Apres-Ski Themed Bar on Eataly’s Roof

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Eataly, the Italian food mecca on 5th avenue, has opened the pop-up Baita bar on their roof with an “Italian Alps” theme. According to their website, they’ve “replaced the stone walls and nearby hills of grazing sheep with a retractable glass roof and views of the neighboring Flatiron building, but the food and drink will make you think you’re in the Italian Alps, right in the middle of Manhattan.”

Holiday shoppers, tourists and Eataly regulars can all enjoy tasty seasonal fare, like polenta and homemade sausage, while sipping on the sort of drinks you might crave after a long day on the slopes. Eataly’s brewery Birreria is running the pop-up, and pints of their cask ales will be available alongside a full wine list and house cocktails. Featured among those are mulled wine and Bombardino – a cream based Italian cocktail reminiscent of eggnog – but if the ski lodge aesthetic isn’t enough to make you forget the unseasonable warm weather we’ve been having, there are plenty of original cold cocktails as well. Other classic Italian goodies like fresh pasta and charcuterie from the market below will also be available.

If you visit and fall in love with the festive atmosphere, Eataly is also renting out Baita for parties of up to 175. But get there soon – the pop-up will only be around through March of 2016.

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A New Fast Casual from the Eleven Madison Park Team

Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the current co-owners of Eleven Madison Park, recently announced plans for a new fast casual concept to open next year on West 28th. Made Nice will be a counter-service spot featuring veggie- and grain-heavy meals with seasonal ingredients for the health conscious crowd. They hope to join the current wave of healthier quick service restaurants with a greener tinge popping up all over the city, and provide flavor-forward meals meals running between $10 and $15.

Early hints from the team indicate that the new restaurant will still be strongly design-focused. They are working with the architecture and design firm Stonehill & Taylor on the interior and artist Jono Pandolfi on stoneware, both of whom worked with the team previously on NoMad.

The EMP team also has other plans in the works, including a new NoMad in Los Angeles due in fall of 2017, and a mysterious fine-dining project on Park avenue described as a “Four Seasons on steroids for the 21st Century.”

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