Lower East Side: Enjoy an Afternoon of Art & Food

Lower East Side: Enjoy an Afternoon of Art & Food

We LOVE NYC’s Lower East Side and thought it would be fun to put together our ideal Saturday — popping into art galleries and nibbling in between…

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Focus on Immigrant NY on our Lower East Side Food Tour

Focus on Immigrant NY on our Lower East Side Food Tour

The story of immigration and migration in the United States is one that can be told through the history of New York City. Our Lower East Side Food Tour tells all and fills your tummy all while meeting the people that make NYC what it is!

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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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Interview with a Local: Ariel Rodriguez of La Sonrisa Empanadas!

Interview with a Local: Ariel Rodriguez of La Sonrisa Empanadas!

We are so excited to introduce you to Ariel Rodriguez of La Sonrisa, a Pop-Up Empanada company selling in artisan markets and parks throughout NYC. We visit them on the High Line as part of our Chelsea Market & High Line Food Tour. Read on to learn what makes La Sonrisa so special!

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Don't miss our Chelsea Market, Meatpacking & High Line Food Tour!

Don't miss our Chelsea Market, Meatpacking & High Line Food Tour!

If you haven't been, Chelsea Market and the High Line are two of NYC's best attractions! And even if you have, our food and history tour will share incredible insights and stories that we bet you never knew. Plus our tour guides are truly entertaining. Read on for more about where we go and why it’s a special experience not to be missed!

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NYC's Best Markets: Food Markets, Flea Markets & More!

NYC's Best Markets: Food Markets, Flea Markets & More!

Weekends are great for wandering and sometimes nothing is more fun than spending a few hours sampling inventive foods or shopping all kinds of locally made goods in one location. That's why we wanted to share the best of NYC's markets:

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Like A Local Tours: Our Top Ten Favorite NYC Restaurants Right Now

Like A Local Tours: Our Top Ten Favorite NYC Restaurants Right Now

From spicy Sichuan to upscale French, here are our favorite restaurants in NYC and Brooklyn.

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Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Join us on this 3 hour, food and fun filled experience in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's a great way to meet locals, see street art, learn the history and have a meal! For only $50, this tour is a steal! Read on to learn more...

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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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Events not to miss this summer!

Events not to miss this summer!

New York City in summer is packed with tons of outdoor events to enjoy. Street fairs, concerts, movies, art and more. We list a few of our favorites...

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Interview with a Local: Meghan Love of Mable's Smokehouse

Interview with a Local: Meghan Love of Mable's Smokehouse

Mable’s Smokehouse has been a neighborhood gem in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since it opened in 2012. A BBQ joint is a bit unorthodox for the neighborhood and perhaps that precisely why it’s so beloved. Praised by the New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Eater, Travel Channel, New York Magazine, The Village Voice and many many more. We were fortunate to chat with Meghan Love, of the husband and wife team behind it all. 

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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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What's hot in NYC & Brooklyn?! And the best places to cool off ... with a cocktail al fresco!

What's hot in NYC & Brooklyn?! And the best places to cool off ... with a cocktail al fresco!

New York City in the summer is a magical place. Markets, festivals, outdoor dining, parks, the waterfront, the energy! We could go on. Here are our picks for what’s hot:

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NYC: 5 things not to miss in April!

NYC: 5 things not to miss in April!

Spring has sprung in New York City and we couldn't be happier! Here is our list of top 5 events not to miss in April!

1. A Celebration of NYC's Best Margaritas (April 29) A Grand Ole Fiesta sampling the city's best margaritas as your favorite restaurants duke it out for the title at the Margarita Rumble! Fiesta like there's no mañana when the Margarita Rumble kicks off at Dobbin St.  Over 15 specially curated, best of the best, bars & restaurants send their mixologists in to compete for the title of Best Margarita in NYC. Sample the best margaritas (and then vote for your favorite!) while live music keeps you la bamba'ing.

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Finally! Smorgasburg is back. Here's what to eat at this Brooklyn Foodie Mecca!

