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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Thomas Keller's Turkey Tips, 2014 Eater Awards and A Pork Rib Lovers Guide to NYC

  • TRAVEL | FOODS OF NEW YORK TOURS:A few weeks ago, I took a couple days off to unwind in New York with a few friends.  While there, I had the pleasure of taking a Foods of NY Tour.  We decided on the Original Greenwich Village Tour since is was a part of New York that we have not fully explored yet and wanted to discover its rich Italian history and culture.  I had the best time trying delectable bites from all the "mom and pop" restaurants and learning about the neighborhood.
  • New York City in 10 exciting tours: Foods of New York Tours promises you an off beat experience, giving you tantalizing glimpses into the ethnic food culture of the average New York resident. And really, its not just about the food, it is a blend of the cultures, the history, the architecture and the various influences that have brought into existence the quintessential New York City food.

  • The 2014 Eater Awards for New York City: It is time now-drumroll, trumpets, gongs-to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters on the continent that have defined this year in dining.
  • Thanksgiving in New York City; 20 Great Places to Dine Out: Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away, and reservations are booking up fast. So if you want to eat out in the city, it's time to start planning. Here's a guide to 20 excellent New York restaurants, at a range of price points, that will be serving something special on Thanksgiving.
  • The Ultimate, Unabridged Pork Rib Lovers Guide to New York City: The pork rib was once considered to be an off-cut, relegated to the economy section of the butcher's case. But its popularity has risen dramatically in recent years, so much so that some ribs can compete in price and demand with those "high on the hog" cuts like loin chops.
  • Hudson River Park Gets $100 Million Launch: Barry Diller Leads Private Funding for Pier, Amphitheater Planned on Hudson



  • Where to Find an Oyster Happy Hour in All 5 Boroughs: All three Mermaid Inn locations offer $1 oysters Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The oysters are paired with a drink special: All draft beers are $5, wine is $6 and cocktails are $7.
  • The Best Lease In NYC: $10/Month For 50 Years In West Village: We've seen things you people wouldn't believe: $1,000/month rent-stabilized Upper West Side apartments; $331.76/month four-bedroom Village apartments; $55.01/month SoHo pads; $287/month Prospect Park co-ops. But nothing could prepare us for West Village tenant Jud Parker's deal: $10/month for a ­1,400 sq ft apartment on Minetta Street ...for the next 50 years.

  • THE 10 BEST PHO SPOTS IN NYC: NYC's 10 best places to get the slurp-worthy noodle soup that is pho, from Manhattan, to Ridgewood, to the always-reliable Sunset Park.
  • Inside Chinatown's Dim Sum Dance Party Scene: An after-hours Chinese restaurant adventure always raises a few eyebrows among friends I implore to tag along, but it's not a new premise, as promoters MeanRed and Travis Bass have been hosting pop-up parties in these spaces since 2008.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Shop Like a NYC Chef, Know Your Steak and a Chat With Il Buco Alimentari's Head Baker Kamel Saci

  • Shop Like a Chef; Pros Share Their Favorite Food Stores:  Even the experts pay retail sometimes. We tagged along to their favorite food stores to learn what they buy and how they cook it.
  • 17 Excellent Local Beers That You Should Be Drinking: From chocolate-layered imperial stouts to bitter and balanced IPAs, a breakdown, by category, of the best bottled and on-tap beers made in and around New York City. 
  • Out of Dust and Debris, a New Jewel Rises: The glass-and-steel prism called Fulton Center began life as a public-transit labyrinth, a spaghetti-bowl tangle of dimly-lit corridors, narrow switchbacks and baffling signage cobbled together out of five subway stations built in the early 1900s.  A century later, and more than a decade after part of the Lower Manhattan subway complex was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the nine subway lines that converge on Fulton Street and Broadway have been knit together anew.

  • Against the Grain: Sales of gluten-free products will exceed fifteen billion dollars by 2016, twice the amount of five years earlier. The growing list of gluten-free options has been a gift for many children, who no longer have to go through life knowing that they will never eat pizza, cookies, or cake. 
  • Steak Cuts Explained in Two Minutes: Know your steaks!
  • 20 Major Restaurant Openings Around The United States This Winter: As we transition from fall to winter, some of the openings we wrote about in our many fall previews are still in the oven, if you will. And on top of that, new projects with winter openings have been announced. Here are 20 we are keeping our eyes on from around the United States.


