Food-on-the-go no longer has to be a greasy burger or an oversized hot dog from a small, dark food court. TravelsinTaste has found places such as Eataly in New York where foodies can enjoy gourmet food from the Rolls-Royces of takeout.

Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, is essentially a fancy Italian grocery store with individual departments offering quick bites. Diners can find almost anything in the culinary emporium, which was dreamed up by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, his mother Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and the original Eataly founder, Oscar Farinetti.

Farinetti opened the first in Turin, Italy, two years ago and now the group has recreated the concept near New York City's Madison Square Park. If you haven't heard of Batali or Bastianich, you are either not a follower of fine Italian cuisine and wines or you've been living under a rock. They are the brains behind dining establishments including B&B Ristorante and Otto at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino ( LVS - Get Report) and CarneVino at the Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Babbo Ristorante de Enoteca, Del Posto and the original Otto in New York and Mozza2Go in Los Angeles. Batali, has made multiple television appearances in his signature orange clogs, including as an Food Network ( SSP - Get Report) "Iron Chef," while Joe Bastianich recently judged Fox's ( NWS) MasterChef, the first master chef in the United States.

Eataly capitalizes on their experience with gourmet choices including pastry, bread, a butcher, a fishery, hard to find Italian pasta, cheese, gelato, paninis and coffee, just to name a few. Joe Bastianich provides the perfect addition to the market with his extensive collection of handpicked wines, which are for sale in the wine shop or available for imbibing with a meal. The 50,000-square-foot space also includes Manzo, a fine-dining Italian steakhouse, a year-round rooftop beer garden, a cooking school, an in-house travel agency and a retail section for Italian specialty items.

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Chef Todd English has opened a 5,400-square-foot food court on the lower concourse level of the Plaza Hotel.

Also in New York is a new food court on the lower concourse level of the Plaza Hotel. Chef Todd English of Olives fame created the food court to resemble European food halls, and diners can get everything from their morning coffee to lunch and an evening glass of wine. The 5,400-square-foot space occupies about 20% of the Plaza's lower level and features 80 seats for dining as well as various cooking stations and a retail section where fresh, packaged foods are sold. The food court's main attraction is the seafood counter, grill and raw bar, which is intended to mirror the hotel's former Oyster Bar. But with other stations devoted to -- among other things -- tea, coffee, chocolates, cheeses, breads, pastries, meats, pizza, wine, sushi and burgers, diners have no lack of options.

Before these came the world-renowned Thomas Keller, whose high-end Per Se is in the Time Warner Center and Bouchon Bakery is just a few steps away. (Keller also has Bouchon Bakeries in Yountville, Calif., and Las Vegas -- near his Bouchon Bistros.) Here diners can grab quick bites of amazing Keller creations such as quiche, soup, salads, sandwiches (including their take on the traditional peanut butter and jelly -- cashew butter and jelly), and homemade tarts. Additionally, there is a bakery a few feet away where one can grab his delicacies to go.

Even dogs can partake, as Keller sells foie gras and bacon dog bones for pooches with a sophisticated palate.

-- Written by TravelsinTaste.

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