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Noshwalks 2015 Walking Tours

August 22, 2015 Jamaica (Queens)
August 30, 2015 Rego Park - Following the Silk Road, New York style! (Queens)
September 5-7: Labor Day No Noshwalk has been scheduled for Labor Day weekend, but if you are interested in a Noshwalk then, please write to Noshwalks@aol.com and make a request!
September 12, 2015 Ridgewood Queens
September 19, 2015 Bronx Bites
September 26, 2015 East Village Ramble (Manhattan)
October 3, 2015 Astoria (Queens)
October 10, 2015 Sheepshead Bay & Brighton Beach
October 17, 2015 Parkchester & Beyond (Bronx)
November 1, 2015 Caribbean-Kosher Combo - Flatbush and Crown Heights (Brooklyn)
November 7, 2015 Harlem (Manhattan)
November 15, 2015 Kosher Williamsburg
November 21, 2015 The United Nations of Staten Island (Staten Island)
December 5, 2015 Belmont/Bronx (Little Italy of the Bronx)
December 12, 2015 Nosh New Jersey: Newark's Ironbound
December 19, 2015 Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)
   
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Jamaica (Queens)

PREPARING CHORIZO FOR THE TABLE-O LAVRADOR PORTUGUESE RESTAURANT PREPARING CHORIZO FOR THE TABLE-O LAVRADOR PORTUGUESE RESTAURANT

Saturday, August 22, 2015

This tour highlights both history and contemporary immigration as it's affecting a dynamic neighborhood! Our food will include Central American, Caribbean, South Asian and Filipino - and includes just about the spiciest ginger beer (non-alcoholic!) we've ever had! We alternate this tour with Richmond Hill, so it's held every two years. We will pass by (and perhaps visit) the historic Rufus King Manor Museum.

FEE: $54 - includes all tastes but not beverages

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: In front of Capital One Bank, 146-21 Jamaica Avenue at Sutphin Boulevard. map it

Directions: Take the E or F train to Sutphin Boulevard; walk north to Jamaica Avenue if you take the E and south to Jamaica Avenue if you take the F.

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Rego Park - Following the Silk Road, New York style! (Queens)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Before we consolidated Rego Park and Corona into one tour, there was Noshwalk just of Rego Park. We're reconstituting the original tour, but with more and better places. Flavors will come from Central Asia, Georgia, Persia, Uzbekistan, Russia - and, at the end, Israel. One of our new additions makes at least five different types of khachapouri bread. Another makes pumpkin and lamb dumplings. A HUGE yum!

FEE: $60 - includes all tastes but not beverages

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Rokhat Kosher Bakery, 65-43 Austin Street. map it

Directions: Take the R train (an the E or F only if they're running local that day) to 63rd Road. Turn RIGHT on 64th Road and walk four short blocks to Austin Street, then turn left for a short jaunt to the bakery.

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Ridgewood Queens

Saturday, September 12, 2015

This tour showcases a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, including an 80-plus-year-old German/Italian bakery and all sorts of delicious surprises en route. Our tastes begin in the Caribbean, but also include Italian gelati, Bulgarian specialties. Bosnian kebabs, Polish pierogi or blintzes, or whatever we find that day, and other culinary pleasures, which can also include Balkan, Dominican and Mexican tastes! Great markets to be found here!

Time: 11:30 AM (yes, this is an early tour!)

Place: Small park next to Caribe Star, 54-55 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood. (If you're early, treat yourself to delicious café con leche! map it

Directions: Take the L or M trains to Myrtle/Wyckoff. Walk east on Myrtle (the elevated M train will be on your left-hand side!) to our meeting place about 2 blocks away.

Fee: $55- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Bronx Bites

Jamaican Roti! Jamaican Roti!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

On this Noshwalk, we visit three different areas to experience the diversity of the Bronx, including at least two artistic/historic venues. We begin near Yankee Stadium (with Italian and Dominican treats) and walk along the Grand Concourse to the newly renovated (and free!) Bronx Museum of the Arts. In this neighborhood is a thick cluster of West African restaurants and markets, where we'll have some tastes. Then we take a bus to have lunch in a popular Ghanaian eatery. Afterward, we'll visit one of the best Mexican markets in the Bronx (and sample Mexican ices, some of which are flavored with hot chili). We'll take a mini-hike (walk off some of our lunch and create space for dessert!) and head to the Hall of Fame of Great Americans. Afterward, we'll have an espresso coffee and flan in a Dominican restaurant. Quite a filling day!

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Lorelei Fountain, Joyce Kilmer Park, located on West 161st Street between Walton Avenue and the Grand Concourse. If you don't like stairs, walk to the Concourse where there's a sidewalk. map it

Directions: Directions: Take the D or 4 train to 161st Street and walk east uphill.

Fee: $55- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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East Village Ramble (Manhattan)

East Village! East Village!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

We'll visit a range of historic and hip places in the East Village, and challenge your palate with tastes of India, Italy, Poland, Japan and Ukraine - punctuated with old fashioned egg creams and new-fangled dessert! The tour also spotlights several architectural landmarks and points out many small markets and eateries (we can't go everywhere!) that you can visit on another tour. Your map includes listings of these destinations.