  • 44 Specialty Food Shops That You Need to Know: Rob Kaufelt, who’s owned the Greenwich Village Murray's Cheese shop since the ’90s, has done more than function as the headmaster of a finishing school for smart young cheesemongers—many of whom, Anne Saxelby among them, have gone on to open their own shops.
  • The Ultimate Guide to NYC Omakase Meals: Perhaps the trickiest table to snag in NYC right now is chef Daisuke Nakazawa's $150 omakase, which is made in the Edomae style (a simple style that originated in Tokyo as street food). The cozy West Village sushi den offers this 20-course, nigiri-only experience that boasts Tokyo-level sushi without pretense.

  • Still Got It: Xi'an Famous Foods: Chinese food chainlet Xi'an Famous Foods has not so subtly spread its delectable seed over the years, bringing its noodles, soups, burgers, and other specialties to locations on the East Village, Chinatown, Midtown, and the Upper West Side.
  • Around the World in 25 Shops; Where to Buy International Food in New York: Hong Kong Supermarket, this supercolossal branch of the California chain peddles practically every Pan-Asian pantry item you can imagine and then some.
  • How Racism Created America's Chinatowns:At their height, there were dozens of Chinatowns, in big metro areas like Los Angeles and Chicago and in smaller cities like Cleveland and Oklahoma City. You might think of these neighborhoods as places to eat dim sum and buy knickknacks, but the reasons they initially formed are much more complex -- and political.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

News Flash: Foods of NY Tours Exclusive Partnership with Chelsea Market

It is with great enthusiasm that Chelsea Market, and Foods of NY Tours announce a strategic partnership.

Our two companies have formed a partnership that combines the respective strengths of both companies to provide access for individuals and groups wishing to tour the historic and delicious Chelsea Market. The partnership will result in significant benefits for those visiting Chelsea Market by providing high quality, historically accurate, well-organized Food Tasting Tours, lead by our expert tour guides, while allowing both companies to manage space and crowd control concerns within the busy Market environment. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on together.

Foods of NY Tours:
Foods of NY Tours has been giving Food Tasting and Cultural Walking tours since 1999 through New York City's most delicious and historic neighborhoods. They provide a "non-touristy" experience so you feel like a native New Yorker. Each tour includes food tastings from the best specialty food shops and local restaurants, as well as an "off-the-beaten-path" glimpse of life in NYC - the history, culture, architecture, and entertainment offerings. Foods of NY Tours have been conducting their Chelsea Market Food Tour since 2003.

Chelsea Market
Since opening its doors to the public in 1997, Chelsea Market has been an invaluable community resource for artisanal goods. The Market attracts 120,000 visitors a week and is home to primarily culinary-focused retailers on the ground floor, and a mix of distinct television-production studios and established high-tech creative firms on the upper floors. Jamestown, a leader in acquisitions and value added management is the owner and developer of Chelsea Market.

Here is a quick summary of the goals of our partnership:
• Minimize the overcrowding in Chelsea Market with scheduled tours operated by Foods of NY Tours
• All tours will be given when the market is at its quietest (10am, 10:30am, 4pm, & 6pm)
• Maintain close communication between the Foods of NY Tours and Chelsea Market management 
• Ensure accuracy of information on all tours
• Ensure a top quality touring experience with expertly trained guides
• Enhance the flow of traffic for non-touring visitors of Chelsea Market

Both companies bring incredible assets to the table. Chelsea Market’s history of innovation and constant adapting to stay relevant as a mixed-use artisanal market is second to none. Foods of NY Tours is the leader in the Culinary Tourism industry (since 1999); the company’s incredible expertise in touring techniques and culinary knowledge creates an opportunity for thousands of visitors to get more out of their NYC experience by learning about and tasting their way through Chelsea Market.

Beginning January 1, 2015:
All requests for a formal guided tour of Chelsea Market will be funneled through Foods of NY Tours.
Tour groups will not be permitted to enter Chelsea Market unless accompanied by a Foods of NY Tour, or unless permission is given by Chelsea Market management.

Please contact us if you have any questions about guided tours of Chelsea Market:

CONTACT Chelsea Market:


212 913-9964 - Zerve (Our Ticket Center)

917-408-9539 ask for Mason 


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