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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Interview with a Local: Ryan Witte, Architecture Aficionado and Tour Guide

Interview with a Local: Ryan Witte, Architecture Aficionado and Tour Guide

We are thrilled to work with Ryan White, a true New Yorker and architecture aficionado. He has put together a fascinating midtown architecture tour which we are excited to share with you!

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Second look: famous sculptures in NYC

Second look: famous sculptures in NYC

"Meet me by the Astor Place cube!" That's how this article came to be. Where did the cube come from, what does it symbolize? Read on to learn those answers and more about some of NYC's most prominent sculptures...

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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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Why we are still obsessed with the High Line

Why we are still obsessed with the High Line

Although it's been open since 2006, the High Line is always in our top 10 of things people should when visiting NYC. The High Line has incredible history, landscaping, vistas, architecture, and art. Read on to learn about fantastic upcoming events and why it's still one of our favorite things to do in NYC.

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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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Sunday Funday: Exploring Williamsburg Brooklyn with Like A Local Tours

October 23, 2015 by Cultural Xplorer: I find that the best way to explore any city is by doing it like a local. I am such a big believer in keeping it local, that I wrote a whole guide to exploring New York City like a local, which highlights some of the top things that I love to do as a resident. When the New York City based company Like A Local Tours invited me to explore Williamsburg with them on their Sunday Funday Tour, I jumped at the opportunity to get to know one of my favorite neighborhoods better through a resident’s eyes.

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Sunday Funday Like a Local Tours

The tour of Williamsburg began right in the heart of the neighborhood on Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn, where our tour guide (and company owner) Lauren introduced herself to us, handed us maps which included some of the best places to check out in neighborhood, and then proceeded to take us on a tour of the neighborhood where she has resided for over ten years.


Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th Street

The first stop on the tour was at the Brooklyn Brewery, one of New York City’s most famous craft beer companies.

Personally, I have been a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery’s beers for a number of years and I really love their seasonal ales, particularly their Summer Ale. Since the tour took us to the brewery in the fall, I decided to try their Oktoberfest ale, which is brewed from actual German malt and hops, and it reminded me of the beers that I tasted when I visited Munich, Germany.

Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn Flea’s Williamsburg location, 50 Kent Avenue

Our next stop was to the Williamsburg location of Brooklyn Flea, which is New York City’s largest outdoor/indoor market system. Every week at various locations around the city, Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of vendors that sell everything from antiques, to vintage clothing, to one-of-a-kind artisan souvenirs. In addition to selling goods, the Williamsburg location of Brooklyn Flea also serves an eclectic mix of freshly made foods from vendors around the city.

While I typically do not shop at flea markets, I would definitely come here to buy unique gifts for my friends and family.

Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall

Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall Williamsburg
Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall, 44 Berry Street

After walking around Williamsburg for about 45 minutes, our group was beginning to get very hungry, so we headed over to Mable’s Smokehouse, a family-owned Texas-style barbecue restaurant (and we all know how much I love Texas barbecue).

I ordered the delicious chopped beef brisket sandwich, and even weeks after eating it, I am still salivating thinking about its crispy deliciousness. I am kind of sad that I did not know about this amazing place before, but now this is going to be my go-to barbecue restaurant in Williamsburg!

Artists & Fleas

Artists and Fleas Williamsburg
Artists & Fleas, 70 N. 7th Street

After we had our fill of barbecue, it was time to go shopping again, so we headed to the Williamsburg location of the popular Artists & Fleas market. Similar to Brooklyn Flea, Artists & Fleas is a year-round indoor market that sells both vintage and unique items by local artisans.

This is a great place to go and ‘shop local’ and definitely a place that I would return to if I wanted to buy hand crafted items and one-of-a-kind gifts.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

OddFellows
OddFellows, 175 Kent Ave.

A lot of shopping can build up an appetite, so after leaving Artists & Fleas, we made our way over to OddFellows Ice Cream Co., a small batch ice cream shop that is well known for its extremely unique ice cream flavors, such as Thai Iced Cream and Oatmeal Cookie Dough.

I ordered a scoop of the Miso Cherry flavor, which tasted like an interesting blend of miso soup and cherries, a combination one would not typically think of eating together. Somehow the blend worked and I hungrily devoured every last spoonful of the ice cream.

Brooklyn Oenology

Brooklyn Oenology
Brooklyn Oenology, 209 Wythe Ave.

After we finished eating our ice cream, we headed to Brooklyn Oenology. Located in a converted warehouse, Brooklyn Oenology is a locally-focused winery and tasting room that serves wines from their own label as well as from other wine producers around New York State.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I have a healthy obsession for wine, and I have enjoyed many wines from New York at places like the Brooklyn Winery (also located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), on Long Island on a vineyards tour, and recently up in the Fingerlakes region during a trip that I took to visit Syracuse; so it was only natural for me to be ecstatic when finding out that we were going to be having a couple of tastings of wine.

One thing I particularly liked about Brooklyn Oenology was the artwork on their wine bottles. Not only do they use New York City artists to design their labels, but the labels also peel off of the bottles, so you can keep the artwork forever, and that’s pretty awesome!

