"23 Days of Flatiron Cheer"

"23 Days of Flatiron Cheer"

New York City is a wonderful place to be for the holidays and we especially love the beautiful Flatiron District and Madison Square Park. This year the Flatiron / 23rd Street Partnership is putting on “23 days of Flatiron Cheer” and there is also a special Mariah Carey Experience going on until December 4. Keep reading for more info!

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Travel & Food Blogger Roaming Nanny raves about our Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour!

Travel & Food Blogger Roaming Nanny raves about our Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour!

We are so pleased to share this great write-up on our Flatiron Food Tour by Roaming Nanny. “Our tour met up in the Flatiron district at 10:30 sharp. Rory, our tour guide, was there early to meet up with us all and I liked her instantly! Upon further investigation - Rory I swear I'm not a stalker, but think we should totally be friends - I found out that she was voted one of the best tour guides in New York. Get it girl! She is one of the best guides I've had in a very long time…”

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Here's why you don't want to miss our Flatiron Food Tour this winter!

Here's why you don't want to miss our Flatiron Food Tour this winter!

The Flatiron District and Union Square are wonderful neighborhoods in winter! From beautiful Madison Square Park, great views of the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue to the majestic Flatiron Building and of course all the wonderful restaurants and delicious foods that we have in store for you on our Flatiron Food Tour. Plus Eataly has a special rooftop surprise and there is an incredible public art piece...

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200 5th Avenue's Former Life

200 5th Avenue's Former Life

200 Fifth Avenue was formerly known as The Toy Building and is currently home to Eataly as well as the corporate offices of Tiffany & Co among others. But, before The Toy Building was built in 1909, the site had several former (and wildly different) lives.

The Fifth Avenue Hotel was a luxury hotel located at 200 Fifth Avenue in New York City from 1859 to 1908...

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Eisenberg's Famous Sandwich Shop now on our Flatiron Food Tour!

Eisenberg's Famous Sandwich Shop now on our Flatiron Food Tour!

We are so pleased to have this tiny but historic (and famous!), classic New York luncheonette on our Flatiron food adventure. We truly do bring you the best of New York City ... especially on a fork!

From a bygone era on Ladies' Mile, Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop is an institution. Located on Fifth Avenue just below 23rd Street and established in 1929, generations of family and friends have dined here.

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Fodor's Travel: Best Tours in New York City

The Best New York Tours: Sometimes a guided tour is the way to go, even if you usually prefer to fly solo. It can be a great way to investigate out-of-the-way areas, to get an insider's perspective on where locals eat and play in the city, and to learn about interesting aspects of the city's history, inhabitants, or architecture. Whether you want the classic hop-on, hop-off bus tour to get oriented in the city or a more personal, interest-specific walk, you'll find it here. Some of the bigger tour companies offer discounts if you book in advance online. Like A Local. Walk like a local, talk like a local, and best of all eat like a local with a highly curated tour from Like A Local. Tours include the Flatiron Food tour, which is a lovely walk from the Flatiron District to Union Square with a lot of tasty stops, photo ops, local history, and private kitchen visits along the way. If you're looking to feel like a hip local in Brooklyn, take the Sunday Funday tour of Williamsburg. New York, New York. www.likealocaltours.com.

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Happy Holidays from Like A Local!

Happy Holidays! We hope you will consider sharing our tours with a loved one. Give the gift of one of our 5-star rated food tours! And in the spirit of giving back, gift a tour AND a tree as part of the MillionTreesNYC Initiative!

GIFT A TREE to be planted in NYC and receive a personalized certificate signed by Bette Midler! Give your loved one a chance to be a permanent part of NYC and help to beautify the city. We will handle all of the administrative work. The tree is planted through MillionTreesNYC & New York Restoration Project. Click here to gift a tour & a tree!
The kindest gift: I know you already received a follow-up email after your tour to write us a review on TripAdvisor. And for those of you that did, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. As a small business, TripAdvisor drives a lot of our bookings. If you enjoyed your tour, the food, or the guide, please click the TripAdvisor image to leave a review. If you don’t have a TripAdvisor account, not to worry! It’s one click to leave us a 5-star review on Google or Facebook. We really appreciate your support!
As a thank you, we are offering 25% discounts on many of our tour dates for winter. Please contact me directly for those dates. Have a healthy, happy and wonderful holiday!Best wishes,Lauren and the Like A Local Team: Robert, Ben, & Rebecca
Fulfill all of your NYC food fantasies! —HollywoodLife

Like A Local Tours part of NYC & Co + Australian Travel Trade Mission

October 30, 2015 by eGlobal Travel Media: NYC & Company, in partnership with Air Canada, recently hosted four product managers from Venture Holidays, Qantas Holidays, STA Travel, The Travel Corporation and a representative from Air Canada, as part of its trade educational program, from October 11-16.  

