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very good

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: n/a
Taps: 1
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

200 5th Ave
New York, New York, 10010
United States
phone: (212) 229-2560

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Place added by: codewarrior on 10-19-2010

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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by ChipChaight:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Photo of almostjay
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jazzface78
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

The rooftop bar is reason alone to frequent this place. Glass/plexiglass enclosed in the winter and open in the summer. Great selection of brews (probably close to 50 total on tap and bottled), many of which are italian in origin. Try the Hoppy Feet Black Ipa - really nice. They also have a nice selection of dogfight head beers and various wines, if beer is isn't what you're in the mood for.

Photo of HugeBulge
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of knightlypint
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Eataly is not an enjoyable experience. The crowded shopping area is loaded with many frustrated people waiting in long lines or trying to escape or arguing with another customer over an order.

The rooftop bar is nothing more than attempt to exploit previously unused space. The idea is clever but it looks like they dropped an ugly glass enclosure on the roof.

The bottled beer quality in the various restaurants is good but the rooftop tapped beers are awful.

Service is ok, nothing special.

The beer selection in the restaurants is limited. The beer "store" has a good selection, mostly overpriced Italian bottled beer with some Dogfishhead thrown in. The rooftop selection is ok.

The food quality is high at Eataly, even on the rooftop.

You can find some good buys in the shopping area, but be ready for a thorough scalping at the restaurants. I can imagine Mario's bills are large, rent at Madison Square and importing all the good Italian food and beers. If you need some fresh Italian cheese, meat, bread etc. for home meals and can deal with big crowds this is a good place; otherwise, avoid Eataly.

Photo of robhunta
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Ok, this review is all over the board. Let me first note that I am not reviewing the rooftop brewpub, it was not complete when I visited (and I'm not sure if it is now).

The atmosphere is fantastic, while it is not a beer-centric atmosphere it is still cool. Its like an Italian market with all sorts of fresh foods, drinks and several dining options.

The quality of everything is great.

I found the service to be terrible. For starters the maze-like setup is not well marked. They have 4 (i think) different areas to eat, with no centralized area to put your name in and the employees seemed quite annoyed to have to explain how things work. What made me the most upset was the girl working at the checkout who MADE FUN OF ME TO HER FRIEND FOR PURCHASING A BEER FOR XX DOLLARS THAT ONLY HAD XX % ALCOHOL.

They carry only Italian beers and DFH. As a result I gave them an average selection score because it is very unique but very small.

The food was exceptional, 'nuf said.

Expect to spend a good chunk of change for this unique experience and high quality.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Eataly is an outstanding market place for fine Italian food if you are looking for excellent quality and price is no object. The food selection is second to none, as is the wine selection in the associated wine store, and the beer selection is quite extensive for hard to find Italian beers.

Basically this place offers a great variety of Italian beers, specifically many hard to find Italian beers, and most of the year round production of DogFish Head products. The Italian beers include:

Birrificio Pausa Café P.I.L.S., Chico, Tosta and Taquamri

Birreria Troll Stella di Natale, Dau , Shangrila Ume, Palanfrina and Geisha

Birrificio Baladin Super, Isaac, Wayan, Nora, Noel and Al-Iksir

Birrifico Montegioco Xyauyu (listed at $45 per bottle)

Common Italian beers like Menabrea, Birra Moretti and Peroni

The DogFish Head products vary, but overall have excellent representation.

The best part about Eataly is going to be the rooftop brewery, which is the brain child of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. Rumors have them making custom beers that will hold traditional Italian methods and values. Conveniently, I work across the street from Eataly so I plan on getting up there as soon as it opens.

I bought and reviewed the Birrificio Pausa Café P.I.L.S. from Eataly this week, and while it was a good beer it was overpriced to me at over $6 per bottle, so be prepared to pay through the nose here.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Eataly New York- the gourmet palace to end all gourmet palaces!

It takes some big guts to open a huge 50,000 square-foot mega-mall of Italian goodies right on Fifth Avenue in New York City amidst the worst financial crisis we've seen in decades!

