@MarioBatali Shows His Lower Manhattan Pride; Interviews @NumPang Founder Ben Daitz for New Video Series from Downtown Alliance | Downtown Alliance

@MarioBatali Shows His Lower Manhattan Pride; Interviews @NumPang Founder Ben Daitz for New Video Series from Downtown Alliance


Eataly's Mario Batali and Num Pang's Ben Daitz are just the first famous foodies to appear in a new video series created by The Alliance for Downtown New York to showcase the growing food scene in Lower Manhattan.  Each month, The Alliance will enlist local chefs and food personalities to go behind-the-scenes and tell us why they've chosen to set up shop in Lower Manhattan, what their favorite spots are, and to help explain why #DownIsWhatsUp.


Watch the video at: http://www.downtownny.com


In the first installment, Batali and Daitz declare "Down Is What's Up" because of all the things you can do in Lower Manhattan.  


"It's fantastic how many people live, breathe, and spend most of their time down here. From visiting iconic NYC attractions and museums, to going to the movie theater and shopping, to making each meal an experience, you can find just about everything in Lower Manhattan," declares Batali.


"Lower Manhattan is alive.  From the rush of workers we see during the week for lunch, to the families that visit us during the weekends, it's an exciting place for us to be right now.  We're enjoying the opportunity to bring them new and fresh flavors."  adds Daitz.


The video opens with Batali giving a quick look at Eataly's 40,000 sq. ft. location at Westfield World Trade Center before following him through the subterranean pedestrian passageway to meet with Daitz for banh mi at his Num Pang location in Brookfield Place.


"There's always something cooking in Lower Manhattan and we created this video to help showcase the rapidly changing and increasingly popular food scene below Chambers Street," said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin.  "Over the course of the series, you'll get a taste of everything we have to offer Downtown - from experiential markets like Eataly to innovative street foods like Num Pang, and a number of surprises in between."


In 2016, Lower Manhattan welcomed 80 new restaurants and saw a dramatic shift from years earlier as over 82 percent of all eateries in the neighborhood kept their doors open past 7pm to cater to residents and late night visitors.  Recent activity has included high profile openings from Iron Chef Jose Garces, Tom Colicchio, Keith McNally, Wolfgang Puck and the Blue Ribbon team, while L'Appart earned the neighborhood's first ever Michelin Star and iPic enlisted James Beard Award winning chef Sherry Yard to head up their kitchen.  


The neighborhood's food scene is still growing and will soon welcome a number of new additions, including:

- Nobu Matishuma's Nobu at 195 Broadway;

- Jean-Georges Vongerichten's marketplace and restaurant in the Seaport District;

- Daniel Humm and and Will Guidara's next project at 3 WTC -- their Eleven Madison Park earned the title of "World’s Best Restaurant" earlier this week;

- Danny Meyer's next project on the 60th floor of  28 Liberty;

- David Chang's new project in the Seaport District;

- By.Chloe in the Seaport District;

- London steakhouse Hawksmoor at 3 WTC;

- Westville and Fuku at 110 Wall Street;
- TBA restaurant & lounge complex on the top floors of 70 Pine Street -- NoMad Chef James Kent in talks to open here;

- Market Lane at Westfield WTC;

- Whole Foods Market at One Wall Street; and

- City Acres food market featuring Artichoke Pizza, JuiceBrothers, Vanessa's Dumplings, Cinnamon Snail and Beyond Sushi at 70 Pine Street.


This video was produced by the Alliance for Downtown New York and the creative team at Milkbox.


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