in HK, I was told by my insider source that the group was planning an EATALY in Hong Kong as well (space was a consideration because it needed a lot of real estate and you know the cost in HK!) although I am not sure if they will push through with it considering the reception to the Batali restaurants in HK have been lukewarm. I love Lupa NYC but went last May to Lupa HK and it was not very good. Wouldn’t is be great to have an EATALY of this caliber closer to us?:)

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy July 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Oh wow, I hope Eataly does open in HK soon! (OR even Manila?!) That would be great for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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