|2013 Walking Tour Schedule
|January 26, 2013
||Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) Special Tour
|March 10, 2013
||Pre-Passover Noshwalk in Borough Park (Brooklyn)
|March 30, 2013
||Tasting Inwood (Manhattan) (NEW TOUR!)
|April 6, 2013
||Jamaica Jam! (Queens)
|April 13, 2013
||Northern Exposure - Williamsbridge, Wakefield & Woodlawn (Bronx) (NEW TOUR!)
|April 27, 2013
||Crossing Continents in Elmhurst! (Queens)
|May 5, 2013
|May 11, 2013
||Bring Your Binoculars to the Bronx: Parkchester & Beyond!
|May 26, 2013
||Bronx Bites - New Version! (Bronx) SPECIAL LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT
|June 16, 2013
||Rego Park/Corona (Queens)
|June 22, 2013
|June 29, 2013
||Walkin' Woodside (Queens)
|July 3, 2013
||Upper West Side (Manhattan)
|July 12, 2013
|July 20, 2013
||Little Italy/Little Albania of the Bronx (Bronx) RESCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER 16
|July 31, 2013
||Southern Washington Heights (Manhattan)
|August 9, 2013
||Friday in Flushing (Queens)
|August 11, 2013
||East Harlem Dance of the Giglio Noshwalk (Manhattan)
|August 14, 2013
||Crossing 149th Street - and tasting real Bronx rum! (Bronx)
|August 24, 2013
||New Bronx City (Bronx) SOLD OUT
|September 8, 2013
||Latin American Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
|September 29, 2013
||Upper Washington Heights & Annual Fort Tryon Medieval Festival (Manhattan)
|October 11, 2013
||Dining Out with Noshwalks (NEW!)
|October 12, 2013
||Brighton Beach (Brooklyn) SOLD OUT
|October 27, 2013
||Kosher Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
|November 9, 2013
||The United Nations of Staten Island (Staten Island)
|November 16, 2013
||Little Italy/Little Albania of the Bronx (Bronx) SOLD OUT
|December 7, 2013
||Slices of Midtown (Manhattan)
|December 13, 2013
||Dining Out With Noshwalks. #2 (Brooklyn)
|December 15, 2013
||Lower East Side & Chinatown (Manhattan)
|December 20, 2013
||Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)
|December 29, 2013
||Save the Date: Special end of year tour
Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) Special Tour
Saturday, January 26 • 1:00 PM
Hinsch's - one of the oldest eateries in Bay Ridge (founded under another name in 1915) - is closing on March 1st, so this special Noshwalk will include a visit to Hinsch's for egg creams, along with the tastings we always make in this great neighborhood: the best string cheese in New York (from an amazing family-owned middle eastern market); Norwegian krumkake and gjetost, Turkish borek, Greek honey cookies, Danish kringler... and a light late lunch at a great Lebanese eatery!
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 usual, be sure to check www.mta.info or www.hopstop.com for any route changes.)
Pre-Passover Noshwalk in Borough Park (Brooklyn)
Hebrew school group from Philidelphia enjoying Borough Park
Sunday, March 10 • 1:00 PM
Passover is early this year, so we're launching the 2013 season of Noshwalks at the tail end of winter. The tour includes visits to bakeries, appetizing shops, a wonderful candy and nut store and a Yemeni market and concludes with a visit to a shmura matzoh factory, which prepares hand-made matzoh for Passover. This is aways 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 $22 per pound – I don't have the 2013 prices yet).
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet in front of Eichler's Book Store, 5004 13th Avenue. map it
Directions: Take the D train to 50th Street at New Utrecht Avenue, walk east on 50th to 13th Avenue. (Because of past weekend route changes, please be sure to check www.mta.info or www.hopstop.com for any route changes. I will post an e-mail with travel advice if that happens.)
Tasting Inwood (Manhattan) NEW!
