I was recently in New York City for a quick solo work trip. Because I was there alone and exhausted from the conference each night, I stuck close to my hotel for dinners. Thankfully my hotel (on 24th and 6th) was on the same block as Eataly, the incredible marketplace that includes multiple restaurants and its own gourmet market. Their mission statement of sorts is "we sell what we cook and we cook what we sell," and both parts of that sentence mean delicious food whenever you want it.
It really is kind of a hard-to-describe place until you walk in and realize it's the best place you could ever have stumbled upon. I wanted to move in. I miss it still. It's like Disneyland for food lovers.
I walked around for close to an hour, checking out all the delicious items for sale, all the meat, cheese, and wine counters. I finally settled on the pizza/pasta resturant for dinner and sat at the bar with a glass of sparkling wine and my Kindle. I was seated right beside the plating station, which was awesome. I heard squabbles between waiters, saw every delicious dish come off the line, and neary took a bite off a plate of gnocchi, but it was rescued by a waitress just in time.
The pizza was delicious too! It was a more casual restaurant and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to dine at the market.
Have you ever been to Eataly? What about your favorite NYC dining spots?