Noshwalks, Culinary Walking Tours of NYC
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does "nosh" mean?
  2. How long are Noshwalks?
  3. When do Noshwalks take place?
  4. How much do tours cost?
  5. Can we pay by credit card?
  6. What’s included in the cost?
  7. What’s not included?
  8. Are discounts available?
  9. Must we reserve?
  10. What if we prepay and have to cancel?
  11. What if we prepaid, can’t come and forget to call?
  12. Can we come at the last minute?
  13. Will children like Noshwalks?
  14. Do you offer gift certificates?
  15. What about bad weather?
  16. What’s the parking situation at tours?
  17. How do we plan mass transit?
  18. Is there time to shop on a Noshwalk?
  19. How many stops are on a Noshwalk?
  20. What should we wear?
  21. Are Noshwalks wheelchair accessible?
  22. Are restrooms available during the tour?
  23. Is there enough food at a Noshwalk to comprise a full meal?
  24. What if I have dietary restrictions, allergies and so forth?
  25. Can I bring a pet on a Noshwalk?
  26. What if I need to leave early?
  27. What if I’m running late for a tour?
  28. Are Noshwalks only about food?
  29. I loved a Noshwalk I went on. If I repeat it, will it be exactly the same?
  30. What’s makes Noshwalks different from other food tours?
  31. Does your guide accept gratuities?
  32. Should I bring my own fork or spoon for the tour?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does “nosh” mean?

“Nosh” comes from the Yiddish word for a snack or tidbit of food. Noshwalks aim to fill you up with many noshes from around the world! (See also Leo Rosten’s classic The Joys of Yiddish, New York: McGraw-Hill & Company, 1968)

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2. How long are Noshwalks?

Most Noshwalks last about 3 hours. The Bronx Bites and New Bronx City tours are about four hours because we travel between two neighborhoods. If you must leave early, please let your guide know. Most tours are near mass transit.

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3. When do Noshwalks take place?

Noshwalks are usually held on weekends from mid-March through mid-August and then after Labor Day until just before Christmas. However, custom tours are available year-round.

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4. How much do tours cost?

Tour prices vary based on the particular tour. See the tour schedule for prices. Noshnews subscribers can save $5 or more on tours! Subscribe today and save!

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5. Can we pay by credit card?

Online Credit card payment will be available soon. You may also pay by check or money order, payable to Noshnews.

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6. What’s included in the cost?

All group tastes are included, as is a handout with a map of the route and listings of places we visit as well as places we recommend for further exploration.

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7. What’s not included?

Beverages are not included unless your guide wants to introduce you to a particularly interesting one. If we sit down for a group tasting ordered by your guide, the group is responsible for tips and taxes. You are responsible for anything additional.

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8. Are discounts available?

Subscribers to Noshnews receive discounts. Discounts cover you and up to three additional people you register for the tour! Subscribe now for your discount! (This is a very good deal, since Noshnews is not published as frequently as it once was, so you’ll have a very long discount!) You may also get a discount if you prepay for three tours. Contact noshwalks@aol.com for details.

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9. Must we reserve?

It’s highly recommended so your guide knows how many people to expect.

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10. What if we prepay and have to cancel?

Cancellations must be received by phone or e-mail the day before the Noshwalk. Fees will be applied towards another Noshwalk or subscription. However, if you're from out-of-towjn and are not likely to return any time soon, Noshwalks will provide a refund (but we still need 24-hours notice). If you’re already a subscriber, the fee can go towards a renewal or gift as well as another walk.

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11. What if we prepaid, can’t come and forget to call?

Credit’s not available if you don’t call to cancel.

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12. Can we come at the last minute?

Yes. But it’s usually a good idea to call between 8 AM & 9 AM the morning of the tour to find out if there’s space and to call to confirm that the tour is running (although tours are rarely cancelled), Some people just show up.

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13. Will children like Noshwalks?

Children are welcome at Noshwalks, but some walks are more child-friendly than others. You can judge from tour descriptions if your child is likely to enjoy the food. You can contact noshwalks@aol.com  for recommendations. Fees for children 6 to 12 are half-price and free for children five and under. HINT: If you’re bringing a child, it’s often a good idea to bring a friend!

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14. Do you offer gift certificates?

Gift Certificates are available for Noshwalks. Purchase them from our Gift Certificates page.

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15. What about bad weather?

