1 Here I am at the opening of La Birreria with Mario Batali, Oscar Farinetti - Eataly’s founder and one of the owners/partners of Eataly New York, and Lidia Bastianich.
2 Mario and me
3 Here I am with Lidia
4 Kevin Sharkey, Sophie Herbert - my niece http://sophieherbert.com/, and Mario
5 Sophie, Mario, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia
6 And of course, people taking pictures of me taking pictures!
7 The crowd at the opening enjoyed a sit-down meal.
8 Looking east, there is a wonderful view of the iconic 22-floor Flatiron building, completed in 1902.
9 There's also a great view of the Metlife Tower completed in 1909. It was the tallest building in the world until 1913, when the Woolworth Building was completed.
10 I visited La Birreria during the day on a subsequent visit.
11 This rooftop beer garden has become a popular destination for food and drink.
12 The retractable roof was partially closed because of threatening weather.
13 A better view of the spectacular Flatiron with its rounded prow-like front and triangular shape
14 The Empire State Building is seen looking north.
15 The beverage menu features the highest quality cask beers, draft beers, bottled beers, and assorted wines.
16 The beer is served through traditional hand pumps, at just the perfect temperature.
17 La Birreria's own brews are served in Teku glasses designed by Teo Musso, a collaborating brewmaster.
18 There are many wonderful draft choices.
19 Wines are served directly from the cask and Friulano and Vespa Bianco are from the Bastianich Winery.
20 Wines are served by the glass or two sizes of carafe.
21 Big fans provide a cooling breeze.
22 And cold beer provides a satisfying drink.
24 These are the three house beers, which will soon be made right at La Birreria.
25 The food menu features creations inspired by family-style feasts of an Italy influenced by Austria and Germany.
26 Crusty bread wrapped and ready to be served.
28 A dish of fruity extra-virgin olive oil awaits dipping.
29 This salad is called Tritata - Romaine, potato, fried chickpeas, hot cherry peppers, salumi, cucumbers, red onion, black olives, pecorino, with a red wine vinaigrette.
30 A salad called Cavolo Nero Con Salsa - chopped mixed kale, grapefruit, poppy seed frico, with an anchovy vinaigrette
31 A board of speck - smoked prosciutto from Alto-Adige
32 And a board of salumi - speck, sopressata, mortadella, cacciatorini, and coppa
33 Pollo Con Pesto di Olive Verde - Pennsylvania chicken thigh with a green olive-almond pesto and wilted greens.
34 Bistecca Con Salsa Verde - Donley Ranch (KS) skirt steak with salsa verde
35 Bratwurst - Südtirol inspired veal, pork, and caraway served with mustard and krauti
36 A serving of tangy krauti
37 And a serving of colorful pickled vegetables
38 Formaggi - Bleu del Moncenisio, Ricotta Fresca, Robiola Bosina, Pecorino Toscano, and Pecorino Fiore Sardo
39 The cheese is served with thick and rich honey.
40 This is the copper-clad brewery set behind glass, which will be operating very soon.
41 Beer kegs at the ready