POSTED ON SUN, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015BY DIANE PHAM If you’re like most New Yorkers, you probably keep within a ten block radius of your home when you have downtime, maybe venturing out on a Sunday afternoon for brunch. A tired routine? Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to spread your wings a bit. Like A Local is a cool startup that invites folks to chow on some of the best eats a neighborhood has to offer, while also giving them a taste of a place’s history—from the art to architecture to the origin of what they’re biting down on. Basically if you love eating and you love learning, they’ve got four New York City Tours and Brooklyn Tours worth your time.
Like A Local’s tours are meant to be an immersive neighborhood experience, and guides Lauren Beebe and Robert Stout are both long-time New Yorkers who are “passionate about people and knowing the best places to go.” Currently the group offers two Brooklyn tours, Williamsburg Bites and Sunday Funday Brooklyn, both of which bring you into the heart of what’s easily becoming the foodie capital of New York. They also offer a tour in the Flatiron district that goes into the culinary culture of this downtown stretch, as well as a tour of the North Folk Wine country if you’re looking for a boozy city escape.
While the outings are to a large degree marketed to visitors of our fair city, they do serve locals just as well. We recently took the Williamsburg Bites tour and found that of the 13 people who went along, just one was visiting from outside of New York. Most folks in our group had only tried one or two of the eateries prior, and we were definitely all schooled on the history of the ‘Burg.
But best of all? Each one of us was bursting at the seams when it was all over; yes, seven full-portion tastings were provided! Food stops along the nearly three-hour jaunt included Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Momofuku Milk Bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate, The Bagel Store, Pies N Thighs and Best Pizza.
Want to try a tour for yourself? They run from about $50 to $55 a person and are well worth their weight in food and education. More info can be found at Like A Local’s site here.