The first Eataly started in Turin in 2007 in a old Vermouth factory. Eataly sells delectable delights from all over Italy and has been described as a grocery store with tasting rooms. In 2010 the Italian megastore opened in the shadow of the Flatiron Building in New York.
I have visited Eataly in Turin several times, so of course I had to try the New York version. There are 2 entrances, one on 23rd St and another on 5th Ave. Apparently when the store opened there were queues snaking along 5th Ave for quite a way. I’m not surprised, it’s great…come for a wander.
Early morning, just as the store opens is the best time to have a good look, when there are few people around.
There are several places to sit and sample the delicious food and coffee.
This must be the Rolls Royce of coffee makers.
At least you can get a good Italian style coffee at Eataly, something not all that easy in USA.
The space fills up in the afternoon.
The choice of food is excellent, if a little expensive.
Don’t miss Eataly if you go to New York for a little slice of Italy. Click here to see Eataly in Turin.
Eataly is open every day from 10.00 am until 11.00 pm, except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Caffe Lavazza, at the 5th Ave entrance is open from 8.00 am until 11.00pm. Check the website for the opening hours of the restaurants within Italy.