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Noshwalks 2014
2014
January 11, 2014 Northern Washington Heights (Manhattan)
January 17, 2014 Dining Out With Noshwalks in Jackson Heights
February 16, 2014 Lower East Side/Chinatown
March 1, 2014 SOUTH ASIAN JACKSON HEIGHTS (Queens) SPECIAL NOSHWALK!
March 15, 2014 East Bronx Story (Bronx) NEW TOUR
March 23, 2014 Pre-Passover Shmura Matzo Noshwalk in Borough Park (Brooklyn)
April 5, 2014 Bay Ridge (Brooklyn)
April 18, 2014 Dining Out with Noshwalks (Manhattan) Rescheduled
April 19, 2014 Astoria (Queens)
April 26, 2014 Northern Exposure - Williamsbridge, Wakefield & Woodlawn (Bronx) – including a brewery visit!
May 4, 2014 Sephardic Brooklyn  (Brooklyn)
May 10, 2014 Ridgewood (Queens)
May 17, 2014 Special TWO-HOUR Bronx Bites Noshwalk (Bronx)
May 25, 2014 Rego Park/Corona (Queens)
June 1, 2014 Explore Kensington (Brooklyn) with Noshwalks
June 13, 2014 Dining Out With Noshwalks: Filipino Woodside
June 14, 2014 Upper West Side (Manhattan) Sold out
June 21, 2014 Tasting Inwood (Manhattan)
June 28, 2014 Southern Washington Heights (Manhattan)
June 29, 2014 Richmond Hill (Queens)
July 15, 2014 Explore Newark's Ironbound with Noshwalks
July 18, 2014 Friday in Flushing (Queens)
July 20, 2014 Latin American Jackson Heights (Queens)
July 26, 2014 Bensonhurst (Brooklyn)
July 28, 2014 Special Little Italy of the Bronx Noshwalk - with add-ons! (Bronx)
August 1, 2014 Greenpoint, Brooklyn Rescheduled
August 10, 2014 East Harlem Dance of the Giglio Noshwalk (Harlem)
August 16, 2014 New Bronx City (Bronx)
August 29, 2014 Dining Out With Noshwalks in Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)
September 6, 2014 Bronx Special: Crossing 149th Street & more (Bronx)
September 20, 2014 Multicultural Elmhurst (Queens)
September 28, 2014 Lower East Side and Chinatown (Manhattan)
October 5, 2014 Northern Washington Heights (Manhattan)
October 11, 2014 The Wonders of Woodside (Queens)
October 18, 2014 Sheepshead Bay & Brighton Beach (Brooklyn) UPDATED & NEW!
November 1, 2014 Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
November 15, 2014 Exploring the Ironbound, Newark (New Jersey) NEW TOUR!
December 20, 2014 Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)
   
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Northern Washington Heights (Manhattan)

Saturday, January 11, 2014 • 1:30 PM

This winter-friendly tour takes you to Russian, Salvadoran, Venezuelan and Dominican places, all the while highlighting historic and cu ltural sights in the area. We will conclude the tour with a sit-down late lunch/early supper at one of the best Dominican eateries in NYC. This tour can be combined with a morning visit to the Cloisters! We will meet in front of Fort Tryon Park and make our way through this beautiful and surprising neighborhood!

Time: 1:30 PM

Place: Meet in front of Fort Tryon Park at Margaret Corbin Circle, across from the 190th Street exit of the A train at Fort Washington Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the A train to Fort Washington Ave. Make sure to take the elevator to Fort Washington Avenue from the train station!  We will meet in front of the walkway leading into Fort Tryon Park.

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Dining Out With Noshwalks in Jackson Heights (Queens)

Friday, January 17, 2014

This third  get-together takes us to places we wouldn't ordinarily go on a walking tour. Look forward to a great Latin American  followed by dessert in South Asian Jackson Heights. The exact time and meeting place will be e-mailed to you upon registration. 

Registration fee: Only $7. We share all other costs (except personal beverages)- estimated between $20 and $30 per person.

Time and Place: Information provided upon registration

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Lower East Side/Chinatown (Manhattan)

Group enjoying tastings on the East Village Walking Tour Forks Up! in the East Village.

Friday, February 16, 2014

This special Lower East Side & Chinatown Noshwalk features great tastes of the neighborhood, including savory knishes, Turkish eggplant and bulghur salad, pickled mango, Chinese dumplings and scallion pancakes, and lots, lots more. (If you've been on a Noshwalk, you know there's always "lots more.") Tour stops also include two candy stores and the Essex Street Market as well as many shops en route. Note the 11:00 AM meeting time!

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: Meet at First Park, northwest corner of Houston Street and First Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue, exit on north side of First Avenue and you're right there!

