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As a busy New Yorker, coming across a ravioli bar like I Ravioli at Eataly Downtown is ideal for my day-to-day. While I normally frequent their Flatiron location, I happily accepted an offer from the Eataly team to visit their second location. I had never been to Eataly Downtown so I was excited to see what was in store, literally.

Though I was guided to the bar upon arrival, I loved that there was a pathway on the floors that was leading the way. Now, you never have to worry about getting lost in the hustle and bustle of lunch since it takes you directly to where you need to go. Before approaching the bar, you get to see the chefs making the fresh pasta and the variety of options. Both chefs present on my visit seemed happy to chat about what they were making for the day, and knew plenty about each variation shown. They explained the process and how quickly it would be for me to get my meal. After the chef made a few suggestions on his favorites, I was ready to try them out for myself.

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Photo by Tanya Maithai

The menu was pretty easy to choose from and so was having a glass of Rosè while I waited. The ravioli comes stuffed and there are a number of sauces available as well so you can pick your favorite day (based by sauce) to come grab your bite to eat. It wasn’t even three sips later, when my order was already up for me to grab. It was really quicker than a New York Minute, which is perfect for someone always on the go. Should you have some time to spare, there was ample seating to enjoy.

I ordered the prosciutto stuffed ravioli with the sauce of the day which was a mushroom, arugula and beef sauce. To my surprise, I was also invited to try the Pesto Trapanese, as well as, the Carbonara sauce over a bed of ravioli. I was already enjoying the pasta I ordered but the Carbonara had come to steal the show. It was creamy, with the right amount of cheese and sauce to compliment it. I found myself digging my fork back and back again into the bowl.

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Photo by Tanya Maithai

The best part about the experience at I Ravioli at Eataly Downtown was that you could take ingredients home with you and recreate what you’ve had. From fresh pasta to the sauces, everything is suddenly available to you for the days you won’t have time to run in for lunch. Again, completely ideal for any ravioli lover, especially one who wants to bring the taste of Eataly, home.

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Eataly Sabbia Calamari

Summer is over but and so are the reservations at Sabbia but it will be missed. Sabbia was serving beach vibes since April and it was the kind of place that made you wish your feet were dipped in sand. Since Sabbia sits on the rooftop of Eataly,  the sun shines in but not enough to give you a tan.

However if you indeed need one, sign up for our #TravelingWhileHungry trips. Just saying.

Eataly Sabbia

The restaurant is also extremely laid back, with cabana’s in the corner and cocktails at the bar. Naturally, you’ll want to kick your feet up and prepare for a great time. The bartender will add to this experience with some of their signature drinks, like the Limone-Jito or Pesca Fresca. However, I took an affinity to their Prosecco spritz which was completely refreshing, bright and keeps me holding onto summer days. With the renovation of the space for their winter restaurant, I must get over it now.

Eataly Sabbia cocktail

However, the easy to eat menu items were right up my alley, with choices like oysters and calamari. The menu wasn’t too seafood heavy and a great combination with choices from land and sea, both well represented.

Eataly Sabbia dish

Particularly fresh, the calamari was one of my favorite things on the menu, The portion is perfect for group diners who love to share and want to bite into summer. Good Calamari can be so hard to find in NYC where everyone is doing it, but at Sabbia, they’re were doing it right.

Eataly Sabbia Calamari

I briefly got a chance to try the fresh Island creek oysters, brought over from the oyster bar which was set up nearby. Real oyster lovers could appreciate this dining bonus but have to now wait and see what the new restaurant, Baita, will offer.

Eataly Sabbia Oysters

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