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Meet at First Park - Northwest corner of Houstin and Allen Streets (1st Avenue is north of Houston). map it

Directions: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue, exit at First Avenue.

Fee: $55- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Astoria (Queens)

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015

Arepas Cafe in Astoria Arepas Cafe in Astoria

This Astoria tour offers tastes of Brazil, Venezuela, Albania, Greece, Egypt and/or Morocco and Chile. We also pass and discuss the historic Kaufman Studios & the Museum of the Moving Image as well as a high school established in part by one of Astoria's native sons: Tony Benedetto, better known as crooner Tony Bennett. There are great markets and bakeries here – be prepared to shop!

Time: 1 PM

Place: In front of Rio Market, 32-15 36th Avenue, Astoria. map it

Directions: Take the N train to 36th Avenue at 31st Street. Turn east on 36th Avenue and walk 1 1/2 blocks to Rio Market. (Please check www.mta.info to plan your travel in case there is construction work on the N train that weekend.)

Fee: $55- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Don't miss the annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, October 4! In the past I've offered an early tour of northern Washington Heights (my home turf and a WONDERFUL Noshwalk), and concluding at the Festival. But I led a Washington Heights Noshwalk early this year and I'm leaving the day open (and leading a great tour in Astoria the day before). If you are interested in combining a Washington Heights Noshwalk and can get at least three other people to join you, I can create a custom tour to introduce you to this wonderful area. It would begin at around 11 Am so that we’d be Fort Tryon Park by 2 PM.

Sheepshead Bay & Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Brighton Beach tasting! Brighton Beach tasting!

Memorialized by Neil Simon in his autobiographical play, Brighton Beach offers the best of New York by combining delicious food and a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Coney Island is within walking distance, so you can head there after the tour. (The famous Cyclone and Parachute jump are visible from the Boardwalk.) We will, however, begin in nearby Sheepshead Bay, which has some wonderful markets and delicious tastes to get us going, and then take a picturesque walk (and work up an appetite) towards Brighton Beach. Come on an empty stomach as we savor Ukrainian, Russian, Georgian, Uzbek, and Turkish foods and flavors! Bring an extra totebag or have space in your backpack – it's a shopper’s paradise!

Time: NOON (Note: This tour will be 3 1/2 hours)

Place: In front of Apani Georgian Restaurant/Bakery, 1520 Sheepshead Bay Road. map it

Directions: Take the Q Train to Sheepshead Bay Road. Turn west on Sheepshead Bay Road. Apani is a short walk from the train exit.

Fee: $60- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Parkchester & Beyond (Bronx)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

This is the only Noshwalk where we recommend that you bring binoculars –and you'll understand why when you’re there! Our visit to this fascinating planned community includes a huge Chinese market and delicious food from Bangladesh and Mexico. Following a mini-feast of food from these countries, we take a short walk to another neighborhood –and other continents – to taste Yemeni savories and Italian dessert!

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: In front of Apple Bank, 74 Hugh J. Grant Circle, Parkchester map it

Directions: Take the 6 train to Parkchester. It is elevated. You will see this big Art Deco bank building from the platform!

Fee: $55- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Caribbean-Kosher Combo - Flatbush and Crown Heights (Brooklyn)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Caribbean Brooklyn Caribbean Brooklyn!

This tour, introduced in 2010, combines a celebration of the rich Caribbean cultures of Flatbush with the culinary delights kosher Crown Heights. Beginning near the southwest corner of Prospect Park, we head down Flatbush Avenue and along Church Avenue, weaving our way into various markets and eateries, We'll visit the indoor Caton-Flatbush market, fascinating incubator of small businesses. After several tastes, we will make a subway connection (so have a Metrocard with at least one ride prepaid ride) and head to the Chassidic area of Crown Heights, where we’ll sample a delicious deli roll (with vegetarian options available!) and chocolate rugelach for dessert.

Time: 12 NOON

Place: In front of Parkside Avenue exit of the Q train at Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the Q train to Parkside Avenue and exit at Parkside. This will take you to a plaza next to a large supermarket. We’ll meet in at the subway entrance there.

Fee: $58 (between non-kosher & kosher!) - includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Harlem (Manhattan)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

NYU students on our tour in Harlem NYU students on our tour in Harlem

On this Noshwalk we will explore Harlem's fast-changing western fringe along Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevards, where there are tastes of Guinea, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Jamaica—and more (including a long-time bakery that has become a huge success story!) and interesting changes under way as Harlem continues to evolve. Major historical landmarks are integrated into this walk. We begin at the Malcolm Shabazz African Market, where you should arrive early so you can browse through an appealing selection of textiles, jewelry, baskets and crafts.

Time: 1 PM

Place: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, 62 West 116th Street map it

Directions: 2 or 3 train to 116th Street, walk 1/2 block east, or 6 train to 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, walk 3 1/2 blocks west. Please note that some of these train lines have been undergoing weekend construction for quite a while, so PLEASE check www.mta.info to confirm the routes and also to get recommendations for alternatives, if necessary.