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Air Canada Lounge Product Mngrs Kristin Hellmrich, Jacqui Browne Creative Holidays, Alysha Hughes Qantas Holidays, Hien Tran STA, Pauline O’Connell Venture Holidays, Zohreh Sanayei Air Canada Oct 15

The itinerary was designed to provide a New York City update featuring new attractions, tours and hotels, which have populated the city’s landscape over the past 12 months.

New Trade Manager at NYC & Company, Kristin Hellmrich said, “Air Canada was the ideal partner as the airline has recently opened a new route to New York City via Vancouver complimenting the ‘new’ New York theming.  It’s an exciting time to visit the city,” she said.

Air Canada’s daily non-stop B777-200 flights from Sydney to Vancouver seamlessly connect with its direct flights to Newark Liberty International Airport, providing travellers with a comfortable and efficient way to reach New York. In addition, the airline operates to LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport from its global hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

“One of the many advantages of flying with Air Canada is that our passengers can effortlessly clear US Customs in Vancouver or Toronto, ensuring a hassle-free start to an unforgettable holiday,” says Air Canada General Manager Australia and New Zealand Paul McLean.

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The group experienced the newly opened Whitney Museum of American Art, enjoyed Finding Neverland on Broadway and took a behind the scenes tour of Disney on Broadway with Walks of New York, which also guided the group through the 911 Museum and Memorial and up to the new One World Observatory.

The Product Managers were hosted at the recently refurbished Loew’s Regency and the Roosevelt Hotel and were able to explore the newly opened New York EDITION hotel.

From cycling through Central Park with Bike and Roll to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to rambling through cobblestone streets in DUMBO with BQE Tours and discovering the Brooklyn Museum, followed by a walk along the High Line’s new extension, the group was able to explore a number of the City’s boroughs and neighbourhoods.

Like a Local tours provided the inside scoop on the foodie scene around the Flatiron District while the Hilton hosted the group in sub-zero conditions at its minus5 ice bar.  The Product Managers enjoyed breakfast at Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian as well as supper at The Surrey Hotel.

Become a NYC Specialist by completing the online training and receive a NYC Trade Pass, providing entry to many of the iconic NYC attractions.  Go to nyctrainingacademy.com

Brooklyn Museum L-R Zohreh Sanayei Air Canada, Pauline O'Connell Venture Holidays, Jacqui Browne Creative Holidays, Kristin Hellmrich NYC&Company, Alysha Hughes Qantas Holidays, Hien Tran STA,

Brooklyn Museum L-R Zohreh Sanayei Air Canada, Pauline O’Connell Venture Holidays, Jacqui Browne Creative Holidays, Kristin Hellmrich NYC&Company, Alysha Hughes Qantas Holidays, Hien Tran STA

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New York City's Best Food Tours by Sherman's Travel

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.

FULL ARTICLE HERE.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TOUR GUIDE OR TRAVEL AGENT FOR THE MODERN TRAVELER?

Lilo Travel Blog September 27, 2015: What does it mean to be a travel agent or travel company for the modern traveler? Well, first one needs to know what defines the modern traveler - sometimes it's someone looking for the best way to go like a local, someone looking for thirtysomething travel ideas, or someone looking for modern ways to travel as a couple - most always, it's someone looking for better ways of planning authentic travel experiences.

However, to dig in deeper on what defines the modern traveler, we asked our friends at Like a Local Tours in Brooklyn for their take on what defines the modern traveler....

The modern traveler: I think the word that most defines today's modern traveler is savvy. Savvy travelers are looking for a hyper local experience. Sure they might want to enjoy some of the traditional tourist sights in any given city, but they also want to get to know a destination by doing what the locals do

I created Like A Local Tours to offer a sophisticated and immersive travel experience in Brooklyn and NYC. Our tours are taken by both tourists and locals so you know they are legit. Right now we focus on enjoying NYC's hottest neighborhoods through food. Our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour is a culinary journey with history, architecture, street art and some stunning NYC skyline views thrown in for good measure. Our tours focus on entrepreneurs and chefs that are influencing food trends globally which is exciting and delicious. Stops like Eataly, Shake Shack and Beecher's Handmade Cheese on our Flatiron Food Tour showcase the best that NYC has to offer. We also recommend our boozy Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour and North Fork Long Island Wine Tour.

