Foodies both local and international have been flocking to the Flatiron District’s mega Italian emporium Eataly since it opened its doors in 2010. Gourmand pilgrims now have another delicious destination: Eataly NYC Downtown, which opened its doors mid-August. You’ll find many familiar Eataly features — some unique to this location — as well as five restaurants, nine take-away counters, two cafes, and one wine bar. Click through for our family-friendly guide to this sure to be hoppin’ hotspot!

It’s Educational, too!

Everyday, there are free classes — yes, we said free — on different topics ranging from how to pronounce certain Italian phrases to learning how to taste the difference between olive oil from Tuscany and that from Sicily. Foodiversita is food “university” where people of all ages are encouraged to “play with food through live demos and tastings around the kitchen table.” And these instructional demos are already getting kids in on the action, as we saw first hand some girls learning the basics of bread making when we visited. Classes are at Noon, 1 p.m. and 6p.m. daily. Check the website for topics, then just show up — no tickets necessary.

photo: Pablo Enriquez

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Eataly NYC Downtown
Level 3 of World Trade Center Tower 4
Daily, 7a.m.-11 p.m.
Online eataly.com
212-897-2895

Have you been to the new Downtown Eataly? What did your kids eat there?

—Kim Sunshine