Monday, December 14, 2015


After a long day of running around New York City, it's great to find a cozy restaurant to relax and have a drink or two. Eataly's new pop-up restaurant, Baita, is the perfect place to unwind. Baita is the word for a small ski lodge in the Italian Alps. After taking an elevator to the 14th floor of Eataly, you'll feel like you're in a far away land!

Baita has a full bar and a long list of bottled and draft beers. They even have the elusive Anchor Brewing's merry Christmas Happy New Year beer, although they were out the night Eat Up NE visited. There are several cold cocktails on the menu, along with warm cocktails to heat diners up on those cold winter nights.

We ordered the Sciatt to start. This is beer battered and fried piave cheese. It was delicious. For dinner, I loved the Caserecce con Ragu di Funghi aka pasta with mushroom sauce. The pasta was so tender and the mushrooms were as fresh as can be. There are plenty of hearty meat dishes on the menu including pork sausage with lentils, veal, beer-braised pork and chicken with spinach, apples and shallots.

I saved enough room for dessert. Baita's Tiramisu Classico is as good as it gets. It's ice cold and creamy. There's also coffee, cappuccino and Eataly's famous hot chocolate on the menu.

Baita will be in business through March. Be sure to make reservations if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, otherwise the wait can be over an hour. , , ,

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