Saturday, March 30 • 1:00 PM
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 empanadas and batidos, old line American (an old meat market), and carrot cake at a well-known local bakery. We'll also visit the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (admission $1), the only existing farmhouse in Manhattan, the Inwood Greenmarket and Inwood Park. At the end of the tour, you may wish to conclude your visit with an optional stop at the popular Indian Road Café.
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet at the entrance to the #1 train at Dyckman Street. map it
Directions: Take the #1 train at Dyckman Street, Manhattan.
Jamaica Jam! (Jamaica, Queens)
Saturday, April 6 • 1:00 PM
Experience the rich, multinational character of Jamaica, a neighborhood known both for its role in Revolutionary War history and as one of New York's centers of hip-hop culture and the home to many jazz artists! Our visit will combine good food with visits to sites connected to Rufus King, a signer of the U.S. Constitution whose home – now a museum - was in Jamaica. Tastes include Salvadoran, West Indian, Colombian, Bangladeshi, Filipino… and more!
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet in front of Capital One Bank, 146-21 Jamaica Avenue at Sutphin Boulevard. map it
Directions: Take E or F train to Sutphin Boulevard – walk north on Sutphin if taking the E and south on Sutphin if taking the F. You can also take the LIRR to Jamaica from Penn Station. See www.mta.info to plan subway time and get LIRR train schedules.
Northern Exposure - Williamsbridge, Wakefield & Woodlawn (Bronx) NEW TOUR!
Dominican butchers in Wakefield
Saturday, April 13 • 1:00 PM
This is a new addition to a growing list of Bronx Noshwalks. This one is our version of the World Wide Web as we traverse neighborhoods and continents in a tasty trek through the north Bronx. Our samplings include Jamaican roti, Ghanaian stew, Trinidadian doubles, and Guyanese specialties (and possibly a bakery stop for red velvet biscotti) in Williamsbridge and Wakefield, as well as Irish trifle, with which we'll reward ourselves after we cross a bridge – and another ocean – to reach Woodlawn.
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet in front of Mommy's Jamaican Market, 3508 White Plains Road at Gun Hill Road. 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.
Crossing Continents in Elmhurst! (Queens)
We just had hand-pulled noodles in Elmhurst!
Saturday, April 27 • 1:00 PM
We missed this tour in 2012 and don't want to miss it again! Prepare your palate for the tastes of East and South Asia as well as a side trip to Colombia. Elmhurst is renown for New York's best Thai food, but we'll also have Indonesian, Chinese and possibly Korean specialties as well as a taste of delicious baby corn arepas at a Colombian bakery. Our tour includes a side trip to a Thai Buddhist temple and we go into several wonderful markets. Some people like to buy seafood here, but save those purchases for the end of the tour – and bring a freezer bag!
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet at Pacific/Asian Supermarket, 75-01 Broadway. map it
Directions: Take the 7, E, F or R train to 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue/Broadway. I recommend that you sit in the front car (if Queens-bound).
Students from Boston on Sunnyside Tour
Sunday, May 5 • 1:00 PM
Sunnyside is one of the few neighborhoods in New York City where people of many backgrounds live together - and it's here where instead of tasting one or two different types of ethnic foods that we'll taste quite a few (and cross continents) located close together. Tastes on this tour will include South American, Irish, Turkish, East European and Middle Eastern... and maybe more!
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet under the Sunnyside Arch at 46th Street amd Queens Boulevard. map it
Directions: Take the #7 train to 46th Street -you can't miss the Arch, which you'll be able to see from the train!
Bring Your Binoculars to the Bronx: Parkchester & Beyond! (Bronx)
Noshwalkers pose with the proprietor of a Bangladeshi restaurant in Parkchester
Saturday, May 11 • 12:00 NOON
Introduced in 2012, this new tour explores both 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 our tour not only examines the community design (which includes several hundred terra cotta mini-sculptures scattered around the area) but also samples 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 (via a short bus connection) 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. Bring binoculars on this tour to see the sculptures close up!
