Eataly, NYC


One of the goals during my recent New York City trip was to visit Eataly. I’ve been intrigued by the whole Eataly concept since it was built. It claims to be the largest Italian market place in the world, and at 50,000 square feet, I believe it must be.


The famous names behind Eataly include Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, and her son Joe Bastianich. (I’m not sure about Mario any longer…)


Eataly sells everything Italian. There is a bakery, a cheese shop, a fish department, an area for charcuterie, a pasta department, and so forth. Intermingled among the shops are various restaurants – some set up for full dining, others cafés, take-out stops, and areas for tastings.


Oh, and a fresh pasta shop of course.


The toughest apart about Eataly for us was figuring out how to get in to Eataly. We had the right address, but never found an obvious entrance. So we walked through a shop that sells everything Nutella – the Nutella Bar.

So yes, I had to have a Nutella crepe and an espresso. It was still morning, after all!

Eventually we discovered a customer information booth of sorts, and were handed a map, which helped immensely. We walked around, for the sole purpose of picking up some items I can’t get where I live, but my husband suggested I get them online. That’s how much he dislikes shopping of any kind.

I was especially intrigued by this pasta, which I can only describe as embossed pendants. I will be buying these online!

Eventually we managed to get hungry and chose Manzo for lunch.

We began with toasted bread, prosciutto and stracciatella. Stracciatella, if you’re not aware, (I wasn’t), is the inside of burrata. So it was like sweet, lumpy cream drizzled with a little olive oil. And their prosciutto was the meatiest, smokiest prosciutto we’ve ever experienced. At that point we should have asked for the bill.

But no, we both do love to eat, and so far we were definitely excited and impressed.

My husband ordered pappardelle with wild boar sauce, and because I’ve never eaten them, I ordered pasta with ramps.


My pasta was incredible, but because the ramps were blended in a “sauce” that included asparagus, I couldn’t really tell what they were like on their own. Nonetheless, a fabulous dish. And our lunch was made more perfect with wines chosen by our attentive and knowledgeable waitress.


Overall, Eataly was a wonderful experience, even though I left with no groceries. But you can indeed go to Eataly online and shop. There is also a calendar of events like tastings and classes if you happen to live in NYC or are visiting.

One note – While at Eataly, I had actually planned on eating lunch at Birreria, a glassed-in restaurant on the rooftop of Eataly, but it happened to be closed for renovation. It’s now re-opened and named Sabbia, serving “coastal fare.” I would still like to go there, if nothing else for the views. But I bet the food is top-notch, after our Manzo experience!

63 thoughts on “Eataly, NYC

  1. That sounds like a piece of Italian heaven to me! And a Nutella bar as an entrance, that´s tempting, too. I might have got stuck there – but no, I wouldn´t have wanted to miss all the deliciousness waiting on the inside!

  2. Oh Mimi! We experienced Eataly in Chicago, but from what I understand they are pretty much the same… It is probably the greatest culinary experiences I have ever had. It is a foodie paradise. I’m so glad you were able to experience it too. Thanks for sharing. I need to visit NYC!

  3. cool pics!

    On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:01 AM, the chef mimi blog wrote:

    > chef mimi posted: “One of the goals during my recent New York City trip > was to visit Eataly. I’ve been intrigued by the whole Eataly concept since > it was built. It claims to be the largest Italian market place in the > world, and at 50,000 square feet, I believe it must be. ” >

  4. Oh wow, what a way cool experience! I can’t believe your hubby wants you to buy that stuff online, as you’ll have to pay shipping won’t you? If you bought it right then and there you could have packed it home! (That’s the frugalness in me saying that, lol!)

  5. We are headed to NYC in a month, and Eataly has been on our list since the day the trip was decided. I can’t wait to go and take my time in every section… My one visit there was pretty rushed.

    • I completely understand. Mine was too. And if I were you, I would get the map and do a little research. There are just so many restaurants/bars to chose from, and I’m not sure I actually saw all of Eataly itself. But I would recommend Manzo if you want that kind of dining experience. The glassed-in rooftop restaurant would be fabulous, too.

  6. OMG. Why doesn’t LA have something like this? We have a lot of great Italian markets, cheese shops, bakeries, restaurants, etc, but nothing that rivals the one stop shopping of this place. Thanks for the intro. GREG

      • The rooftop restaurant? Not yet. I read it about it but I don’t drink during the day and I feel the experience wouldn’t be the same without tasting their beers. I made a point to go there for a very late afternoon meal/dinner.

  7. Hi Mimi, my husband dislikes shopping too, but I do believe he would love this place. He is half Italian, (his mom) and she can make most anything from a bag of flour. Your pasta dish sounds amazing.

    • well, my husband loved it, but I knew he wouldn’t love it for 6 or 7 hours! He’s pretty patient, but I never want to push it. We went to Kalustyans as well, and he actually found those products even more fascinating! But Eataly was a blast.

    • Hi. Mimi, thanks for this wonderful tip. We are in New York and just came back from a visit at Eataly. I didn’t finish reading this post and missed the rooftop restaurant 😒. We had a huge agenda for our first day in New York. Anyway, I had a lovely charred octopus salad downstairs.

  8. I need this store in my backyard so I can visit it every day. Nutella crepe and an espresso??? Yes, please! :)

  9. I have been to Eataly in NY twice already and I am always a bit overwhelmed by the crowds (and the prices) but it is a fabulous place. If you are ever in Rome, you should visit the one there. It’s in an odd part of town, but not hard to reach, and gigantic! One is opening here in LA soon, also courtesy of Mario Batali.

  10. Hi Mimi, found your post and had to comment, I am a huge fan of Eataly. Of course, Eataly in Rome, my city ;-) . (I have a post on my blog about it). My family shops there constantly and whenever I’m in Rome I go there as much as I can, to eat and to shop. Their selection is the greatest, freshest, high quality, the best every Italian Region has to offer. Loved to see how the NYC one looked like, a bit different from the one in Rome, but still beautiful! Glad you liked it!

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