I've limited time to visit Eataly on a stop through NYC. What shouldn't I miss? What's the best bet for a quickish lunch there?
I think your best bet is getting some meats and cheeses in the main "piazza" area, and/or getting a variety of breads from the bakery, grabbing some fresh ricotta and mozzarella, and making your own little picnic of sorts. If it's still there, I highly recommend the fig bread. And then get some gelato for dessert!
Plan on spending some time there, every time I have been the crowds were overwhelming. bstar is right stay in the main piazza and grab and go. When I was there last with my cousins it was lunchtime which is crazy busy. Try to go during off hours if you want to sit and eat in between breakfast and lunch or lunch or dinner. There is so much there, highly recommend the gelato and the breads, cheeses etc are fantastic.
I'd have to concur. The cheeses and meats are wonderful as are some of the breads. My favorites are the fig bread and a cornmeal variety made with olive oil. And right by the breads, they sell squares of pizza (foccacia style crust). They're delicious and well priced, and you don't need to wait to be seated, where I find the dining in less than pleasant due to the noise level. I'd stay away from the bakery-- my pastry experience was highly disappointing. The gelato is great, however. And when you're not in a rush, I'd highly recommend the new biergarten, which now requires reservations, which is a good thing.
I ended up not even eating there and just browsing the various sections of the markets. From what I saw in the 3 to 4 o'clock time frame, crowds really grew by 4:30 or so. The "antipasto" area looked like a nice place for a glass of wine and some salumi. Found the most lovely farro and olive oil cookies and several pasta shapes I can't find at home. Also, canned cherry tomatoes from Mutti.
It's always mayhem in there. I recommend planning on a super early lunch (practically brunch, like at 11 a.m.) in the pasta/pizza section. That's when they start serving and hey, if you're on vacation, a glass of prosecco and plate of pasta sounds like a nice late morning treat!
the professor is right: 11-11:30 you won't wait long. Come noon, the chaos is in full swing.
thanks so much everyone. you were right, it was mayhem. had a lovely lunch at Prune instead.
I think Prune sounds like a much better time, Midge. My strategy has also been to walk inside, take one look at the chaos and walk back out.
I've heard the meats, breads, cheeses, etc. are great, but there are plenty of other places to get that in NYC without feeling like you're in rush hour Grand Central or in line for Space Mountain.
I think you really do need to hit it at the right time. Which apparently is whatever time I'm not there. Will try again someday when the hoopla settles down. (Though, have to admit, all the hype makes me fear a let down.)