Recently I was in NYC on business. I went up a day early to check out some of the latest retail and other interesting things happening in the city. I like to keep up with new NYC trends for the consulting business, and although many of them do not relate to AJ Barnes, the ones that do provide me good blog entries. I had my day planned out, but unfortunately the weather and Delta did not cooperate. So, after several cancellations and delays, my free time to explore the new and most current was significantly reduced.
However, I was able to make it over to the Limelight Marketplace, which was the first on my list. I had heard a lot about this new project. The Limelight is an old Episcopal church at 6th and 20th in
|This photo credit: Lidrado Romero/New York Times|
|This photo credit: Victria Will/New York Post|
However, far more interesting and more appropriate to this blog is Eataly. It is just a short few block walk up and over to Broadway and 23rd Street. This huge new gourmet market was opened by celebrity chef Mario Batali, his business partner Joe Bastianich and his mother Lydia Matticchio. I’ve never cared much for Mario Batali. I like his food, but he makes me nervous and I’m over those orange crocs, cargo shorts, and chef’s jacket he always wears. I believe everyone needs a signature look, but just make sure your look is more than one outfit! But,
reached Goddess like status in our house years ago. And, I like Joe, who was on the recent TV show ‘Master Chef’ with that awful Gordon Ramsay. (I know, I know, I need to do a better job about being more open with my opinions.) Lydia
The space doesn’t try to be some architectural marvel like the Limelight. Instead, the space itself fades into the background and the product and offerings create the environment. It’s a gourmet market place, restaurant, take out, meeting place, and retail environment. Eataly has everything from a coffee shop, wine bar, fresh seafood, beautiful vegetables, housewares, bakery, meat counter, and every package product you can imagine. My favorite was the mozzarella bar! If you love great food, want to have a great meal or especially if you categorize yourself as a foodie, GO. It will be there, no matter when you visit the city!