Finally! Smorgasburg is back. Here's what to eat at this Brooklyn Foodie Mecca!

We always know summer is around the corner when our beloved Smorgasburg is back in business. Located on the Williamsburg Brooklyn waterfront (the views of NYC are fabulous as is the food), this is one of our favorite Saturday activities. After our Flatiron Food Tour and Williamsburg Brooklyn Food Tour of course. 

"Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors

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NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week runs from January 23 - February 10. There are over 400 restaurants participating for lunch and dinner. Here are our top 5 picks for dinner! PS - Make your reservations asap and check back for last minute openings often...

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Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC & Brooklyn!

Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC & Brooklyn!

Here is our list of recommended events. And don't forget about Brooklyn's own Oktoberfest beer brought to you by Brooklyn Brewery! Saturday, Oct. 1. Celebratory Keg Tapping, Pig Roasts, Mug Holding Competitions, Live Brass Bands!! No Cover, Festivities Begin Saturdays at 1pm! ...

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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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An Afternoon of Gluttony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Subways & Stilettos

January 11, 2016: It’s Saturday afternoon in NYC and you and your bestie are overdue for some catch-up time, you are both STARVING and you’re feeling exploratory. What do you do? You open up YPLan, a super cool mobile app designed to help you find fun things to do in the city at any time of day. From free activities, to discounted tickets to shows, YPlan is perfect for planning some fun with your friends, a date night when you don’t want to “Netflix & Chill”- or check out local sporting events.

I pulled up Yplan and clicked on a super colorful confetti-infused picture of a bagel and quickly purchased tickets for a Williamsburg Foodie Tour. I’m a visual girl, what can I say? I see something pretty, and I must eat it, buy it or own it.

Now, unlike many New Yorkers who refuse to go to Brooklyn, I am actually quite fond if it. I enjoy visiting it very much. I find the bars, the food and the crowd to be completely different than the vibe in the city. And, even if hipsters are not your thing, Williamsburg is definitely worth checking out, even if for the food alone.

If you want to play tourist, check out “Like a Local Tours”- they are a fun, affordable way to get to know the hidden gems, while learning a little bit of history about the places you visit. The tours are great and honestly the best way to get to know a neighborhood is by walking in the shoes of the people who live it and love it every day. For $45 we stopped at about seven local foodie spots and got to taste everything from pizza, to gourmet chocolate, southern food and of course, my favorite, ice cream and more ice cream.

Allow me to explain.

First stop, Best Pizza. Now, in my opinion, to call it Best Pizza, and back it up, I’d say I would have preferred to have visited and devoured various pizza spots, to decide for myself if it really is the best. But, I will say, it was pretty damn good.

A little background on the place: Best Pizza was opened in the winter of 2010 by pizza man Frank Pinello. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in a former bakery, Best Pizza utilizes a century old, wood-burning oven to turn out some of the best slices in town.

We ordered two kinds and they were both amazing. Traditional red sauce with basil and my personal favorite was the caramelized onion white pizza. It was our first stop, and I could have eaten a whole pie, but I am glad I didn’t because this was only the beginning of an afternoon of gluttony.

What I found unique about this place is the massive amounts of paper plates that line the walls. They are composed of local artists drawings and align the walls of this tiny and quaint joint.

Next stop, one of my NY favorites, Momofuku Milk Bar. I ordered the crack pie, the compost cookie and we got to sample their famous Cereal Milk Frozen Yogurt, which I happen to love, but my friend thought it tasted like breast milk.

Milk bar, called “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country” by bon appétit magazine, is a culinary empire and lifestyle brand founded by award-winning pastry chef and masterchef judge Christina Tosi. Christina focuses on putting a playful spin on familiar home-style desserts and savory snacks using quality ingredients and locally sourced dairy. She is the creator of the highly addictive cereal milk™ ice cream, compost cookies® and crack pie®, all of which have gained worldwide recognition since she opened milk bar’s doors in 2008.

I’ve never met Christina, but she is my hero. She is to blame for my love affair with birthday cake truffles-which I can never get enough of.