NOTE This tour meets at NOON.
Time: 12:00 NOON
Place: Meet in front of Emigrant Savings Bank, Hugh J. Grant Circle, just outside the Parkchester station of the #6 train. map it
Directions: From the West Side of Manhattan, take a crosstown bus to get to the #6 line along Lexington Avenue. if you live in uptown Manhattan, take the Bx12 bus to White Plains Road and switch for Bx22 to Parkchester. (Email me for details.) You can also get routes from www.hopstop.com and www.mta.info.
Memorial Day Weekend Special
Bronx Bites - New Version! (Bronx)
Jamaican Roti in the Bronx
Sunday, May 26 • 1:00 PM
LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT: $5 OFF OUR REGULAR TOUR PRICES. Includes all tastes.
In the city Memorial Day Weekend? Join Noshwalks for a Sunday tour of the Bronx, including the area around Yankee Stadium (and its new park), the Grand Concourse, the Andrew Freedman Home, the Bronx Museum of the Arts (admission free), and a visit to the Hall of Fame. As for food - this is, after all, a Noshwalk - think of a nice mix of Caribbean, African and Mexican! We start with Dominican "antojitos" (appetizers), add West African ginger beer and "thiakry," a delicious couscous, sour cream and pineapple concoction; lunch at a Ghanaian restaurant, and Mexican ices or other treats for dessert. (There will be other possibilities as we walk). Depending on the group and our mood, we could linger over cafe con leche when we end.
This tour is a redesign of the previous, longer Bronx Bites tour, which added a trip to Woodlawn at the end. Woodlawn is now part of the North Bronx "Three Ws" tour (which I led in March), combining Williamsbridge, Wakefield and Woodlawn. I recently visited the Hall of Fame (for the first time!). It is open every day.
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet in front of El Molino Rojo at 101 East 161st Street. map it
Directions: Take the D or 4 train to 161st Street/Yankee Stadium and walk east uphill toward the restaurant.
Rego Park/Corona (Queens)
Ices at Lemon King in Coronoa
Sunday, June 16 • 12:00 NOON
Love is a multi-tasting Noshwalk, and this one has more tastes than most, offering Bukharan, Persian, Italian, Mexican and Ecuadorian tastes, plus a delightfully diverse walking experience. One of the longer Noshwalks, it includes the carefully planned grid of Rego Park with the more chaotic (and much older) layout of Corona. We begin with pumpkin dumplings a la Uzbekhistan, followed by a visit to a Persian market, tastings of stuffed eggplant and a herring dish from a Central Asian market; ices from the Lemon Ice King, Mexican tacos, and Ecuadorian dessert. At last year's tour we concluded with a traditional dish of figs and cheese. Among our sights is an unusual free-standing 19th century house – and, with luck, we'll have our usual tour of one of NYC's most celebrated tortillerias!
Time: 12:00 NOON
Place: Rokhat Bakery (new for Noshwalks), 65-43 Austin Street, Rego Park map it
Directions: Take the R train to 63rd Road. Sit in the FRONT of the train if bound for Forest Hills. Exit near 64th Road. CROSS Queens Boulevard (carefully!) and head southeast towards 65th Street. Turn right on 65th Street for 4 blocks to Austrin Street, then turn left to the bakery. You can also get routes from www.hopstop.com and www.mta.info.
Please note: If you are planning to drive, contact me at Noshwalks@aol.com for recommendations. We do not end near where we begin, but I can advise on a bus route to make the connection back to your car.
Bensonhurst (Brooklyn) SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 22 • 1:00 PM
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.
Walkin' Woodside (Queens)
Saturday, June 29 • 1:00 PM
Tucked in between Sunnyside and Jackson Heights, Woodside contains an astonishing and diverse collection of bakeries and other eateries. Tastes here will include French, Colombian, Korean, Salvadoran, Irish and especially Filipino, as we see the expansion of Woodside's "Little Manila." The tour COULD include more tastes (because, like Mt. Everest, they're there!) – adding them depends on your curiosity and appetite! Woodside is one of the older neighborhoods of Queens.
