In the News: Eataly Details

Riccardo Orfino courtesy Eataly••• The Eataly at 4 World Trade Center will open “in the next week or two,” says the New York Times. “A juice bar will open at 7 a.m. at the top of the escalators to the third floor of the nearly completed 4 World Trade Center tower, as will a casual restaurant called Orto e Mare (Garden and Sea), with a counter where granola, smoked salmon, pancakes, frittatas and other egg dishes will be served. Later in the day, it will shift to vegetable and fish dishes. Breakfast sandwiches will be available at the panini bar. Other firsts at this Eataly include a salad bar, a gastronomia for prepared food, and La Piadina, where traditional flatbread sandwiches will be made to order. Most of the dining options will be in a separate area with many windows, and will include Rossopomodoro for pizza, a wine bar and a restaurant, Osteria della Pace, that is set off with a gracious entryway. […] As in the other Eatalys across the globe, there will be aisles stocked with Italian goods, including fresh and cured meats, seafood, cheeses, produce, grocery items, condiments, homemade mozzarella, pastas and gelato. This Eataly is placing special emphasis on bread.” There are five photos; I can’t tell whether they were shot at the new store.

••• Related: Eataly‘s website ran a Q&A with Riccardo Orfino, chef at Osteria della Pace. (That’s him above.)

••• The top 12 floors of 70 Pine will be lighted once again, starting tonight. Too bad the building is blocked by so much new dross. —New York Post

••• Every now and then someone waxes nostalgic for Riverrun, the restaurant that was at 176 Franklin in the 90s. Never having been myself, I Googled it to see if I could figure out what was so magical about the place. Mediaburn has a (dark) video of owner Joe Distler and customers, and in 1990 the New York Times included it in a roundup of Tribeca restaurants.



  1. You didn’t miss anything. Riverrun was an OK family restaurant, the food was hardly exceptional but generally good.

  2. riverrun had the best jukebox in NYC (10¢!). The place had a much better vibe than anything in the Tribeca that followed, and there are probably fewer people in Tribeca now that actually went there than there are reader’s (worldwide, all time) of the Joyce novel whose first sentence (or is it last?) gave the bar its name.

    • James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (note: no apostrophe) begins midstream:
      riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

      This most novel kind of novel ends all those hundreds of pages later with another fragment that completes the beginning:
      A way a lone a last a loved a long the

  3. joe never told any of us that riverrun was closing. one day it was just gone. the neighborhood has never been the same.

  4. Did you notice also in today’s Times: “In the five years since he closed Tabla, the chef Floyd Cardoz has cooked at North End Grill and opened Bombay Canteen in Mumbai, India.” I’m sure we’d all like to forget White Street ever happened.

  5. Thanks. Very nice trip down memory lane. But one couldn’t see the strange zigzag table placement — at least, that is how I remember it.