The press tour of Eataly last night left us in awe of what Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and their Italian partners are trying to accomplish with the opening of the flagship American Eataly store on Fifth Avenue in New York—an Italian food emporium of mindboggling proportions. There's every Italian foodstuff you'd want, everything you could think about wanting, in the vast space curated by Batali and company.
In the end, I felt about Birreria exactly the way I felt about Eataly, the Italian food mega-emporium, as a whole. Ambitious, successful, exciting; crowded, expensive. It may not be perfect, but it's extraordinarily impressive. It may be a jam-packed space, but it's a beautiful one. It may be pricy, but the quality is commendably high. Those are the tradeoffs to consider.
Eataly is one giant mall-like shrine to Italian food, within which are lots of little mini-shrines: the restaurants of Eataly. There's pizza, pasta, fish, meats, cheeses: each in their own separate corner of Eataly's sprawl. The popular attractions may be pizza and pasta and such, but with Eataly's impressive produce selection, I thought it was due time that the Vegetarian Option put Le Verdure—Eataly's all-vegetable restaurant—to the test.
Ever since I was blown away by Eataly's vegetable station, I've been wanting to further investigate what their other stations have to offer. Seeing as fresh pasta is one of their specialties (and vegetarian option friendly) it seemed both inevitable and appropriate to take on La Pasta for this week's vegetarian option.
Any number of guidebooks, newspaper articles, airline magazine roundups, or TV shows can give first-time New York visitors a lengthy eating itinerary. Unfortunately, their recommendations aren't always the best. The good news? Some oft-visited tourist destinations really do have great food. Here are our favorites.
New York isn't short on places to get a scoop, but we've all had that moment when we're standing on the corner wondering where on earth to go. That's why we put together a list of all the places we like to satisfy our craving—from good, everyday ice cream to stand-out spots.
In frosty times like these, few things are as satisfying as digging into a hearty plate of pasta. This isn't the season for light olive oil and tomato dishes—we're craving cream and butter sauces, meaty ragus, and lots of lasagna. To that end, here are some of our favorite pastas for fighting back the cold.