Address: 200 5th Ave.
Eataly is right across the street from the Plex offices, but the sheer size of the place can be so overwhelming I seldom go there. Mario Batali's Italian mega market-chock full of amazing meats, breads, pastas, pesce, wine, and produce occupies much of a Manhattan city block, and yet it's almost always jam-packed with people.
Perched atop the Eataly megaplex, this rooftop restaurant and brewery is an oasis of calm and only-in-Manhattan cool. Open and bright even in winter months thanks to the retractable glassed-in roof, Birreria is a great place to enjoy some grilled meats or a tasty cheese plate washed down with the flavorful craft ales that they concoct just a few feet away. And it's nowhere near as crowded as the rest of Eataly. Just don't tell anybody, okay? -Rob Kenner