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200 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10010
at 23rd St.
By lordmerde on 10/25/2010
some great products don't make a great store/destination. coffee is not the best (lavazza), incompetently prepared by ten people behind a bar (!). Veggies are veggies. Pasta varietals are a joke (better selection at keyfood, almost). $18 jams? Pizza is so-so. Gelato is not worth having (could you any more almond extract in your pistachio gelato?) Disclosure: I did not try Manzo.
High End products LOW END Employees!
By flaireatefredesegal on 11/8/2010
You would think with the high prices you pay for their products you would get good service -wrong. The employees are so unwelcoming and uneducated about the the products they sell - they make you want to put the products down and walk to wholefoods where you will be pleasantly received.
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.
By withers1 on 10/4/2010
I was so bummed out about Eataly. It's essentially a disneyland for food. You have to stand in line for hours to enjoy any of the attractions. Also, I bought a cup of coffee and a bottle of water at their Lavazza cafe, and when i realized the bottle was glass, and i could not take it to go, asked to return it. The next day i find out that they had charged my credit card twice for the transaction instead of actually returning the water. UGH.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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