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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.
I died and went to Italian Heaven :)
By meravNY on 11/18/2010
I stopped eating out at Italian restaurants a while ago. Since everything is compared to my daughter's pasta, we end up being disappointed. However, we had to try the new Eataly. After all - you don't want to skip Batali's new place without really trying. So - we did. The Pesto Lasagna was to die for and the Quatro Fromaggio Pizza was heavenly, from crust to cheese and back again. So as the title suggests - I died and went to Italian Heaven. And if that's not enough, we didn't expect a restaurant full-service. It was a nice surprise and I am glad to say - service was wonderful. In conclusion - we'll be back! Definitely!
Glorious Organized Pandemonium
By Blossom826 on 9/26/2010
Mario has scored here presenting the gastronomic riches of Italy in a gargantuan beautiful space. Every category, i.e. jams, cheeses, pasta, pastry etc., is clearly and artistically presented and color coded to the area of origin in Italy. The crowds were insane but the checkout moves quickly and orderly. My only objection was that I was asked to eat at the counter of La Verdura because tables were being reserved for parties of 2 or more. I can not wait to return and would make the trip from Long Beach without blinking an eye for the finest, freshest & most beautifully displayed food I have ever seen.
Eataly = Amazing
By AnnaAubreyCain on 9/7/2010
This place is amazing, I got to stop in this weekend and Mario Batali was there taking photos with patrons but also checking up on his workers. It is a sight to behold, hanging meats, a guy pulling fresh mozzarella, the produce is impeccably fresh. I loved every second of it and can't wait to go back. The food is incredible and so gorgeous. The place was packed though and since its new I'm sure it will be like that for the next few months so be prepared to wait or stand and eat!!! But definitely check it out.
By rurcijr on 9/8/2010
Crowds are a challenge but Food is Excellent!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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