Friday, October 15, 2010

A Visit to EATALY in NYC


EATALY is a giant Italian gourmet food market and food hall located at 200 Fifth Ave. between 23rd and 24th streets in the borough of Manhattan, in New York City. When they opened in late summer there were lines of customers around the block waiting to go in to experience and shop in what is billed as “the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world.”  Now it was to be my turn to visit. (As always, all photos will enlarge when clicked on once, and then again when they open on a new page)


The New York City EATALY was created by restaurateurs Mario Batali, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, and Joe Bastianich, and patterned after the original in Turin. Italy, founded by Oscar Farinetti.


EATALY features multiple restaurants and over 20 retail departments, most with their own dining areas. The seven prepared-food areas include Le Verdure (vegetable), Il Manzo (meat), Il Pesce (fish), La Pasta (pasta), La Pizza (pizza), I Salumi e I Formaggi (salumi and cheese), and Il Crudo (raw bar).


As soon as we entered EATALY, my husband and I bought an espresso coffee to enjoy at the Lavazza Cafe .


We admired all the exquisite looking varieties of pastries, panna cottas, crostatinas, and hand dipped chocolates in the Pasticcera (bakery).


The Salumi e Formaggi (meat and cheese) section has a wonderful selection of fresh Italian artisan cold cuts for sale...


....including fresh mozzarella being made on the spot.


Fresh pastas are also made daily.


Look at all the wonderful varieties of fresh pasta to choose from! We wanted to try them all but decided to buy just on one, which I'll show you at the end of this post.

There is also an extremely large dried pasta and macaroni section in EATALY with a dazzling array of brands, types, and shapes of imported pasta.


My husband felt like a proverbial "kid in a candy store" while he looked at all the different kinds of pastas!  Many were ones he remembered from his childhood in Italy. Since our supply of dried pastas at home was sufficient we didn't buy any on this visit, but it's nice to know that we will be able to come back and select one for a special dinner at home in the future.


We next visited the large Pane (bread) bakery.


Just look at the selection of fresh baked breads and focaccias available!  Many were still warm from the oven. The aromas from all this bread was delightful!  We couldn't resist, and made a selection to bring home.


We then looked at the offerings in the Macelleria (Meat Department)......


....and large fresh Pesce (seafood) department.


The Rosticceria has roasted meats and chicken, and some Cortoni (sides of cooked vegetables and pastas) to take out.


EATALY has almost every imported product needed for the preparation of authentic Italian food that you can imagine! There were isles and isles of olive oils from every region of Italy, fruit preserves, beer, wine, sodas, jams and syrups, capers, anchovies, grains and rices, sauces, honey, nuts, sweets and chocolates. Fresh dairy products were locally bought from Battenkill Creamery, Ronnybrook Farm and NY Milk.


There were even a selection of imported housewares and cookware for sale.....


....and a nice cookbook area to browse in.


Their fresh fruits and vegetable produce selection has all been purchased from local farmers.


The display baskets full of vegetables looked as beautiful as a still life painting.


EATALY's novel "Vegetable Butcher" received a lot of excitement from the press when the market first opened. If desired, you can have the vegetable butcher wash, clean and cut the vegetables that you purchase at no cost.  I would not mind having their services for something I find tedious and time consuming to prepare, like artichokes. The butcher stand also has items such as pre-soaked beans available for purchase.


There are many different dining areas located in EATALY, each one associated with a different food section.


There are fish, vegetable, pasta and pizza restaurants.


Manzo is the fine dining Italian steakhouse, and the only restaurant in EATALY that accepts reservations.


This is the wine bar. The EATALY wine shop is in a separate store next door. There are also plans for a 4,500-square-foot rooftop beer garden and brewery.  Eventually EATALY will be over 50,000 square feet of retail and restaurants all in one location!  Cooking demonstrations and classes, cookbook signings, and other special events are also offered on premises.


Don't forget to stop to have a cup of creamy gelato at Il Gelato before you go home!


EATALY is located in one of my favorite areas of Manhattan, in the Flatiron neighborhood.  I usually like to take a stroll in Madison Square Park when I am in this area, but today we decided to rush home with all our purchased goodies.


We had a quick drive over the Brooklyn Bridge....


....passing a view of an overcast Manhattan from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Brooklyn...


....and then we were home again with our purchases.  We couldn't resist buying a loaf of rustic bread, a pound of fresh pasta, and some staples such as rice for risotto and organic cornmeal for polenta.