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South Asian Jackson Heights (Queens) (SPECIAL TOUR!)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

This special Noshwalk will delve deeper than usual into the ingredients used to prepare the delicious food found in this neighborhood. We'll spend more time in markets examining South Asian produce, spices and pulses. Our tastes will be broader than usual, including Tibetan and Nepali, as well as the better known Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan places. This neighborhood features a number of Vendy-award winning food trucks.

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: Meet at Dera Restaurant/Shaheen Sweets, 7209 Broadway. map it

Directions: Take the 7, E, F, G, N or R train to Broadway/74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue. Look for the 73rd Street exit.

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East Bronx Story (Bronx) (NEW TOUR!)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Come hungry AND curious as Noshwalks launches its 15th season of unusual and tantalizing food adventures with a new Bronx tour in this rising borough! This walk spotlights a remarkable combination of food diversity and history in a slice of the Bronx that foodies have yet to devour, including quite a few markets.., so bring a backpack! Tastes will be drawn from a selection of Guyanese, Guinean, Mexican, Dominican, Jamaican, Salvadoran, Bangladeshi, Ecuadorean and more places - it depends, in large part, on YOU! We'll also pass a popular steakhouse specializing in Caribbean goodies - we'll probably get some delicious appetizers… lots to see and taste! This area is in the throes of revival, with many small businesses. Ogden Nash said "The Bronx - No Thonx!" He was WRONG.

Time: 12:00 NOON

Place: Meet at NOON at the bronze monument of an empty chair with a dictionary under it, located in Owen F. Dolen Park in Westchester Square. You can't miss it!. map it

Directions: Take the #6 train to Westchester Square, south of the intersection of East Tremont Avenue and Westchester Avenue. (As always recommended, check www.hopstop.com or www.mta.info to plan and time your trip. )

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Pre-Passover Shmura Matzo Noshwalk in Borough Park (Brooklyn)

Matzoh Matzoh!.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Get ready for Passover as we tour bakeries, appetizing shops, a wonderful candy and nut store and a Yemeni market in bustling Borough Park. We'll also stop at some of the area's well-known synagogues.

We conclude our tour at a shmura matzoh factory, which prepares hand-made Passover matzoh. This is always a tour highlight, as you watch the matzoh being made according to strict guidelines. You may take pictures here – and also buy matzoh (usually about $25 per pound.)

 

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet in front of Eichler's Book Store, 5004 13th Avenue. Please arrive early if you want to browse. map it

Directions: Take the D train to 50th Street at New Utrecht Avenue, walk east on 50th to 13th Avenue.; turn right to Eichler's. Because of occasional subway construction work on weekends, please check www.mta.info or www.hopstop.com for any route changes. I will post an e-mail and Facebook alert with travel advice if that happens.)

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Bay Ridge (Brooklyn)

Equadorian Food Equadorian Food

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bay Ridge manages to embody the old and new in Brooklyn, with its old-fashioned ice cream parlors and many new markets and eateries catering to people from around the world who now call it home. You'll taste the best string cheese in New York; Norwegian krumkake and gjetost, Turkish borek, Greek honey cookies, Danish kringler, Lebanese appetizers and rose-flavored lemonade.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet in front of The Family Store, 6905 Third Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the R train to Bay Ridge Avenue, turn east one block to Third Avenue, then turn left to the market. (As always, be sure to check www.mta.info or www.hopstop.com for any route changes.)

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Dining Out with Noshwalks (Manhattan)

Friday, April 18, 2014

This time around our outing is in Manhattan, where we'll share Korean barbecue in the heart of Little Seoul on West 32nd Street. We'll meet at 6:30 PM. Location will be sent to you upon registration. If we still have space for more, we may head over to "Curry Hill" for South Asian dessert.  As always, we will share our meal and food expenses, including tax and tip, but you'll pay for your own beverages.

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Meeting spot sent upon registration

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Astoria (Queens)

Astoria Noshwalk! Astoria Noshwalk!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Some people think of Astoria as Greek, but Noshwalks takes a much bigger picture, including Brazilian Venezuelan, Balkan, North African and Chilean specialties... and, yes, Greek!  We also pass and discuss the historic Kaufman Studios & the Museum of the Moving Image. A fun and filling experience!

PS: This area is great for shopping, too, so as in all Noshwalks, you're advised to bring a backpack or tote to bring food home!

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet in front of El Sitio de Astoria, 35-55 31st Street. map it

Directions: Take the N train to 36th Avenue (towards Ditmars Boulevard in Queens).

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Northern Exposure - Williamsbridge, Wakefield & Woodlawn (Bronx) – including a brewery visit!

Dominican butchers in WakefieldDominican butchers in Wakefield

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This year's version of the Northern Exposure begins with a visit to Gun Hill Breweries, a local beer maker. Our tasty trek through the north Bronx includes samplings of Jamaican roti,  Trinidadian doubles, and Guyanese specialties (and possibly a bakery stop for red velvet biscotti) in Williamsbridge and Wakefield, and Irish trifle, with which we'll reward ourselves after we cross a bridge – and another ocean – to reach Irish Woodlawn.