Noshwalks are cancelled in case of heavy rain, heavy snow or weather that’s too hot, potentially unhealthy or that may cause transport delays. Call 212-222-2243 the morning of the tour to confirm if the tour is on. If a tour is cancelled – a very rare occasion! – your fee can be applied towards another Noshwalk or a subscription.

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16. What’s the parking situation at tours?

Many people drive to our tours.  Use hopstop.com or mapquest.com, to plan your route. Contact us for parking tips, including whether it’s usually easy of difficult to find a space.

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17. How do we plan mass transit?

Your guide uses mass transit and always allocates extra time for weekend travel. Some subway routes change on weekends because of track work. To plan your travel accordingly, check www.mta.info for weekend service advisories on the lines you would be taking. In general, weekend subway service is less frequent than on weekdays and some weekday express lines run local on weekends. Contact Us for recommendations on how much time to budget for individual tours.

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18. Is there time to shop on a Noshwalk?

Depending on the size of the group and the market we’re visiting, we’ll either allocate shopping time during the tour OR recommend that you shop when the tour is over. We know how it feels to lose out on a good shopping opportunity, but we also know that shopping takes time from the tour With your map and listing of places we visit, you will be able to return on your own to shop at your leisure!

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19. How many stops are on a Noshwalk?

Every tour is different and in some cases one stop represents several tastes. It’s fair to say that you’ll have at least a half-dozen tastes during one tour, and usually more, although several tastes may come from one place.

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20. What should we wear?

Always wear comfortable shoes! Have a sun hat on bright days & bring a poncho and umbrella in case of rain. Also, bring a backpack or tote bag for food to take home. (Some people even bring freezer bags.) In kosher neighborhoods, it’s recommended to wear long sleeves and long pants.

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21. Are Noshwalks wheelchair accessible?

Some neighborhoods are more wheelchair-friendly than others. Contact us with specific queries.

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22. Are restrooms available during the tour?

We try to ensure that there will be at least one stop during a tour. 

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23. Is there enough food at a Noshwalk to comprise a full meal?

More than enough! Your guide has occasionally been criticized for overfeeding the group!

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24. What if I have dietary restrictions, allergies and so forth?

Most Noshwalks can be adapted for vegetarian and other restricted diets. Please let your guide know so that she chooses tastes to accommodate your situation. If you are strictly kosher, your best bet is to attend a kosher Noshwalk. Custom kosher Noshwalks are available.

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25. Can I bring a pet on a Noshwalk?

I presume you mean a dog. Please don’t! We’re going into markets and restaurants where pets aren’t welcome.

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26. What if I need to leave early?

Let your guide know at the beginning of the tour- or when you first sign up - and we’ll make sure to get you close to mass transit so you can head to your next destination.

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27. What if I’m running late for a tour?

Call your guide’s cell phone - (212)222-2243 -  and we will advise you where to go so that you can meet up with the group.

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28. Are Noshwalks only about food?

No indeed! Noshwalks are also about people, history, local culture, architecture and a lot more! Since Noshwalks were first offered in 2000, your guide has attempted to gather current background information to enrich your tour experience.

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29. I loved a Noshwalk I went on. If I repeat it, will it be exactly the same?

Neighborhoods change, and your guide tries to keep current.  So if you decide to revisit an area you enjoyed, you’re likely to see some of the same places and some new ones, and possibly travel on a revised route. Over the years most tours have been updated and remapped to incorporate new markets, new sights and general neighborhood changes, including new meeting places. Some Noshwalkers regularly repeat specific tours to see how the neighborhood has changed.

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30. What’s makes Noshwalks different from other food tours?

Most NYC culinary tours focus on Manhattan, particularly lower Manhattan. Noshwalks uniquely covers all five boroughs and takes serious foodies (and not so serious ones!) to neighborhoods they would probably not visit otherwise.

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31. Does your guide accept gratuities?

We try to provide an outstanding tour. If you enjoyed your experience, giving a tip is a nice way to let your hard-working guide know she did an especially good job!

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32. Anything else?

Your tour guide has been providing plastic cutlery, paper plates and cups for the tour. By the end of tours, we generate a lot of waste that we throw out. A Noshwalker recently suggested that tour participants be encouraged to bring their own reusable implements to minimize waste. (One Noshwalker even brought her own small wooden spoon.) So, if you want to, bring your own in a plastic bag. We'll have bottled water to rinse them out.

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How else can I help YOU?

Send an email to noshwalks@aol.com or call me at 212-222-2243

 

 

 

Noshwalks — New York Culinary Walking Tours — (212) 222-2243 — noshwalks@aol.com
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