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.