Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Brunch: Eataly + Birreria

This is not your typical Italian food with pasta and pizza (which is not really Italian). If you've never heard of Eataly before, and you love artisanal food, then this is your heavan. Or at least your mall.

From chocolate, to cheese, to seafood, to vegetables and gelato, Eataly is your level of gluttonly at its finest. Besides shopping you can also dine and the various stations/sections. Be prepared for a long wait for any of them (especially during weekends and dinner hours), but that's when you begin roaming around this part supermarket, part restaurant, part food court.

If you aren't in the mood to stare at the various kinds of brie Eataly offers, then head up to Birreria, Eataly's own rooftop beer garden/restaurant.

Wine and Bread wrapped in parchment paper.
I can only attest to a late lunch, but it was still exquisite, especially when paired with a rosé wine. The waiters are also very attentive when it comes to asking for recommendations.

Cavolo Nero Con Salsa - Chopped mixed kale, grapefruit, poppy seed frico with anchovy vinaigrette

The price is a bit average for New York, but worth it to try once. Although Birreria is open all year round (winter time, they have heatlamps) the best time to dine would be preferably during fall and spring when the weather is just right.

200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

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