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Oct 25, 2010 07:24 AM

EATALY MANHATTAN--please list your "finds" here

Rather than continue the long exiting thread, I would like to begin this one to hear what great items people are finding in the new store. Particularly interested in any great oils from the immense selection. Any fabulous "new" dried pastas? They sell Pat LaFredia ready-made burgers and I must admit that after hearing all the hype, I am tempted.....anyone try these yet? Anyone know the actual contents, ie cuts of meat inside?

What about the fish--anything special here that would make the trip worthwhile?

Many thanks!

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  1. No one has bought anything special here? (I am interested in items to take home, not to eat on the spot)

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    1. re: erica

      Thanks for posting. I was hoping for a few shopping tips too.

      There are a few items mentioned in the other long thread - one person recommended a special olive oil.

    2. I'm a big fan of most items from the butcher counter, especially the hot italian sausages. I think they are $5.80/lb (used to be a dollar cheaper which was a steal). The skirt steak was also great. Haven't tried the LaFrieda patties but I at one point read the label and don't think they specify the cuts of beef used. They also have preformed patties using the Piedmont beef but I haven't tried these either.

      Besides that, I tend to stick to the vegetable and salumi counter, and have no complaints with anything I've bought, although the prices of the salumis are a bit high compared to other places like Murray's.

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      1. re: ESNY

        I was very tempted to buy one of the tray's of uni but i passed...I wouldn't know what to do with all of that uni and would have probably gotten sick from eating it all raw.

        the langoustines look great too...but i have yet to pull the trigger.

        1. re: Yaxpac

          Do you know if uni was sushi quality?
          I'd love to get it if it is.

          They had langoustines??

          1. re: Monica

            What is "sushi quality" uni?

            Thanks, all--keep the recommendations coming, please.

            1. re: erica

              Couldn't get close enough to see what was available. Like MoMA on a Saturday afternoon. Five deep in front of the art.

            2. re: Monica

              the uni looked very good. I am no expert but they looked like nice firm "tongues" and they were in that wooden box that most sushi places have it in.

              they almost always have LIVE langoustines. If you ask to see them, the fishmonger will show you that they are still live. they look still in the ice but they are alive...

              i think they were around 30/lb or so. same for the uni.

              1. re: Yaxpac

                i finally bought one of the uni trays last week. It was uni from Maine and the tongues were much smaller than Santa Barbara uni.

                It was excellent and definitely sushi quality. I did not cook any of it and it was all consumed raw. I would buy it again.

                1. re: Yaxpac

                  After braving the melee here earlier on this Saturday morning (The scene is, if anything, more crowded than it was in the first few weeks after opening), I will report that their selection of mostarda is quite amazing. They have about 15 or so different types including Cremonese.

                  I also had a chance to inspect the marmelatte and confeturre which fill several shelves near the coffee bar. I was delighted to find a vast range of products from the legendary Caffe Sicilia in Noto, Sicily; these included marmelades made from Bergamot, which is grown only in a couple of areas in the south of Italy. Most of these are in the $8-$10 range.


                  I think someone mentioned this above, but they now offer jarred tuna, from one vendor, A. Recca.

                  Oddly enough, when I asked a worker in the olive oil department if they had received any "olio nuovo," he had no idea what I was talking about. I thought perhaps that I was using the wrong expression for "new," or freshlyl harvested olive oil. Maybe someone with better Italian than mine can explain. Or is it "novello?"

                  Anyway, the new oil should be in the store by the end of this month.

        2. Kaffir limes - used the zest for a green curry twice. In the past I have substituted lime leaves - the zest is better.

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          1. re: wew

            Who there has kaffir limes?!

            1. re: MikeG

              I guess it's not so much "who" as - "where in that maze" they were. Found 'em. Not looking very good at this point, but at $5/lb, ridiculously cheap. It would be bizarre but convenient indeed if they stock them regularly.

            2. re: wew

              Today they had kaffir lime leaves but no limes

              1. re: wew

                $40/lb which worked out to about 12 for $1.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Worked out a bit better than the China town sources

                  1. re: wew

                    I doubt they'll have them regularly... but we'll see. I hope so! Of course they don't have Thai basil, Thai eggplants, or the other stuff I'd go down to Chinatown for.

            3. Never got the Lafreida burgers from Eataly, but I get them from Freshdirect all the time and they are awesome. I don't know if eataly has the same blends, but FD has a short rib, brisket and the "original" which I'm not sure what the blend is.

              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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              1. re: donovt

                which blend do you like the best?

                1. re: Yaxpac

                  The original is a very solid burger, better than other pre made patties, but not very exciting. I go back and forth with the other two. I think the brisket has a richer flavor, but the short rib seems to always be a little juicier. I'd probably go with the brisket, my wife prefers the short rib.

                2. re: donovt

                  FD also frequently carries Lafrieda's Lamb and Provolone burgers, which are pretty good.

                  1. re: InfoMofo

                    I forgot about those! Only had them once and majorly overcooked them. Still were pretty good, need to give em another shot.

                3. So far I've mainly bought pasta at Eataly. There are lots of shapes you don't see anywhere else. I, too, buy my LaFrieda burgers from FreshDirect. I love both the brisket and the short rib.

                  200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010