One of my favourite buildings to look at in NYC is the Flatiron Building. And nearby that building is Eataly – essentially a marketplace of delicious foods, including multiple restaurants, a cafe, gelateria, other sweet shops, grocery store, and a variety of house made delicacies to take home! It’s essentially a foodie paradise of quality Italian cuisine, and is also stunningly large in size. I’d walked through it a couple of times before actually setting aside some time to eat there recently, and each time I go, there’s still something new I see that went unnoticed the time before.
This last visit, I went with my NYC roommate and a another girlfriend of mine to one of the restaurants, called La Piazza. It’s an open area with many marble-topped stand-up tables, along with a crudo bar, where we managed to find 3 seats in a row. Always busy, this was a very lucky find and seemed to be fate for us that evening (they don’t take reservations). There are a multitude of seafood options available, as well as oysters, fresh made mozzarella of any type imaginable, and daily hot sandwiches. Each of us ordered a glass of wine with the help of the staff and checked out the menu, trying to determine what we could possibly choose from the mouth-watering selection and daily specials.
While the half lobster special looked phenomenal, I already had my mind set on charcuterie of some sort, so we ordered a couple of the Grande Piatto Misto Di Salumi & Formaggi to share. This was an amazing assortment of cheese and salumi on offer at Eataly, for $22. I loved the spicy figs and honey, the prosciutto, and pretty much all the cheese types. My favourite cheese was the soft one on the top left of the platter, but I never did get the chance to ask exactly what it was, since I’m going to have to pick some up next time!
On top of the platter, we were given little brown packages of bread to eat, and the best olive oil and balsamic with a sprinkling of salt that I’ve had in recent memory. In fact, we ended up having multiple packages of the bread (which they seemed to just continually hand to us at no charge), and even a second serving of the olive oil. Divine!
I absolutely loved the vibe of this place, and will definitely be going back to get some gelato or take home food items soon, or to try one of the other restaurants. Although I’ve never been myself, my friends say it’s very reminiscent of European-style eateries, especially like those in Venice. With Hurricane Sandy fast approaching the city, maybe I’ll even head there today to stock up so I can pass the time escaping the wind and rain for a day or two with some delicious wine and cheese.