Manhattan trolley tour teaches history through food

A new tour that shares the history of the immigrant experience is slated to launch this winter and will stop at some of the city's best eateries along the way.

The Pickle Guys on Grand Street is the only store of its kind left in the area. The store's pickles are kosher and made from an old Eastern European recipe, cured with salt brine in a barrel.

Kossar's has been around since 1936 -- first on Ridge Street, then on Clinton Street and finally on Grand Street. Its specialty has always been bialys (pictured), which originated in the Jewish community in Bialystok, Poland. The shop prides itself on being the oldest operating bialy bakery in the United States, according to

Kossar's also specializes in kettle-boiled bagels and other specialty baked goods, including rugelach and challah bread.


Ferrara, with its 200 types of Italian specialties, opened in the heart of Little Italy in 1892. Five generations later, it's still owned and operated by the same family. The cafe and bakery calls itself America's first pasteria and espresso bar, its website says. It has everything under the sun, from cannolis to assorted cookies, pastries, cheesecakes, pies and more.