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Eataly Coming to NYC

Last week, as I walked from dinner at in the East Village to Penn Station (it was a VERY heavy dinner), I took a right onto Fifth Avenue at Union Square. It was sub-zero but I was determined to make it to my NJ Transit train without hypothermia. On the way, I passed a huge Eataly sign. At first, I thought I was hallucinating a walk through equally freezing Torino. But I was actually at Madison Square Park where, at 500 Fifth Avenue, the B&B Hospitality Group (that’s Batali & Bastianich) will expand their ridiculously huge Italian food and wine empire to include Eataly. The high end food salon is slated to open in Summer 2010. Now, I love me some Lidia, but I’m am predicting that Eataly will be the Italian Wine Merchants of food. That means a very well marketed, but overpriced and monopolistic business in town. I am more nostalgic than ever for the small Italian corner deli.

Update: Some links to Eataly news

Eataly Meets Fifth Avenue – Wine Enthusiast

Mario Batali Explains What Eataly is Exactly – Village Voice

First Look at Mario Batali’s Monster Italian Marketplace – WSJ

Batali Unveils Italian-Food Hub – WSJ

Party at Batali Superstore Draws Hagar, Hordes – Observer

Slideshow of Eataly Space – NY Eater

Italian ‘Culinary Mecca’ Comes To Flatiron District – CBS

Welcome to Eataly – NY Post

2016-01-09T13:33:02+00:00 January 6th, 2010|Categories: America, Food & Wine, New York City|10 Comments


  1. Tom January 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I love me some Lidia too, but it’s this kind of stuff that makes me happy I live in Hoboken where I can still go to Tony’s or Fiore’s and get the real-deal salumeria experience.

    Now if we can just go back in time when Carlo’s bakery had lines of locals out the door and not fans of the “Cakeboss,” I’d be even happier.

  2. Megan January 7, 2010 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I’m still surprised that Tokyo got one before NYC. The one in Bologna is very beautiful and very well integrated into the traditional market district where it is located but it is definitely not the true Bolognese experience- they sell Kettle Chips, for christ sakes.

  3. GlassOfVenice January 16, 2010 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Eataly New York will be twice the size of the Turin original.Right now it says Summer 2010 so as soon as we get a date I will let you know.It would be great to have a GTG here next summer!
    Glass Of Venice

  4. Rob Walters July 16, 2010 at 1:57 am - Reply

    It is a shame, that good quality Italian Restaurant owners like Lidia – who has already 2 restaurants in NYC (one small and cozy and the other one huge) start going into “Mc Donald style” spreading themselves and loosing the respect of exclusivity some of us line up for – yeah they will make money – but they won’t have many of us who look for that flair, personality, exquisite service and attention only small and intimate places can provide.
    Look at Cipriani in NYC, once a place where you would pant to get a seat, now it is the splatter all over town and in the news about tax evasion!!
    Well the greed, the good old greed takes the better of the Italians in New York!!

  5. JIm Cook Jr July 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I lived in Lingotto, Torino on Via Garessio, about a block away from Eataly in Torino. It was my absolute favorite place to go. Their prices were affordable and they had the best organic italian food available. So wonderful that this is coming to USA!

  6. Chef Mario Batali abre mercado gourmet Eately em Nova York - Boa Vida - viajeaqui.com.br August 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm - Reply

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  7. orlando clemente September 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I walked into Eataly recently and immediately loved it.I love cooking italian food,love italian wine and shopping for italian ingredients, and I can enjoy all of the above under one
    gigantic roof!This place is amazing,it’s attractive and it’s exciting!
    To see all the cheeses the Prosciutto the wine the people
    was just fantastic.

    I even got to have my picture taken with Mario Batali!

    Mario,This is wonderful!!

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  9. Buy Murano Glass October 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I have already tried EATALY in Milan, Italy. It was literally amazing!! I look forward to go again there, finally in New Yourk!

  10. Buy Murano Glass October 6, 2015 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    …forgot to say. The food you can buy there is directly imported from Italy! I love it!

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