You heard it here, folks - SAVVY, looking for a hyper local experience, and doing what the locals do. THAT is the essence of the modern traveler.

Whether you are a tourist or a local, someone looking for an independent travel experience, or modern ways to travel as a couple, there are now a variety of ways to go like a local at your finger tips! Thanks again to Like a Local Tours for your thoughts!

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Like A Local and Bread's Bakery featured in The Sunday Standard Magazine in India!

We were pleased to host writer Riaan George and he returned the love! "Let’s hop across to Breads Bakery for some coffee and babkas,” says an enthusiastic Lauren Beebe, New York’s walking tour specialist, as I lose myself to Manhattan’s magnificent buildings towering over me. I had signed up for one of Lauren’s insightful gourmet walking tours (www.likealocaltours.com), to discover the culinary underbelly of the Big Apple’s buzzing Flatiron District. The tour included hopping from a gourmet Italian market to a traditional American diner, while making a pitstop at a chic mozzarella bar. So the prospect of some good coffee was nothing short of tempting. “What is Breads Baker'y and what are babkas?” I asked with touristy innocence. As it turns out, Lauren was leading me to a coveted address which has become a favourite among locals. This address, as I would discover, is partof Flatiron’s flourishing trade of multi-brand boutiques, book- stores, vintage stores and innumerable trendy cafes. And this would, in turn, lead to my discovery of the bakery’s signature babkas. The wafting aromas of freshly baked bread, cinnamon and molten chocolate looming heavily in the air was enough to transport me into a state of culinary ecstasy as I stepped into Breads Bakery." ...

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Don't miss our Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour!

Luxpresso features our New York Food Tour!

"A Gourmand’s Food Trail of New York’s Flatiron District: For an outsider, New York is made up of stories heard from friends living in the mega city and watching reruns of FRIENDS. Flatiron being a recurring theme, it wasn't too long before this Mumbai-dweller found herself standing right in front of this iconic structure. What followed next was an eclectic array of exquisite gastronomic discovery. Guided by the relentless yearning for new tastes and flavours, a signature trait for a foodie, and a delightful guide, Lauren Beebe from Like a Local Tours, our group of four was taken on a delectable food trail till our footsteps got heavier and waistlines felt bigger."

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Flatiron Food Tour in I JUST WANT TO EAT food blog!

We were thrilled when blogger I Just Want To Eat joined our gourmet New York Food Tour of the Flatiron District! Here is some of what he had to say: It has been a while we were talking about going on a food tour, when I received an email inviting us to one of the tours organized by Like A Local Tours, a company that proposes food tours in the Flatiron area as well as Brooklyn. We decided to try the Flatiron History & Food Tour. Ok, I admit that I was more interested by the food than by the history, but was in fact quite pleased to learn a bit of the past of this area I often visit. It was also a good occasion to take the time, in this fast paced city, to stop and admire the architecture of the buildings we passed so many times in front of, without even noticing how beautiful they were.

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We made the list: Top 10 Tours & Attractions in NYC

April 2015 We are thrilled to be included in NYC & Company's Top 10 Tours & Attractions in all of New York City! "If you're a savvy visitor, you may not want to follow the same well-worn path as most tourists. The moustache in Like a Local Tours' logo should be the first clue that these folks are a bit out of the ordinary. You'll tag along as guides show you their favorite parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn on jaunts like the Sunday Funday Williamsburg Tour—which focuses on sampling local wine, beer and food—and Flatiron Food and Williamsburg Bites Tours, which favor tastings in the bakeries and restaurants of two hip neighborhoods." Click here for the full article.

Watch This!

Watch our exciting and fun new video for our Flatiron Tour and we think you'll get the hint!

Enjoy a special New York Food Tour for Valentine's Day

Get out of the house (or apartment) and explore with our Flatiron Tour or Williamsburg Brooklyn Tours! It also makes a wonderful Valentine's Day activity or gift. We are also available for private and customized tours, pretty much 24-7, so email us with your tour idea and we'll plan it for you! hipster@likealocaltours.com.