Saturday, August 4, 2012

Birreria -- Eataly's Rooftop Brewery and Cafe


As you may remember in past posts, I have enjoyed visiting the wonderful Italian Food Emporium and Food Hall owned by celebrated chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich called "Eataly," which is located in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan.  I showed in a photo tour post their extensive inventory of every imaginable offering gourmet Italian food, and on this post the time my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful artisan thin crust pizza in their La Pizza La Pasta restaurant.  When I wrote those blog posts Birreria was not yet opened, and I've been anxious to visit Eataly again to visit this new rooftop attraction! 




Eataly’s Birreria is a rooftop restaurant and brewery located on top of their building at 200 5th Avenue.  It offers the highest quality beer and food year round under the stars and skyline, and under a retractable roof in winter


In collaboration with Dogfish Head, Baladin and Del Borgo, they brew unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated Cask Ales just 30 feet from where you sit, eat and drink



Birreria's alfresco atmosphere was casual and lively.



As we were visiting Birreria with my husband's sister, we all decided to share a carafe of Moretti Bionda lager draft beer. It was crisp and refreshing on a hot day. A choice selection of bottled beers and wines were also available to order.


The menu offers a variety of hearty fare, such as deeply flavorful mushroom entrees, pork shoulder paired with house made pickled vegetables and sauerkraut, house made sausages and grilled meats.  There is also a wide selection of Formagi (cheese) and Salumi (cold cuts) and a few Contori (sides)


 As it was lunch time we decided to share the salumi and formagi platters, with broad beans and olive oil smashed potatoes as sides.  Our order was served with slices of fresh baked bread and a plate of extra virgin olive oil and a plate of honey for dipping the bread and cheese.


The "Affettati Misti" Salumi for two is a selection of all the salumi on the menu -- speck (smoked prosciutto), mortadella (traditional salumi from Emeglia Romagna), sopressata (Calabrian style pork salumi), copa (Emiglia Romagna style pork shoulder), cacciatorini (Piedmont style "hunters style" pork shoulder).


We also selected the complete Formagi selection: Ricotta Fresca (fresh ricotta), Parmigiano, Asiago Fresca, Robiloa Bosina, Provolone, Taleggio, Gorgonzola Dolce.  Everything was very fresh and delicious!


The bar area of Birreria was also full of people enjoying the beautiful weather and the company of their family and friends.




Before we left Eataly I had to check out their present selection of fresh home made pastas for sale -- they were all very tempting!



We then took a walk around the architecturally interesting Madison Square Park area that is located across the street from Eataly. My husband and his sister can be seen in the photo mosaic above standing in front of Madison Square Park's stature of William Seward, the twelfth Governor of New York City. Between visiting the High Line Park (which you can read about in my prior post) and Birreria, we all had a fabulous day!

I just returned home from a two week trip to Colorado, and will have very exciting news to share on my next post -- stay tuned! Those who already know, please keep my secret a little longer -- thanks!


I'm linking this post to the following blog events: Seasonal Sunday, Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday. Thank you to all the blog hosts.  


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47 comments:

Michelle said...

I would LOVE to eat there! What a treat that must be!

nanny said...

Ditto Michelle!!!

Barbara F. said...

I have got to get down there. In the fall, when it is cooler. Can't deal with the city with this heat and humidity. Eataly looks like a wonderful place. xo

Sarah said...

Another beautiful day in NYC. ;-)
Thanks for taking us along, Pat.

Lori E said...

That is my kind of place. The atmosphere looks fun and the food, delicious.
I love shopping in Italian Markets.

Lori E said...

That is my kind of place. The atmosphere looks fun and the food, delicious.
I love shopping in Italian Markets.

Kris said...

Oh my goodness gracious! I MUST go there! It sounds just amazing!!!! My husband would love it too...all of those beers!!! Wow!!
Welcome home from your trip, and I will wait patiently for your news!!
NOT!!!!
: ) KRis

Pondside said...

I can wait a while for the news - just too long please!
You always show such delicious food. I'd love to spend a week eating my way around NYC with your blog as a guide.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Those salumi and formagi plates look delicious, what a great place to visit after building up a hearty appetite walking the High Line. Two more for the list.
Paul

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a great place to visit! Love the outdoor venue:@)

Snap said...

What a fun place! I wonder what secret you'll be sharing with us? Hmmmmmmm, can i guess?!!!!!!!!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Mario & Lidia seem to be expanding and getting more popular. My BIL and his family have been to Mario's restaurant several times and my sister has been to one of Lidia's restaurants in KC.

I would love the opportunity to try this new one, but I suspect it will be only through your eyes, so thanks for sharing it with us Pat.
Sam

Riet said...

