If you have not heard the name Mario Batali in the past couple of months, then you have been totally living under a rock and not a food one either. Amongst all his success with restaurants such as Del Posto, BABBO, and Lupa he has added #15 to his list of accomplishments and has recently opened EATALY. Originally housed in Turin, Italy, Eataly is a 50,000 square feet artisinal Italian food and wine complex that now has a NYC address. This is the mecca of all things Italian. Everything is in this building starting from house ware; cookbooks and imported and domestic Italian products to a central wine bar, a cafe, and retail food counters. Thats not even including 4+ public restaurants(Meat, Fish/Seafood, Pizza/Pasta, Vegetable), a beer garden located on the roof, and the culinary educational center.
I had the chance to dine at one of the 4 restaurants inside EATALY, Manzo Ristorante. The italian steakhouse with seating at the marble topped bar and seating sectioned off for a more intimate dining atmosphere, showcases all things meat....even if its the brains, heart, and tongue. My dining partner and I sat at the bar, had a glass of wine and dined on the following:
Carpaccio of Tenderlion with Shaved Parmigiano, Lardo and Olio Toscano
Seared Lambs Heart, Sweet Onions, Yogurt, and Mint
Housemade Pasta with Meat Ragu
Fried Quail with Fagiolini and Piemontese Stuffed Peppers
Tiramisu 2 ways
EATALY is truly a must have experience. Even if its just to grab some gelato or just walk around and shop, EATALY is and will be for a long time the hot venture in food.
200 5th avenue (at 23rd street)
New York, N.Y. 10010