New York City , New York
Tel: 212 229 2560
Concierge.com's insider take:
This 42,500-square-foot food and drink complex—part grocery store, part high-end food court—is an Italophile's fever dream. Inspired by the original Eataly just outside Turin, the New York City outpost was launched in 2010 by Mario Batali and business partner Joe Bastianich (their other collaborations include Babbo), along with Bastianich's über-chef mother, Lidia. The collection of Italian ingredients is comprehensive, and among the aisles of pasta, olive oil, anchovies, salumi, and cheese are a half-dozen great spots to hunker down for a bite. Manzo, the only one that takes reservations, features ambitious white-tablecloth fare utilizing top-shelf red meat from Eataly's butcher case (try the delicate ravioli filled with evanescent braised beef). The casual seafood spot—next to the beer aisle—is run by Batali cohort Dave Pasternack (of Esca in midtown) and serves lightly cured crudo and simply grilled fish that are just as remarkable as Manzo's meats. Rounding out the space are two espresso bars and a gelato counter that draw crowds, to the point that on weekends there can be a wait just to enter the building.—Jay Cheshes
Open daily 10 am to 11 pm.
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