Monday, September 19, 2011

My Visit To Eataly NYC

200 Fifth Ave.
My husband and I just spent the weekend in NYC. It was our anniversary, and we decided it would be fun to spend a few nights enjoying the city. A show, a few nice dinners and a trip to Eataly (for me). For those of you who don't know of Eataly, it is located downtown at 23rd and 5th ave., just across the street from Madison Sq. Park and next to the Flat-iron building.  Eataly is housed in a 50,000 sq. foot building, and is a very unique Italian market place. More accurately, it is an amazing food emporium! It is the creation of Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joseph Bastianich. It has six sit down restaurants, including a beer garden on the rooftop. I never got to try any of them. We planned on doing Eataly our second day but, our plans changed. On our first day, after lunch at the Stage Deli, we decided to go downtown. Not the smartest thing I've ever done. All this wonderful Italian food and I wasn't hungry. I did stroll through the store and buy some wonderful Italian goodies to take home. My favorite being a jar of Chestnut Jam. Things were pricy, or you could say upscale! But it is NYC. Definitely an experience! There were isles of pasta, wine, artisanal cheeses, beautifully baked breads, cured meats and fresh fish. An espresso bar, with a gorgeous espresso machine. A gelateria (gelato stand) which I would have loved to sample but, my husband is on South Beach, so I didn't want to tempt him. I understand it could get quite crowded. However, we visited on a thursday, late afternoon and it was really easy to explore. Not at all crowded and I didn't have to wait long on any line. I could have spent  hours perusing the many isles but, this was not my hubby's favorite thing to do. So, because it was "our" anniversary, we left after about an hour with a taste that still has not been satisfied!
I'm already making plans to do a day in the city with a girlfriend, so we can explore this unique market at a slower pace.


23rd. St. entrance

A wall of jams, preserves, honey and coffee. I wanted to buy some chestnut honey before I left and forgot  it

Imported Coffee

The Espresso/Cappuccino Station

Chocolate anyone?
Isles of pasta
Bakery is overseen by Nancy Silverton of the renowned La Brea Bakery 
My goodies from Eataly
My husband waiting "patiently" for me! 



17 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting spot, we missed this on our trip to New York, oh well need to go back and check it out next time!
    I love that wall of jams,jellies, honey etc. And also the pasta!
    I agree this is a wonderful outing for a group of girlfriends but your husband looks patient-Thank goodness they provide a place to sit down;-)
    Happy Anniversary;-)

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  2. Looks like a fun place to visit. You are a fan of chestnuts?

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  3. I remember seeing "Martha" do a tour of this place on her show. It really looks like a fun place. My husband would be doing the same thing (haha). Happy Anniversary :-)

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  4. Wow, Kathy, how neat. We completely missed this on our trip to NYC - although, I'm not sure we could have fit one more thing in! I will definitely make a note of it for next time.

    Happy Anniversary! xoxoxo

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  5. In Bologna , my family city, there is the first Eataly opened in the world...I love to go there when I visit my parents, but it's not NYC , it's Eataly expensive....anyway the food is excellent!!! Baci (kisses) Flavia

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  6. Happy Anniversary, Kathy! Our anniversary is the day before yours (15th) and, of course, you are a few years ahead. I wish you and your husband many more happy anniversaries. Your weekend in NYC sounds like a great way to celebrate. Your photos of Eataly are making me consider a visit to New York.

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  7. Belated anniversary wishes, Kathy! What a fun trip...I'd be antsy to go back, too! Your hubby was a good sport and I'm certain you'll be making something fabulous for him with your Eataly goodies~

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  8. If I ever make it to NYC, this will be a visit on the list. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and walkthrough!

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  9. I have been wanting to got to Eataly ever since I saw it on Martha's show. I'm glad you were able to find some goodies to bring home. I know it's not easy to shop at leisure when you have a husband waiting for you. :) I hope you had a wonderful anniversary weekend!

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  10. I burst out loud when I saw the photo of your patiently waiting husband!! I love it. That would be mine too. Why can't men soak up all of the levels of details we women can? Congratulations on your anniversary. That was a fantastic way to spend the day.

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  11. Oh Kathy! I love the photos and would love to go there. Happy Anniversary! Your 'patient' husband reminds me of mine!

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  12. Wow this shop has tons of interesting products! Greetings from Chile

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  13. I've never heard of this before and I've been to NYC quite a few times.. My son travels there often and stays close to where you're talking about I believe. I wonder if they have a website. I'll have to check it out. What fun! I'll bet you felt like you were in Italy. Now to check it out.

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  14. Nice to meet you! Love your pictures! Pat
    http://patspinkapron.blogspot.com

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  15. I hoped to get to Eataly when I was in New York over the summer and just ran out of time. Thanks for the tour!

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  16. Great pictures once again!!! Hey you are lucky you can get the hubby into a store, in 50 yrs maybe mine has gone 5 times if that? Looks like something I'd like to see as well. I know you had a great one with that extra little special thing you guys did to insure you lots of NYC fun!! Congrats. xoxo

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  17. looks like SO much fun. while we lived in Pittsburgh, we never made it to NYC. i dream of going there some day. :)

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