Mario Batali’s Eataly - 200 Fifth Avenue
Eataly is the brainchild of Mario Bataly and Joe Bastianich, the team behind renowned New York eateries such as del Posto, Babbo, Esca, Lupo and many more around the country.
The 42,500 square foot, $20 million project is situated at 200 Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street in the Flatiron District and is part of the Eataly group. Originally slated for June opening, Eataly is set to open August 31, 2010.
The hive of activity within the location has attracted the attention of many New Yorkers on this busy stretch of 23rd Street. It will house seven restaurants focusing on different markets, such as vegetables, wood fired pizza, pasta, and a crudo and seafood bar. A white-table cloth Italian steakhouse will be the only named restaurant that will take reservations. We’ll have to wait a little while for the 4,500 square foot rooftop beer garden to open however.
The restaurants and retail stores will employ three hundred people serving everything Italian: from handmade pasta and cured meats to cheese and wine. A ‘vegetable butcher’ will be available to prepare your artichokes while the fishmonger will take care of all your seafood needs.
‘New York doesn’t really have a one-stop culinary destination’ according to Mr Bastianich. ‘Ultimately, this is a real market with real restaurants. It’ll be a slice of Italy in New York.’
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