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet in Vincent Daniels Square. map it
Directions: Take the #7 train to 52nd Street; meet in Vincent Daniels Square adjacent to the station.
Upper West Side (Manhattan)
Wednesday, July 3 • 2:00 PM
This eclectic tour highlights history and food venues between 97th and 116th Streets. Be prepared for tastes of Ethiopia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, India, & Hungary and maybe Thailand! (More people = more stops, so bring friends!) The tour also highlights architectural landmarks of the Columbia University campus (where we meet) and the famous Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where you'll see some surprising sculptural work. And if you're in the mood, we can remember some of the poets and writers who once populated this neighborhood... as well as a certain president who lived in an apartment building on our route!
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Meet 2 PM at the Sundial on the Columbia University Campus. map it
Directions: Take the #1 train to 116th Street ann Broadway or the M4, M104 buses (both on Braodway) or M11 bus (at Amsterdam Avenue) and get off at 116th Street. The Sundial is in the middle of College Walk, the promenade on 116th Street linking the two avenues.
Chocolate shop in Greenpoint
Friday, July 12 • 11:00 AM
Greenpoint Friday – This tour, focusing on the Polish heritage of an increasingly diverse area, is always held on a Friday (and meets at 11 AM) in order to include a visit to the famed Acme Smoked Fish Company, which is open to retail customers on Friday only. (Bring a freezer bag!)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 tour includes an historic district where much early manufacturing took place.
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: Meet in front of St. Anthony – St. Alphonsus Church, 862 Manhattan Avenue at Milton Street. map it
Directions: Take the G train to Greenpoint Avenue, and take the Greenpoint Ave. exit.
Southern Washington Heights (Manhattan)
Pupusas in Washington Heights
Wednesday, July 31 • 1:00 PM
Savor American history and great art along with delicious noshes on this walk! In addition to our tastes, this tour includes Audubon Terrace; the uptown Trinity Church Cemetery, where naturalist John Jay Audubon and former Mayor Ed Koch are buried; the Malcolm X Memorial; NYC's oldest residence, dating from Revolutionary War days and very possibly the beautiful United Palace Complex, formerly one of NYC's great movie theaters. The tasting on this tour is primarily Caribbean and Central American, but that day we may also stop at upper Manhattan's only Korean eatery! It concludes at one of the best Dominican restaurants in NYC. Be hungry - for food, art & culture!
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.
Friday in Flushing (Queens)
Friday, August 9 • 3:00 PM
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 in order 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 and hand-pulled noodles, and Korean tastes based on what we see that day in a huge Korean market at the end of our tour.
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: We’ll meet at 3 PM in front of the Queens Botanical Garden at 43-50 Main Street. (If you want to visit the garden, go earlier and meet us when you’re done.) map it
Directions: Take the 7 train to Main Street (last stop) and head south on Main Street (you’ll see the LIRR overpass as you a few blocks ahead) and walk about 8 to 10 minutes to get to the garden. You can also take the LIRR from Penn Station to Flushing – much faster but more expensive. See www.mta.info for schedules and fares.
East Harlem Dance of the Giglio Noshwalk (Manhattan)
Papas Rellenos in East Harlem
Sunday, August 11 • 1:00 PM
Cuchifritos, Mexican tacos, West African treats and what some call New York's best pizza are among the tastes on this tour, which coincides with a traditional festival that began more than a century ago, when East Harlem was a haven to many of New York's Italian immigrants. The tour concludes at a terrific French bakery… so you'll have a true tri-continental food experience!
I recommend that you come early so you can spend some time at the market, which sells an array of textiles, crafts and jewelry.
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet 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.