We chose a pound of EATALY's fresh Pappardelle pasta.


My husband dropping it one by one into the boiling salted water.


The papparedelle served with my home made tomato meat ragu....delizioso (delicious)!

All in all, my husband and I enjoyed our visit to EATALY. Now we have a better idea of what is available and next time we will be more prepared with a shopping list. We are lucky that we have excellent Italian markets in Brooklyn, from which we can shop, but EATALY offers us even more variety.  We'd also like to dine in a few of EATALY's restaurants in the future. My only complaint? It is so popular with both locals and tourists that it was very crowded. Open daily, from 9 a.m.-11 p.m, I will try to visit at an earlier hour next time to avoid the crush and long lines for service.  EATALY is definitely a must see place to visit in New York City and a definite gem for anyone who loves Italian products and food, and local fresh meats, seafood, dairy and breads.



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80 comments:

Lovella ♥ said...

Pat. .this is one more reason I can give my husband for a visit to Manhattan. This place looks fantastic. I smiled because my husband loves his pasta almost as much as he loves me. Your take home selection would win big prizes in our home. I loved the tour and the ride home. .thank you so much.

Viki said...

Wow, this looks like a really neat place. Thanks for sharing it.

Dishesdone said...

Ok, so this time I am extremely JEALOUS! I'm dying to get there. and I will one of these days! Looks like a fantastic time. and your ragu looks fantastic!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Pat, I've been waiting to go there hoping the crowds will die down, but I suppose with the holidays coming it will only get worse! I'll just have to brave it because your photos and story are making it irresistible. Did you take that skyline picture from a moving car? I have been trying to do "out the window" pictures but either they are blurred or a post shows up! Have a great day. Love your tours. Linda

Ginny said...

Oh my gosh, this place is amazing!! And what great pictures you took, some of everything. I have never heard of it. And next time you go, I hope you post what you ate in the restaraunt. I'm thinking it would take all day long to get a good look at everything. How long were you there? That tall, very thin skyscraper building is something else. I wonder how it even stands up!! And the New York skyline, your picture looks just like a postcard! This makes me wish so much that I could visit New York, but I would spend all our money and go bankrupt, so better I stay in my small valley.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

To my husband and I this would be a real wonderland! We love Italian food, and I too would not have gone home without a nice hot loaf of bread. The entire post had my heart beating a little faster...thank you for the tour...we will absolutely have to go here in the near future!
♥, Susan

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Ohhh~ be still my fluttering heart.

I have been to the Eataly in Bologna, to see it on American soil would be such a treat. You did well to only bring a few things home!
Your parpadelle looks perfetto.
Another friday's favorite for sure :-)

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I really think I need to head your way for some Italian immersion! It all looks so amazing. We have friends taking their entire family to Manhatten in December...and I'm a wee bit jealous.

I Like To Cook 222 said...

This has been on my list of places to hit up recently! Thank you for sharing! I know where I will be next weekend! Everything looks so good though, I better bring some extra money...Great photos!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Yes, Linda, I took the skyline photo while we were driving home. I had my Nikon D60 camera with me, and it was on auto settings, so it captured the shot pretty well even though we were moving. There is always traffic so we weren't going all that fast..lol

Claudie said...

Pat, I have just gained 5 lbs from your tour to EATARY.
I'm from Canada close to Montreal, so we go to N.Y. a couple times a year. This will certainly be a MUST.
I could smell your wonderful pasta sauce from here. YUMMY.
Happy FFB Pat.
Love Claudie
xoxo

Debbie said...

That place is off the hook amazing...we walked through it in AWW.....we have a Dean and Delucas..but this place honestly puts it to shame. I can seriously go for a piece of that bread!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful place! If I ever get back to NYC I want to go there. I had to smile at the Vegetable Butcher sign :) The papparadelle pasta you bought looks wonderful. It's one of my favorite pastas.

pam said...

Oh my word...what a wonderful place. And having someone else cut up my vegies....GLORIOUS!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I've been waiting for this post from you Pat! Oh my I was having the shakes just looking at the pasta's! Your fresh papparedelle looks wonderful. Oh yes, I feel a trip to NY coming on!

ARLENE said...

Pat, I have been dying to visit Eataly since I read about it in one of my foodie mags. Candy store is right! If I could tear myself away from all that gorgeous bread and pasta, I'd certainly enjoy visiting the salumeria. I'd love to plan a trip just before Christmas to "flesh out" my antipasto. I'd better cash in some CD's first, lol.

