i LOVE eataly, i really do. but i have never been crazy about the atmosphere as it's not really conducive to enjoying a good meal. if you've never been, imagine an immensely popular italian grocery store (the size of a small target) in the heart of chelsea wherein you can also sit yourself down in the middle and have an authentic italian meal. i think people put up with it (myself included) because the food is obviously delicious. i've also heard great things about their new rooftop brewery during the warmer months.
lately we've been skipping out on the restaurant scene and stopping in for cappuccinos instead. i'm gonna go out on a limb here and say they make the best soy cappuccino in the city.