One of the nice things about having visited NYC multiple times previously is that I can now enjoy the city without running around to see all of the sites. The perfect weather this past weekend made it easy to do just that.
On my list of things to do were visit the famed Kat’z Deli in Soho and have a picnic in Central Park. Katz’s has been around since 1888 (seriously) and serves up your typical Jewish fare. One thing that was a ‘must’ for me was to try a bowl of NY matzo ball soup. I paired this up with one of their massive corned beef sandwiches. I must say that both tasted amazing!
The other thing on my list was a picnic in the park. Lucky for me, the weather was perfect for this. Now to find a market to purchase some picnic essentials. I stumbled upon an article a few weeks ago about an Italian market in NY started by Mario Batali (and a few others). This was how the conversation went with my boyfriend when I brought up the idea:
Me: I found a really cool looking Italian market started by Mario Batali…That might be a good place to get stuff for a picnic.
Him: I don’t like Mario Batali. (a typical comment from him)
Me: OK THEN!
That’s the background. On Sunday we ventured over to the Flatiron Building for some photos and breakfast. We have a large picture of this in our home and you can see a McDonald’s about a block down that Shawn wanted to visit. Unfortunately it was no longer open but we remembered a small coffee shop across the street so we went there instead. I was really interested in the fact that they served Illy coffee. There was a small hallway off to the side of the coffee bar with chocolate and candy for sale and I wanted to take a look. Little did we know that at the end of the hall there was a large opening that went into the huge Eatly market…owned by MARIO BATALI!
This place is over 50,000 square feet of Italian goodness. Bread, pasta, meat, cheese, vegetables…you name it.
We picked up some fixin’s and headed over to the park. It was wonderful.