While Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's Italian food emporium is less than a year old, it's already a tourist attraction up there with the Empire State and the Statue of Liberty. Wander its cavernous ground floor and you'll find every Italian foodstuff you'd want, everything you could think
about wanting—bakery, pizzeria, cheese counter, panini counter, espresso bar, gelato stand, fish market, rotisserie... and that's before you get to the restaurants. Eataly can be overwhelming, no doubt. But the food-loving stroll through it the way the clothes-obsessed do Barney's or Bloomingdale's: not to buy, necessarily, but to gawk and experience and absorb. It's a madhouse, but one without equal.
Eataly: 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010 (map); 646-398-5100; eatalyny.com