EATALY A brand new market right in Chelsea, this time with a very distinctive Italian flavor result of the perfect marriage among three of the most beloved Italian-American restaurateurs – Matio Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, and multimillion dollar Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti.
Built at the Toy Building ( 200 Fifth Avenue ) right off 23rd. Street in between 06th and 05th Avenue. A 50,000 square foot space featuring multiple restaurants, including a fine-dining Italian steakhouse called Manzo, a Napolitan pizzeria and a year-round rooftop beer garden and microbrewery, not to mention a cooking school and retail sections for everything from Italian housewares to prosciutto di Parma.
Many have criticized this project for not being built in the Little Italy district, but I personally think that it suits perfectly with the location it has…. This mega-food complex run by its owners whom you may see walking around, sharing their advice and working side by side with the employees.
A new MUST Visit and Stay one stop-shopping and dining spot of New York City and Chelsea. Believe me you wont be disappointed. The perfect sunday evening plan. Shop around for some of the most refined Italian products, while you walk around sipping through a glass of Italian wine or cider.
Or stand at one of their outlets and try some of the Antispasti for a quick bite on the Italian gourmet experience, before you move on to the next option which may be fish, meat, pasta, desserts (including some of the best, like Panna Cotta or Tiramisu) and end your Italian journey without moving from the heart of Manhattan, with a Gelato and Caffe. CM
(*) The Toy Center, also known as the International Toy Center, is a complex of buildings in the New York City borough of Manhattan that for many years has been a hub for toy manufacturers and distributors in the United States. It consists of two buildings located between 23rd Street and 25th Street at Madison Square, where Fifth Avenue and Broadway cross. The original building, at 200 Fifth Avenue, was constructed on the site of what had been the Fifth Avenue Hotel, which was erected in 1860 and was demolished in 1908. The 16-story building was completed in 1909 and was originally known as the Fifth Avenue Building, which name is on the landmark clock outside the front entrance, and the interlocked initials “F.A.B.”