Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Apple On A New York Food Tour

Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Apple On A New York Food Tour

When you live in a city for a long time you never really expect to be blown away by a tour. After all, you are supposed to know the city by heart, right? On this day, my only regret was that I hadn't taken this #food tour earlier. I guess #NYC will always keep surprising us.

“Each successive wave of immigrants brought with them their most precious assets; their recipes and their love of food. In America, they transformed bland local ingredients into the dishes we know and love today,” said our native New York food tour guide Liz.

We don’t normally do guided tours in our travels. And since Laura and I had lived in New York City for many years (we met in the city, fell in love here and we got engaged here), we feel like we know the city pretty well. However, on this trip, we thought doing a NYC food tour would be fun. We expected it would be good. We did not expect it to be fabulous – and it was!

Cheese and meats from Italy

The walking tour, conducted by Ahoy New York Food Tours, explores both the food and the culture of Little Italy and Chinatown. This compact section of lower Manhattan was the first stop for millions of immigrants moving to America from 1861 through the 1930s. What began with the Irish, quickly turned into streams of Italians and then the Chinese – both strong food cultures. A sampling of delights on a New York food tour

A Sampling of delights

Our greatest regret is that we didn’t do this when we lived in New York. We would have learned about some amazing places that we never would have tried otherwise (we were West Siders). For those accustomed to ethic foods, the tour provides a level of complexity that a connoisseur would appreciate. However, novices will appreciate how accessible the guide makes unusual foods. This New York food tour is a great way to expand your palate!

Highlights From the New York Food Tour

Starting our tour in Little Italy

Alleva Dairy, 188 Grand Street

Now in its 6th generation, this family-run dairy sells the freshest cheeses and charcuterie in Little Italy. We sampled buttery Prosciutto di Parma and homemade mozzarella that melts in your mouth.

The Cheese Counter at Alleva Dairy

Di Palo’s Fine Foods, 200 Grand Street

This store has been selling Italian specialties since 1910. We sampled the crisp Piave (like Parmesan) and peppery Moliterno cheeses. But it was the huge display case of fresh pastas which caught our eye!

Grand Appetito, 197 Grand Street

Unlike the other places on the New York food tour, this is a new business. Opened in 2012, Grand Appetito turns the New York City by-the-slice pizza on its head. Instead of a soggy thin-slice mess, their Margherita Pizza features a crisp crust and certainly rivals the pizza in Naples.

Dessert counter at Ferrera

Ferrara Bakery & Café, 195 Grand Street

Let’s be clear – we’re not cannoli people. We have had way too many of these crappy little buggers. Most are bland, tasteless and boring. Ferrara changed my mind. What started as a gentleman’s club has turned into one of the great cafes in the city. The ricotta cheese was sweet and buttery and perfectly accented with the crunchy chocolate chips. These cannoli’s were heavenly!

Pongrsi Thai Restaurant, 106 Bayard Street

After walking around on the New York food tour for about an hour and a half, we had a sit-down light lunch at the oldest family-run Thai restaurant in the city. The lunch featured a pra raam chicken with peanut sauce, plus warm tea to warm us up on a cold day.

Exploring Chinatown
Worker at Tasty Dumpling

Tasty Dumpling, 54 Mulberry Street

The name of this restaurant, Tasty Dumpling, reminds me of Samuel L. Jackson saying “tasty burger” in Pulp Fiction. But these are some really tasty dumplings. On a Sunday, this place was packed with locals loading up on the little purses. It was so full that it was tough to maneuver around in the small space. However, in the back of the restaurant, I noticed a lady making and folding the dumplings. I was impressed with her efficiency as she cranked out one dumping every two seconds. It was a sight to see! (And yes, the dumplings are excellent!)

Nom Wah Tea Parlor – home of the original egg roll

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, 13 Doyers Street

New York City’s oldest dim sum establishment is on a very crooked (in more ways than one) and very colorful street. As you indulge in the original egg roll, you’ll hear stories of mob murders and speakeasies. This place is at the top of our list for a return visit!

There are an infinite number of NYC tours for practically every imaginable interest. If you are interested in food and the immigrant experience in America, this New York food tour is for you!

Laura enjoying tasty delights


Time: The tour begins at 10:30 am and runs approximately 3 hours (actually a little longer). Our guide Liz took extra time to make sure that we all had our questions answered.

from  $51

New York Food Tour

Food & Drink
 New York, NY, United States
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We were the guests of Ahoy New York. As always, our opinions are our own.

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