Crossing 149th Street - and tasting real Bronx rum! (Bronx)
Wednesday, August 14 • 1:15 PM
This special Noshwalk features a visit to the only rum distillery in the Bronx - we will tour it and you will, of course, have a chance to buy some! But before we get there (at the end of our walk), we will explore one of the busiest areas of the Bronx, starting at the central post office (landmarked on the outside) and see its historic labor-themed murals by Ben Shahn (alas, NOT landmarked), observe and comment on much of the change going on as we walk, do a bit of tasting en route and have a sit-down Peruvian lunch. Included in our tastings will be delicious cachapas, a Venezuelan sweet corn cake that I've seen increasingly at Dominican eateries. The distillery is located near the 6 train.
Time: 1:15 PM
Place: Meet on the front steps of the Central Bronx Post office, northeast corner, 149th Street and Grand Concourse. map it
Directions: Take the 2, 4 or 5 train to 149th Street/Grand Concourse. Please note that the tour ends near the 6 train.
New Bronx City (Bronx)
Owner Sal Paljevic and one of his bakers at Conti Pastry Shoppe, Bronx
Saturday, August 24 • 12:00 NOON
SORRY - THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT
Perhaps the most eclectic of all Noshwalks - and the one with the most tastes - this tour explores three quite different neighborhoods in the central Bronx with delicious food and tantalizing sights covering every continent! Our tour includes a visit to a landmarked bank building featuring five murals depicting the early Bronx painted during the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, and Poe Cottage—Edgar Allan Poe's last residence—and a look at the newest library in the Bronx, a stunning "green" building which is also a crossroads in this very diverse borough. Food visits what might be NYC's most diverse block, with Cambodian, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Mexican and Ghanaian food available within a few steps! We also go to a trio of markets where you can get a Vietnamese sandwich or dragonfruit, some of the spiciest West Indian peppers anywhere, Indian sweets and African hot sauce. We'll then take a short bus ride to a neighborhood where we'll have Pakistani appetizers and Albanian bureks! For dessert, we will head to an old Italian cafe in Morris Park, passing an emerging Arabic neighborhood in the process. Truly a New Bronx experience!
Please have a Metrocard with an extra ride on it or $2.50 in change for the bus connection.
FEE: $55 - includes all tastes, but not beverages. This tour has more food stops than most Noshwalks.
Time: 12:00 NOON. Please note that this tour is usually closer to 4 hours than 3.
Place: Meet at 12:00 NOON Northwest corner of West Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue, in front of the Kingsbridge Armory. map it
Directions: Take the 4 train to Kingsbridge Road. If taking the D train from the west side, switch to the 4 at 161st Street.
Latin American Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
Sunday, September 8 • 12:00 NOON
We'll launch the fall season of Noshwalks (although it's technically still summer!) with a tour of Sunset Park's bustling Fifth Avenue, teeming with Mexican, Peruvian, Salvadoran and Ecuadorean places - and a remaining Italian bakery from Sunset Park's "old" days. And, if we still have space, baklava and coffee at a Turkish cafe! The tour includes a "secret" restaurant and a picnic in Sunset Park itself!
Time: 12:00 NOON
Place: Meet at NOON in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, southeast corner, 59th Street and 5th Avenue. map it
Directions: Take the R or N train to 59th Street and 4th Avenue; walk one block east.
Upper Washington Heights & Annual Fort Tryon Medieval Festival (Manhattan) POSTPONED
Sunday, September 29 • 11:30 AM POSTPONED
This tour enables you to celebrate the rich contrasts and tastes of historic Washington Heights AND the annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park by the Cloisters. You'll sample cuisines of El Salvador, Russia, Dominican Republic Venezuela and more- and some kosher food, too (the tour passes the historic buildings of Yeshiva University) - and then conclude at the park. This tour also features a visit to the magnificent, landmarked United Palace Cultural Arts center, the new magnet for neighborhood arts. There's nothing ilke it in NYC!
Time: 11:30 AM
Place: Meet at entrance to J. Hood Wright Park, 175th Street and Fort Washington Avenue. map it
Directions: Take the A train to 175th Street.
