Eataly in NYC is the ultimate slashie. Part resto/pret-a-manger/grocery store (and wine and beer too) Eataly is like an adult playground. In a recent romp in NYC I stayed within a dangerous stones throw from this food mecca. Grabbing lunch seemed obvious, and stocking up on hotel room goodies was necessary. With 7 restaurants to tempt you (similar to a Marche, but no lame passports) it is pretty overwhelming entering into the massive department store size space. After a few strolls through the market, we got our bearings and queued up for the La Pizza and Pasta restaurant for shockingly, pizza and pasta. Okay, so subtlety is not their strong point, but the food definitely is. With scores of in house made pastas, cheeses, sauces, breads and more, this store aims to connect with the consumer on more than just a fiscal level. Also operating a school, Mario Batali has created an interactive bustling marketplace for yes, Batali’d products abound, but also niche products from Italy.
And did I mention the rooftop beergarden?
The NoMad hotel was a short walk (stumble) from Eataly, so we stocked up on goodies like cured meats and tasty cheeses to tide us over after the bars and long days of walking. The NoMad has a fabulous bar (once voted best hotel bar in North America) so after a shuffling all over NYC we were keen to grab a bar stool and let the magicians do their work!