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BIRRERIA, 200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street), 14th Floor

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Manhattan’s most centrally located brewery. It’s also a beer destination that many never think about. That’s because Birreria is hidden on the rooftop of the very popular Italian mega-grocer Eataly. But up here, a handful of brewers make some really unique cask-conditioned ales to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Most of their beers feature surprising herbs, fruits, or vegetables in the brew and it makes for a refreshing and culinary-focused experience.

At any given time, they only have three housemade beers on tap. Two are usually seasonal and the other is one of their “flagship” beers. One that has been floating around for a while, but I never got a taste of is the Gina. (more…)


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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 60: PORK ARISTA SANDWICH at EATALY

Pork has never gone out of style – except maybe with the Jews and Muslims (for them, it was never in style). But those of us willing to eat in sin know the decadent delight in the flavor of fatty, salty pig. It’s pretty irresistible, which might be why so many religions find it reprehensible.

The Italians have certainly embraced the swine and nowhere is that more evident than at Eataly’s rotisserie, where the roasted meat sandwiches change daily. Every Monday they offer the Pork Arista (which was also named one of Village Voice’s top dishes this year). The soft and peppery roasted pork needs no mustard or vegetables – just a buttery baguette to sop up all the flavor. This is only available for lunch, so pass the crowds and follow your nose (not your religion). Price: $11.80/$13.80

ROSTICCERIA AT EATALY
200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street),
Flatiron District
(212) 539-0204
eatalyny.com/rosticceria

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

I was a little worried a few months ago when Michael Toscano, the chef from Eataly’s Manzo, left the meat-centric luxury restaurant within the ever crowded food mart to open Perla in the West Village. Oftentimes when a new chef takes over a restaurant (like Fitz Tallon did here), they want to make their own identity and so some signature items often get ditched. While the new chef certainly made some changes (like a new affordable 3 course lunch), he thankfully left the Tajarin Al Sugo d’Arrosto alone.

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…


Something funny is going on here. As you all probably know, I’m pretty meticulous about the Time Out list. I spend the first few weeks of its release studying it over and plotting my journey. I guess this year I wasn’t quite as thorough. I’m definitely not as motivated or obsessed as I had been in years past. But how did I completely miss this list item?

Time Out didn’t put together a check list for us this year (which is strange since they were more encouraging than ever before for reader’s to take the journey), but instead only featured the entire list on an internet slideshow. I viewed that slideshow a number of times, but it wasn’t until a few days ago I discovered a listing for the Fresh Mozzarella from Eataly. Where did that come from? Could Time Out have added it later on, maybe realizing they only posted 99? Or did I just somehow let that little cheese ball slip right through my hands?

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

Pairing food and beer has become much more popular in the last few years. Fortunately, the food is no longer limited to chicken wings or a slice of pizza. I think that’s clearly evident at Eataly’s realtively new rooftop beer garden. Birreria also has an extensive menu of cheeses, sausages, and meats, but TONY directed us to the section of the menu I would have looked at last: the funghi (mushroom) section. Not usually what I think of when I think bar food.

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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

The Eataly empire is a madhouse. I usually get intimidated and anxiety ridden when I walk in. They fit so many food options and kiosks in this space that there’s really nowhere else for them to add anything. So in true New York fashion, they decided to expand in the only possible way: build up into the sky.

La Birreria opened this summer on the rooftop and crowds have lined up to get a taste of refined Italian bar specialities, a beautiful view of Manhattan, and beer. Lots of beer. What’s even more exciting about this addition is that they’re not only serving Italian and local beers, but they’re making their own. This is another brewery to add to the growing number in New York City.

We arrived late in the afternoon during the week when most self-respecting New Yorkers were still hard at work. We walked right onto the elevator and up the stairs, passing all the brewing equipment and paraphernalia as if we used the Fast Pass on a ride at Disney World. When we finally made it up to the open-air restaurant, it felt very big and exciting – even though there weren’t too many people sitting at the tables. I could see why this place fills up and is such a hot spot. There is so much to look at between the big beer casks, the beautiful Manhattan skyline, and the neat retractable glass enclosure that will protect drinkers from the harsh cold winter, but not inhibit that breathtaking view.

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