Oh wow all food looks delicious and what a great place it looks. The food must be so good and so nice to be ale to have a beer to go with it. Welcome home and I am waiting for the big news. Lol

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It looks a fantastic place!

Buttercup said...

I still haven't been to Eataly, but looking at your pictures will get me there soon. So excited to hear your happy news.

Houseelf said...

What a great way to sample so many flavours and feel full up afterwards. With so many people there you know it must be good.

ellen b. said...

That all looks so perfect for a hot day, the food and the beer. Mario's parents have a great Italian spot here in Seattle that always has a long line...

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

My lips are zipped, but I'm excited to hear your news!! I could eat myself silly in this spot! blessings ~ tanna

The Tablescaper said...

I love Eataly and willnow have to add this to my list. As always, wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

steviewren said...

The cheese and bread plates sound and look so inviting. I'd love to try the cheeses. Right now.

Yvette said...

Wow, what a fun place to visit AND you get to drink great beer and eat fab food as well. That Mario, he sure knows how to please the foodies. Of which I am definitely one. Though I've never been there and can't think when I might get the chance, but I visit with you, Pat in these wonderful posts. And for that I think you from the bottom of my heart. :)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Pat - Thanks for the tour of the birrerria. My kids have been there, and it's on my radar before the summer ends. Those cheeses and affettati look fabulous. I want some right now.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

We didn't have time to go there we we visiting last summer. I hope to come back to NY and visit Eataly....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I can't wait to hear your secret! I don't know what it is...but it must be good! Love your post and fabulous photos! Happy Mosaic Monday!

podso said...

What an interesting place to meet and eat!

Carol said...

Fantastic place. I'm dying to go there. Don't know the secret but you have me curious, LOL!

Vee said...

Eataly...hope that I can remember that long enough to share with my Boston niece now turned Brooklyn niece.

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Ooh, I would love to eat there. Looks like great atmosphere, great food, great beer. All the makings of a great time, I'm sure. Love the photos, as always!

Cottage and Broome said...

Love Eatly, one of my favorite places to visit when I'm in NYC. Thanks for the tip on the Birreria, Laura

GrandmaK said...

Wow! I can only imagine!!! Cathy

eileeninmd said...

It does sound like a fantastic place to eat. The food all looks yummy and the beer sounds delicious. It is neat that the roof is retractable. Thanks for sharing, great pic's.

Tracy said...

Oh, WOW... now THAT is a place to go to eat, drink and be merry--LOVE this, Pat! :o) ((HUGS))

Jenny said...

Oh! What fun! It looks like such simple fare but I bet it was spectacular!

As was your mosaic!

Your sister is almost as pretty as you are!

But...sssshhh...don't tell her I said that.

Just a little something from Judy said...

You sure did a great job in promoting such a fun place to eat. I am sure there waiting lines will be growing after everyone finishes reading your blog post. I would love to eat there.

Can't wait to hear your news. I will be waiting.

Betsy Brock said...

Oh, that looks like fun! And since I haven't eaten yet today, that food looks extra especially amazing! lol.... mmmmm

Cucina49 said...

I have been to several Eatalys in Italy, but haven't made it to NYC to see this one yet. Based on your post, I am really looking forward to it!

Paula's Postings said...

Mmmmmm that food looks divine, that's another place to add to my list.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a delicious and fun-looking place! You are such a wonderful NYC tour guide :)

Can't wait to hear the news!!

Annesphamily said...

Oh Pat, you make a gal hungry over here! LOL! What a fun place to visit and share a meal!
I think I may know your secret! Shhh....hurry and share!

edenhills said...

This looks like such a wonderful place!

Lorrie Orr said...

Mmmm, those platters of cheese and salumi look delicious. What a great place to eat. And I think the name is great! Have a good week, Pat.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Well now you have me curious! How long do i have to wait?

I'm with Pondside...an eating tour of NYC sounds like the perfect thing to me!

Sheila said...

This looks like a delicious place to visit and drink beer on a summer's day. Looking forward to hearing your news Pat!

Skye said...

OK I am making a major mental note to visit this place next trip into the city - wow! I am hungry reading this - I think I would easily overeat and have the bloat leaving there LOL! Yum!

Sally in WA said...

You have made me quite hungry and thirsty! I enjoy trying different beers whenever I travel and this would be a place I would go. Thanks!!

Odessa Kammel said...

These pictures are breathtaking. You really had a wonderful time traveling in different places and enjoyed taking photographs of these stunning views. Traveling in this scenic places can give you the opportunity to calm your tired senses, and momentarily, forget the hassles of urban living.

Odessa Kammel

Willow said...

If I ever visit New York, I'm definitely going there!