East Village Eats

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Eataly

Posted on | August 31, 2011 | 5 Comments

Eataly InteriorEataly opened with much fanfare a year ago, but I decided to hold off & wait. Luckily Hurricane Irene had everyone running scared this weekend, so I decided to head there on Monday in the hope that it would be pretty empty.  Even though they were celebrating their 1 year anniversary with deep discounts on 44 items in the Market & Wine Shop, the place was pretty quiet.

Meat Section at EatalyI’m not quite sure I understand the concept of Eataly, there are several restaurants with shared seating areas, mainly in the center of the sprawling 50K sq. ft. mega-market.  Shopping is confined to the outer fringes & I’ll admit that I lost my way a few times.  I’m not quite sure if the main focus is on the food, or the shopping but there’s enough of each to keep you busy for quite some time.  I shopped mainly from the discounted anniversary items, but they have quite a selection.

Cheese Selection at EatalyMaybe it’s for the ease of service, but they seem to lean towards pre-packaged goods.  This isn’t a complaint, they do have a butcher section there, but most of the meats (see above), come weighed & packaged.

Vegetables at EatalyI made a slight detour to eat at Manzo, but I had a pretty awesome shopping experience at Eataly. Yes, it’s overpriced, but the few extra bucks you’ll spend is totally justified. I’m not saying that Eataly will replace Trader Joe’s or my regular trips to Chinatown, but it’s a viable option when I need certain items.  Not pictured is the seafood counter which is not stocked as well as I would have hoped.

Eataly: 200 5th Avenue @23rd Street
Eataly on Urbanspoon

Comments

5 Responses to “Eataly”

  1. Alex
    September 1st, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    You have to eat at the vegetable restaurant Le Verdure. The toasts and farro salad with roasted vegetables are to die for!

  2. Jason Casséus
    September 1st, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    I plan on going back, at least to try out all of the restaurants.

  3. Angela
    September 1st, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Haha you are preachin’ to the choir here– I just finally visited Eataly a month or so ago. Refused to participate in the chaos when they first opened.

  4. Alex
    September 1st, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Ironically, Serious Eats just wrote a post about the toast and farro salad today! See here: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/09/the-vegetarian-option-eatalys-le-verdure.html

  5. Manzo : East Village Eats
    October 10th, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    [...] part of my first visit to Eataly a few weeks ago, I stumbled on Manzo & decided to get some lunch.  There are a bunch of [...]

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