Lonely Planet Writer

Dine like you're in the Italian Alps at this ski chalet in New York

New Yorkers who want to take a winter trip to the Italian Alps but can’t afford the airfare can now pretend they’re in a Piedmontese ski chalet at Eataly NYC Flatiron.

The Baita cabin in New York. Image by Ron Capistrano/Eataly

Eataly, the massive Italian marketplace chain, has once again opened Baita, a regional word for a ski lodge, in the Alps. At Eataly NYC Flatiron, the pop-up means visitors have a chance to head to the 14th floor – which features a retractable roof – to enjoy views of the city and a cosy spot to enjoy food and drink and pretend they’re on a European ski holiday.

Order a full shank and sides at Baita. Image by Eataly

Naturally, since Baita is housed at Eataly, there’s a huge focus on serving up some of the most delicious Italian food, with hearty regional favourites like polenta, raclette and beef shank on offer. For guests who order a beef shank in advance – it comes with three sides and can serve groups of ten or more – they can spend the evening hanging out inside the little on-site cabin. The entire spot is adorned with winter decorations, making it a perfect spot to curl up with a blanket and sip a classic Italian cocktail like a Negroni.

Vin Brule at Baita. Image by Eataly

Eataly already has locations around the world, but fans of the Italian food mecca can now visit its most impressive offering. FICO Eataly World is opening in Bologna, taking travellers straight into the thick of Italian food, from field to fork. The two-hectare site will not only expose travellers to delicious foods, but will take them on site to see how the raw ingredients like olives and grapes are grown, and animals like Sardinian sheep are raised.