Going to manhattan in may with close friend. Think I can plan the weekend but she wants to go to Eataly. Coming into the city on Friday morning and will be leaving on monday. Should we do dinner there one night or should I shoot for Saturday lunch? Want to do brunch on sunday at Prune if possible. Thanks!
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if she must see Eataly, i think a random walkthrough is a better call than planning a meal around it...and, as Kathryn said, Friday daytime will be far better than weekend (when walking in there is like being trapped in a large packed elevator on a descent into Dante's Inferno, the Food Version)...
While i personally think Eataly is skippable/avoidable, it sounds like she wants to see it: so go Friday day in the afternoon: walk around, stop at one of the stands/areas/sub-restaurants and get a snack/lunch/glass-of-wine...then she'll have the Eataly need out of her system early in the trip and you can sit back and show her better places in NYC :)
Can you do Friday lunch there instead? I find it nicer to walk around Eataly when everybody else is at work, and if you time it right, you may not have to wait for a seat. You can't make reservations at any Eataly restaurant except Manzo (or the beer garden, for big groups). Waits can be long and weekends are typically pretty busy as is Friday night.
Another option is to do a walk through and dine elsewhere like inoteca, Ciano, etc.
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