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Manhattan: Birreria at Eataly

200 5th Avenue , Phone: 212.229.2560
Closing day: None

Reviewed by: Kim from NJ, review #3788

When: 2011

I'm not going to tell you not to dine here, there was nothing specifically wrong, but personally, I don't feel the need to return.

Directions: On the rooftop of Eataly.

There was nothing I didn't like about Birreria except for their house-made 75 minute IPA, which the waitress was kind enough to let me try before I ordered it; I opted for the Birra del Borgo Genziana instead. I had hoped for a bigger selection of Italian beers on draft but that was not the case. They seem more focused on their house-brewed beers and those from their US collaborator, Dogfish Head.

On the other hand there was nothing that made me go, "Wow!" about this restaurant either.

The setting, on the rooftop of Eataly, is pretty cool (love eating outside) but doesn't have jaw-dropping views. Yet, because it is outside, it is not overly loud though there is a constant hum (it makes me wonder though what happens when the weather turns because it looks as if there is a way to enclose it with a series of glass panels for the roof but I'm not positive). Another thing to consider though about the settings is that while we took an elevator to the "top" we still had one story of stairs to climb after that. I do not know if they have an elevator that goes all the way to the top for those who cannot climb stairs.

The food was good, solid. We shared a cheese plate (asiago, robiola and gorgonzola dolce - could have done without the asiago), followed by the grilled portabello mushroom with acciughe (anchovies) and the probusto house-made sausage. Both were good but again, nothing stupendous along with that we had an order of their pickled vegetables. No dessert, and with the two beers our lunch bill (with tip) came to $73.49 for the two of us. By the way though, the one thing I did appreciate about the restaurant was the ability to make reservations online.

Anyway, with that, as I said, it wasn't bad but there wasn't anything, especially for that price, that makes me want to run back to the restaurant for another meal.

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