Time: 12:00 NOON (NOTE: This tour will last about 4 hours, including the brewery visit)

Place: Meet in front of Mommy's Jamaican Market, 3508 White Plains Road at Gun Hill Road. From there we'll walk together to the brewery.  map it

Directions: Take the #2 train to Gun Hill Road. You can also take the Bx39 bus north on White Plains Road, but give yourself time! Plan your trip with www.hopstop.com or www.mta.info.

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Sephardic Brooklyn (Brooklyn)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Not offered in 2013, this wonderful tour spotlights traditional foods of Sephardic Jews and features a visit to a bakery whose roots reach back to Cairo's Jewish community,  as well as delicious Israeli specialties, including the special "mefuneket" ("mischief") sandwich. As part of this tour, we walk through the neighborhood to see some historic and beautiful buildings.    Weather permitting, we will take our goodies and create a mini-picnic on Ocean Parkway.  Weather NOT permitting, we will do some indoor tasting. An optional addition – time permitting AND if the group so chooses - is a bus connection to Midwood to see the kosher equivalent to Fairway Supermarket!  Have an extra ride on your Metrocard just in case.

Time: 12:00 NOON

Place: Meet NOON in front of HSBC Bank, Kings Highway and McDonald Avenue.  map it

Directions: Take the F train to Kings Highway, sit near the rear of the train if going towards Coney Island. As always, check www.hopstop.com or wwwmta.info to plan your mass transit travel.

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Ridgewood (Queens)

Ridgewood, QueensIstanbul in Ridgewood!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Not offered in 2013, this tour highlights a changing neighborhood with a growing range of food offerings. I liken Ridgewood to Sunnyside for its diversity and village-y feel and combination of generations-old traditions and newcomers making a place for themselves. Tastes include Caribbean, Slovenian, Polish, Balkan, Romanian, Colombian and more … Great gelati, too, at an old bakery that was once German and now is "fusion" European! We can buy Ridgewood-made mustard here, too!

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet in front of Caribe Star restaurant  at 54-55 Myrtle Ave.   map it

Directions: Take the L or M trains to Myrtle Avenue/Wyckoff Avenue.  Please check www.hopstop.com and/or www.mta.info to plan your trip.  If you take the M train, note that there is a Myrtle Avenue stop, but you want Myrtle Avenue/Wyckoff Avenue!

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Special TWO-HOUR Bronx Bites Noshwalk (Bronx)

Ridgewood, QueensGhanaian Delights

Saturday, May 17, 2014

This Noshwalk will piggy-back on a free one-hour tour of new developments in the Yankee Stadium neighborhood led by Cary Goodman of the 161st Street Business Improvement District  We will follow with a visit to cultural landmarks AND good eating, including lunch at a Ghanaian restaurant, Mexican ices and Dominican dessert.

Please have a Metrocard ready for bus connection along the Grand Concourse

Meeting time and place to be announced.

Details will also appear on the Noshwalks Facebook page.

 

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Rego Park/Corona (Queens)

Ices in CoronaIces at Lemon King

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

In New York over  Memorial Day? On this memorable tour, you'll feel as though you've visited several countries and continents in one day! We begin at an Uzbek bakery, visit a Persian market, make our way to the Lemon Ice King of Corona, check out the delicious tortillas of Nixtamal and end our day at an Ecuadorean eatery – a great cross section of Queens! This tour tends to be on the long side –and worth every extra minute! (PS, with time and space in our stomachs, we'll also stop at an old Italian bakery.)

Time: 12:00 NOON

Place: Meet in front of Rokhat Bakery, 65-43 Austin Street.   map it

Directions: Take the R train to 63rd Drive (sit at the front if heading to Kew Gardens), exit and continue along Queens Boulevard towards 65th Road. Turn right on 65th Road, walk four blocks to Austin Street, then turn left to the bakery. 

PLEASE check www.hopstop.com or www.mta.info to plan mass transit travel. If you drive, please note that we will conclude fairly far from where we start. Write to noshwalks@aol.com for advice on taking a bus back to the starting point. Remember that you will need a Metrocard or correct change ($2.50 per person in coins) to take the bus. 

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EXPLORE Kensington (Brooklyn) with Noshwalks

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Want to know how Noshwalks are developed? Join this exploration of Kensington, Brooklyn, - a neighborhood that offers tastes of Eastern Europe, Mexico, South Asia and the Caribbean, to find out. We’ll do tasting, check out interesting buildings, follow up on historical information that Myra will bring along, and figure out whether this neighborhood should become a new Noshwalk!

