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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Onion Soup Rings, The World's Largest White Truffle and NYC Holiday Guides

  • Wylie Dufresne Introduces His First Burger, With Side Of French Onion Soup Rings: Chef Wylie Dufresne has created myriad inventive and sometimes kooky dishes in his career, but surprisingly has never offered a burger on the menu of any of his restaurants. That changes starting now, with the chef debuting his first ever burger at his fun neighborhood eatery Alder.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Eating in NYC, All in One Place: Whether you've lived in New York all your life or you're just in town to see Rockefeller Center and the Christmas Tree, our goal at Serious Eats is to point you towards something delicious. That's why we've compiled the best of our New York stories into a comprehensive guide to eating out all across the city.
  • Inside The Tenement Museum, A "No Photo" Zone: The Tenement Museum has a strict "no photo" policy, as they believe it takes away from the visitor experience—"We are trying to facilitate an interactive experience with our visitors. It really is what makes us unique," the Museum's Jon Pace told us. "All the tours we offer are led by an educator." 
  • 16 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE NYC SUBWAY: If you take the subway every day in NYC, you probably know the basics: put $19.05 on your MetroCard, don't block the left side of the escalator, let everyone off the train before you barge in, and never -- under any circumstances -- get on the empty subway car during rush hour. Still though, there are probably a few things you don't know, like, say, which historic buildings have secret subway entrances...



  • Visiting Caffe Reggio, A Timeless Classic In A Changing Greenwich Village: Bleecker Street, MacDougal Street, and Greenwich Village as a whole certainly isn't what it used to be, back when bohemians ruled the roosts and Dylan was strumming his guitar at Cafe Wha?. These days, in place of the Village Gate you'll find a CVS, and over where The Bleecker Street Cinema was? A Duane Reade. The area does still have its charms, however, and a few businesses have survived the times-a-changin'. Caffe Reggio, which opened its doors at 119 MacDougal Street in 1927, is one of them.
  • HANUKKAH FRIED CHICKEN LATKA FINGERS ARE FOR EVERYONE: Available now through Dec 24th, both of NYC's Sticky’s Finger Joint locations -- the city's first gourmet chicken finger restaurant chain -- will be doling out the world's first Hanukkah-inspired chicken finger, the Latka Finger, because honestly, regular latkes just aren't cutting it anymore.

  • A New Yorker's guide to Chinese food for Christmas: It's an unofficial Jewish (and therefore New York) tradition to eat Chinese food on Christmas. Perhaps it's a cultural love of a good egg roll, or perhaps the custom roots from Chinese restaurants around the country staying open on Dec. 24-25 when almost everything else in America seems to be closed.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: FNYT in the News, A Sneak Peek at F&W Chef's Club and EVOO Takes a Hit


  • Per Se to Join Restaurants Charging in Advance: The system, called Tock, has been used since 2012 at the Chicago destinations Alinea and Next, where the co-owner, Nick Kokonas, devised the proprietary software. Diners at those restaurants reserve tables and pay online, in full, weeks or months in advance for nonrefundable tickets. Service charges are included, leaving only liquor charges to be added at the end of the meal.
    • Once an Icon, Per Se Is Showing its Age: Per Se, Keller's East Coast analogue to the (marginally cheaper) French Laundry, helped set the bar dramatically higher for how much money and time New Yorkers were willing to spend in dining rooms. Per Se's nine-course, three-hour feasts helped usher in our American era of extended tasting menus, paving the way for Blanca, Brooklyn Fare, Atera, Momofuku Ko, and other venues serving 16-30 courses for hundreds of dollars or more.
  • Amid Bugs, Hail, Floods and Bacteria, Italian Olives Take a Beating: The devastation has already translated into rising prices in Italy for a family staple, and will soon be felt by consumers worldwide. The commodity price for Italian extra virgin olive oil has doubled since last year, and the outlook is also very bad for Spain, the world’s biggest olive oil producer.


  • The 13 Best Sandwiches In NYC: The sandwich is the greatest culinary invention of all time. Sandwich chain Num Pang knows what it's doing when it comes to cooking up tender, melt-in-your mouth, fatty pork.
  • The Everything Guide to Last-Chance New York: Here, we offer a spotlight on the places that belong to a dying breed of shop (or mobile knife sharpener, or roller rink), which are in many cases the very last of their kind. Get to these glove-makers, fleabag hotels, Chino-Cuban eateries, dirt roads, and seltzer men while you still can.
  • Martha Stewart to open a café in Chelsea:  Martha Stewart Cafe will open in the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, where the domestic maven's company headquarters are located. Cafe managers now are hiring baristas.

Foods Of NY Tours and ACE Partner Up To Keep It Clean

We are now smack dab in the middle of the “season of giving”,  so we wanted to share with you how Food of NY Tours is giving back to the community. 

As a small company that pounds the pavement with our customers every single day, we're in a unique position to receive feedback from visitors to the neighborhood. In the past 15 years, we've toured thousands of hungry tourists and New Yorkers through the picturesque and historic Greenwich Village.

We officially began the Keep the Neighborhood Clean Campaign in 2012, and we are committed to keep this initiative going by partnering with ACE clean up crews, to whom Foods of NY Tours donated $1,500.  Other local establishment contributors included Faicco's Pork Shop, The Blind Tiger, and Rocco's.

Director of Operations Amy Bandolik gets hands on.

Our Keep the Neighborhood Clean campaign includes the following:
  • We've asked all local shops and restaurants to clean up in front of their establishments by 10:15am (picking up garbage, sweeping, hosing down the sidewalk).
  • Some shops are not open every day or not always able to spare someone to clean up outside, in which case the staff of Foods of NY Tours will be there to lend a hand.
  • If a shop is having trouble accommodating our requests, we're going to work with them to come up with a solution that will work for everyone.
  • We'll also be working in conjunction with the ACE clean up crews.

Tour guide Heather and Amy work together to pick up trash.

We realize that keeping streets clean that accommodate thousands of visitors a day is no small task, especially for the smaller businesses that have only one or two people working at a time. But with our direct help and the entire neighborhood working together in this concerted effort, we know that keeping Greenwich Village beautiful will have a direct positive impact for all involved. Additionally, we'll be reducing the amount of waste that ends up in the sewage system and our waterways as a result of runoff when it rains.

It's not a glamorous effort that will have any kind of fancy one-time payout, but it's one that we find well worth our time. Many of the businesses in the neighborhood are already great stewards of the space outside their storefronts, so it is our hope that we'll do an even better job when we are all working together to keep the streets clean.

It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!

If you've been a part of a successful cleanup campaign in the past, please contact us and let us know how it went! We're happy to hear any suggestions, tips, or comments you might have.

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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