|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|
|The Espresso/Cappuccino Station|
|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! |