Meeting time will be 1 PM; meeting place will be e-mailed to you upon registration

REGISTRATION FEE: $20 - You buy your own food.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meeting place will be e-mailed to you upon registration

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Dining Out With Noshwalks: Filipino Woodside

Friday, June 13, 2014

Join Noshwalks for a Filipino dinner in Woodside, Queens. We share our food - and food expenses (except individual beverages). Depending on our mood and appetite, we'll can walk elsewhere for dessert... South Asian Jackson Heights is a few blocks away and there are some nice Filipino bakeries in the area. You will receive details on time and meeting place upon registration.

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Upper West Side (Manhattan) SOLD OUT

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This eclectic tour highlights history and food venues between 97th and 116th Streets, mainly along Amsterdam Avenue. Be prepared for tastes of Ethiopia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Thiland, India, & Hungary (not in that order)!  The tour also spotlights landmarks of the Columbia University campus (where we meet) and the famous Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where you'll see some surprising and beautiful sculptural work.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet at the Columbia Sundial, located on the path linking 116th Street and Broadway with 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the #1 train to 116th Street and Broadway. The M104, M4, M60 and M11 buses also come to the area, but PLEASE check with www.mta.info and/or www.hopstop.com for routes and timing.

THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT

UPTOWN DOUBLE-HEADER

In honor of the monthlong "Uptown Arts Stroll" in June, which highlights the arts and culture of Washington Heights and Inwood, Noshwalks is offering tours of both neighborhoods. Sign up for both at once and you'll save!

SIGN UP FOR BOTH TOURS AND PAY $98. Otherwise each tour is $54.

Tasting Inwood (Manhattan)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This ramble through Manhattan's northernmost neighborhood, full of new restaurants and cafes, introduces you to its diverse tastes and history . Food tastes include amazing Mexican tacos, Venezuelan specialties at a popular restaurant that began as a food truck, Dominican rotisserie chicken, empanadas and batidos, old line American (an old meat market with Irish specialties - last year we had declisious Irish soda bread), and more. We'll pass by Dyckman Farmhouse Museum , the only existing farmhouse in Manhattan (You can visit after the tour - admission just $1) and conclude with egg creams at the ice cream "shoppe" of a local pharmacy.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet at the southwest corner of Dyckman Street and Nagle Avenue, opposite the entrance to the #1 train at Dyckman Street map it

Directions: Take the #1 train at Dyckman Street, Manhattan.

NOTE: If the #1 train is not operating that weekend because of construction, take the A train to Dyckman Street and walk east to our meeting place. Check www.hopstop.com or www.mta.info for subway service updates.

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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/RICHMOND HILL DOUBLE HEADER

Sign up for BOTH the Washington Heights (June 28) and Richmond Hill (June 29) tours together and save $10.

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Southern Washington Heights (Manhattan)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tasting pupusas in Washington HeightsTasting pupusas in Washington Heights

There’s a lot going on in this historic stretch, and our Noshwalk incorporates history and art as well as good eating, which will include delicious Caribbean, Venezuelan and Mexican tastes (and possibly a Korean place!). We will visit the beautiful (and surprising) Hispanic Society, located at beautiful Audubon Terrace, stop at the Trinity Uptown Cemetery, where John Jay Audubon and Ed Koch are buried, walk by the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, and taste our way through local history and culture. There is an emerging new food scene in this area and the Noshwalk includes visits at some new places.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet at Ilka Tanya Pagan Park, a triangular mini-park opposite Twin Donuts (not one of our tasting spots) at the west side of Broadway and 157th Street, flanked on one side by Edward M. Morgan Place. map it

Directions: Take the #1 train to 157th Street; if getting out on the uptown side, cross Broadway to the park. The M4 and M5 buses also go to this area; get off the stop between 157th and 158th Streets

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Richmond Hill (Queens)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This tour is BACK after a two-year break. I can't wait! Make sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes, bring a freezer bag for the great food stuffs you will want to bring home, and be prepared for hot-hot-hot peppers during this eclectic and rhythmic tour of the markets and eateries of New York's Little Guyana, where Guyanese, Trinidadian, Latin American, Indian and Chinese influences blend and collide. After having lunch of doubles and roti, pone cake and maybe black cake (and other tastes...), we'll then walk (10 minutes) to south west Jamaica to see NYC's small Portuguese enclave for "salgadinhos" (finger foods) and dessert. (This section of Jamaica is not featured in the Jamaica Noshwalk.) Produce in Richmond Hill is high quality and inexpensive - so you may want to do some shopping - or at least plan to come back!

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet in front of the Lefferts Library at 103-43 Lefferts Boulevard. map it

Directions: Take the A train marked Lefferts Boulevard to the last stop. (Sit in the front car.) At Lefferts Boulevard turn left and walk 1/3 block to the library. NOTE: This tour ends in a different neighborhood. You will be closest to the E and J trains and to the LIRR Jamaica station, where you can get a ticket back to Manhattan that takes half the time of the subway.