Dining Out with Noshwalks (Bronx) (NEW!)
Friday, October 11 • 6 PM
In this new event - possibly one of many to come - we will check out a new restaurant that has piqued my curiosity for reasons that will be clear when you arrive in the neighborhood. It's at a large Middle Eastern restaurant with an ample Yemeni menu in the Van Nest neighborhood of the Bronx. We pass it on two tours, but it's the type of place that I feel deserves a sit-down experience. (I've mentioned it on the Noshwalks page on Facebook.)
We will share dishes and mainly pool the bill, including tax and tip; you will pay for any personal extras. I estimate each person will pay $15. The restaurant is most accessible from the Bronx Park East station of the #2 train. You MUST have previously participated on a Noshwalk to attend and must sign up below.
Details: There is a $5 registration fee and you will receive details upon signing up This event is limited to 8 people
Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)
Brighton Beach Tasting
Saturday, October 12 • 12:30 PM
Memorialized by Neil Simon in his autobiographical play, Brighton Beach offers the best of New York by combining delicious food, a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and a vibrant history and current culture. 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.) In any case, come on an empty stomach as we savor Ukrainian, Russian, Georgian, Uzbek, Turkish and other foods and flavors in this amazing neighborhood. This tour includes a walk through a section of old bungalows and has a new last stop at a Turkish coffee shop/bakery.
Time: 12:30 PM
Place: Meet in front of Chase Bank at 1002 Coney Island Avenue at the intersection with Brighton Beach Avenue. map it
Directions: Take the Q train to Brighton Beach, sit near the back of the train.
Sorry, this tour is SOLD OUT
Kosher Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
Gottliebs restaurant in Williamsburg
Sunday, October 27 • 1:00 PM
This tour highlights the kosher bakeries & markets of Chasidic Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which combines traditional Jewish cookery with contemporary food adaptations. The tour combines history & architectural insights with delicious food. Weather permitting, we create a mini-picnic in a local playground with a selection of great appetizers, challah and other bread, and fresh fruit. Later, we'll have kugel and blintzes! We go to a couple of chocolate shops, too!.
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet in front of L'Chaim Wines and Liquors, 348 Roebling Street. map it
Directions: Take the M train to Marcy Street, walk 2 blocks west (facing Manhattan) on Broadway, then turn left on Roebling.
The United Nations of Staten Island (Staten Island)
Saturday, November 9 • 11:15 AM
In this intriguing Noshwalk, we see Sri Lankan places juxtaposed with Albanian specialties, and we wander through what is probably Staten Island's most diverse neighborhood. We'll visit a Guatemalan grocery, have Trinidadian doubles and Mexican quesadillas and, quite possibly, Pakistani kebabs, all in addition to a Sri Lankan appetizers and Albanian bureks. If the weather's nice, we'll take our goodies to a park for a picnic and then walk back to the Ferry... it's that close!
Time: 11:15 AM
Place: Meet 11:15 AM near the newsstand at the Whitehall/South Ferry terminal in Manhattan for the 11:30 ferry to Staten Island . Bring a Metrocard with one extra ride for a short bus ride after we arrive. map it
Directions: Check www.hopstop.com for the best route to the ferry. It's usually the South Ferry stop on the #1 train, but because of weekend subway work, the train schedule often changes.
Little Italy/Little Albania of the Bronx (Bronx)
Saturday, November 16 • 12:30 PM SOLD OUT
Experience New York City's own Little Italy and Little Albania combined! In this neighborhood, you'll see decades old family bakeries, cheese makers, cafes and more, an indoor market hailing from the LaGuardia era and a new wave of Balkan eateries and markets adding more spice to the area! We also buy delicious home-made Mexican specialties on this tour! So - this the perfect opportunity for a sweet and savory tour!
