Central Park, NYC
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We stayed in the Flatiron District on our last New York trip.
Named for the landmark triangular building on 5th Avenue and Broadway, the neighbourhood has great shopping, restaurants and bars, a pedestrian plaza, parks etc.
It’s close to everything!
And of course, we found the Joe Fresh store, hard to believe it started out in a grocery store.
Anytime I hear or read that a bridge or railroad track is being decommissioned I’m hopeful that it’ll be converted for recreational use, maybe a High Line type of park or something similar.
While we’re not exactly lacking for parks here, I sometimes wish for a uniquely urban and ‘recycled’ park like the High Line – it’d be awesome!
I never miss a chance to go to the High Line when I’m in New York, it’s become a bit of a ritual; I usually save it for the last day of my trip and force myself to relax in one of those slatted reclining benches and alternate between reading and people watching. It’s always a restful end to a whirlwind vacation.
I’ve been lucky, all the times I’ve been on the High Line it’s been gorgeous and sunny, it’s also been quite crowded, more so each year, but I don’t mind the crowds, it’s New York!
The park is about a mile long now, a good two mile walk to the end and back if a little hike sounds inspiring; it’s an elevated walk with amazing views of the city and the Hudson River, and a ton of art installations that are worth the walk.
This last time, my day ended with a quick bite from nearby Chelsea Market, next time I think I’ll just have a picnic at the park.
Italy is Eataly!
That is one of the many slogans at Eataly, New York, the 50,000 square-foot Italian marketplace in the Flatiron district. It certainly is a food lover’s paradise.
The first time I went to Eataly, I sent a text to my brother (who’s always wanted a grocery/restaurant type of place) saying,
“you know that thing you’ve always wanted to do? Well, they’re doing it with Italian food in NYC… a supermarket with restaurants and it’s awesome”
Eataly opened in New York in 2010, a few years after its first location opened in Turin, Italy – it’s a food emporium or ‘foodtropolis’, if you will, where you can get groceries, have drinks or desserts, grab a quick bite or sit down to a proper lunch or dinner.
Our hotel on our last trip to New York was just a few blocks from Eataly, so I sort of went there a lot this time, I had dinner there twice, coffee every morning and stocked up on Italian cookies, tote bags and the black rice from Novara I wanted to try.
The market carries everything from unique fresh produce (there’s even a vegetable butcher!) to wines from some of the best Italian vineyards.
The restaurants/eateries vary from a formal-dining restaurant that celebrates meat to a vegetables-only restaurant. And let’s not forget… a rooftop beer garden!
And then there’s the newly opened culinary school with classes created by Chef Lidia Bastianich.
I like Eataly, I like that it’s committed to the Slow Food movement (more so in Turin).
I like the layout, concept and execution, and the food here is wonderful and varied.
Their farro and warm vegetables salad is amazing – it’s so fresh and rustic, it tastes homemade.
I should mention that Eataly feels a bit chaotic on the onset, it’s slightly cramped and overcrowded (with people) but that kind of adds to the charm and open-market ambiance, since markets are usually crowded and busy.
Eataly New York
200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
I had no plans to visit the Ladurée in New York.
Hard to believe, I know, but apparently there wasn’t room in our bloated itinerary of things to do in New York for a trip to ‘a sweet shop’.
So there I was, having a nice stroll in Central Park on my way to Belvedere Castle when I spotted a cute couple perched atop a rock having a little picnic, I stopped when I spotted the pale green bag… and with a daringness usually reserved for people I know, I asked them where the Ladurée shop was.
“71st and Madison” they said, “it’s pretty close too, you could be there and back in twenty minutes tops”
That’s all I needed to hear – I cut through the park, meandered through the Upper East Side and minutes later I was in pastel coloured confectionery heaven…
The macarons are flown from Paris everyday, which I guess works, because macarons are best eaten two days after they are baked.
Luckily, the wait wasn’t long; they were unfortunately out of the salted caramel (my favourite).
I went for the classic vanilla, pistachio and rose.
The macarons were delicious – smooth, slightly chewy and soft.
And I added another jewellery box to my collection of cute Ladurée boxes.
864 Madison Ave
(between 72nd St & 71st St)
New York, NY 10021