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast Brothers Chocolate
Mast Brothers Chocolate, 111 N. 3rd St.

The last stop on our tour of Williamsburg was to the famous Mast Brothers Chocolate, a high-end chocolatier that crafts dark chocolate bars & baked goods. In addition to being able to purchase chocolate bars at the Williamsburg location of Mast Brothers, you can also sample some of their finest chocolates and look through a glass window into their kitchen where you can watch how the chocolate is made.

Like A Local Tours Information

If you are interested in taking a tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Like a Local Tours, check out their three-hour Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour ($55), which includes: Winery & Brewery Tours & Tastings, Tastes of Local Eats & Treats, and History of the Neighborhood & Local street art.

If you are looking to discover more of the food side of Williamsburg, they also offer a 2.5 hour Williamsburg Bites tour ($50), which includes popular spots such as:Momofuku Milk Bar, The Bagel Store, Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Pies N Thighs, Best Pizza, and Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory.

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Brooklyn Tour Company Gives Tourists A Chance To Experience The Area Like A Local by Her Agenda

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Shannon ThomasWe understand how taxing life can be as a millennial woman.

Between snagging interviews, attending conferences, navigating your way through work place dynamics and watching Empire…there’s hardly anytime to relax. That’s why we took a moment to relax for you with a Like A Local food tour in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

For two hours, myself, and seven other food lovers from all corners of the U.S., from LA to Minnesota, trekked around Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhood. We were introduced to some of NYC’s most delicious in-the-cut spots.

As a native New Yorker, it was a nice chance to actually enjoy the charm of NYC that is usually only reserved for tourists. As we walked down North 7th Street to our first destination, our super friendly and knowledgeable guide/tour curator, Lauren Bebe gave us a tidbit of Williamsburg history and the important role the city played in NYC history. Lauren founded the Like A Local tours after deciding her job at the time, as head of marketing for a venture capital firm wasn’t as fulfilling as she thought. Two years ago she took her passion for food, traveling, and her cravings for the latest in Williamsburg and transformed it into the successful business it is today.

In 1903, immigrants walked over the Williamsburg Bridge to escape the densely populated tenement apartments of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, for better living and working conditions. Since then, Williamsburg became a breeding ground for opportunity.

Our first stop was BEST PIZZA. This is a mom and pop style pizzeria that plays old school reggae music and serves delicious slices of heaven for amazing prices. We enjoyed a fantastic in- house Margherita topped with fresh basil and a White pie covered in savory caramelized onions.

The owners source their ingredients from the local farmer’s market, and use a vintage 120 year old brick oven to create their mini masterpieces.

After munching on pizza we made our way over to Milk for cookies and cereal milk flavored soft serve ice cream.

Milk is owned by Master Chef Judge Christina Tosi. The cereal milk flavored ice cream gave me flashbacks to my childhood, fruity pebbles and Saturday morning cartoons.

It was a unique spin on a classic dessert. On our way to our next location we passed by some incredible street art.

When we arrived at this popular eatery, the restaurant was packed with customers anxious for a bite. I found out it’s the norm for there to be a 2 hour wait for some of the best fried chicken in New York City. The golden melt-in-your-mouth chicken, biscuits and cheesy grits all live up to the hype, and I believe it is definitely worth the wait.

My personal favorite stop was The Bagel Store, Home of the Cragel (crossaint/bagel).

By the way, the bacon, egg, and cheese cragel was named the best bagel by The Food Network. The owner Scot Rossilo took the seven of us down into the kitchen and showed us how he rolls out his renowned rainbow bagels.

A tour member making her own rainbow bagel.

After we retired from our short lived careers as bagel artisans, we scooped up some ice cream from Odd Fellows.

Odd Fellows had a variety of unusual ice cream flavors, such as olive oil and jalepeno grapefruit. Of course, I tired them both and they were nothing short of delicious. The olive oil flavor was smooth, creamy, and sweet. The olive oil taste was very subtle. The grapefruit jalepeno was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, yet refreshing to the palette. Unlike the average Haagen Dasz shops, that share their samples with plastic spoons, the servers gave us samples in cute, eco-friendly mini silverware.

Our last spot was the Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers.

The Mast Brothers began their chocolate making business in Iowa city in the early 2000s at a dinner party where they realized a need for gourmet chocolate in the United States. They bought pounds of cocoa beans and began experimenting with blends until they found their winners. They are the only company in the US to use artisanal beans in their chocolates. The cocoa beans are sourced from different corners of the earth everywhere from Tanzania, and Madagascar to the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.

The most popular chocolate bar is the Sea Salt flavor from their artisanal collection and I see why, the saltiness is the first flavor tasted yet, it doesn’t overwhelm the taste buds. Instead, the salt compliments the sweet, floral taste of the cocoa. I don’t think I can eat a Hershey bar again, I am still swooning over the Mast Brother’s eclectic confections.

As we enjoyed the beautiful day, I appreciated the fact we didn’t experience the cliché portrayal of Williamsburg famous for hipsters and overpriced coffee shops. We were given a genuine view of the diverse neighborhood…we toured like true locals.

