Biting into the Big Apple
Big Onion's Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour explores the city's culinary history. Credit: Ryan Thatcher
Special to amNewYork
New York is one of the best food cities in the world.
This summer join a culinary walking tour because history goes down a lot easier with a cannoli.
Scotts Pizza Tours
A week and a half is the longest Scott Wiener has ever gone without eating pizza.
It was terrible, he said.
A year ago, the 27-year-old pizza enthusiast started Scotts Pizza Tours.
During his three-hour, $30 tour Wiener attempts to find the perfect slice for all guests by stopping at three pizzerias he feels highlight the diversity of New York pizza Lombardis, Joes Pizza and Johns Pizza.
Additional stops include Alleva, the countrys oldest cheese shop; Baris, a restaurant and equipment store on the Bowery; and an unmarked maroon door on the corner of Prince and Bowery where a white-haired man named Patsy has been inconspicuously hand-making many of the citys pizza ovens for more than 40 years.Its not about pizza snobbery. Its about pizza education, Wiener said.
Big Onion: The Original Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour
Big Onions Original Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour is a history buffs dream. The $20 tour covers various cuisines of the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy.
But dont expect to eat too much; here its more about little snacks than big meals.
The two-hour tour makes stops for plantains, pickles, halva, dried rose petals, mini-cannolis, pepperoni, Parmesan, and mozzarella, but its more likely to leave ones brain a lot fuller than the belly.
Foods of New York
Foods of New York, which runs tours in Greenwich Village ($44), Chelsea Market ($44), Central Village/SoHo ($44), and Chinatown ($65) most days, stops at about seven to eight restaurants, eateries, and food shops on its three-hour tour.
Marketa Greenberg, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she was satisfied by the Greenwich Village tour she took.
She said it was filling and provided lots of information about where the food came from, making it easy to return to buy what she liked.
Myra Alpersons NoshWalks attempt to tackle the diversity of food found in all five boroughs.
Its the real New York, Alperson said. Food is a gateway to getting to know the city better.
Each week brings a different neighborhood and flavor.
Upcoming tours include June 28s Latin American Jackson Heights, and July 11s tour of Bensonhursts eclectic cultural cuisine from Turkish to Chinese.
Tour prices are generally $40, which includes noshes, but not beverages.
You get a full meal, and then some, said Alperson.
Drink your way through NYC
Uncle Sams New York Tours offers four different neighborhood pub crawls including the West Village, East Village, Hells Kitchen and Empire State crawls with a Fourth of July Spirits of 76 pub crawl, and even more to come this summer.
The West Village pub crawl, in particular, caters to those interested in literary history, with stops at The White Horse Tavern, Kettle of Fish and Kennys Castaways, drinking establishments that have been frequented by legendary writers, politicians and musicians.
But this tour company prides itself on being just as social as it is educational.