Next up was Pies ‘n’ Thighs for some old fashioned Southern comfort food. Pies ’n’ Thighs started in 2006, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. The owners took over a beer storage closet and transformed it into a tiny kitchen with six stools, serving huge donuts, two-napkin smoked pork sandwiches and salty, crispy fried chicken.

The place is small, and there were people lined outside waiting for a table. But clearly one can understand why.

The owners all share a love for comfort food (I mean, who doesn’t?)- Their fried chicken and savory flakey, warm and soft biscuits are the best I’ve ever had.

After feeling greasier than a fried chicken, we waddled our way to what was for me, the highlight of the tour (and the main reason I booked it): The Bagel Store.

What can I say about the bagel store except for the fact that I am drawn to beautiful colorful and funfetti, looking things. I am also obsessed with anything cake batter related and will try anything that involves sprinkles. So when I found out we were going to the place that made the rainbow bagel famous I could not contain myself.

Despite the fact that I was super full I made sure I tried every single bagle they offered us.

Listed below:

French Toast, Rainbow (my fav of course), the famous Kragel (who owner claims he invented), Super Cinnamon Raisin, Pretzel (more rainbow) and sourdough.

Cream Cheese flavors- (get ready):

Birthday Cake Funfetti, Cookies & Cream, Sun Dried Tomato, Nutella, Red velvet, Strawberry & Blueberry.

The line for these bagels is out the door and the owners claims to have gotten the idea from his kid playing with Playdough.

The Rainbow bagel tastes DELICIOUS, kinda like Fruit Loops, or some other sugary cereal! If you want one, you have to call the day before to reserve one. You cannot just walk in a buy one. They are so popular, but they only make limited batches! Why? Because these rainbow bagels take much longer and have a need for a much more intensive process than a regular bagel.

I was told they can make 5,000 regular bagels in the same exact amount of time it takes to make 100 rainbow ones.

Check out the gallery below!

I will def be back for another sugary overload of bagels!

To help settle this overload of food, we stopped at Devocion Café: a super hipster Colombian-brewed coffee shop that was once a warehouse. It now caters to trendy hipsters who flock to the café for some inspiration on whatever it is hipster minds think of these days.

It has a beautiful skylight, is decorated with beautiful greenery (almost makes you feel like you’re in a greenhouse) and will serve you every kind of overpriced latté your hipster heart desires. But there is magic in their coffee- Devocion coffee beans are sourced from farms deep in Colombia’s most inaccessible zones, and the beans are dry milled in Bogota where they are then sent to the US for roasting. This means the price tag ensures you can still smell the Colombian breeze in your cup.

And as if the sugar overload had not been enough, we made another sweet tooth stop at OddFellows Ice Cream Parlor. Apparently it’s a Brooklyn staple.

They have the coolest, strangest but most unique flavors of ice cream I’ve ever seen. Plus their ice cream is made from scratch, with no added stuff and nothing but organic, fresh ingredients. How about a Foie Gras Drumstick, a boozy popsicle, an alcoholic ice cream or what they call "OddFlavors" like Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Melon? Makes you wonder what they were smoking when they came up with these flavors!

The décor cracked me up too.

Check out Jesus and his ice cream. It doesn’t get anymore spiritual than that!

Our last and final stop was at Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory. A gourmet chocolate spot that is a chocolate lovers dream. Or worst nightmare, depending on how you look at it. They’ve got gourmet classics like sea salt, smoked & almond butter. Their warehouse space is even cooler and you can tour the facility and see how all that deliciousness gets made. Don’t forget to try the free samples!

I don’t know if it was the overload, but I couldn’t really appreciate the chocolate tasting at this point. All I was ready for was my PJs and my bed.

The tour ends with a stop at the beautiful DUMBO area. AL though it was cloudy, the view of the Manhattan skyline was breath taking.

All in all, the tour was worth the $45. You got some history, some culture, A LOT of food, and some pretty picturesque spots, along with some history and some street art.

Here are some pics I snapped along the way, in between stuffing my face.

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