But Mario Batali and his minions have those guts, and then some. So here it is. Whatever you think, whatever your ideas or prejudices are, you ought to come to Eataly.

I had my reservations, and then I stepped in this empire of food riches and was wowed. Sure, it is super expensive, but who cares?

Here you'll find more mushrooms than you ever thought possible. The widest variety of Italian cold cuts. The freshest, brightest seafood (sea urchin, scallops on the shell, fire-red lobsters). Incredible hand-made pastas, rare risotto rices from the heart of Italy. Foie gras, duck, rabbit, quail. the best steaks.

Anything, everything. Super fresh, super good. With exceptional service, despite the insane crowds (hence the atmosphere getting a bit of a low rating). At such high prices you would think you're shopping at Takashimaya in Tokyo. But still, you ought to be here. There are also four or five restaurants and food courts, with some Italian beers flowing on tap.

You're not here for the beer, but hey, there is a small section devoted to Italian crafties (and when the long-awaited roof-top brewpub opens, then it'll be just madness)

You'll find all the big names in Italian craft brewing here at Eataly: Baladin, Birra del Borgo, Pausa Cafe, Birreria Troll, Grado Plato, Montegioco, and some non-crafty names like Moretti (but no Peroni). There are also plenty of Dogfish bottles around, and it is too bad Russian River pulled out of the brewpub project because if they were still on board I assume we would see Pliny and stuff on the shelves of Eataly.

I wouldn't come here for the beer. It is almost an afterthought and I give it a "3.5"- but the food. Oh, the food. That is a "5" and beyond. Come here, enjoy, be wowed, shop and be broke.

Eataly. It is so good, it is dead wrong.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Still new to the scene, Eataly is packed. On the other hand, this is New York, and I can't imagine it ever being really slow. Even the regular grocery stores have lines, so WTF.

This was my first visit but three things stood out:
- I really liked that I could get a glass of wine or a beer and walk around shopping.
- I also liked that they have staff in certain parts of the store explaining items and giving samples.
- I was impressed with the selection in several areas. I found produce that I've never seen before, and some amazing stuff in the seafood department (who sells a variety of oysters piece-meal?). The cheese department is also very good; and I thought the selection of breads was really unique as well.

I liked the look of the place, and overall it left me with the impression of a white tiled kitchen. In a way, it reminded me of Fette Sau in Brooklyn (just a thought).

I passed on the beer. Not that I'm against Italian beers, I'm not, it just seems that I can buy American made beers that are just as good or better than most for less. There are some exceptions.

Then I left to go to Whole Foods to pick up a few things for the dinner I was making for friends that night: pasta, Roma tomatoes, shallots, spinach and oil.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

23rd Street, and Triangle Bldg, New York Fuckin' City...interesting deal going on here, its a market, its a bunch of restaurants, its a place to buy beer, they have a seperate wine store, there is a roof top brewery in the works, there is a central area where you can order, fine foods, wine and beer, a lot going on. Getting back to beer, they have an area where they offer a mess of Italian options (expensive) plus a mess of DogFish Head options (widely available and more expensive here, plus f'n DUSTY when I visited)...Bring your wallet....enjoy the scene...I'll go back when the brewpub is up and running

Photo of codewarrior
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If Mario Batali were to own a market, it would probably have

a lot of great ingredients ... check
a lot of great food ... check
a lot of great wine ... check

and it would probably be severely overpriced, even by New York standards ... check.

The one thing you might not expect is for that same market and eatery to have phenomenal beer. Offering up a very few tappers at any of their 4 or 5 resturaunts, and a bunch of bottles to be purchased to go, or that you can drink while you meander and shop, Eataly offers an imposing collection of Italian brews, a bunch of Dogfish Head brews, and nothing in between.

This is the only place I've ever seen a collection of Birrificio Montegioco past a few dusty bottles of Demon Hunter. Definitely worth checking out.

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