Many vacationers who have booked trips to Europe this summer are disappointed by delayed or cancelled flights. Other countries, such as Japan, have opened their borders, but only to those with fixed itineraries in packaged tours. The good news is, unless you’re a traveler who prefers groups tours and flight cancellations, you can experience the best of a country’s food right in your back yard — no passport required.
New York City has almost 24,000 eateries from which to choose, but for those who want the freshest ingredients and most authentic experience, two restaurants stand out: Kaiseki Room by Yamada (midtown west) for some of the finest in Japanese Omakase in America; and Eataly (Flatiron district) with seven Italian restaurants from which to choose plus a high-end food market, wine store, cooking classes and more.
You’ll think you’re in Italy as you walk around Eataly (200 Fifth Avenue) and put home-made pasta and freshly baked bread into your shopping cart while drinking a chilled glass of Italian wine. “Italians drink everywhere, including in food markets,” says Dino Borri, Global Vice President of Eataly. “and this is a real market. It’s like being in a piazza in Italy.”
In 2007, entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened the first Eataly in Torino, Italy with the intention of creating a market, a table to gather around, and a place to learn about food. Fifteen years later, Eataly has reinvented the way people shop by combining three experiences under one roof: Eat (food service), Shop (retail), and Learn (classes) with 41 locations throughout the world from Silicon Valley and New York City to Paris and Dubai.