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Explore Newark's Ironbound with Noshwalks

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Want to try some of the delicious Portuguese specialties in Newark's Ironbound? This exploratory trip will give us a chance to see if it's time to offer the first Noshwalk outside of New York City! We will take the PATH train from the World Trade Center station to get there.

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: Meet at the fountain in City Hall Park (enter at Park Place and Broadway). In case of rain, we will meet in the entry area of Staples at 217 Broadway. map it

NOTE: PATH fares to New Jersey have recently risen to $2.75 per ride. You can use a pay-per-ride Metrocard to ride on Path.

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Friday in Flushing (Queens)

Friday, July 18, 2014

To avoid the intense crowds in Asian Flushing, this tour was first offered on a Friday afternoon in the summer of 2011, and turned out to be a great way to experience the multilayered food opportunities you’ll find here, from fancy food courts to a basement level complex of food stalls to, at the end, a huge Korean market with its own restaurant. We'll meet at 3 PM to avoid the worst of the day’s heat. (But we’ll go rain or shine!) Food will include Pakistani appetizers, Indian ice cream and sweets, Chinese dumplings, chive pancakes, mini-duck sandwiches and hand-pulled noodles, and a range of Korean tastes based on what we see that day.

Meeting time: 3:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street map it

Directions: Take the #7 train to the last stop – Main Street – turn right on Main and continue to the garden. (To know you’re going in the right direction, note that the street numbers will ascend. You will pass the busy Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library as you walk. You can also take the LIRR from Penn Station to Flushing, which will get you to the neighborhood in about half the time you'd spend on the subway from Manhattan. Check www.mta.info for schedules.

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Latin American Jackson Heights

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Argentinian mini-pastries in Jackson HeightsArgentinian mini-pastries in Jackson Heights

We missed this sizzling tour last year so we're offering it again for a refresher! Taste the foods of Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador (and more?) as we ramble south of the border - via the #7 train. Tastes will include Colombian cholados, Uruguyan arrollados, Argentinian mini-pastries filled with dulce de leche, and rotisserie chicken (and vegetarian alternatives) at an Ecuadorean restaurant

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: In front of Capital One Bank, 37-02 82nd Street, at 37th Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the #7 train to 82nd Street, walk one block north.

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Bensonhurst (Brooklyn)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

People who think Bensonhurst means Italian will be surprised at the true variety of tastes you'll experience here. But we will begin with visits to some of the more traditional Italian places, including a bakery with delicious prosciutto bread and another that makes amazing broccoli bread, and, yes, we'll also stop by a place with home made mozzarella, and after that we'll head to bakery with wonderful traditional Sicilian fig cookies and, yes, stop at one of the better Italian markets in all of New York City.

After that, it changes to Russian, Israeli, Albanian (yup – we can have bureks!) and Turkish. In fact, our final stop will be a café for Turkish coffee – amidst one of the best clusters of produce markets anywhere in NYC. This is one tour where a backpack is definitely warranted to bring fresh goods home. A Russian market on this tour deserves extra time when we're ready to leave and you can head back (near the Turkish place) to get delicious traditional prepared foods.

Oh yes – we take a detour to see one of the most indiosyncratic houses in all of Brooklyn… perhaps all of NYC. My only teaser is one word: Elvis. You will want your camera on this tour!

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet at Caffe Mona Lisa, 1476 86th Street. map it

Directions: Take the D train to 18th Avenue – walk 1/2 block to 86th Street and take the Bay Ridge bound B1 bus to 15th Avenue (Mona Lisa is closer to 15th than 14th). If you prefer to walk, get off the D train one stop sooner – 77th Street near 17th Avenue, and weave your way towards 15th Avenue and 86th Street. It's a pleasant walk that should take 10 to 15 minutes.

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Special Little Italy of the Bronx Noshwalk - with add-ons! (Bronx)

Monday, July 28, 2014

I usually take Noshwalkers to Little Italy of the Bronx (aka Belmont) in December, when the days are short. This wonderful neighborhood, settled by Italian immigrants more than a century ago, is compact and there's lots to see and eat within this fairly small space. (And lots more than Italian, as you'll see!) However, I've had a special request to lead this tour in July, so I will - but I'm adding on a few other historic sights and exotic tastes usually included a different Bronx tour to enlarge the experience. We'll still have our reliable homemade mozzarella, "pocket coffee," clams, and two of the best breads in NYC (I swear - the BEST olive bread is in this neighborhood!) - and other local delights - but we'll also add tastes from elsewhere in the world to this journey. Also new to this tour:  Our first taste in Belmont will be bureks and possibly other Albanian treats since one of our first stops is a pizzeria owned by Albanians. 

