Photo Cred: Eataly
Do you like food? wine? shopping? beer gardens? Let’s be friends.
If you answered with a resounding ‘yes’ to those questions, hustle over to the Flatiron District and feast your eyes on Eataly. No, we’re not spelling the name of the boot-shaped country incorrectly. Eataly is the gourmet Italian food market that is the genius project of Chef Mario Batali. You can eat and shop here. You’ll find every Italian item under the sun, including a never-ending selection of regional olive oils, dried pastas, and the best Italian desserts and gelatos. You can also pick up freshly cut meats, homemade pasta (made right in front of you), and all your favorite seafood and raw bar items. If that’s not enough, you can also just pop in to have some pasta and drink some Chianti.
There are 9 eateries inside Eataly, as well as plenty of wine, cheese, and charcuterie counters surrounded by standing-only high top tables. To top it all off – literally – there’s a beer garden, Birreria, on the roof top. Open year round, the restaurant/brewery is one of the best places to grab a drink in the open-air and soak in the city skyline.
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