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200 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10010
at 23rd St.
Excllent service and foods
By khasrul on 6/21/2012
On my first determine out we selected & analyzed items from several different foods offices along with a bottles of bottles of wine better. On my second determine out we selected La Pizza & Deal with. Of course we had to example both. The lasagna was one of the best I've had. It couldn't get any thinner and and the brown brownish brown brownish brown brown crust area position area position place position was definitely charred. Definitely have one of the selfmade vegetables, I don't know how they get it so sleek and illumination.
Great food, rude staff
By Nicholaskk on 2/5/2012
The food and wine was great. The staff was very rude at the bar restaurant. There are many small shops that sell similar things. No need to go here. We will not go back.
By franknaps on 12/14/2011
Too crowded, over priced, not great food. Only thing good is the cheese and Charcuterie which must have a 300% margin.
Too chaotic, Too noisy, too much waiting time
By coreyguia on 9/3/2011
If you want to eat on the fast, like we NYkers are used to - don't bother to go to Eataly, most certainly not for a "sit down" meal during rush hour. Buy yourself an apple or ready made sandwich and spend the rest of your lunchtime waiting at the cashiers. I tmight be more relaxed if you care for lunch at 3pm - I will haved to check it out.
So happy my friend showed me this place
By Stevemcgovorn on 4/19/2011
A friend of mine took me here for lunch and I had no idea what I was walking in to. This place is awesome! Every time I walk into this place I feel like a kid in a candy store. Sure sometimes it gets pretty hectic but for the things you find in there its worth the stress. Every time I'm in there I find something new and exciting to try and always end up loving it. Great fresh home made food that you can either sit and eat or take home. If your in the area make it your business to stop in there.
What's not to like?
By rachelnj on 4/16/2011
Being a fan of everything and anything Mario Batali and Lidia and Joe Bastianich create, my love affair with Eataly is to be expected. That being said, this Italian mega-emporium surpasses even my most extravagant expectations. Pantry staples like cannellini beans and dried mushrooms are pricey but quality is guaranteed. TIn the cheese and dairy departments I recommend "salvatore brooklyn ricotta" and black truffle butter. The fist department is one of the best in NY (better than Citarella); it's filled with a fresh items such as alaskan salmon and some of the best tuna I have had and the Eataly staff is knowledgable, patient and helpful. The fish department is also a must for specialty items like bottarga and glass eels (see Batali's "Molto Gusto" for recipes using those in pasta). If you are dining at Eataly, I recommend the daily bruschetta at Le Vedura or the Fritto Misto at Il Pesce. Everything is served with the most flavorful toasted garlic bread that is miraculously both crispy and moist all at the same time. Before leaving, make sure to take a look at the beautiful variety of fresh produce, especially the exotic mushrooms and exquisite selection of pre-washed (what could be better?) lettuces. I think the Eataly staff wants you to start with your produce shopping, but even with their clever double-stack shopping cart, you will find it difficult to navigate your way through the rest of this Italian food mecca with everything you pick up in your first few minutes.
Great time till we got to Manzo
By nancyeloureiro on 3/5/2011
I went here with my husband last nite. Started out at the Piazza where we had a GREAT time, our server was exeptional, friendly and highly educational. Then as we were leaving to go for dinner somewhere else we checked out the Manzo menu and decided to stay here and wait 30 mins to be seated. Service was good, food not so good. We o...rdered four things, only one was as expected, the sweetbreads were delish, but then there has never been a sweetbread I haven't liked. Blood sausage was dry and too spiced up, tasted more like gingerbread than anything else, vitello tonato, the veal was undercooked and the tonato tasted more like salad dressing. And it almost seemed as if the dishes were pre assembled and were waiting to be served to the next customer because nothing was HOT, and sauces were a bit set on the plate, a bit dry. But we still looked forward to the suckling pig. Oh boy, what a dissapointment!! This is NOT suckling pig, more like smoked christmas ham. We were convinced that we would be in for a treat as we know Mario Batalli did a lot of his learning and cooking in Spain, he must know roasted suckling pig......PLEASE teach your Chef there what this dish is all about and to not do it such a disservice. Will defenitely go back, to taste the food in the other areas, but defenitely not to Manzo, huge dissapointment.
Far too chaotic
By krodster on 2/21/2011
Undoubtedly I chose the absolute worst time to try Eataly: during the afternoon lunch rush on a Saturday. The place is a chaotic disaster. The staff is completely unhelpful as they are far too busy to even be bothered with those that are lost within the store. It's impossible to figure out where you can get a table for a sit-down meal because the signage is nowhere to be found (except for the "helpful" grocery style signs that say "Cheese" and "fish" but which do not indicate a restaurant) there is practically no seating available for those who purchase various goods from the grocery like areas to create their own picnic style meal. The prices for the one restaurant we did happen upon looked a little high, but then again for the area perhaps its considered average. We managed to purchase some focaccia/pizza like bread that was reasonably priced and tasty, but I ended up having to stand for the majority of my meal while i waited for a seat to become available. The whole experience was quite jarring. like trying to eat in the middle of Fairway during the weekend or evening shopping hours. To be honest, I'm not sure I'd like to revisit the place. It's not a dining atmosphere.
Gems amidst the chaos
By Molly_Anne on 12/14/2010
I realize that this isn't really a comprehensive review since Eataly has about four restaurants. We decided to go on a whim, and though warned of how enormous Eataly was, we weren't prepared for the experience. The place was hard to navigate at first, what with the flood of lunchtime visitors and cramped space. We eventually secured a table at La Pasta where we were treated to very prompt service. I got the pumpkin lasagna and my partner got the lasagna with ragu. They were both great portion sizes and had a good ratio of ingredients. I thought mine was especially good. Walking around, I noticed that Eataly seems to have a lot of good fresh ingredients for the homecooking crowd. I would definitely shop there if I lived in the city. There's also a selection of somewhat rare beer including some of the harder to find Dogfish Head brews.
Eataly - fabulastico!
By LottaU on 11/19/2010
Eataly - where have you been all my life? I love the fresh vegetables, amazing choice of clean dry wild mushrooms - you're not charged for soil, twigs and rain water. Huge selection of greens and to my surprise three types of freshly peeled baby onions - fantastic! The proper butcher is not cheap, but the staff know their stuff and the meat is very good quality, nice touch to see fresh veal kidneys etc. The fish counter is truly impressive... a long time since I've managed to buy live scallops in their shell. Gorgeous fresh pasta counter... also sells fresh black and white truffles - thankfully $$$ prices displayed - not for the fainthearted! Interesting "raw" cheeses but I felt the parma ham and salamis were hiding in the background so difficult to get inspiration and stressed staff don't know enough. A heaven for dried pasta, risotto rice, jars of "goody stuff", breads, ice cream, chocolates, panatone, wine etc etc. Plenty of casual restaurants - packed with happy eaters - shared space with shoppers so not really a place to eat and chillax! On the whole, it is no more expensive than Wholefoods a few blocks down the road and felt better value than Chelsea market. Room for improvement? Queueing to counters - it's pretty much a free for all and complete chaos so can take quite a while to get served. At peak times, the final queue to pay is badly managed as it snakes around the store. If food is your thing and you have time... you will have the experience of your life!
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