Time: 12:30 PM

Meeting Place: In front of Apple Bank, 2526 Grand Concourse, east side of the Concourse, about 1/2 block north of Fordham Road. map it

Directions: Take the D train to Fordham Road. Take northeast exit at Fordham Road and the Concourse. (Looking south, you will see the Manhattan skyline. Across the street is Staples.) You can also take the 4 train to Fordham Road at Jerome Avenue; walk 3 blocks EAST to the Grand Concourse. Follow Fordham Road as it forks to the left, or you will find yourself walking on 188th Street. 

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Friday, August 1, 2014

Acme Smoked Fish Factory in Greenpoint BrooklynAcme Smoked Fish Factory in Greenpoint Brooklyn

This tour, focusing on the Polish heritage of an increasingly diverse area, is always held on a Friday (and meets late mornings) in order to include a visit to the famed Acme Smoked Fish Company, which is open to retail customers on Friday only. We will have a sit-down lunch in a Polish eatery, but also taste baked goods, home-made applesauce, East European chocolates and kielbasa. The Greenpoint tour includes a fascinating historic district.

Time: 11:30 AM

Place: At Steve's Meat Market, 104 Nassau Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the G train to Nassau Avenue, turn east for 1 block - cross at Leonard Street.  Store is on south side of Nassau.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The G train will not be running between Queens and Brooklyn during this time. You will have to transfer from the L train. Check www.mta.info or www.hopstop.com for bus connections. The MTA is operating shuttle buses along the affected route.

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East Harlem Dance of the Giglio Noshwalk

Sunday, August 10, 2014

An annual Noshwalk special, this tour coincides with the traditional “Giglio Dance,” with roots in an Italian-American ritual dating to the early 1900s - and dating back centuries more in Italy. We will begin with tastes of West Africa, move on to Caribbean and Mexican tasting, stop at Patsy’s for pizza slices, watch the “dance” (which consists of over 120 people carrying a multi-ton platform with a brassband and a 5-story-high structure – the giglio itself ) and wind up our visit with French pastries.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: In front of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market at 62 West 116th Street. map it

Directions: Take the 2 or 3 train to 116th Street and Lenox Avenue and turn east ½ block, or take the #6 train to 116th Street and Lexington Avenue and walk west 3 ½ (mostly short) blocks.

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New Bronx City

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hebrew school group from Philidelphia enjoying Borough Park Forks up in New Bronx City!

Explore the amazing diversity of the Bronx with this four-hour, three-neighborhood odyssey. We'll begin at the Kingsbridge Armory in one of the most diverse areas of the Bronx (Where else will you find Jamaican, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Ghanaian and Mexican food all on one block?) Our visit also take us to a landmarked bank building that houses five murals depicting the early Bronx, painted during the Works Progress Administration. Passing through the park near where Edgar Allan Poe spent his last years we'll come to a trio of markets featuring food from around the world. With your MetroCard handy (or $2.50 in change), we'll take a bus to the Pelham Parkway. Our stop here includes Pakistani and Albanian food. Walking to yet another neighborhood, we'll come to a burgeoning Arabic area, where we'll taste Yemeni specialties, and we'll finish at an Italian bakery in Morris Park closing in on its first century of existence!

Time: 11:30 AM (Note that this tour lasts about four hours)

Place: Meet on the northwest corner of Jerome Avenue and Kingsbridge Road (at the Kingsbridge Armory). map it

Directions: Take the 4 train to Kingsbridge Road. You can also take the D train to Kingsbridge Road and walk three blocks west to Jerome. (The tour ends near the 2 and 5 trains and several bus lines)

Fee includes all tastes

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Dining Out With Noshwalks in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Friday, August 29, 2014 SOLD OUT!

Join Noshwalks in Brighton Beach for a hearty Russian dinner and a relaxed evening to usher in the Labor Day weekend! The meal will be followed by dessert elsewhere in the neighborhood and - presuming no rain - a stroll on the Boardwalk! We order together and share food expenses (except individual beverages).

You MUST pre-register. Sorry - This event is sold out.

Meeting time will probably be 7 PM. Meeting place will be emailed to you two or three days before the dinner.

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Bronx Special: Crossing 149th Street (& more) (Bronx)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

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Begin the fall 2014 season of Noshwalks with this Bronx tour, which incorporates architectural and cultural highlights as well as great food, as we head towards and beyond the historic Hub – a convergence of streets that could be called the Borough's own Times Square (minus the theaters). In addition to tasting food of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, plus a stop at a soul food eatery, we'll see the Bronx Walk of Fame, a series of WPA murals painted by Ben Shahn, the Bronx Documentary Center, and a community garden.

This tour begins near Yankee Stadium and includes a stretch of the beautiful Grand Concourse and a detour through a lovely park.

