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Eataly - What to eat and do??!!

Anticipating a 2 hours visit to Eataly in the morning. Any chow tips? Is it worth doing breakfast there? If so? What's good?
Thx!!

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  1. Breakfast is pastries and espresso, none of the other stations are available for breakfast.

    I like looking at all the cheeses and meats, and then trying some. Make sure you look for the specials board at any counter you sit at; it's often posted out of the way. I have a friend who adores their prime rib sandwich, not sure what days they sell it. The seafood dept is nice but not huge. I like the seafood restaurant a lot though. The butcher counter is a little bigger. You may want to check out the rooftop beer garden.

    Since you're traveling I assume you're interested only in dry goods for sale? They have a lot of interesting shapes of pasta.

    PS No need for the excess punctuation (??!!), really, my friend. If you show up at 10am, you'll basically have the place to yourself. It's pretty quiet then.

    1. IIRC, cafes and food counters only open at around 11 AM. Before that, you can only have an espresso and pastries, or an ice cream. The main food market opens at 10.

      1. I like to go around 3 - 5 PM on a weekday. I shop a little for packaged goods then have some salumi and wine at La Piazza (standing up at marble table). Read the packaging on my purchases, fiddle around on iphone, then get another glass of wine 'to go' and continue shopping for more perishable items. Perfectly fine to shop, stroll with glass of wine, which is quite civilized.

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        1. re: thegforceny

          Also not a breakfast tip, but I've enjoyed dropping in within an hour and a half of closing at the wine bar near Manzo. Good list, friendly service, also a number of amaro choices. Haven't eaten at the bar, but that's an option too.

          1. re: squid kun

            I was there a couple of years ago, and will be heading back in June - does anybody know, do they still sell live langoustines?

            1. re: johnandjane

              "does anybody know, do they still sell live langoustines?"

              Saw them in the seafood case just last weekend. Cute little things. :)

              1. re: ttoommyy

                I'm almost scared to ask... did you see how much they cost?

        2. Just relax and wander around. Your eyes and stomach will tell you what to do. It's only a marketplace and should be enjoyed as one. As for breakfast, as others said it's just cafe and pastry, but that's what the Italians do for breakfast, so when in Rome...

          Buon gusto e buon appetito!

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          1. re: ttoommyy

            Thank you all!! Guess I'll have breakfast in Bouchon instead.

          2. hi Charles...given that you've been to many a fine food emporium 'round the world, i doubt that Eataly will thrill you too much...but sure, check it out if you feel so inclined...though know that weekend times are a special level of Dante's Inferno, the Bridge&Tunnel Level...

            About a month ago, i broke my boycott-of-all-Batali and decided to try the Eataly seafood place...the crudo was delicious and the side of beets was massive and decent...but they served me a whole porgy that was a) pre-cooked (there is no way they could have cooked the whole thing in the time i ordered it), and b) not-fresh at all, clearly fish that was at least a couple days old, and c) mushy...i told the (very nice, competent) server this, he winced in a way that seemed like he wasn't surprised...they took back the fish and i had another crudo...ok...but i'd never eat cooked food there again...

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            1. re: Simon

              How long do you think it takes to cook a porgie? No excuse for old fish but I doubt it was pre cooked

              1. re: MVNYC

                it was in front of me less than 15 minutes after i placed the order: and it wasn't even very hot when it was served...i am certain it was precooked and reheated lukewarm...