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

What a fantastic place! I have never seen anything like this and would love to visit it. Gee, maybe take a cooking class and learn how to really make spagetti without using Ragu. LOL! And the bread section - it's to die for. I wish we had one here in SE PA!

Claudia said...

I am swooning and envious and hungry!

Elettra said...

Dear Pat, after seeing your post makes me scream hurray the Italy and hurray the USA, congratulations and thanks for all the publicity you've done to good Italian food,
Mario Batali and Lidia Matticchio are a real guarantee, enjoy Italian cuisine

Maria M. Boyer said...

Nice. Adding this to my NYC-Things-To-Do list ... as if there weren't too many things on it already. I think I also need to add: "Meet Pat." Gorgeous photos, as always, my friend.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a marvelous place! I could spend days in there! I want a loft in the city right next door.

I recently discovered Lidia on PBS and I have her cookbook.

Thanks for the tour!

Old Kitty said...

Oh my goodness this puts my home backed humble pizza to shame!! LOL!!!! Wow!!! I love this place!! It's popular cos it's truly unique - everything Italian under one location - shopping, eating, dining, events.. wow!!!

And it's also great that the food is guaranteed fresh and organic! I love the mozarrella cooked on the spot!! And the fresh pasta - my goodness! But look at the types of bread.

I do like the idea of a vegetable butcher!! I think that would be my first stop!

Thanks for a peek into what is truly unique and one of its kind!! It's brilliant to have this at your doorstep - I love that your husband was especially happy to be let loose in here! Awwww!

Oh wow your pasta dish is just yummy! Take care
x

steviewren said...

Thanks for the tour Pat. I'd heard Mario Batali talk about the store on a show I watched on the Food Network. It looks like an amazing place for browsing or dining.

C.M. Jackson said...

Pat--great post and shots--Eataly is on my list but I am waiting for the newness to wear off and like you will visit early to avoid the rush--everything looks so yummy here's hoping I can get there soon!

Jo said...

O my I love this place,wish I could have been with yall.Thanks for sharing I will make this a must see on my next trip to NYC.
-Jo
-LazyonLoblolly

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Gosh----That EATALY is probably as large as the town of Crossville, TN... I have never seen an Italian place as neat as that one. I could spend about a million dollars in there. Thanks for sharing such an incredible place. WOW!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Farmchick said...

I always enjoy your posts. It is like a field trip everytime I visit! Gorgeous place that I would love to visit. Who doesn't love food and wine?!

dede said...

I live very close to original Eataly in Turin. Come here and see with your eyes, I wait for you, you know where you can find me, ciao Pat!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

OMG what an incredible place!! There's another place on my next NYC visit! I'd be stuck at the foccacia display buying some to eat in the park and if you look close you might see me in the line for gelato in that picture LOL.

My list is getting longer & longer!!
Hugs, Sherry

Tracy said...

Oh, my goodness...That has GOT to be FOOD HEAVEN surely??!!...*swoon*... Don't think I've ever seen so much pasta, bread & goodies in one place. And fresh pappardelle pasta...*drool*... I love your simple preparation with it. Thank you so much for this grand outing, Pat! I want pasta for dinner now... :o) LOL! Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

My name is PJ. said...

"Eataly" made me laugh and then drool.

RH (aka Lucy) said...

My daughter lives in DC and goes up to NYC quite often. Last weekend she took her daughter for her birthday. They did the overnight thing at the Museum of Natural History.

http://ngunderground.blogspot.com/2010/10/seven.html

I told her next time I come to DC I want a side trip into NY. So much to see and do there.

aliceinparis said...

What a spot!!!! I've heard about it and was excited to see your thorough article about it. LOVE the idea of a Vegetable Butcher!

CatHerder said...

oh my pat..i think my diet is in SERIOUS trouble after this post....i know where im going on our next wed. off that we are around ;-)

nanny said...

I think I could go broke in that place!!!! It is unreal. Your pictures were just perfect, giving us a real tour!!! You made a great purchase, may I have a large bowl? It looks delizioso!!

Pondside said...

What a thoroughly enjoyable trip that was! I could almost hear the noise of the crowd and smell the aromas wafting from the different shops. You know, we have nothing whatsoever even approaching such a place. It would be like a trip to food paradise!

Melanie said...

Oh wow I didn't know there were so many shapes for pasta. The supermarkets here have about 8 I think but delis have more. Amazing!

What a great place to visit and shop.

