All around the country, bustling high-end food halls are making it easy for foodies to both dine in and shop for unique retail and specialty foods all in one place. Nothing is mass-produced here -- think locally grown ingredients, fresh-pressed juices and handmade specialties.
Though you may likely want to shake your head at Eataly's bombastic presence in a city where traditional markets pepper every neighborhood, you are forgetting one thing: Eataly was never meant to be traditional.
Normally I'd think this would be an easy trip -- I'm a former NYC resident, with dozens of visits since under my belt. Dirty subway rides, rude cabbies -- I've done it all. I'm a veteran. But this time is going to be a bit different.