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: Meet in front of the Lorelei Fountain in the south end of Joyce Kilmer Park, located on the north side of East 161st Street opposite Bronx Borough Hall. map it

Directions: Take the D or #4 train to 161st Street, walk east uphill to Joyce Kilmer Park at Walton Avenue. Take the park steps to the fountain or walk one block further (a gentle uphill) to the Grand Concourse and avoid the stairs. You can't miss the fountain!

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September 7 Bike Tour

If you love bicycling, save SEPTEMBER 7 for the 25th annual New York City Century bike tour sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, an organization that promotes road safety for everyone. (I'm a lifetime member and avid cyclist and got my start as a tour guide - leading food tours on bicycle - through TA.) The tour gives you options to cycle from 35 miles to 100 miles, and the proceeds from the tour will support more safety initiatives in NYC. See www.transalt.org for more information

Multicultural Elmhurst (Queens)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lower East Side La Fusta

Although this Noshwalk focuses on the delicious Southeast Asian – mainly Thai – food to be found here, we will have other tastes as well, including Indonesian, Colombian and possibly Argentinian. This depends in part on you! This year's map will offer options of different routes to take as we wander through Elmhurst, known, among other things, as a community where more languages are spoken than in any other area of NYC! This tour has several terrific markets – be prepared to shop!

Time: 1:00 PM (The tour may run a bit long.)

Place: Meet at at Pacific Supermarket, 7501 Broadway, Queens. map it

Directions: Take the E, F, N or R train to Broadway/74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue. According to www.mta.info, the #7 train is NOT running that weekend between Times Square and this station.

FEE: $54, including all tastes but not beverages.

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Lower East Side and Chinatown (Manhattan)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lower East Side Russ & Daughters

This Noshwalk features great tastes of the neighborhood, including savory knishes, Turkish eggplant and bulghur salad, pickled mango, bialys with caviar cream cheese, Chinese dumplings and scallion pancakes, and lots, lots more. (If you've been on a Noshwalk, you know there's always "lots more.")

Tour stops also include two candy stores and the Essex Street Market.

Time: 11:30 AM (Note that this tour lasts about four hours)

Place: Meet at First Park, northwest corner of Houston Street and First Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue, go to the north side of the First Avenue exit and you're right there!

Fee includes tastes but not personal beverages

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Northern Washington Heights (Manhattan)

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

This neighborhood, sometimes known as "Upstate Manhattan" is booming, with new food places, an exciting new cultural venue in a gorgeous historic building (which we will see), and lots of great energy! Here in Washington Heights, our tastes will include Dominican, Venezuelan, Russian, Salvadoran and more! We visit several fascinating markets, so be prepared to shop for foods you won't easily find elsewhere. Our tour concludes near Fort Tryon Park, where you may wish to follow up with a visit to The Cloisters, the beautiful museum of medieval and Renaissance art.

Time: 11:30 AM

Place: Meet in front of J. Hood Wright Park, 175th Street and Fort Washington Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the A train to 175th Street or take the M4 bus, which stops at 175th Street.

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The Wonders of Woodside (Queens)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tastes of France, Colombia, Korea, Ireland, Philippines and Tibetan (and maybe more)!

This revised tour now extends into Jackson Heights to end with delicious Tibetan momo – spicy dumplings. We start with gentle French mousse cake and gradually make our way through a range of cuisines and countries. Woodside seems to have a little – and a lot – of everything! The tour will include a sit-down at a Filipino eatery (for appetizers and/or dessert) and we'll go out-of-order to finish up with savories in the Tibetan/Nepali section of Jackson Heights.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet at the triangle at 52nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, adjacent to the 52nd Street exit of the 7 train. map it

Directions: Take the 7 train to 52nd Street in Queens..

Fee includes tastes but not personal beverages

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Sheepshead Bay & Brighton Beach (Brooklyn) UPDATED & NEW!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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This updated and expanded tour (3 ½ to 4 hours) of the Brighton Beach area will now also include Sheepshead Bay, an old fishing community that has become a wonderful food hub, including several outstanding markets, one of which will be on our tour. By the time we reach the Boardwalk, your tastes will have included Georgian, Ukrainian, Tadjik, Uzbek, Turkish and Russian – and possibly Uighur (Western Chinese). Part I will be in Sheepshead Bay. Part II will be the walk we take connecting the two neighborhoods; Part III will be Brighton Beach. In each area we'll have savories and sweets! So be hungry. The food shopping in Brighton Beach is terrific (a number of new markets have opened since the last tour), so be prepared with extra space in a tote bag or backpack for shopping when the tour ends, although some of you may prefer to walk to Coney Island afterward!

Time: 11:30 AM (Early Start Time!)

Place: Meet In front of Apani Restaurant, 1520 Sheepshead Bay Avenue) – a few steps from the Sheepshead Bay train exit. map it

Directions: Take the Q train to Sheepshead Bay.