Elizabeth said...

We went there and it was BLISS!

please call me next time you go as it is only just up the road from me! We could have a snack there!!

What a super post you did --so detailed and amazing.
Have a super weekend.

I'm afraid it was just balloons above Chelsea but they did cause quite a stir!

Punctuation Mark said...

i hate they were not yet open when i was in NY... have a great weekend!

Betsy said...

Hi Pat! Haven't been around in a while so had to stop by when I saw you over at Farmchick's place!

This Eataly looks fabulous! I could spend all day in there! :)

Hope you are doing well! xo

Kat said...

Oh my goodness. This place looks like heaven on earth! I think DH would have to drag me out of there. What an amazing selection - kid in a candy shop indeed. Thanks for the tour, one more place to put on my bucket list :) Kat

Blooming Rose Musings said...

You keep giving me reason after reason to make another trip back east! This is definitely my kind of place. In fact, once I get there I may never leave. Your photos(and I know I keep saying this)are superb and with your writing it just makes me feel like I'm walking along side you. When I find I'm heading east, you and I will have to make plans to meet at Eataly. *Warning: I may never leave the bread department!
I've been meaning to ask you, what size lens do you usually use when snapping at a place like this? You really are so very talented. Thanks so much for the grand tour!

Etta DiLeo said...

We're in Italy right now on vacation and haven't experienced this kind of variety. Looking forward to enjoying it on my next trip to NYC. Thank you!

www.talestrailstravels.blogspot.com

merrilymarylee said...

WOW! I think I'd like to take a sleeping bag and spend a week in there. What a treasure trove of goodies! I'm glad to see that they're doing well.

Feel free to visit often and take us along. We're not apt to get bored with such a fascinating variety.

I was ecstatic when you went to the Brooklyn Gardens (beautiful!) but this one? That's amore!!! :)

Vee said...

Incredible. I can't even imagine visiting such a place offering so much. (I'd not enjoy eating there because the atmosphere isn't what I'm used to...window views...but I'm sure that I could enjoy the food. I'll just eat at home with you and Vinny! :D )

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am absolutely and utterly blown away, Pat! What a fabulous place! I can't even imagine!

I have missed you SO much. Have finally got Mr. Magpie better, but then I have had server issues. So I read. I have been reading a book about George Washington, and I have thought of you a LOT because it talks about the battles in NYC. I highly recommend this new volume on his life. It is amazing.

Sending you hugs across the miles. I keep hoping that one day, we'll get to meet in person. I would LOVE that!

I have a pic of our latest family addition (a little great niece) posted on my blog. If you get a chance, come take a peek. She's a premie, but she's doing great!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Snap said...

My goodness! What a treat! My mouth is watering. I wouldn't know where to start!!!!!! Thanks for taking us along.

Mary said...

Be still my heart...a foodie's paradise! I always enjoy my visits with you, they are so informative & comprehensive, blended with GREAT photos! If I ever have a chance to visit NYC in the future I know who to come to for a tour. Your pasta does look delizioso :-)

ellen b. said...

Oh my I really thought I was somewhere besides the good ole USA when I scrolled down. What a wonderful place to stroll and buy and nibble!! I need to visit my niece in NYC!!

Mary said...

Oh, be still my heart! My husband loves watching Lidia's cooking shows. He says it reminds him of my mother. :) You can bet we will find our way to Eataly soon! Oh, and your pappardelle and meat ragu looks soooooooo yummy!

EG Wow said...

WOW! I want to be there!

Sarah said...

This is will definitely be on my list for the next visit to NYC. Beautiful photos as usual, Pat.
Have a great week. ~ sarah

GrandmaK said...

Cannot tell you how wonderful all that food looked and an only imagine how wonderful it tasted. Well done! Cathy

eileeninmd said...

The Eataly looks like a neat place to shop for italian food goodies. Everything looked fresh and delicious.

diane said...

You and your husband must have thought it was heaven. It looks a fantastic store but as you say too crowded.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Oh I loved the tour through that fascinating establishment. Everything looks so fresh and very busy. That is good.

Gracie said...

WOW it looks really impressive! I'm sure you will come back, as I'm sure your husband will enjoy everythihg you will cook him!

Jillsy said...

Oh My Goodness ~ this place looks absolutely amazing! I need to go to NYC!!!

La said...

I've heard a lot about Eataly in past few weeks. It looks like a wonderful place to visit if you love food...as I do.

Your ragu looks divine. Thanks for sharing your trip. La

Riet said...

