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Eataly New York: A Foodie's Italian Food Haven
Baita is Eataly's Italian Alps pop-up restaurant on the 14th floor. Enclosed by a retractable roof and dotted with heaters, the cozy year-round space offers a view of the city skyline with a hearty taste of northern Italy, from hearty beef shanks to New York's first polenta bar.
I loved it the minute I walked in. There's a certain freshness and positive vibe that will take you on a journey to the Alps and back. On this beautiful spring day under a warm sun I sat under an open roof enjoying Manhattan's beautiful skyline. Simple decor yet innovative and relaxing. A bar, lights suspended from the ceiling, wooden tables surrounded by metal chairs, a glass facade around the space, colorful walls, a live cooking station and a wooden cabin.
The restaurant's main entertainment is the brewery. Beer is everywhere, Kegs decorate the corners and walls while the brewery prepares beers at the entrance. Music, positive vibes... I love it here!
BAITA is the Piemontese word for a small ski lodge in the Italian Alps. Made of wooden walls topped with a stone-slab roof, this cozy dwelling is the ideal place to escape the elements after an exhilarating day outdoors, while enjoying simple food and drink, such as rustic polenta, housemade sausage, and mulled wine.
High above the slopes of Fifth Avenue, the restaurant food and drink will make you feel like you're in the Italian Alps, right in the middle of Manhattan.
Bread and olive oil to start while I ordered my drink. A double red IPA, so fruity and so aromatic it made me smile like a baby.
Delicious and simple food... comfort food! Mushrooms cut in small cubes and pan-fried with Parmesan and arugula. Cheese puffs, crunchy yet soft at the same time without any sign of oil. Mini sweet potatoes cut in half served with melting raclette, two slices of bread and arugula. The simplest of creations, the simplest of plates, are so tasty and so enjoyable. Polenta followed - I'm not a fan of polenta - served fresh on a wooden board. If you like this kind of food, you'll be amazed. And to finish, the pasta plate that was recommended to us; in-house made bread with spinach, butter and sage. Yummy bits of green bread on a bed of butter.
It's a lovely experience indeed. Good food, great ambiance but I'd reconsider the service. The waiters are not attentive, they are very slow with an unsettling attitude. Instead of looking around they should be looking at you.