My family loves Italian food, so on our recent trip to New York City, I knew we’d have to make a stop at Eataly NYC. Eataly NYC, which is owned by the Eataly in Italy as well as the B&B Hospitality Group (Lidia and Joe Bastianich and Maria Batali) is located right outside Madison Square Park, near the Flatiron Building. It’s a huge Italian market, but also offers numerous restaurants and food counters.
Eataly NYC With Kids
If you are visiting Eataly NYC with kids, it’s important to realize that it most likely will be crowded. The aisles are pretty narrow, and there are several sections with tables that you’ll need to navigate around. If dining is in your plans, you have several options:
Restaurants that take reservations
There are currently three restaurants that take reservations – Baita (roof-top pop-up restaurant), Manzo, and Italian Riviera (this is a pop-up restaurant only open until April 29th, 2016). This restaurants are more tucked away, and not in the middle of the marketplace.
First-come, first-served restaurants
Throughout Eataly, you’ll see several more casual table-service restaurants. These restaurants don’t take reservations, and can be popular. If there is a wait, you can leave your name and cell phone number and receive a text message when you are about to be called. So, it’s best to put your name in first, then wander around the market until you get the text.
These casual restaurants include La Pizza and La Pasta (pizza and pasta), La Piazza, La Verdure (vegetarian), and Il Pesce (fresh seafood). They are located throughout Eataly NYC, with La Pizza and La Pasta being the most tucked away. We chose to eat there, and waited about 40 minutes for our table to be ready. It was worth it though – the food was excellent. If you don’t want to eat in the middle of the crowds, it’s probably your best option of these more casual restaurants.
There are also several cafes, including the Nutella bar (we skipped it, due to my daughter’s tree nut allergy) and a gelato counter.
If you are shopping for Italian groceries, you’ll find a huge assortment, including fish, meat, cheese, tomato sauce, breads, wine, and much more. We didn’t have a refrigerator in our hotel room, so we had to skip the shopping. But, if I lived in the area, or had a small kitchen area in our hotel, I would have stocked up.
Eataly NYC is located in the Flatiron District, and there are other locations in Italy, Chicago, and Boston. Check out their website to learn more.
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