September 28, 2015 by Margie Goldsmith: In New York City, travelers can enjoy cuisines from nearly every country on the planet — so it’s no wonder that many are opting for food tours to get some guidance. Frequently themed by neighborhood or type of food, some tours can teach more than most New Yorkers themselves know, in a short period of time. Plus, you can tap the knowledgeable guide for recommendations for the rest of your trip. Here are four of our favorite culinary adventures: Flatiron History and Food Tour
The 2.5-hour tour with Like A Local Tours features the Flatiron District, named after the 21-story Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. These days, the neighborhood is sizzling hot, especially with the launch of Mario Batali’s artisanal Italian food emporium Eataly — where you’ll begin. From there, you’ll head to a little-known local burger joint, taste burrata pizza, watch cheese-making at a local cheese factory, and sample NYC’s best grilled cheese sandwich. Chocolate babka, an iconic Jewish pastry, will serve as dessert. Throughout the walk, you’ll learn about the history of the neighborhood, from the Flatiron Building — once one of the city’s tallest — to Union Square, which has always been a rallying place for political demonstrations. $50 per person.