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.
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!
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