January 11, 2011 |  Category:   dining out nyc

Have you heard about it? The massive Oscar Farinetti/Mario Batali/Joe and Lydia Bastianich owned restaurant/marketplace? Supposedly it’s the largest Italian food and wine marketplace in the world. Well, it *is* huge and sort of Vegas-like in the way the space rambles along and the 5 or so restaurant seating areas are situated right within the aisles of food (it feels sort of “theme park-like” in that way), but do yourself a favor and try to go during the week if you can. We went with the kids on a very cold Sunday with visions of eating good food, but it was soon squashed by the long waits and crowds. The girls were happy with their pear nectar juice boxes though and we miraculously found 4 free chairs right across the way from the fish section. And so we sat and people watched. What a scene. Lots of ladies in fur coats.

In the end, we walked away spending $28 for a block of cheese, a bag of mushrooms, a box of pasta picked by Claudine, some shallots and some herbs. The cheese made up for more than half at $16.

Was it good cheese? Yes. $16 good? Maybe not.

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  • Chickything January 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    smart name.

  • Vanessa January 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve really been wanting to go to Eataly. I was just in New York but we never had time to make it there, much to my chagrin (although my friend just compared it to Disney World). I’m moving to New York in June, so I’ll have plenty of time to make it happen, but I’m a little put off by some of the reviews.

  • Justine January 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I have heard of it and will have to check it out on my next trip to NYC. You make it look so scrumptious tho Mark looks a little stricken (did one of those UES face lifts just walk by?) It sounds/looks sooooo New York – everything we love and hate about it!

  • Nani January 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    wow That seems cool but I don’t think I would be too fond of the lines either. I am glad your two little ones handled it well though.

  • Renee Alam January 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I have heard about it…many people have recommended it but at those prices,I think I’ll be going elsewhere when I do finally visit New York. 🙂

  • Julia January 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    There’s nothing like this in Italy, be sure. This is Disneyland. 🙂

  • rebecca January 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    haha. i’ve been meaning to head down there just to check it out. looks awesome judging by your pics!

  • Annie From Seattle January 12, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Have to admit that it looks kinds awesome. I’m cheesy that way.

  • rebeccanyc January 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Yeah, I prefer the Italian Grocery store in the Chelsea market. NOt as pretty, but much more real. And the prices are normal. But NOTHING beats Eataly for people watching. And actually, there are 5 Eataly’s in Italy. I have never been to one there, but it sure would be interesting to visit one and compare!

  • Megan Champion January 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Love cheese. this place looks fantastic… love the meat case

  • Neighbor Amy January 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

    It’s beautiful but the prices are crazy, based on your photos. Wow!

  • Heather @ January 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Looks amazing!

  • jessica January 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    holy horrible logo. nice pics tho