The Flatiron district is as diverse as New York itself. This bustling neighborhood features popular restaurants, dynamic retail, superb educational institutions, and architectural highlights. The district is just a short stroll from either Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station.
Eataly has been a New York must-see for years with its several cafes, wine bars, top-notch ingredients for sale, unique kitchen items, and fine Italian wines, all living together in one market. Birreria, the brewery brainchild of Eataly's partners, is right above the popular emporium and follows the same philosophy of providing an authentic, unique Italian experience.
Birreria proudly sets itself apart from its sister store, Eataly. To be specific, 14 floors apart. To get there, enter Eataly and search for a woman with an iPad near the kitchenware section. If there's enough space upstairs, she'll wave you through to the elevator, where you'll rocket up to the 15th floor. Step into the restaurant/bar, you'll see hundreds of chairs and, if you go after 7 pm on a Friday, lots of borderline rowdy workers from the surrounding office buildings. During the day, however, it's a lovely view of the city.
It's impossible to say just what you'll find on the menu at Birreria since the food is constantly changing from season to season. According to the website, "each season, Birreria hosts a different pop-up restaurant with a cultural phenomenon imported from Italy." There have been vegetarian-friendly menus featuring mushrooms of every shape and size. Another time, an entire section of the menu was dedicated to raclette, a type of cheese aged for three months or more. What you can expect are prices in the moderate-to-high range and corresponding quality. This is not your standard beer garden food -- it's quality Italian food with beer to match.
You probably think of wine when you think of Italy. After a visit to Birreria ("little brewery" in Italian), that might change. Like the food, quality is key when it comes to Birreria's brews. All of the beers made on site are brewed with traditional tastes and methods in mind. If beer isn't your thing, this rooftop bar is fully stocked with Italian wines from downstairs Eataly and every standard liquor you could desire.
Cover Photo Credit: Nikki Yeager