Atop the frenetic mob of ambitious home chefs shopping for whole white truffles and rare imported formaggi at Eataly’s 23rd Street location sits an oasis of calm at Baita, an Italian Alps pop-up restaurant in the La Birreria rooftop space transformed just in time for the holidays.
If the plaid flannel throws slung over the backs of dining chairs and Adirondack recliners gathered round Christmas trees dressed in white holiday lights don’t get you into the spirit, the holiday jazz piped through a room hung with vintage ski posters featuring Italian ski resorts like Cortina d’ampezzo and Val Gardena certainly will.
Baita’s menu is full of high notes, including Probusto con Polenta e Crauti (housemade pork and veal sausage with polenta and sauerkraut), Caserecce con Ragu di Funghi (artisanal slow-dried pasta in a mushroom sauce) and an entire section devoted to Raclette (melted cheese) sourced from Spring Brook Farm in Vermont. Paired with a cask ale brewed on site or a glass of mulled wine under glowing heat lamps and a retractable glass roof, it doesn’t get much cozier.
An elevator delivers diners straight to the festive 14th floor host stand where you can ditch your stroller and request a high chair — along with a side of cheesy salt and pepper polenta, which was a huge hit with our seven month old babe.
Baita makes a great itinerary stop after posing with Santa at ABC Carpet & Home just a few blocks away. Cap it off with a cup of the city’s best hot chocolate at City Bakery on 18th Street and you have a perfect New York December day.
200 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10010
December through March
MENUS & HOURS
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
The kitchen closes at 10 p.m.
11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
The kitchen closes at 11 p.m.