Oh WOW, it must be wonderful to shop and dine and drink an espresso there. You make the m ost wonderful pictures to take us with you. Thank you Pat.
I am sorry I haven;t been around lately but we have been so busy. We are done for 90 % so not so tired any more in the evenings, and more time to visit blogs now,

Oliag said...

I have read about Eataly in the paper and other blogs and I've seen it on Martha Stewart's show....it is SO on my list of places to stop at on my next trip to NYC. You are so fortunate to be living near so many fantastic places!

Beverly said...

Yikes, Pat. I would have thought I had died and gone to husband.

I was drooling all through your tour.

Mary Ann said...

As always, lovely photos and a most interesting post.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Ohhh Pat -- you know how much i love NYC -- and you taking on this adventure with you is FANtassssTic!

I love the various types and how you shared-- great shots BTW..

I loved the bridge scene.

Some day (again) I will return and I will make you come meet me for lunch! ;)

Hugs

Claudia

lynnekovan.com said...

What a fab place! I could have eaten everything there, just up my street. I think it was very restrained of you just to have a cup of coffee. Thank you for showing us round

La Petite Gallery said...

Jeassszz Pat,
What a wonderful post. I feel like I live under a rock. That bread,
and pappardelle is my favorite pasta, looks so good. you would have to put chains on me in that place. I am going to NY for 3 days in Dec, for my Cousin's Daughter Dina's wedding in the Hamptons. A big Italian wedding, wish we could meet. I will get picked up at Laguardia and go to Bayside then Center Morches for other cousin. Got to figure out how we can meet for coffee. yvonne- Ps I love the Ghost and mrs Muir too.

food for thought said...

what an outrageoulsy neat post, you are just power packed with goodness!

Vagabonde said...

We just came back from spending almost a week in Manhattan but we did not know about EATALY. We walked close to it without knowing it was there. But we had such a great time in NYC that my husband said we should not wait two years to go back, so I am taking note for the next time. This place is amazing – you show it so well.

Linda Lou said...

OMG PAT-CAN YOU PLEASE TRANSPORT THIS PLACE TO SAN DIEGO....Wow, what a feast for the eyes and the taste buds-we have nothing, I mean nothing that even slightly compares to this place...thanks for all the great photos.

Kate on Clinton said...

What an amazing place! I'm in that area all the time, but never ran across this place. I'll have to make a point of finding it next time. Great photos, as always!

LDH said...

This was a fantastic post of an awesome place. So much to see and such delicious foods to sample! I enjoyed every photo! :)

Kate on Clinton said...

Interesting article on Eataly in the Times today. Your photos are MUCH better!

Kate on Clinton said...

Oops, forgot the link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/dining/reviews/20Eataly.html?_r=1

Sue said...

Hi Pat....first, thank you for my birthday card!! and what a great review...we didn't make it into the city this trip but will have to put it on our list for next time...the fresh pasta looked wonderful especially along with your sauce!

RNSANE said...

I am sure I would have been wanting to eat from one section to the other. Since my job loss, having to practice restraint in places like this is the most awful thing!!! I never had any self control whatsoever but, in the past twenty months, I've learned to develop it, much to my regret!! Your pasta looked fabulous and now, at 2AM, I am ravenous!

Ann said...

Your autumn trees are so beautiful. How long ill it be befoe the leaves start to fall? I go for walks with my son abd he likes to drag his legs on the leaves.

Annesphamily said...

Hi Pat! You are one great storyteller plus this place is utterly amazing. I really enjoyed your tour. Thank you always for your sweet comments to me and your continuous joyful blog with excellent photographs. Thanks Anne

Rettabug said...

I swear, you live in the most interesting city in the world, Pat!! I've only been to New York twice & was quite overwhelmed by it all. If I EVER get to go back, I'm hiring YOU to be my tour guide, okay???

♥ ♥ ♥ that EATALY!!!! Died & gone to Foodie Heaven!!

Jacqueline said...

Wish I was there. This is the kind of place that makes a girl go wild! Your photos are fantastic. The bread! The pasta! The variety! Wow, I need to go to NY.

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

What a lovely trip you had! I have never been to NYC and I'm tempted to go buy a ticket right now, if for nothing else than to go live in this store! YUM - the pasta aisle, the bread aisle, the fresh mozz, the fish, the veggies... that's my vision of paradise (minus the beach, of course). I'm your newest follower and cannot wait to read more of your posts!