First Trip to Eataly!
I finally got a chance to go to Eataly and did a quick round of grocery shopping while I was there. This is going to be A Week of Eataly because every post done this week will have to do with our purchases from there. I got there around 830pm on a Thursday because I had to go after work and it was pretty crowded. Not so much crowded in the grocery store because it looked like more people were browsing in those sections than actual buying ( I didn’t even have to wait on line to check out my items), but the restaurants were packed. All I wanted was to sit down and try some of their pizza and pasta because I thought I might be too tired to cook when I got home and it was an hour and a half wait. Is the Eataly buzz ever going to die down? I would love to have a taste of their actual restaurant food, but I don’t like waiting for tables when I am hungry. But I must say that from my food and wine purchases I got a good idea of what the restaurant food would taste like. We left with:
Two bottles of red wine under $15 recommended by the store (keep in mind that because of NYC liquor laws, the Eataly wine store is next store to the grocery store and restaurants so you will have to walk out to get into it).
A bottle of prosecco
Lidia’s marinara sauce
Cream of balsamic
Hot Italian peppers
Salt and oil focaccia
Not including the wine, everything came out to about $75.
One fun note, you’re allowed to purchase glasses of wine and drink them as you shop the grocery store, which is a fun idea. HOWEVER, while I was thinking of grabbing a glass I went against it because I couldn’t figure out how I was going to hold my food basket in one hand, wine in the other and then shop with no hands.
You can check out their website here, but it’s not very helpful, so I would advise just going. To give you a quick overview, when you get there it is literally a big loft space with grocery and restaurant stations all mixed together. There is an Eataly in Turin, Italy and that Eataly was basically replicated in New York City.
I regret that I have to say that I was so bogged down with packages that I forgot to try some of their gelato since I am a huge freak about finding good gelato since it is very rare in the states. I’m going to have to make another trip down there, which kind of freaks me out because I’ll probably end up with more than just gelato.
Eataly was a fun experience and there’s a café for you to hang out and chill if you can get a table. I’ll definitely be going back. I do have to say that, although my groceries were tasty, I could have gotten the same thing at any gourmet grocery store, or even Whole Foods except for maybe the fresh pasta. So you really don’t have to make a special trip to get groceries from there.
Stay tuned for the rest of the week to see how Eataly buys were used!
200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010