Friday, October 21, 2011

Where to Eat in New York: Eataly

The Scene
My goal whenever I'm in NYC is to have experiences I can't have in LA. That means Topshop for shopping, the Met for nerding, Central Park for strolling, and any number of only-in-New York-restaurants for noshing.


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Top of my list for this trip for pigging: Eataly, Mario Batalli's shrine to all things Italian. Eataly is this massive food emporium that takes up an entire city block. In addition to selling a variety of products that are only available in Europe, it has eating stations and restaurants peppered throughout the space. It reminds me of one of my favorite places on earth: the marketplace at the Gallaries Lafayette in Paris. I don't know why Americans can't grasp the concept of gourmet food courts.


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It's been a good 10 years since my mom and I were in Europe together so Eataly was a dream for her. Her eyes and mouth looked like this most of the night. Pretty adorbs ;)

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My mom loves food and is an excellent cook in large part because of her Italian grandmother. She practically skipped through the aisles at Eataly, peering at all the products and regailing me with stories of her childhood. Love that she loved it so much.  

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The Food

We snagged the first table we could find at one of the little food stations and had a light but delicious meal. 

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Broccoli pesto bruschetta with ricotta cheese and pine nuts---insanely good.
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Gnocchi in a TDF mushroom sauce. First time I had gnocchi that was cheese based not potato based. Lighter and TASTY.
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And no dinner with this little sugar fiend would be complete without dessert...a few of them...with hot chocolate.

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A+ of a only-in-NYC culinary experience. But rumor has it Eataly is heading west to West Hollywood!


The Outfit
Forever 21 jeans
St. John blazer
Old Navy sweater

The Accessories
Louis Vuitton bag
Valentino scarf
Tory Burch flats
Forever 21 earrings
Michele watch
Me&Ro neckalce

The Grade 
A
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The Commentary

Got THE best weather in NYC. Warm but not humid. Felt like LA.

This outfit was just the thing not only for the weather but for the first day of transitioning from work into fun in they city: felt professional but still on trend. Built it around the red pants. Am OBSESSED with them and frankly all things red lately.  The nautical sweater I nabbed at Old Navy last month because I was surprised at how luxe it looked for $30. The gold button blazer, polka dot scarf on the LV bag and Reva flats created a pretty preppy look.

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Felt straight out of the 80s and Connecticut.  Only in NYC does that feel like a good look for me.

The Inspiration

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6 comments:

Andi said...

Eataly looks incredible! Looks like you ladies had an amazing day together. And your outfit is perfection!

Emily said...

You look adorable, and the food looks delish!

:) said...

You look great! Just bought some red jeans myself! By the way, not sure if you know but there is a Tucker sample sale at Siren Studios this weekend - tomorrow from 9-7! xo

:) said...

oh and by the way! this is Fabianna from The Style Rules!

Kyle said...

Oh. My. God.

I went to Eataly in Turin three years ago. We stayed at the Le Meridien Art + Tech right across the street from it and I kid you not, we ate there every single day we were in the city. I haven't stopped dreaming of that food since. All I want to know is if the NYC location is as good...and judging by your comments I think it must be!!!!

lookrichbitch said...

I wore my red cords when I was in NYC a few weeks ago!! (I want to wear them every day.)

And we went to Mario Batali's Babbo for dinner. So good I had to buy his cookbook too!

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