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.
The fashion and trendsetting aspect of food is part of our culture like skinny jeans and ubiquitous boots. We lose sight of its sustenance and connection to wellness and survival. It borders on the obscene.