Il PESCE at EATALY
www.eatalyny.com– 200 5th Avenue
This is 50,000-square-foot – Italian gourmet groceries store with individual retail departments offering the best of Italy (pastry, bread, a butcher, a fishmonger, wine, pasta, coffees, cured meats, cheese, etc.), some of which are directly connected to their own sit-down restaurants with waiter service, and there is a first-come-first-served bar area, La Piazza, where you can stand at a marble-top table and drink wine or eat salamis and cheese. Mario Batali say “We’re not a food hall. We’re a grocery store with tasting rooms (charged ) and restaurants “. I’m sure Manzo is great restaurant but I like to seat first come first service counter located at I IL Crudo ( east counter ) at La Piazza area, If you wanna have seafood & cure-meat and need to sit this 8 stools couter is only choice & best !!!! good luck finding seat. I am so impress each time at this counter how young man is passionet about his job and explain today’s special seafood and wine sellection to go with it (seliusly most happy worker I never saw ). Durling 2 hours what I do here is 70% dinning winning 30% of shopping. I shop great freshly made bread, dessert and fresh mozzerela, cure meat. Meat and seafood are some quite pricy so I don’t shop at Eataly. I was impress in Paris like a great champane & oyster at Galeries Lafayette front of seafood station, in Japan any department store they have amazing food hall in basement and top floor is at least 10 choice of restaurant but specially ISETAN Shinjuku in Tokyo. But now New Yorker we have Eatly (^_^). I didn’t go back here this summer but I can’t wait to see 15th floor beer rooftop garden opened spring.
Highly recommend to sit under the sign of IL Crudo’s counter seat. Only 8 stools… good luck getting it but it’s the best seat. Watch oysters getting prepared and there’s so much great energy in the background of the IL Pizza standing table.