Fee includes tastes but not personal beverages

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Sunset Park (Brooklyn)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

In this revised version of the Sunset Park Noshwalk, we will visit three Asian destinations (Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian) along 8th Avenue and three Latin American destinations (Mexican, Salvadoran and Peruvian) on Fifth Avenue and create a mini feast that we will savor in Sunset Park, weather permitting! This tour will include market visits (and a "secret" restaurant) and perhaps some spontaneous unplanned tastes, but the new format aims to showcase the best of the two avenues that make Sunset Park one of NYC's most intriguing food destinations! Stomachs permitting, we'll have Turkish coffee and baklava at the end of the tour. We will make a short visit to a Turkish mosque on 8th Avenue and MAY also have Turkish boreks.

Time: 12:30 PM (The tour may run a bit long.)

Place: Meet at Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company, 5817 8th Avenue, Brooklyn. map it

Directions: Take the N train to 8th Avenue in Brooklyn. Turn left to get to the tea shop. PLEASE NOTE: Due to frequent weekend route changes, PLEASE check www.mta.info for news about possible work on the N line – just in case! Alternate travel options will be on the site and you will need to plan ample time if the route does change.

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Parkchester & Beyond (Bronx)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

This is the only Noshwalk where we recommend that you bring bioculars, and you will see why as we explore the architectural history and the new food developments in and around Parkchester, a city-within-the-city that opened in 1941. Parkchester is now a microcosm of New York City's diversity, and we not only examine the community design (which includes several hundred terra cotta sculptures scattered around the area) but also sample various local cuisines: Mexican, Bangladeshi and assorted other tastes available at a huge local Chinese market whose shelves also offer products from Southeast Asia, West Africa, the Caribbean and Central America.

Part II of our tour, a short walk away, goes to the Van Nest neighborhood, where we visit a cluster of relatively new Palestinian and North African markets, buy food from a Yemeni restaurant, and conclude with dessert at a 90-year-old Italian pastry shop. (Don't forget the binoculars to see the sculptures close up!)

Time: 11:30 AM

Place: Meet in front of Apple Bank, 74 Hugh Grant Circle. map it

Directions: Take the 6 train to Parkchester. You will see the bank across from the train station.

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Exploring the Ironbound, Newark (New Jersey) NEW!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The first-ever Noshwalk outside of the five boroughs, this tour will explore the Portuguese and Brazilian markets of Newark's Ironbound District, a short jaunt from Newark's Penn Station. We'll check out bakeries, markets and some restaurants and also non-food stores selling Portuguese and Brazilian goods.

Time: 12:00 NOON

Place: Meet in front of the fountain in City Hall Park in Manhattan (easily reached on many subway lines). We will travel together by PATH to Newark's Penn Station. Please come with a Metrocard that has two rides on it – the PATH system uses Metrocards and the fare is the same. NOTE: PATH fares to New Jersey have recently risen to $2.75 per ride. You can use a pay-per-ride Metrocard to ride on Path. map it

Directions: Easily reached on many subway lines

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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

This revised version of a long-time Noshwalk that highlights a tradition of extraordinary holiday decorations includes new food places and an earlier meeting time. We'll start with cannoli at an old time bakery where your cannoli shell is filled on site, then pass by a block of old Italian markets until we reach the famed blocks of Dyker Heights where there seems to be a competition to find out which neighbor has the most lights and decorations! After our roundabout, we'll stop at another great bakery to warm ourselves up and finish at a wonderful pizzeria for Italian specialties. (The owners usually also have free holiday cookies, amaretto and whiskey!) There's one more treat before we conclude the tour, but I'm not revealing it here!

FEE: $54, includes all tastes but not beverages.

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Meet at Cannoli Plus, 6903 New Utrecht Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the D train to 71st Street, take rear exit which will bring you directly to the bakery.

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TRANSPORTATION TIP

If you are using mass transportation, please check www.mta.info for possible changes in subway routes. Go to Service Advisories for NYC Transit and check any subway lines you may take.  As always, leave extra time for weekend travel. The Web site www.hopstop.com can help you plan your travel, and you can also e-mail me for estimates of how long it should take to get to our meeting place. If you are driving, use www.mapquest.com to plan your route. Contact me for parking tips.

FEES

The fees for most Noshwalks are $45 for Noshnews subscribers and $50 for non-Noshnews subscribers. Longer tours cost more because of the added time (and more food!). Beverages are not included unless these are beverages I want to introduce you to. I provide cups, paper goods, etc., for all tastes, but I encourage you to bring reusable cutlery in a plastic bag to reduce waste. (Some Noshwalkers bring their own plastic plates - a good idea!) We'll have water to rinse off everything.

If we sit down in a restaurant rather than take food out, we will share in the tip. Such sit-down stops have been added to a number of tours (even when the stops are short) and these will be indicated at the outset of each tour and in the text. Your guide will order the tastes. Personal orders will be covered by the customer.

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CUSTOM TOURS

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