Eataly in New York
The Flatiron district in New York gets its name from the iconic triangular Flatiron building, a historic skyscraper that was one of the city's first steel-framed buildings. The area is a hub for food, shopping and culture.
Literally in the shadow of the Flatiron is Eataly, an Italian food hall style megastore combining retail and restaurant concessions. Often described as a foodie theme park, the idea behind the concept is very simple; to gather high quality Italian food and drink under one roof where people can shop, eat and learn.
The concept involves a huge store which stocks Italian favourites like balsamic vinegars, cheeses, cold meats and pastas with smaller stalls selling specialities such as gelato, coffee, pastries and sweets. There are restaurants, coffee shops, bars and even a cookery school offering lessons in producing Italian dishes.
Wander around yourself, or for $40 take the walking tour to enjoy tasting the delights and meeting food specialists keen to share their knowledge on all things gastronomic. Either way bag yourself some goodies and have a picnic in Madison Square Park, just across the street.