The Tarry Market, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s fresh food market opened today. There are fresh pastas, freshly-baked breads, gelato, coffee, prime meats, cheese, sausage and cured meats and pleanty of beautiful condiments. Here’s Joe at the fresh pasta counter:
“The best of Europe and the best of local,” says Bastianich. “The best of hand-crafted, artisanal food.”
From left, Lenore Pott and Suzanne Tinley, both of Chappaqua, watch as Cheese Purveyor Franko cuts into aged parmesan cheese. Pott and Tinley came to check out Tarry Market, a new fresh food shop by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianch, on its opening day in Port Chester Nov. 2, 2010. ( Matthew Brown / The Journal News )
The gourmet shop, with its white, brick walls, rustic cement floors, marble counters and antique scales, has the look and feel of an old world market.
More photos, after the jump.
You may be tempted to compare the shop to Eataly, the 50,000-square-foot emporium of all things food and Italian in Manhattan, which Batali and Bastianich opened this summer, but Bastianich shakes his head no.
“Eataly is a grocery store — it’s everything Italy,” he says. “This is a fresh-food market with things that are made here. Groceries are a supporting role.”
The meat is supplied by Pat La Frieda, the wholesale meat purveyor to the star chefs:
Butcher James Piccolo slices 18 oz. prime beef steaks that will be sold at Tarry Market. ( Matthew Brown / The Journal News )
Still, there are things in common, though at 6,000 square feet, Tarry Market is a lot smaller than Eataly. Both have stations that offer meats, cheeses, pastas, bread and other foods, a cafe where you can order an espresso or gelato, and shelves lined with top-quality condiments. But there are differences, too. Tarry Market will carry products from Spain and France, along with local foods, including cheeses from Connecticut and milk from the Hudson Valley. There is also a massive bakery on site.
In the summer, it will go hyper-local, growing fruits and vegetables in its rooftop garden. In a few months, the market will begin making its own sausages and curing its own meats.
So, all those photos above were by Matt Brown (except the one of Joe at the top). Now here are my (much worse) photos! These were taken yesterday before the shop opened, so they’re still doing some finishing touches and not all the shelves are filled.
When you walk in, you see the coffee and gelato counter. There are 16 seats at a few tables up front, too.
Wines by the glass are available, too:
Then you walk past the checkout to the fresh pasta counter:
Behind that is the bread, charcuterie and cheese:
Some of the bread:
There are also beautiful antique scales in all shapes and colors:
The wine shop will open next week. Tarry Market is at 179 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-253-5680. tarrymarket.com (doesn’t work yet.)