Fee: $55 - includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Kosher Williamsburg

Sunday, November 15, 2015

This is NOT your hipster "Billyburg," but the long-established Chasidic enclave that offers interesting food and a glimpse of traditions fee people see. Our tour includes delicious appetizers, baked goods, chocolates, blintzes and kugel... not necessarily in that order!

Time: NOON

Place: In front of L'Chaim Kosher Wines and Spirits, 348 Roebling Street. map it

Directions: Take the M train to Marcy Avenue, walk two blocks west on Broadway (you will see the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan skyline in the distance), then turn left on Roebling for about two blocks.

Fee: $60- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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The United Nations of Staten Island (Staten Island)

Staten Island Dosa Staten Island Dosa

Saturday, November 21, 2015

In this cozy corner of Staten Island known as Tompkinsville, we'll select from Sri Lankan, Albanian, Mexican, Trinidadian, and West African eateries and markets (and maybe more) for our tasty and tasteful adventure! It's a short distance from the ferry, rich in history in its own right. Bring a tote bag for unusual spices, sauces and other goodies you will want to take home!

Time: 11:15 AM for 11:30 AM ferry

Place: Upstairs at the Whitehall Ferry terminal in Manhattan to get the Staten Island Ferry. We'll meet in front of the newstand on the right hand side facing the piers. We will be taking a bus to get to the starting point of our tour, so please have a Metrocard with at least one ride or $2.75 in exact change. The tour ends within reasonable walking distance to the St. George ferry terminal in Staten Island. map it

Directions: Take the #1 train to South Ferry, the R or N trains to Whitehall Street or the #4 train to Bowling Green. PLEASE CHECK www.hopstop.com or www.mta.info for weekend subway changes and allow yourself ample time to get to the ferry terminal.

Fee: $55- includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Belmont/Bronx (Little Italy of the Bronx)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Get ready for a tasteful tour of the Bronx's own Little Italy (sometimes also known "Little Albania"!) as we explore a neighborhood perfect for short winter days. Settled by Italian immigrants more than a century ago, this neighborhood is quite compact and there's lots to see and eat! (And lots more than Italian!) We'll still have what may be the best homemade mozzarella ever, "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, including our very first taste: bureks from a pizzeria owned by Albanians.

Time: NOON

Place: In front of the Loew's Paradise Theater, 2403 Grand Concourse, Grand Concourse at 188th Street. map it

IF YOU ARE DRIVING, we can meet you in Belmont at 12:30 PM. Contact me at noshwalks@aol.com for parking information and the meeting place.

Directions: Take the D train to Fordham Road; exit at 188th Street. The theater is on the west side of the Grand Concourse. Another option is to take the 4 train to Fordham Road at Jerome Avenue. Walk east on Fordham Road, then follow the fork at 188th Street to the Grand Concourse.

Fee: $55 - includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Nosh New Jersey: Newark's Ironbound

Saturday, December 12, 2015

In 2014 this was the first Noshwalk to be held outside of NYC's five boroughs. On this tour we explore the Portuguese and Brazilian markets in Newark's Ironbound District, a short jaunt from Newark's Penn Station. We'll check out bakeries, markets and some restaurants and also nonfood stores selling Portuguese and Brazilian goods – plus Ecuadorean and Peruvian tastes, in a bow to the growing South American presence in this picturesque community.

Time: 12:45 PM

Place: Meet in front of the Ironbound Station Plaza, 2 Ferry Street, Newark, where Ferry Street and Market Street meet. map it

Directions: Travel options from NYC: New Jersey Transit - Penn Station, Manhattan (enter at 7th Avenue and 31st Street); The train trip is about 20 minutes into Penn Station/Newark. Try for the 12:07 or 12:14 train, The regular fare is $5.00; $2.25 for travelers 62 and older. PATH: World Trade Center station at 70 Vesey Street to Penn Station/Newark. Saturday trains leave every 20 minutes, and take about 22 minutes to reach Newark/Penn Station. The fare is $2.75. Try to get the 12:07 PATH train. If you want to travel with Noshwalks leader Myra Alperson (taking NJ Transit), please send e-mail to noshwalks@aol.com to arrange a meeting place.

Fee: $55 - includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Last year I introduced this revised version of a long-time Noshwalk that highlights a tradition of extraordinary holiday decorations, and it was a big success, so I'm keeping it! It 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, have some Guatemalan appetizers, 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, do some shopping at a large market with Italian goodies at great prices, 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!

Time: 3:00 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.

Fee: $55 - includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

A second Holiday Lights tour can be added on Sunday, December 20, if the Saturday tour sells out. Meeting time and place are the same! Contact noshwalks@aol.com if you are interested in a Sunday version of this tour.

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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

Custom noshwalks can be booked on weekdays or weekends by alumni groups, trade associations, overseas visitors, conventioneers, employee outings and student organizations—and any other group looking for a unique and fun New York experience. Groups can range from one person to 25.

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