200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Summer in the city there’s two places everyone wants to be: the rooftop bar and the beer garden. On our mission to hit all of them up before the summer ends, we decided to kill two birds with one stone and headed over to Eataly to check their rooftop beer garden out. Upon arrival (with no reservation) we put our name in for a table and were told it’d be about 45 minutes. While this usually would be a strike against the restaurant for me, Eataly has so much to explore that the 45 minutes flew and I was up on the roof with a glass of wine in my hand in no time. The décor is casual and relaxed. After sizing up the crowd, mood and decor, we decided it’d be a great spot for a low-key date in which you would wear jeans and flats. It’s the kind of restaurant you can talk to someone and impress them with your vast knowledge (or one fun fact) about beer. The crowd matched the atmosphere; casual of mixed ages and looks, party sizes and ethnicity—remember, this is Eataly, the place can be a tad touristy.
Staff was friendly and casual as well, in terms of both looks and attention—service teetered on slow. However, on a weekday night with no other plans or places to be, slow service wasn’t an issue. Ordering, on the other hand, concerned me. I braced myself with a bottle of wine (suggested by our borderline flirty waiter) and began surveying the menu. Item after item of meats, cheese and pastas, I considered just sticking with my wine (which was delicious and certainly hitting the spot), but alas I landed on the Portobello and was very much pleased with my decision. It was delicious and the portion was perfect. I finished my plate and was completely satisfied. Although the F-Factor approved options (listed below) were limited, I suggest the following and look forward to trying at my next visit.
Men: Eat 3/4 portion of lean protein
Aim for 4-6 oz., or the length of a man’s hand.
Women: Eat 1/2 portion of lean protein
Aim for 3-5 oz., or the size of a deck of cards.
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