Time: 12:30 PM
Meet at 12:30 in front of Loew's Paradise Movie Theater, Grand Concourse @ 187th Street. map it
or Meet 1 PM in front of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on East 187th Street @ Hughes Avenue. map it
Directions: Take the D train to Fordham Road, exit at 188th Street and the Grand Concourse - the theater is on the west side of the Concourse one block south. From the east side of Manhattan you can take the 4 train to Fordham Road and Jerome Avenue - follow Fordham Road east until it forks with 188th Street, then take 188th Street to the Concourse.
Drivers: Please use Mapquest to locate our meeting place at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 627 East 187th Street. Parking is available at a municipal lot at Arthur Avenue and East 186th Street a few short blocks away; Arthur Avenue is southbound only and the lot will be on your right-hand side.
SORRY, THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT
Slices of Midtown (Manhattan)
Korean Dumplings in Midtown manhattan
Saturday, December 7 • 1:00 PM
Korean, Persian and South Asian food are the edible attractions in this cluttered and busy "slice" of Manhattan, which combines Manhattan's Koreatown with a neighborhood known as "Curry Hill." This tour also features architectural treasures (increasingly hidden, alas, in the area's proliferating highrises.) Also part of this tour is one of the best food markets in NYC - find out why I call it the "FAO Schwarz of food." (It also has a great selection of cookbooks.)
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Meet in front of the statue of Horace Greeley at Horace Greeley Square (really a triangle!) at 32nd Street, just south of the intersection of Broadway and Avenue of the Americas. map it
Dining Out With Noshwalks. #2 (Brooklyn)
Friday, December 13 • 6:00 PM
The Dining Out program aims to visit a place not appropriate for a Noshwalk but very tempting. This time we're going to a huge dim sum place in the heart of Chinese Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (It will be Myra's first visit, too, and comes with great recommendations!) Our tentative meeting time is 6:00 PM. The estimated per person price is $20-$25, excluding beverages. We will, as before, split the tab at the end of the meal. The nearest subway is the N train at 8th Avenue. Details will be forwarded after you register; registration is limited to the first 11 people to sign up. (We'll be 12 this time.)
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: The nearest subway is the N train at 8th Avenue. Details will be forwarded after you register.
Lower East Side & Chinatown (Manhattan)
Forks Up! in the East Village.
Sunday, December 15 • 12:00 NOON
This tour combines local history with visits to candy stores, bakeries, a knishery, appetizing shops, the Essex Street Market, Chinese markets, a popular dumpling outpost and Little Italy's best store. If it's cold, we'll warm ourselves with a hearty Chinese soup.
Time: 12:00 NOON
Place: Meet in First Park, northwest corner of Houston Street and First Avenue near the subway entrance. map it
Directions: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue - sit in the front car (if on the Brooklyn-bound train; the rear car if in a Queens-bound train - and exit at First Avenue.
Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)
Friday, December 20 • 6:30 PM
We'll celebrate the holiday spirit with our annual visit to Dyker Heights to see the spectacular decorations, bookending our neighborhood ramble with Italian treats. Food destinations at the beginning include a bakery that sells mouth-watering prosciutto bread and a deli that makes its own mozzarella and sausage and lots of great appetizers (if we're lucky, we might score a loaf of broccoli bread, though it's often sold out by evening).
Our after-lights visit is at a pizzeria that also features wonderful appetizers - and usually free limoncello or amaretto for the holiday!
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Meet at Caffe Mona Lisa, 1476 86th Street (at 15th Avenue). map it
Directions: Take the D train to 79th Street (near 17th Avenue) and weave your way to the caffe (which is close to 15th Avenue) or get off at the 18th Avenue stop and take the B1 bus (to Bay Ridge), which runs along 86th Street; exit at 15th Avenue.
Special End of Year Tour (Bronx)
Sunday, December 29
This tour will be a NEW Bronx neighborhood tour. Those of you who've been with me on past Bronx tours will love this new eye-opening and mouth-watering tour in yet another great area of this evolving borough! Details to follow soon!
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.
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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