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Friday, October 8, 2010

Old and New on Fifth Avenue

Onlookers, Fifth Avenue
Photo by myself on 23rd Street at Fifth Avenue.

This couple looks like they are from another era.


The man is carrying a bag that says Italy is Eataly. Eataly is a large new uber-foodie venue, just steps away from the Flatiron Building, on Fifth Avenue.

I have yet to venture inside Eataly, which opened a month ago, but I've heard about it from friends. It is a 50,000 square foot, gigantic high-end paradise, complete with restaurants, food stalls, a bakery, cooking school and pasta counter.

Eataly is the brainchild of Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich (who is both Lidia's son and Mario's business partner).

I've been told that the place has been mobbed with people since opening day. With such a cooking pedigree, how can it not?

This is the first North American location for the Eataly empire. Other locations include several outlets in Japan and of course, Italy. I am certain a world takeover is in the works.

For some lip-smacking photos of the interior, visit the NY Eater site, here.

Related posts: Lower Fifth Avenue, Veteran's Day Parade, on Fifth Avenue and Strolling Down Fifth Avenue, Hand in Hand.


Spandrel Studios said...

Great moment, snapping that couple... Can't wait to check out Eataly - will be in NY later this month and want to see it in person! Maybe by then all the excitement will have died down?

Motorcycle Accessories said...

I heard about it from friends. It is 50,000 square feet, the giant luxury paradise, with restaurants, food stalls

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love seeing older, yet happy & hip looking couples.
& the girl on the right makes the photo.
I want to visit Eataly but I dread the crowds!

Lissa said...

This is a great shot, Kitty! I'm working with Eataly on a charity wine tasting in 2 weeks -- $55 for entrance and all the wine you can drink, 100% of proceeds to charity. I can't wait until the 25th to see the inside!

Leif Hagen said...

Nice portrait of George and Marcia! Reading about Eataly makes me hungry - guess it's time for me to have breakfast!