My partner-in-crime can wend her way through Times Square in order to see a Broadway show, but put her in an overcrowded food situation and … Wait, don’t put her in an overcrowded food situation, that’s my domain. Which is how I found myself at Eataly on Saturday afternoon.
For the uninitiated, Eataly is either an Italian foodie paradise or an overcrowded and overwrought restaurant/market hybrid. You can eat standing up at tables, have a glass of wine, buy a gelato, sit down for a pizza, go up to the beer garden … Eataly is obviously a success, as people line up for pricey paninis and weave their way through the crowd to get to the restaurant of their choice. There are seven restaurants to choose from and there is something for vegans, carnivores and people in between. I ate at La Pizza & La Pasta (when in Rome or a facsimile thereof). The food is very good though the sodas were pricey.
We sat in the balcony so we had a great view of the tumult below. The server was very thoughtful – asking if any if our party had any food allergies the kitchen should be aware of. (Smart touch.)