The tour curator, Lauren also hopes to bring Like A Local to other exciting cultural and culinary cities such as Miami, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, and Havanna, Cuba. She wants her tour to be a starting point for tourists to really have an understanding of what a city has to offer and give a glimpse of a authentic lifestyle of local residents. Beebe said, “Hopefully my tours open the minds of locals and tourists alike so they are able to get more out of where they live or are visiting.”

Lauren has also recently partnered with another NYC tour company, Take Me Out, in order to launch a North Fork Wine Tour. The wine tour is a day trip to Long Island Wine Country for wine tasting, farm visits, craft beer, oyster shucking and so much more. To book your own tour, check out Likealocaltours.com.

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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.

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5 Reasons We Love "Like A Local" Food Tours by Design&Trend

September 25, 2015 by Meg Busacca: This week our design editor Meg happily experienced "Like A Local" guided food tours in Williamsburg.

Like A Local Tours offers is an exclusive walking tour that marriages gourmet food and history to street art and architecture. The company provides four tours residing in Flatiron in Manhattan, Williamsburg, a Brooklyn "Sunday Funday" tasting and North Fork for wineries.

1. Good Company

The Founder and tour guide, Lauren Beebe, conducted the highly curated Williamsburg food crawl. Beebe is a very warm and welcoming guide who willingly shares her passion for bringing people and great food together.

The social experience was enjoyably organic and hosted a great group of individuals from all over the United States.

2. Savory Spots

The tour kicked off with Best Pizza, literally. Best Pizza in Williamsburg is in a former bakery and its century old wood-burning oven produces some matchless crust. Everyday the employees visit the local farmers market to find the freshest ingredients to deliver top quality pizza to customers.

3. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

For lovers of both savory and sweet tastings, the tour incorporates plenty of sugary delights throughout the Williamsburg neighborhood. We stopped in for a compost cookie and cereal milk soft serve at the coveted Milk Bar, the sister bakery to the famed Momofuku restaurants.

Have you ever seen a rainbow bagel before? The Bagel Store is the birthplace of the colorful baked goody, and we were given the opportunity to meet the owner, learn how the bagels are developed and taste their specialty bagels in the underground kitchen.

Some group participants weren't shy to get their hands dirty, we were able to practice the art of dough rolling. This family-oriented business put together an assortment of exclusive bagels and cream cheeses, from their popular bacon-chedder bagel to confetti cake cream cheese, it is no wonder this is one of the most treasured spots in the neighborhood.

After an array of bagel tastings, we ventured to Odd Fellows for a some ice cream. It was the perfect stop after a sunny walk to the waterfront, and the "Grapefruit Jalapeno" sorbet was a huge hit. It was undoubtedly the best sorbet I've ever tasted.

4. A History Lesson That Isn't Dull

While the pack wanders from place to place, Beebe provides a brief overview of the neighborhood's history in an energetic and interesting manner. The walk may be necessary to digest for an amount of food consumed on this tour, but it is also a great way to learn and understand the architecture, street art and community that has morphed Williamsburg into what it is today.

The neighborhood offers an artistic hub of thought-provoking individuals that share a curiosity for food, the arts, craft and travel. These characteristics proved to be evident at our final stop of the day to Mast Brotherschocolate factory, one of the only companies in the U.S. that offers craft chocolate.

5. You Will Be Full and Happy!

The best of it all is that you are able to taste gourmet food all day and will be comfortably full by the end of it. Your stomach will not be left empty by any means, but you also won't feel sick and essentially comatose.

Like A Local offers a great range of flavors from locations which are not only cherished for their food, but for the special experience they provide.

Book the tour that gets your mouth salivating and purchase tickets here!

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Captain Kidd - Brooklyn's Own Pirate

One of the first homes built in Williamsburg was on the future intersection of South 4th and Bedford. Named “Keikout” (Dutch for “look-out”), it was first a refuge in case of Indian attacks, and then a boarding house, and its most famous tenant was Captain William Kidd. Kidd based many of his pirate voyages out of Manhattan, where local merchants invested in his operations, but he had a soft spot for Keikout because, according to legend, one of his former lovers was buried near there, passing away while he was out at sea. William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1645, became a sailor early in life, and had a long and successful career as a privateer. He didn’t move to the then-British colony of New York until he was well into his 40s, after marrying Sarah Bradley Cox Oort, a wealthy widow.

With his dashing style and questionable accumulation of wealth, Kidd may have been the first true Williamsburg hipster.

Take one of our Williamsburg Brooklyn Tours to learn more and experience this exciting neighborhood first hand!

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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How a Brooklyn Brewery Owner Stared Down the Mob

This is all kinds of awesome! If the opening line of this article doesn't make you want to read more, we don't know what will! "Brooklyn Brewery's first major challenge wasn't cash flow or troublesome employees, it was the mob." Check out the Brooklyn Brewery on our SUNDAY FUNDAY BROOKLYN TOUR. Read the full Inc Magazine article here.